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Men and Their Stories—Hot 100 Roundup 12/28/13

Justin Bieber featuring Chance the Rapper—“Confident” #41 Saving the best for last, Bieber finally reaches the end of his string of Journals singles. “Confident” is uptempo reggae with dub touches, a surprise after the moodiness of the previous records. Bieber’s … Continue reading

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Dopes: Hot 100 Roundup—11/23/13

Lady Gaga—“Dope” #8 Gaga’s love for seventies-style piano ballads is her greatest weakness, and “Dope” is one of the worst records she’s ever made. The song, with its melodramatic pauses and overloaded metaphors, is bad enough, but Gaga’s slurred vocals, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—7/16/11

Javier Colon—”Stitch By Stitch”, #17 Dia Frampton—”Inventing Shadows”, #20 Adam Levine & Javier Colon—”Man In the Mirror”, #45 Blake Shelton & Dia Frampton—”I Won’t Back Down”, #57 Christina Aguilera & Beverly McClellan—”Beautiful”, #74 Vicci Martinez—”Afraid To Sleep”, #78 George Strait—”Here … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/28/11

Lady Gaga—”The Edge of Glory” #3 Everything I’ve read about this record points out the Springsteen influence (how could it not with Clarence Clemons’ presence?) but I’ve yet to see anyone mention the band who are an equal influence on … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—5/21/11

Lady Antebellum—”Just A Kiss” #7 Definite proof that the near-great “Need You Now” was a fluke. This one, which is both mellow and overwrought in equal measure, concerns grown-up abstinence, and should relieve those who were worried by the drunken … Continue reading

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Hair ring molasses abounding: some random thoughts on “Friday”

My pal Mackro has put together a list of 10 reasons why Rebecca Black is not only cooler than you think she is, but probably cooler than you are yourself. Giving the profits of “Friday” to her school and Japan … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/19/10

Selena Gomez & the Scene—”A Year Without Rain” #35 I’m rooting for Gomez, but this doesn’t work. The song is too ordinary, the techno background doesn’t swell and highlight the melody the way it should (possibly because there is no … Continue reading

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New this week—12/6/09

Lady GaGa “Telephone” (featuring Beyonce), #30 “Speechless”, #94 Despite it’s honest origins—GaGa says it was inspired by her father’s initial refusal to seek medical treatment for a heart condition—or maybe because of them, “Speechless” is a terrible song. If she … Continue reading

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