Tag Archives: Nicki Minaj

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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Pop Guns
Hot 100 Roundup—8/16/14

Jessie J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj—“Bang Bang” #6 Jessie J’s voice doesn’t just grate, it stabs deep into your brain, making your extremities twitch and probably causing impotence. Arianna Grande, though she has plenty of defenders and the effect is … Continue reading

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Empowerment With a Giggle
Hot 100 Roundup—7/26/14

It’s theme week: two country songs about dirt and dust (and titled as such), and three about female self-image and self-empowerment (four if you count Echosmith, and you might even include John Legend, though he’s just buttering his lady up … 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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Obsessive Nostalgia: Hot 100 Roundup—8/10/13

One Direction—“Best Song Ever” #2 A good song, with nifty lyrical details, but One Direction’s love of rock and roll would be more meaningful if their idea of rock and roll extended beyond loud guitars, booming drums, and scripted shouts. … Continue reading

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Royals and Returns: Hot 100 Roundup—7/20/13

The royals are thanks to Lorde, of course, who’ll be in the top ten, if not the top five, soon, but could also refer to the returns, a batch of artists who were pop royalty once, but have been struggling … Continue reading

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Gangs, Girls, and Good Ol’ Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—5/25/13

Mariah Carey featuring Miguel—“#Beautiful” #24 The guitar intro sounds off at first, like someone without chops trying to play the opening of The Temptation’s “My Girl” and having to cut large sections of it in order to stay on the … 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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How Does One Diffie, Exactly? Hot 100 Roundup—3/30/13

French Montana featuring Nicki Minaj—“Freaks” #77 As a rapper, French Montana is negligible, but he sure knows how to pick hooks and choose guests. Nicki Minaj is perfect here, even if you can’t understand half of what she says. Since … 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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