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Remember When Iggy Meant Pop?
Hot 100 Roundup—5/17/14

Arianna Grande featuring Iggy Azalea—“Problem” #3 Produced by Max Martin, and in the great Swedish pop tradition this is catchy as hell while making no sense whatsoever. Or, to put it in the form of a question: why is the … Continue reading

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Pop and Power Ploys: Hot 100 Roundup—2/8/14

Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull—“Mmm Yeah” #60 No matter how I try I find it impossible to understand why anyone with any business sense would push a nondescript talent like Mahone. Somebody’s investing a lot of money in this kid, who’s … Continue reading

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Up Down Up Down: Hot 100 Roundup—12/14/13

Justin Bieber—“Roller Coaster” #47 Unlike almost every other pop song that has featured a roller coaster, Bieber’s latest entry in his string of diaristic singles uses the slow parts of the ride. The fast bits pay proper homage to the … Continue reading

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Muy Loco: Hot 100 Roundup—9/14/13

Eminem—“Berzerk” #3 As good as it is to see Eminem running at full, sober throttle again, the fact remains that “Berzerk” is a hopeless, chaotic jumble—it’s a tribute to Rick Rubin’s production skills that it makes any sense at all. … Continue reading

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Sentiment and Schlock: Hot 100 Roundup—8/17/13

Enrique Igelsias—“Turn the Night Up” #62 It figured that Iglesias would jump on the EDM bandwagon, and also that it would be as clichéd and plastic as everything else he does. The only thing missing is a Pitbull feature. But … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/29/12

Once a Hot 100 powerhouse, putting four or five records on the chart with every episode, Glee has faded to the point where it can’t manage more than one from its season debut—and it’s not even “Call Me Maybe”. Otherwise, … Continue reading

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Pop is Strange
Hot 100 Roundup—4/14/12

Justin Bieber—“Boyfriend” #2 This may be a magic leap in quality and maturity for Bieber, but it’s still derivative as hell—music via Justin Timberlake, phrasing via Chris Brown. And the lyrics are dumb on every level. The worst isn’t the … Continue reading

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