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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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Feet Don’t Fail Me Now: Hot 100 Roundup—2/1/14

Shakira featuring Rihanna—“Can’t Remember to Forget You” #28 I think its fair to say that the last thing anyone would expect from either Shakira or Rihanna is ska, especially ska that sounds so 90s in origin. Neither singer comes across … Continue reading

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Insert Clever SEO Headline Pun Here: Hot 100 Roundup—1/18/14

The Fray—“Love Don’t Die” #81 Their toughened-up sound makes them more bearable—though you still have to listen to the lead mumbler suck in his saliva between every line (he’s so sincere about it, too)—but it doesn’t make their stockpile of … Continue reading

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Selling Music the Old-Fashioned Way?

That Taylor Swift’s Red had the biggest first week sales since 2002 isn’t much of a surprise. Swift has done everything she needed to do and then some to hold onto her fan base for the last two years, and … Continue reading

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Half ‘n’ Half
Hot 100 Roundup—8/11/12

Pusha T & Kanye West—“New God Flow” #89 West, like he always does, runs away with this record at the end, when his chant promoting G.O.O.D. Music takes over (doing a call and response with himself is not only funny … Continue reading

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I don’t make lists. I’ve made a list.

Even before they became the bane of the internet, I was never big on lists. Sometimes I enjoy them, and if they’re well done they can serve as a spark to thinking about things in a different way, but too … Continue reading

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Small Miracles
Hot 100 Roundup—3/31/12

Rascal Flatts—“Changed” #73 What’s happened to these guys? Can a change in label—from the Disney-owned and now defunct Lyric Street to the Nashville giant of independents, Big Machine—make that much difference? Or is it that anyone, no matter what their … Continue reading

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Everybody Dance Now
Hot 100 Roundup—3/3/12

Katy Perry—“Part Of Me” #1 Straightforward dance music like this does Perry a favor. The more she strays from groove and traditional structure the more irritating she becomes (it does something weird to her voice, for one thing). She also … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/24/11

Glee Cast “We Are Young”, #12 “Survivor/I Will Survive”, #51 “Man In the Mirror”, #76 “ABC”, #88 “Red Solo Cup”, #92 T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne—”Bang Bang Pow Pow” #48 After the failure of two strong singles a year or so … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/12/11

Coldplay featuring Rihanna—”Princess of China” #20 The grander the statement, the vaguer and more ordinary the music becomes. Rihanna adds nothing, because there’s nothing to be added to. In the context of the album the lyrics might make sense—though I … Continue reading

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