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Four Queens, a Would-be King, and Three Jokers: Hot 100 Roundup—11/9/13

Three or four years ago, a week in which Lady Gaga, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift, and Rihanna all put new songs into the Hot 100 would have been cause for rumination on the changes in pop culture and the future … 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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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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Giving Credit

A couple of weeks ago I attended a “Summer Social” at the Rhapsody offices here in Seattle. They opened the place up in the early evening so people could come by, take a tour, talk to staff, and, if they … Continue reading

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History Repeats Itself

Since I’m a great believer in cultural cycles, I often find myself looking for the historical parallels in current pop music, but this one came upon me unbidden, while I was listening to last week’s Hot 100: DJ/Producers like David … Continue reading

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Of Beez and Men
Hot 100 Roundup—4/21/12

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull—“Dance Again” #27 The music on the chorus is too garish, and Pitbull is wasted, but the verses are great, and this record officially establishes Lopez’s comeback as more successful than Madonna’s. Of course, Lopez achieved this … Continue reading

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Hunger Games, Dubstep Games
Hot 100 Roundup—4/7/12

Taylor Swift—“Eyes Open” #19 What’s surprising about all The Hunger Games songs I’ve heard is how literal they are, in the sense that they focus on particular aspects of the story rather than delivering the usual pop tropes and vaguely … Continue reading

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The Boss and The Beebs
Hot 100 Roundup—3/17/12

Far*East Movement featuring Justin Bieber—“Live My Life” #21 Bieber’s involvement in this record may be the main selling point to millions of teenagers, but his presence is a distraction. For that matter, so is Far*East Movement’s. It’s not that any … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/9/11

Blaire LeVoir—”Digital Kiss” #106 The idea for the intro is stolen from Prince (not from a song, but from a segue between songs), the sound from David Guetta or RedOne or some other garish electro producer, and the theme of … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—3/12/11

Jennifer Lopez featuring Pitbull—”On the Floor” #9 Anyone with any sense knows why this debuted in the top ten. Lopez’s presence on American Idol may, in fact, be the only reason this record was made at all. Some people have … Continue reading

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