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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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Sports Cars and Jesus: Hot 100 Roundup—3/9/13

Nelly—“Hey Porsche” #42 This is hilarious. Nelly has always experimented with mixing different genres into his-hop, but over the last few years, as his pop success has faded, he’s started to sound desperate. On “Hey Porsche” he dredges up the … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup–1/14/12

Nelly—“The Champ” #64 Written to order for ESPN, and it sounds like it, though it’s not that bad. Nelly is an expert at mixing genres (he did feature Tim McGraw on a record once, after all), and this has a … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—3/19/11

Keith Urban—”Without You” #107 It’s gotta be his looks, right? That and the oh so sincere little cracks in his voice. Granted, his songs and arrangements aren’t as tastelessly bombastic as say, Rascal Flatts, but his music is just as … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/28/10

Glee Cast “Forget You” (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow), #11 “Singing In the Rain/Umbrella” (featuring Gwyneth Paltrow), #18 Dr. Dre featuring Snoop Dogg and Akon—“Kush” #49 When a guy spends over a decade making a record about how wonderful dope is, it’s … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/24/10

Taylor Swift—”Back To December” #6 The problem with most pop and country ballads isn’t that they’re slow and lugubrious (though they often are), but that they’re so damned predictable. You can see every turn in the melody and lyric (if … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—8/29/10

Administrative note: For the sake of clarity, I decided to change the name of this column so people dropping in from Venus will know what they’re getting from the start. Part of the reason is purely mercenary; I figure it … Continue reading

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