Tag Archives: Miranda Lambert

Free Shrugs
Hot 100 Roundup—9/6/14

Taylor Swift—“Shake It Off” #1 One of the paradoxes of teen life is the younger you are, the more you want to sound mature and assume adult responsibility; then, when you leave adolescence and realize just what that responsibility entails, … Continue reading

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Slave To the Bad: Hot 100 Roundup—6/7/14

Before we get started with this week, I just want to point out that despite the fact that I’ve panned the first two singles, Miranda Lambert’s Platinum is her best album since Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, if not her best album, period. … Continue reading

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Everything is Automatic: Hot 100 Roundup—3/1/14

Tegan and Sara featuring The Lonely Island—“Everything Is AWESOME!!!” #62 Children’s music from a children’s movie, and therefore easy enough to ignore. I find it fascinating, though, that this song was created by three groups of artists—counting producer Mark Mothersbaugh—whose … Continue reading

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Small Towns and Limousines—Hot 100 Roundup—1/25/14

Lucy Hale—“You Sound Good To Me” #88 A perfectly decent record, and solo female voices have become so rare on the country charts (unless they’re named Taylor, Carrie, or Miranda), that I won’t even complain about Hale having gotten there … 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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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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Do They Dougie in Kentucky? Hot 100 Roundup—4/13/13

Ariana Grande featuring Mac Miller—“The Way” #10 If I didn’t know that Grande came from Victorious I would have assumed she was a contestant in a Mariah Carey sound-alike contest where the runner-up gets stuck with a Mac Miller feature … Continue reading

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Middling Ground: Hot 100 Roundup—2/9/13

One of those weeks where nothing is great, but nothing is horrible, either. That doesn’t mean it’s all mediocre, just that the good stuff is rarely more than that, and the bad stuff doesn’t make you feel nauseous. It all … Continue reading

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Sex & Death
Hot 100 Roundup—11/17/12

The Band Perry—“Better Dig Two” #53 In which the group who jump-started their career with “If I Die Young” goes full bore into country gothic. The woman in “Better Dig Two” not only vows to follow her husband in death, … Continue reading

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