Tag Archives: Miley Cyrus

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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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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It’s Just a Reflection of a Reflection, Honest: Hot 100 Roundup—9/28/13

Zedd featuring Haley Williams of Paramore—“Stay the Night” #51 Another step toward the mixing of EDM with more traditional pop music, and the best of the bunch so far (though considering the competition—Avicii and Swedish House Mafia—that may not be … Continue reading

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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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Slow Down and Stop: Hot 100 Roundup—6/22/13

Miley Cyrus—“We Can’t Stop” #11 It’s not the drug references. It’s not even the lying about the drug references (Mike Will says she’s singing “dancing with Miley”, not molly, but even if you accept that bit of disingenuousness, how do … Continue reading

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Luckier and Luckier: Hot 100 Roundup—5/4/13

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams—“Get Lucky” #19 Good music is its own justification, and “Get Lucky” is OK, but I still find myself questioning its necessity. It’s more of a museum piece than a pop record, a careful reconstruction and … Continue reading

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Teen-pop On the Radio—Finally

I have long been frustrated by the way Disney-pop and teen-pop in general have been ignored by terrestrial radio. Though I understand why programmers have avoided the more tween and pre-tween oriented music—that is, the real kid’s stuff—ignoring big-selling artists … Continue reading

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Everybody Dance Now
Hot 100 Roundup—3/3/12

Katy Perry—“Part Of Me” #1 Straightforward dance music like this does Perry a favor. The more she strays from groove and traditional structure the more irritating she becomes (it does something weird to her voice, for one thing). She also … Continue reading

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Occupy Disney Pop

Great piece by Mike Barthel on the Miley Cyrus/Rockmafia video in support of Occupy Wall Street, which makes use of a remixed version of Cyrus’s “Liberty Walk”. Barthel is right in noting that’s there’s no reason for people to be … Continue reading

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