Tag Archives: Ryan Tedder

Promises Promises
Hot 100 Roundup—7/19/14

Ariana Grande featuring Zedd—“Break Free” #15 If Grande wants to be the second coming of Mariah Carey (or third, since the second was Mariah herself), I’d prefer she take her business elsewhere. But if she decides to become an EDM … Continue reading

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Beyonceworld: Hot 100 Roundup—1/4/14

Beyonce “Drunk In Love” (featuring Jay Z), #12 “XO”, #66 “Mine” (featuring Drake), #99 I have a lot of respect for Beyonce. Detailing all her virtues would be redundant, especially considering how much has been written by others over the … Continue reading

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Dopes: Hot 100 Roundup—11/23/13

Lady Gaga—“Dope” #8 Gaga’s love for seventies-style piano ballads is her greatest weakness, and “Dope” is one of the worst records she’s ever made. The song, with its melodramatic pauses and overloaded metaphors, is bad enough, but Gaga’s slurred vocals, … 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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Skimming the Surface: Hot 100 Roundup—1/26/13

One thing that the new singles dominated market is starting to do is destroy the old release schedule paradigm. Last year’s summer lull was barely a lull at all, and here in mid-January the big guns are putting singles out … Continue reading

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Exposure

I’ve been reviewing pop singles on this blog for almost eight years, and I’ve never gotten a reaction like I’m getting to my review in the Village Voice of OneRepublic’s new single. Part of it is numbers (I’ve never averaged … Continue reading

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WTF?
Hot 100 Roundup—7/14/12

Owl City & Carly Ray Jepsen—“Good Time” #18 Adam Young, better known as Owl City, should not try to be David Guetta (especially if he’s going to sing), and Carly Rae Jepsen, who, despite “Call Me Maybe”, still needs to … Continue reading

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A Batch of Near Misses
Hot 100 Roundup—6/2/12

Kenny Chesney—“Come Over” #59 The mindless “Feel Like a Rock Star” to the contrary, in many ways Chesney has matured as an artist, and he’s become especially effective at songs like this, which emphasize a sense of regret while hinting … Continue reading

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The Great, the Bad, and the Vaguely
Hot 100 Roundup—3/10/12

B.o.B.—“So Good” #11 One thing you can say about Bruno Mars, when he writes made-to-order hooks for other people’s records they at least have some emotional edge to them, which is more than Ryan Tedder, who’s responsible for this one, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/26/11

Taylor Swift “If This Was a Movie”, #10 “Ours”, #13 “Superman”, #26 Swift’s detractors are no doubt salivating over the idea of her releasing a live album, but in the meantime they have to deal with these three new studio … Continue reading

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