Tag Archives: Paramore

Don’t Go Cryin’: Hot 100 Roundup—3/15/14

The Chainsmokers—“#SELFIE” #55 Of course the music is all cliche—that’s part of the joke. And of course the vocals are incompetent even at being stupid—that’s part of the joke, too. As is the already dated quality of the words themselves. … Continue reading

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Naptime, or How Did You Stay Awake in 2013?

If one word could sum up pop music in 2013, I would choose “exhausted”. “Tired” isn’t enough, and “comatose” would be going too far, but “exhausted” seems just right.* It isn’t that people aren’t trying—if anything they’re trying harder than … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Reflection of a Reflection, Honest: Hot 100 Roundup—9/28/13

Zedd featuring Haley Williams of Paramore—“Stay the Night” #51 Another step toward the mixing of EDM with more traditional pop music, and the best of the bunch so far (though considering the competition—Avicii and Swedish House Mafia—that may not be … 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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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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Hot 100 Roundup—8/27/11

Drake—”Headlines” #13 Is this guy capable of doing anything but feel sorry for himself? Fame didn’t turn out to be as much fun as he thought it would be; no one understands him or how hard he works; and there … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/25/11

Paramore—”Monster” #36 As their craft improves their energy, though still strong, becomes more streamlined and automatic, and less interesting. This is above-average pop-metal, but if the song weren’t so obviously about the band’s fractious split last year, would anybody care? … Continue reading

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What a business

For those who have been wondering when Paramore’s Hayley Williams would launch a solo career, it looks like she did it a long time ago—she just didn’t tell anybody. Not sure how much of this story can be trusted (the … Continue reading

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New this week—6/6/10

Lee DeWyze “Beautiful Day”, #24 “Hallelujah”, #44h “The Boxer”, #88 DeWyze won American Idol not because all the tweens voted for the cutest guy, but because the story he lived on the show was better than any backstory anyone else … Continue reading

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New this week—4/25/10

B.o.B. featuring Hayley Williams—”Airplanes” #12 The airplanes as shooting stars image is old, but it’s a good one, conjuring up a specifically urban sensibility, and as a somewhat self-pitying description of the travails of the rap life, B.o.B’s verses aren’t … Continue reading

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