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Bubbling Under, 8/13/11

Big Time Rush featuring Iyaz—”If I Ruled the World” #106 The line between teen TV soundtrack music and mainstream pop is now so thin that if it wasn’t for the strained actor’s vocals this would be inseparable from any other … 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—10/31/10

Taylor Swift—”Mean” #11 The idea that this record is intended as an assault on music critics in general, or even specific ones who I won’t mention by name, strikes me as ridiculous. So ridiculous, in fact, that I wonder if … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/24/10

Taylor Swift—”Back To December” #6 The problem with most pop and country ballads isn’t that they’re slow and lugubrious (though they often are), but that they’re so damned predictable. You can see every turn in the melody and lyric (if … Continue reading

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New this week—7/25/10

Usher featuring Pitbull—”DJ Got Us Falling In Love” #19 When I saw this I figured that Usher would be overshadowed by Pitbull—and he is, barely—but I didn’t suspect they’d both be left in the dust by producer Max Martin, who … Continue reading

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New this week—5/23/10

Katy Perry featuring Snoop Dogg—”California Gurls” #2 Unlike some, I’m offended by neither the title nor the spelling, both of which are representatives of a culture that has long since lost it’s power and has already been replaced. Problem is, … Continue reading

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New this week—2/21/10

Artists for Haiti—”We Are the World 25: For Haiti” #2 Whatever else might be said, good or bad, about the original “We Are the World”, at least it was of its time. This new version, despite the urgency of the … Continue reading

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New this week

Kenny Chesney with Dave Matthews—”I’m Alive” #92 It’s anyone’s guess as to who came up with the Beatlesish feel of this record—it sounds like a mash-up of “Dear Prudence” and “Mother Nature’s Son”—but whether it was Chesney or Matthews, it’s … Continue reading

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