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Half ‘n’ Half
Hot 100 Roundup—8/11/12

Pusha T & Kanye West—“New God Flow” #89 West, like he always does, runs away with this record at the end, when his chant promoting G.O.O.D. Music takes over (doing a call and response with himself is not only funny … Continue reading

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Good Records From Bad People
Hot 100 Roundup—5/5/12

Maroon 5 featuring Wiz Khalifa—“Payphone” #3 The sheer hackery of this record is revealed by the very elements that are designed to disguise it. That is, the subject matter itself—just mentioning payphones these days is guaranteed to get people’s attention: … Continue reading

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Occupy Disney Pop

Great piece by Mike Barthel on the Miley Cyrus/Rockmafia video in support of Occupy Wall Street, which makes use of a remixed version of Cyrus’s “Liberty Walk”. Barthel is right in noting that’s there’s no reason for people to be … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/12/11

Coldplay featuring Rihanna—”Princess of China” #20 The grander the statement, the vaguer and more ordinary the music becomes. Rihanna adds nothing, because there’s nothing to be added to. In the context of the album the lyrics might make sense—though I … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/25/11

Paramore—”Monster” #36 As their craft improves their energy, though still strong, becomes more streamlined and automatic, and less interesting. This is above-average pop-metal, but if the song weren’t so obviously about the band’s fractious split last year, would anybody care? … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—4/23/11

Blake Shelton—”Honey Bee” #13 As the rock end of country slowly progresses through the past, it makes the small step from The Eagles to Tom Petty. Shelton makes the transition obvious by cutting what’s essentially a re-write of “Don’t Do … 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—3/26/11

Glee Cast “Landslide”, #23 “Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)”, #57 “Animal”, #62 “Kiss”, #83 Eli Young Band—”Crazy Girl” #59 I like the sound of this, especially the steel guitars, which go for timbre and intensity rather than the … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—11/14/10

Tim McGraw—”Felt Good On My Lips” #26 This sounds sexier than most country, and I like the way McGraw changes up the meaning of the title line as he goes along; all very professional. Like a lot of country, though, … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/5/10

Kid Cudi featuring Kanye West—”Erase Me” #22 Nerd rap has been around for a while, of course, but so far I don’t think anyone has has taken the trouble to mix it with nerd rock. So here it is: Kid … Continue reading

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