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Oh Shit, It’s Christmas
Hot 100 Roundup 12/6/14

Pentatonix—“Mary, Did You Know?” #26 Lyrically risible (“This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you”), theologically unsound (Jesus was never the lord of any nation, and he rejected the opportunity when Satan offered it to him), vocally undistinguished (if … Continue reading

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Promises Promises
Hot 100 Roundup—7/19/14

Ariana Grande featuring Zedd—“Break Free” #15 If Grande wants to be the second coming of Mariah Carey (or third, since the second was Mariah herself), I’d prefer she take her business elsewhere. But if she decides to become an EDM … 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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Dopes: Hot 100 Roundup—11/23/13

Lady Gaga—“Dope” #8 Gaga’s love for seventies-style piano ballads is her greatest weakness, and “Dope” is one of the worst records she’s ever made. The song, with its melodramatic pauses and overloaded metaphors, is bad enough, but Gaga’s slurred vocals, … Continue reading

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Rocket Number Nine: Hot 100 Roundup—11/16/13

Eminem featuring Rihanna—“The Monster” #3 The hook and the beat are different, but Eminem has done this rap, in one variation or another, several times. He spends so much time explaining and excusing what he does that you wonder how … 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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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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Touch: Hot 100 Roundup—8/31/13

Lady Gaga—“Applause” #6 What’s most surprising about “Applause” is how friendly it is. Gaga doesn’t thrive on applause because she’s a megalomaniac fueled by adulation (though that may be partly true), but because she considers it a form of human … Continue reading

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Controversy: Hot 100 Roundup—4/27/13

As the weather warms up, so do the charts, and the result is weeks like this, with twelve debuts, and without even the excuse of a big album release or a TV singing competition (the pop-chart equivalent of steroids; they … Continue reading

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The Highway Don’t Care, But My Songs Do: Hot 100 Roundup—2/23/13

Fall Out Boy—“My Songs Know What You Did In the Dark (Light Em Up)” #26 I’ve never been a fan of Fall Out Boy. Their songs, their playing, and their ideas always seemed muddled to me, and when you combined … Continue reading

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