Tag Archives: Mumford & Sons

Unconscious: Hot 100 Roundup—3/22/14

Coldplay—“Magic” #24 The news of Chris Martin’s breakup with Gyneth Paltrow, conscious or not, lends this song a certain poignancy. It sounds like too little too late, as if Martin was arguing with someone who’s already made up her mind. … 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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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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Wandering Home: Hot 100 Roundup—8/24/13

As anyone who is paying attention can tell, I’m playing catch-up this week and probably into next week as well. With luck I’ll get a post up every other day, maybe more, so be on the lookout. I’m hoping that … Continue reading

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Dance, Mr. Mambo, Dance! Hot 100 Roundup—7/13/13

Eli Young Band—“Drunk Last Night” #79 A good song, but the performance and arrangement are strictly average. Despite three decent, promising singles, I still can’t hear anything that sets Young apart from the pack. Maybe there’s no there there. Avicii—“Wake … 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 Sincerest Form of Flattery: Hot 100 Roundup—4/20/13

A surprisingly good week, even if the best of the tracks are imitations of their betters. It’s interesting that many of those being imitated are relatively new artists: The Black Keys, Miguel, and (next week, via Hunter Hayes and We … 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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Shake It Up: Hot 100 Roundup—3/2/13

The big news this week, of course, is the addition of YouTube streams to the formula Billboard uses to create the Hot 100. The new system propels “Harlem Shake” to number one (the first time a previously unknown artist has … Continue reading

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Best of the Hot 100, 2012

There seems to be general agreement that 2012 was not a good year for pop music—musically, commercially, or for those who cover it. I have my doubts about this (I have my doubts about the whole concept of good and … Continue reading

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