Tag Archives: Nicki Minaj

Let’s Play Master and Servant
Hot 100 Roundup—1/24/15

A miscellany this week, and if the headline seems suggestive it’s only because there are two songs about sexual submission (one from a woman and one from a group of men), one about a woman who refuses to submit, and … Continue reading

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The Twilight of the Bros
Hot 100 Roundup—1/17/15

The success of Maddie and Tae’s “Girl In a Country Song” wasn’t just the result of women tiring of the stereotypical role country radio had placed them in, it was the result of country radio itself, and male country artists, … Continue reading

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The Hot 100 in 2014: The Sound of Women Laughing

It started with Beyonce, riding her alcohol-fueled “surfbort” into a flurry of giggles, and ended, for now, with Nicki Minaj’s demented chortle on “Anaconda”. In between it popped up in actuality and in attitude, in phrases and poses, in choruses … Continue reading

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Voiceless
Hot 100 Roundup—1/3/15

In what I hope won’t become an annual tradition, the first week of Billboard’s new year (the last full week of December in the rest of the world) is filled with finalists from The Voice, including, I assume, the winner … Continue reading

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Oh Shit, It’s Christmas
Hot 100 Roundup 12/6/14

Pentatonix—“Mary, Did You Know?” #26 Lyrically risible (“This child that you’ve delivered, will soon deliver you”), theologically unsound (Jesus was never the lord of any nation, and he rejected the opportunity when Satan offered it to him), vocally undistinguished (if … Continue reading

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Hot Lips
Hot 100 Roundup 11/15/14

Taylor Swift “Blank Space”, #18 “Style”, #60 “Wildest Dreams”, #76 “Bad Blood”, #80 Fans choice: now that the album is out we find out what Swift’s audience wants to hear. In the past, nearly every track from a Swift album … Continue reading

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You Only Live Once, But You Can Make Bad Pop About It Forever
Hot 100 Roundup—10/4/14

Jennifer Lopez featuring Iggy Azalea—“Booty” #18 Note the use of the third-person: it isn’t her own booty Lopez is singing about, it’s some nameless object of male attention. She sounds more like a madame, a famous courtesan herself once upon … Continue reading

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Yawn
Hot 100 Roundup—9/20/14

Sometimes the Hot 100 almost literally puts me to sleep. Feel free to skip this week; I wish I could have. Jason Aldean—“Sweet Little Somethin’” #71 Rock by the numbers; country by default. Jeezy Featuring Jay Z—“Seen It All” #85 … Continue reading

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Darling Nicki
Hot 100 Roundup—9/13/14

Eminem featuring Sia—“Guts Over Fear” #22 Eminem says it best himself: “Sometimes I feel like all I ever do is find different ways to word the same old song.” Then he says it again: “Feel like I’ve already said this … Continue reading

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Got Buns?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/23/14

Nicki Minaj—“Anaconda” #19 In pop terms, “Anaconda” is Minaj’s best record since “Superbass”. It doesn’t have the same highs, but it isn’t an unstructured mess or a sentimental wallow like most of the records before it. And even if she … Continue reading

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