Tag Archives: Ke$ha

Atmospherics: Hot 100 Roundup—10/26/13

Eminem—“Survival” #17 It’s not fair to blast Eminem for his bad taste in rock and roll. Most rappers, black or white, lean toward lugubrious power chords, and as far as I know only Ice-T has ever been able to make … Continue reading

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Crazy Kids and Country Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—6/15/13

Ke$ha featuring will.i.am or Juicy J or Pitbull—“Crazy Kids” #59 The credits tell the tale. Ever since “Die Young” was pulled from radio (the decent thing to do, though the conflicting explanations that followed confused the issue) Ke$ha’s career has … Continue reading

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Random Notes: Bringing the Dirty Back

I figured Bruno Mars had the goods ever since I saw him performing Barrett Strong’s “Money” on video a couple of years ago. But his earlier records, even the best of them, didn’t prepare me for how intense and beautifully … Continue reading

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In Limbo
Hot 100 Roundup—1/5/13

In real life, this is the last Hot 100 of 2012, not the first of 2013, but since Billboard starts and ends their year ten days ahead of the rest of the world, in Chartland we’re already into the new … Continue reading

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“Forced” How?

According to a tweet from Ke$ha (since deleted, but reprinted in Billboard), she was “forced” to sing the lyric to “Die Young”, which has been pulled from radio in the wake of the Newtown shooting. Aside from the fact that … Continue reading

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Chart Notes—12/8/12

There’s not much new to say about features; they increase star power, they give the primary artist a rest (and sometimes a challenge), they give new artists a chance to make a name for themselves, etc. But it’s worth mentioning … Continue reading

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Red and m.A.A.d.
Hot 100 Roundup—11/10/12

Taylor Swift “22”, #44 “I Almost Do”, #65 “Everything Has Changed” (featuring Ed Sheeran), #67 “All Too Well”, #80 “Stay Stay Stay”, #91 Red see-saws between relationships in bloom and relationships that have wilted, with a couple of turns into … Continue reading

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Fall Breaks and Back to Winter
Hot 100 Roundup—11/3/12

The autumn rush has gone by, or so it seems to me, much faster than usual, and with less effect than expected. Partly this is because it’s been dominated by two artists, Taylor Swift and Mumford & Sons, but also … Continue reading

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A Fistful of Mumfords
Hot 100 Roundup—10/12/12

A week of big names, with three new records debuting in the top 20. A great Taylor Swift (the third in a month, with more coming each week up to the release of the album on the 22nd, when I … Continue reading

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Here’s hoping the album sounds as hard as this looks:

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