Tag Archives: Pitbull

Working Out, Going Out, Hanging Out
Hot 100 Roundup—12/13/14

James Newton Howard Featuring Jennifer Lawrence—“The Hanging Tree” #12 For a minute or so this almost works. Jennifer Lawrence’s singing, like the song itself, is simple and crude, which in the context of the movie is exactly what it should … Continue reading

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You’re Gonna Make It After All. And Then What?
Hot 100 Roundup—11/8/14

A hodgepodge this week: eleven records with only two of any quality, one by a new artist who’s most likely a oneshot (Dej Loaf), the other a decent throwaway by an artist capable of far better (Eric Church). But most … Continue reading

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Out, In, Up, Gone
Hot 100 Roundup—11/1/14

Taylor Swift—“Out Of The Woods” #18 The album may be called 1989, but the real source, for this song at least, is 1965 and the melodramatic girl-group sound of the Shangri-las. The wistful, echoing background vocals, the bracing shifts in … 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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Bring Out the Big Balloons!
Hot 100 Roundup—4/26/14

Ed Sheeran—“Sing” #15 With Pharrell in the producer’s chair, this was guaranteed to at least not be a rhythmic embarrassment. The acoustic guitar driven beat is a welcome change from the usual drum machines, Sheeran’s vocals are fine overall, and … Continue reading

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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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Pop and Power Ploys: Hot 100 Roundup—2/8/14

Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull—“Mmm Yeah” #60 No matter how I try I find it impossible to understand why anyone with any business sense would push a nondescript talent like Mahone. Somebody’s investing a lot of money in this kid, who’s … Continue reading

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Atmospherics: Hot 100 Roundup—10/26/13

Eminem—“Survival” #17 It’s not fair to blast Eminem for his bad taste in rock and roll. Most rappers, black or white, lean toward lugubrious power chords, and as far as I know only Ice-T has ever been able to make … Continue reading

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Sentiment and Schlock: Hot 100 Roundup—8/17/13

Enrique Igelsias—“Turn the Night Up” #62 It figured that Iglesias would jump on the EDM bandwagon, and also that it would be as clichéd and plastic as everything else he does. The only thing missing is a Pitbull feature. But … Continue reading

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Crazy Kids and Country Boys: Hot 100 Roundup—6/15/13

Ke$ha featuring will.i.am or Juicy J or Pitbull—“Crazy Kids” #59 The credits tell the tale. Ever since “Die Young” was pulled from radio (the decent thing to do, though the conflicting explanations that followed confused the issue) Ke$ha’s career has … Continue reading

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