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Best of the Hot 100, 2012

There seems to be general agreement that 2012 was not a good year for pop music—musically, commercially, or for those who cover it. I have my doubts about this (I have my doubts about the whole concept of good and … Continue reading

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Bye-bye 2012
Hot 100 Roundup—12/29/12

The last roundup of the year, and not a bad finish, with two songs that will appear on my best-of list (which I should finish up this weekend). “Merry Go ‘Round” I always expected would make it, but “Two Black … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Stampede
Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/12

As we ease, or force, our way into October, the release schedule continues to ramp up, and probably won’t ease off until Thanksgiving. It would be easier to be happy about this if the music were better. This week is … Continue reading

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Pineapples and Swimming Pools
Hot 100 Roundup—8/18/12

50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys—“New Day” #79 Another uplifting chorus from Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind” it ain’t), a familiar-sounding snare drum beat from her hubby, and 50 Cent at his most mush-mouthed, lying to us: … 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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Perfect

Frank Ocean on Fallon last night:

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100 Roundup—2/4/12

Glee Cast “Without You”, #28 “We Found Love”, #56 “Moves Like Jagger/Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, #62 “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face”, #70 “Summer Nights”, #88 Tyga—“Faded” #52 Dirty, dirty boys with lots of dirty thoughts, but not much … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—7/23/11

Frank Ocean—-”Novacane” #82 Reviewed in Bubbling Under, 6/18/11 J. Cole—”Work Out” #85 You can’t blame Kanye West for rappers acting like self-obsessed, shameless assholes, but he certainly popularized the idea. The difference, of course, is that West is both pleased … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 6/18/11

Tech N9ne, F/D-Loc, Twista, Busta Rhymes, Ceza, Jl B. Hood, Twisted Insane, Uso & Yelawolf—”Worldwide Choppers” #104 An entire single devoted to Busta Rhymes’ machine gun flow. No surprise that the only one who comes across is Busta himself, though … Continue reading

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