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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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Sex & Death
Hot 100 Roundup—11/17/12

The Band Perry—“Better Dig Two” #53 In which the group who jump-started their career with “If I Die Young” goes full bore into country gothic. The woman in “Better Dig Two” not only vows to follow her husband in death, … Continue reading

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Half Full
Hot 100 Roundup—6/23/12

Justin Bieber featuring Ludacris—“All Around the World” #22 You knew the Eurodisco was coming, right? But this is better than expected, with a great beat and all sorts of nice touches (love those live-sounding drum fills). Bieber’s singing continues to … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/3/11

Lil Wayne featuring Drake—”She Will” #3 Not terrible, just boring. Wayne gets off a few good lines, and at least Drake isn’t wallowing in self-pity. But the whole thing is so torpid it’s almost beyond belief. There are pauses where … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—7/23/11

Thompson Square—”I Got You” #108 Another sign that the most powerful outside influence on country is no longer the Eagles, or even Fleetwood Mac, but Tom Petty. The Hammond organ is the giveaway, along with the occasional elegiac sustained chord … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/26/10

Lil Wayne Featuring Cory Gunz—”6 Foot 7 Foot” #9 The background provided by Bangladesh is so stupid—and not in a good way—that it almost ruins the record for me. Wayne himself saves it. His gnomic notes to himself—you can almost … Continue reading

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