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White Boys
Hot 100 Roundup—11/22/14

Selena Gomez—“The Heart Wants What It Wants” #25 Preparing to leave Hollywood Records for Interscope, Gomez reteams with her Disney producers RockMafia, who generously provide her with her best single since “Naturally”. Tim James and Antonina Armato load the track … Continue reading

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Remember When Iggy Meant Pop?
Hot 100 Roundup—5/17/14

Arianna Grande featuring Iggy Azalea—“Problem” #3 Produced by Max Martin, and in the great Swedish pop tradition this is catchy as hell while making no sense whatsoever. Or, to put it in the form of a question: why is the … Continue reading

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Don’t Go Cryin’: Hot 100 Roundup—3/15/14

The Chainsmokers—“#SELFIE” #55 Of course the music is all cliche—that’s part of the joke. And of course the vocals are incompetent even at being stupid—that’s part of the joke, too. As is the already dated quality of the words themselves. … 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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Bombs Away: Hot 100 Roundup—12/7/13

One Direction “Diana”, #11 “Midnight Memories”, #12 “Strong”, #87 Good hooks, good words (mostly about being famous, but then what else would they know?), and they love their rock and roll. But the end result is too stiff, too slick, … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tennis? Hot 100 Roundup—10/19/13

Kanye West featuring Cam’ron & Consequence—“Gone” #18 Now that YouTube has figured out how to monetize the use of copyrighted material in personal videos, it’s conceivable that any piece of music, from any era, could hit the charts—Gregorian chants, arias, … Continue reading

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The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging: Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/13

Mediocrity has always been the curse of the pop charts, but for the biggest debut week of the year to contain not one superior song has to be some kind of record. There are small pleasures to be had from … 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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Mediocrity is a Spongiform Virus from Outer Space: Hot 100 Roundup—4/6/13

The main symptoms of which are ennui and procrastination, hence the lateness of this. It isn’t just that mediocre records are hard to write about, though they are, but they drain whatever energy you have for writing, as well. And … Continue reading

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Suit & Tie (Four Tet remix)

If this had been the single, all the fuss about Timberlake’s comeback would have been justified. But it wasn’t. Still a sign of hope. HT Matos

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