Tag Archives: Jessie J

Out, In, Up, Gone
Hot 100 Roundup—11/1/14

Taylor Swift—“Out Of The Woods” #18 The album may be called 1989, but the real source, for this song at least, is 1965 and the melodramatic girl-group sound of the Shangri-las. The wistful, echoing background vocals, the bracing shifts in … Continue reading

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Pop Guns
Hot 100 Roundup—8/16/14

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj—“Bang Bang” #6 Jessie J’s voice doesn’t just grate, it stabs deep into your brain, making your extremities twitch and probably causing impotence. Arianna Grande, though she has plenty of defenders and the effect is … Continue reading

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Pouting Will Get You Nowhere
Hot 100 Roundup—6/30/12

Justin Bieber featuring Big Sean—“As Long As You Love Me” #21 Bieber isn’t stupid, and he tries harder than he probably even needs to, but he’s still young, and he still feels the need, in order to connect with his … Continue reading

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Only Sleeping
Hot 100 Roundup—6/9/12

Phillip Phillips “Home”, #10 “We’ve Got Tonight”, #97 Though it’s nice that American Idol has decided to go with something besides a third-rate Diane Warren imitation for its winner’s first single, a second-rate Mumford and Sons imitation is not an … Continue reading

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A British Invasion?

This is old news, but I felt a need to comment on the piece Billboard ran on The Wanted a couple of weeks back. I have no doubt that The Wanted are a real story; their single (which I’ll get … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/29/11

Snoop Dogg featuring Bruno Mars & Wiz Khalifa—“Young, Wild & Free” #10 Half good-time dope song, half, thanks to Khalifa, public service message on behalf of marijuana as a mood stabilizer, all charming in its way, but too sleepy and … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 4/30/11

Rihanna—”California King Bed” #113 Ever wondered what Colbie Caillat would sound like if she sang for Guns ‘n Roses? Me neither. The Ready Set—”Young Forever” #115 Better than “Love Like Woe”, but what wouldn’t be? This is much tougher, and … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—2/13/11

Dr. Dre featuring Eminem & Skylar Grey—”I Need a Doctor” #5 This seemingly heartfelt but confusing tribute to Dr. Dre might be touching if it were an Eminem record, or even a Skylar Grey record. But it’s not, so we’re … Continue reading

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