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Oh, My Aching Soul! Hot 100 Roundup—5/11/13

Ciara—“Body Party” #35 It’s been something like six years since Ciara had a big pop hit, and it’s a tribute to her tenacity that after years of missing the mark she finally created something that connects. For that she, and … Continue reading

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Does “Mid-turbo” Equal “Wimpy”?

There have been a couple of interesting pieces in Billboard recently by Sean Ross, who worries (I think) that pop radio is in danger of becoming “wimpy”. This would appear to be a bad thing. It’s hard to tell, since … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—7/14/12

Owl City & Carly Ray Jepsen—“Good Time” #18 Adam Young, better known as Owl City, should not try to be David Guetta (especially if he’s going to sing), and Carly Rae Jepsen, who, despite “Call Me Maybe”, still needs to … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/15/11

B.o.B. featuring Lil Wayne—”Strange Clouds” #7 B.o.B. has been putting so much energy into the pop side of his career that I’d swear this is the first time I’ve heard him rap. That can’t be true, but that’s the way … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—1/30/11

Zac Brown Band—”Colder Weather” #79 This is so beautifully crafted, from the songwriting to the performance to the production, that it creates an impressive effect even when it starts to get dull halfway through. This is not a good precedent, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/3/10

Glee Cast “Empire State of Mind”, #21 “Telephone”, #23 “Billionaire”, #28 “Listen”, #38 “What I Did For Love”, #51 Akon—”Angel” #62 Yet another “I Gotta Feeling” rip, only this time not from someone directly associated with the original record, which … Continue reading

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New this week—8/22/10

Trey Songz featuring Nicki Minaj—”Bottoms Up” #22 I was really hoping this would be about ass, maybe with a Funkadelic sample, but it turns out it’s just another dumb song about drinking. Ugly, too, as it seems to present Songz … Continue reading

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New this week—5/30/10

Miley Cyrus—”Can’t Be Tamed” #8 Despite the usually sure handed Amato/James Rock Mafia putting this together, and the added controversy of Cyrus’s first “adult” video (i.e., one with bare legs, cleavage, and faux-Fosse dance moves), this isn’t that interesting of … Continue reading

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