Tag Archives: Shakira

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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Rage, Real and Imagined
Hot 100 Roundup—7/21/12

P!nk—“Blow Me (One Last Kiss)” #58 P!nk’s persona, the pop diva with the heart of a riot grrrl, can create interesting tensions in her music, but sometimes it forces her to overplay her hand. This is a step up from … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/2/11

Christina Grimmie—”Liar Liar” #103 This, coming after Christina Perri, is almost enough to make me think that no one named Christina should be allowed to make records. Granted, this is only mediocre, while Perri’s “Jar of Hearts” is unbearable, but … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—4/16/11

Jennifer Lopez featuring Lil Wayne—”I’m Into You” #101 I like this better than “On the Floor”, even though it’s less forward looking in style. But that’s only because I like Shakira, who Lopez blatantly imitates here, better than Pitbull. Lil … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/17/10

Taylor Swift—”Speak Now” #8 Another cute fairy tale, a song form at which Swift has become an absolute master. Sassy, funny, and sharply observed as always, only this one is streaked with some real bitterness, including details and descriptions that … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/10/10

Glee Cast “Toxic”, #16 “The Only Exception”, #26 “I’m A Slave 4 U”, #52 “Stronger”, #53 “Baby One More Time”, #54 “Me Against the Music”, #56 Lil Wayne “Gonorrhea” (featuring Drake), #17 “What’s Wrong With Them” (featuring Nicki Minaj), #42 … Continue reading

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South Africa

A while back, reviewing Shakira’s “Waka Waka”, I wrote about my disappointment with the lack of attention for newer music from South Africa. Over at The Daily Beast, Michaelangelo has provided an overview of what I was talking about. A … Continue reading

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New this week—6/20/10

Justin Bieber featuring Jaden Smith—”Never Say Never” #33 I was expecting it to be bad, but I wasn’t expecting it to be this bad. The problem isn’t Bieber, who acquits himself as well as can be expected (it actually helps … Continue reading

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New this week—5/9/10

Glee Cast “One Less Bell To Answer/A House Is Not a Home” (featuring Kristin Chenoweth), #53 “Beautiful”, #61 “Fire”, #64 “A House Is Not a Home”, #70 “Home” (featuring Kristin Chenoweth), #90 Though the rest of this week’s crop is … Continue reading

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