Tag Archives: Ne-Yo

“Sounds Like It Got a Three On It”
Hot 100 Roundup—11/29/14

Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars—“Uptown Funk” #65 The late-seventies James Brown riffs are welcome, and Mars sings his heart out (I bet he kills this live), but the music is Ronson’s usual stiff, ersatz soul-funk, and I find it impossible … Continue reading

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Anyone for Tennis? Hot 100 Roundup—10/19/13

Kanye West featuring Cam’ron & Consequence—“Gone” #18 Now that YouTube has figured out how to monetize the use of copyrighted material in personal videos, it’s conceivable that any piece of music, from any era, could hit the charts—Gregorian chants, arias, … Continue reading

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Hanging in There: Hot 100 Roundup—6/8/13

I’ve fallen way behind, which I feel some need to explain to those twenty or so people—most of whom I know by sight—who continue to read this column. Mostly I’ve fallen behind because I’ve been working on something totally unrelated … 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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Pineapples and Swimming Pools
Hot 100 Roundup—8/18/12

50 Cent featuring Dr. Dre & Alicia Keys—“New Day” #79 Another uplifting chorus from Alicia Keys (“Empire State of Mind” it ain’t), a familiar-sounding snare drum beat from her hubby, and 50 Cent at his most mush-mouthed, lying to us: … Continue reading

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Anybody Can Do This—Even Glee
Hot 100 Roundup—5/12/12

Wiz Khalifa—“Work Hard, Play Hard” #17 The most pop-oriented track from Khalifa since “Black and Yellow”, the first in over a year that doesn’t emphasize his dope smoking, and, no surprise, his best in a while. It’s very controlled for … Continue reading

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Braggin’ and Thinkin’
Hot 100 Roundup—4/28/12

Glee Cast “Somebody That I Used To Know”, #26 “Hungry Like the Wolf/Rio”, #98 Ca$h Out—“Cashin’ Out” #81 This is so reminiscent of Soulja Boy that Soulja has already done a freestyle over it (it’s awful). It lacks its model’s … Continue reading

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Small Miracles
Hot 100 Roundup—3/31/12

Rascal Flatts—“Changed” #73 What’s happened to these guys? Can a change in label—from the Disney-owned and now defunct Lyric Street to the Nashville giant of independents, Big Machine—make that much difference? Or is it that anyone, no matter what their … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—4/30/11

Lady Gaga—”Judas” #10 I was preparing a long critique of this record, but after another listen and a more concentrated perusal of the lyrics I decided it wasn’t worth the trouble. “Judas” is such a confused mess that whatever message … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—4/16/11

Wiz Khalifa—”When I’m Gone” #57 In which Khalifa proudly explains why he doesn’t really give a shit. It’s not “When I’m Gone” as in “I know you’ll miss me but you’ll get by”; it’s “By the time I die I’ll … Continue reading

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