Tag Archives: Eric Church

Got Buns?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/23/14

Nicki Minaj—“Anaconda” #19 In pop terms, “Anaconda” is Minaj’s best record since “Superbass”. It doesn’t have the same highs, but it isn’t an unstructured mess or a sentimental wallow like most of the records before it. And even if she … Continue reading

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Top of the World, Ma! Hot 100 Roundup—2/15/14

Romeo Santos featuring Drake—“Odio” #45 This is fine, if Less loco than Santos usually gets, but I’m becoming more and more wary of his attempts at crossover. Drake singing in poorly accented Spanish is bad enough (though his rap is … Continue reading

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Small Towns and Limousines—Hot 100 Roundup—1/25/14

Lucy Hale—“You Sound Good To Me” #88 A perfectly decent record, and solo female voices have become so rare on the country charts (unless they’re named Taylor, Carrie, or Miranda), that I won’t even complain about Hale having gotten there … Continue reading

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Four Queens, a Would-be King, and Three Jokers: Hot 100 Roundup—11/9/13

Three or four years ago, a week in which Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna all put new songs into the Hot 100 would have been cause for rumination on the changes in pop culture and the future … Continue reading

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Hanging in There: Hot 100 Roundup—6/8/13

I’ve fallen way behind, which I feel some need to explain to those twenty or so people—most of whom I know by sight—who continue to read this column. Mostly I’ve fallen behind because I’ve been working on something totally unrelated … Continue reading

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Sports Cars and Jesus: Hot 100 Roundup—3/9/13

Nelly—“Hey Porsche” #42 This is hilarious. Nelly has always experimented with mixing different genres into his-hop, but over the last few years, as his pop success has faded, he’s started to sound desperate. On “Hey Porsche” he dredges up the … Continue reading

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Bad Raps and Country Hacks
Hot 100 Roundup—11/24/12

A handful of biz professionals this week (yes, even The Wanted), trying to find a way to tinker with their sound enough to keep it either fresh or relevant (it doesn’t need to be both). Only The Wanted succeed, and … Continue reading

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Confessions and Evasions
Hot 100 Roundup—7/28/12

Frank Ocean—“Thinkin Bout You” #85 Even without Ocean’s personal revelations, it’s hard to imagine how much further into the confessional form anyone could go than Channel Orange. His emotional confusion and the yearning that go with it shape and dictate … Continue reading

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Oh yeah

Thomas Rhett’s “Something To Do With My Hands”. Eric Church has some competition for the title of Best Country Rocker. Funny, too.

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A Batch of Near Misses
Hot 100 Roundup—6/2/12

Kenny Chesney—“Come Over” #59 The mindless “Feel Like a Rock Star” to the contrary, in many ways Chesney has matured as an artist, and he’s become especially effective at songs like this, which emphasize a sense of regret while hinting … Continue reading

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