Tag Archives: Katy Perry

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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Trumpets and Tripe
Hot 100 Roundup—6/14/14

5 Seconds Of Summer—“Good Girls” #34 Oh, good, I don’t need to like them after all. Not just because this is lumbering, overblown, sexist tripe, but because they haven’t got the brains to produce even semi-interesting sexist tripe. I.e., in … 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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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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Spaghetti Western Christmas: Hot 100 Roundup—12/21/13

Pentatonix—“Little Drummer Boy” #13 My second least favorite Christmas song (number 1: “Do You Hear What I Hear”), done with a human beatbox (how did that take so long to show up?) and a group of singers who desperately want … Continue reading

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Four Queens, a Would-be King, and Three Jokers: Hot 100 Roundup—11/9/13

Three or four years ago, a week in which Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna all put new songs into the Hot 100 would have been cause for rumination on the changes in pop culture and the future … 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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Wandering Home: Hot 100 Roundup—8/24/13

As anyone who is paying attention can tell, I’m playing catch-up this week and probably into next week as well. With luck I’ll get a post up every other day, maybe more, so be on the lookout. I’m hoping that … 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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