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Yawn
Hot 100 Roundup—9/20/14

Sometimes the Hot 100 almost literally puts me to sleep. Feel free to skip this week; I wish I could have. Jason Aldean—“Sweet Little Somethin’” #71 Rock by the numbers; country by default. Jeezy Featuring Jay Z—“Seen It All” #85 … Continue reading

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Bring Out the Big Balloons!
Hot 100 Roundup—4/26/14

Ed Sheeran—“Sing” #15 With Pharrell in the producer’s chair, this was guaranteed to at least not be a rhythmic embarrassment. The acoustic guitar driven beat is a welcome change from the usual drum machines, Sheeran’s vocals are fine overall, and … Continue reading

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Unconscious: Hot 100 Roundup—3/22/14

Coldplay—“Magic” #24 The news of Chris Martin’s breakup with Gyneth Paltrow, conscious or not, lends this song a certain poignancy. It sounds like too little too late, as if Martin was arguing with someone who’s already made up her mind. … 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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Beyonceworld: Hot 100 Roundup—1/4/14

Beyonce “Drunk In Love” (featuring Jay Z), #12 “XO”, #66 “Mine” (featuring Drake), #99 I have a lot of respect for Beyonce. Detailing all her virtues would be redundant, especially considering how much has been written by others over the … Continue reading

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Naptime, or How Did You Stay Awake in 2013?

If one word could sum up pop music in 2013, I would choose “exhausted”. “Tired” isn’t enough, and “comatose” would be going too far, but “exhausted” seems just right.* It isn’t that people aren’t trying—if anything they’re trying harder than … Continue reading

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Branded: Hot 100 Roundup—7/27/13

Jay Z “Holy Grail” (featuring Justin Timberlake), #8 “Tom Ford”, #39 “Fuckwithmeyouknowigotit” (featuring Rick Ross), #64 “Part II (On the Run)”, (featuring Beyonce), #81 “Oceans” (featuring Frank Ocean), #83 “Picasso Baby”, #91 “Crown”, #100 Though it may have happened earlier, … Continue reading

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Skimming the Surface: Hot 100 Roundup—1/26/13

One thing that the new singles dominated market is starting to do is destroy the old release schedule paradigm. Last year’s summer lull was barely a lull at all, and here in mid-January the big guns are putting singles out … Continue reading

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Bending the Cliché: Hot 100 Roundup—1/19/13

Another slow week, with yet more tracks from Les Miserables and Pitch Perfect, neither worth bothering with unless you have a liking for bland ballads and clunky medleys. But the three non-souvenirs are each fascinating in their way, reworking familiar … Continue reading

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My Favorite Rap of the Year…

…is barely a rap at all. It appears on Rick Ross’s “3 Kings” with Dr. Dre and Jay-Z. Ross, as usual, brags about money. Dre, as usual, promotes his headphones. And Jay-Z? Jay-Z doesn’t give a shit, and he steals … Continue reading

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