Tag Archives: Ludacris

Oh, Those American Girls: Hot 100 Roundup—9/7/13

Miley Cyrus—“Wrecking Ball” #50 I’m inherently biased against power ballads, but I’m impressed by the verses and the pre-chorus, which Cyrus sings very well (that burr in her voice is a great tool when she uses it right). But the … Continue reading

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Buzzkillers: Hot 100 Roundup—3/23/13

Luke Bryan—“Buzzkill” #74 Through most of the first verse, I kept hoping that “Buzzkill” was about Bryan castigating one of his drinking buddies and that it was at least meant to be funny. Once he added the adjective “little” to … Continue reading

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By Default
Hot 100 Roundup—12/15/12

A busy week for the Hot 100 considering the time of year. Only two of these records—”Scream & Shout” and “My Life”—could be considered “true” hits, though. The others arrive only by default: the two souvenir songs from The Voice … Continue reading

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Bad Raps and Country Hacks
Hot 100 Roundup—11/24/12

A handful of biz professionals this week (yes, even The Wanted), trying to find a way to tinker with their sound enough to keep it either fresh or relevant (it doesn’t need to be both). Only The Wanted succeed, and … Continue reading

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Half Full
Hot 100 Roundup—6/23/12

Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris—“All Around the World” #22 You knew the Eurodisco was coming, right? But this is better than expected, with a great beat and all sorts of nice touches (love those live-sounding drum fills). Bieber’s singing continues to … Continue reading

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Good Records From Bad People
Hot 100 Roundup—5/5/12

Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa—“Payphone” #3 The sheer hackery of this record is revealed by the very elements that are designed to disguise it. That is, the subject matter itself—just mentioning payphones these days is guaranteed to get people’s attention: … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/24/11

Kelly Clarkson—”Mr. Know It All” #18 What’s most frustrating about Clarkson is her material. She sings this beautifully, and the hook is good, but the groove is old hat and never builds—I kept waiting for the song to take off … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—7/16/11

Javier Colon—”Stitch By Stitch”, #17 Dia Frampton—”Inventing Shadows”, #20 Adam Levine & Javier Colon—”Man In the Mirror”, #45 Blake Shelton & Dia Frampton—”I Won’t Back Down”, #57 Christina Aguilera & Beverly McClellan—”Beautiful”, #74 Vicci Martinez—”Afraid To Sleep”, #78 George Strait—”Here … Continue reading

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Redefining country

A good track with Ludacris on it. Didn’t know they still made those. HT: Andy Hutchins

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/5/10

Enrique Iglesius featuring Ludacris & DJ Frank E—”Tonight (I’m Fucking You)” #18 Thanks to Cee-Lo Green, “fuck” appears to be the word of the moment, and Iglesius has as much right to it as any, I suppose. But with his … Continue reading

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