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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—2/6/11

LMFAO featuring Lauren Bennett & GoonRock—”Party Rock Anthem” #78 I have no idea who GoonRock are or is, but I’ll assume they’re responsible for the beat, which isn’t bad—a somewhat derivative mix of Pitbull and The Black Eyed Peas with … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—10/24/10

Taylor Swift—”Back To December” #6 The problem with most pop and country ballads isn’t that they’re slow and lugubrious (though they often are), but that they’re so damned predictable. You can see every turn in the melody and lyric (if … Continue reading

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The year so far

According to almost everyone, 2010 has been a great year in just about every genre: alternative, country, hip-hop, techno—great records have been popping up everywhere, from both new and old artists, with a full schedule of promising releases to come. … Continue reading

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New this week—5/2/10

Glee Cast “Like A Prayer”, #27 “Borderline/Open Your Heart”, #72 “Like A Virgin”. #87 “4 Minutes”, #89 Madonna has taken a lot of criticism for her voice over the years—lack of strength, lack of range, lack of flexibility, yada yada … Continue reading

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New this week—3/28/10

Justin Bieber—“U Smile” #27 Musically, this is the most pleasant thing Bieber has done since “One Less Lonely Girl”, but it’s still bland, and also a bit creepy. Bieber’s genuflection to his fan base is about as abject as can … Continue reading

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New this week

Glee Cast “Sweet Caroline”, #34 “Bust A Move”, #93 The cover of Neil Diamond’s hoary old chestnut does a pretty good job of puncturing Diamond’s self-importance, if only because the singer is incapable of the sort chest thumping fullness of … Continue reading

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New this week

Selena Gomez—”Magic” #61 As seventies power pop staples go, I’ve never thought much of Pilot’s “Magic”. Pristinely produced by Alan Parsons, it’s a stiff Badfinger rip-off, second-rate Beatles twice removed. Compared to this version, however—part of the Wizards of Waverly … Continue reading

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New this week

Hannah Montana “He Could Be the One” #10 “I Wanna Know You” (featuring David Archuleta) #74 “Ice Cream Freeze (Let’s Chill)” #87 Miley Cyrus, either as Hannah Montana or as herself, is the living definition of bubblegum: pretty and pink … Continue reading

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New This Week

Mitchel Musso—“Hey” #70 More Disney pop (cast member of Hannah Montana, brother in Metro Station): less punk than the Jonas Brothers, less pop than Miley Cyrus, more mature sounding and less interesting than both. Beyonce—“Ego” #77 This is the most … Continue reading

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