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Insanity, Fever, Drugs, and Other Lies
Hot 100 Roundup—4/12/14

Shakira—“Empire” #58 “Empire” is so insane that I couldn’t tell you whether it’s any good or not. Shakira borrows half a dozen different vocal effects, invents a few of her own, ties them to some of the silliest lyrics you’ve … 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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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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Rocket Number Nine: Hot 100 Roundup—11/16/13

Eminem featuring Rihanna—“The Monster” #3 The hook and the beat are different, but Eminem has done this rap, in one variation or another, several times. He spends so much time explaining and excusing what he does that you wonder how … Continue reading

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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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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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The Grand Parade of Lifeless Packaging: Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/13

Mediocrity has always been the curse of the pop charts, but for the biggest debut week of the year to contain not one superior song has to be some kind of record. There are small pleasures to be had from … Continue reading

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The Usual Suspects: Hot 100 Roundup—7/6/13

One advantage of falling so far behind is that I know the fate of many of the records I review before writing about them. Instead of wondering whether they have the stuff to become hits, I can write my review … Continue reading

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Slow Down and Stop: Hot 100 Roundup—6/22/13

Miley Cyrus—“We Can’t Stop” #11 It’s not the drug references. It’s not even the lying about the drug references (Mike Will says she’s singing “dancing with Miley”, not molly, but even if you accept that bit of disingenuousness, how do … Continue reading

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Shake It Up: Hot 100 Roundup—3/2/13

The big news this week, of course, is the addition of YouTube streams to the formula Billboard uses to create the Hot 100. The new system propels “Harlem Shake” to number one (the first time a previously unknown artist has … Continue reading

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