Tag Archives: Trey Songz

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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Pop and Power Ploys: Hot 100 Roundup—2/8/14

Austin Mahone featuring Pitbull—“Mmm Yeah” #60 No matter how I try I find it impossible to understand why anyone with any business sense would push a nondescript talent like Mahone. Somebody’s investing a lot of money in this kid, who’s … Continue reading

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Muy Loco: Hot 100 Roundup—9/14/13

Eminem—“Berzerk” #3 As good as it is to see Eminem running at full, sober throttle again, the fact remains that “Berzerk” is a hopeless, chaotic jumble—it’s a tribute to Rick Rubin’s production skills that it makes any sense at all. … 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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Pop is Strange
Hot 100 Roundup—4/14/12

Justin Bieber—“Boyfriend” #2 This may be a magic leap in quality and maturity for Bieber, but it’s still derivative as hell—music via Justin Timberlake, phrasing via Chris Brown. And the lyrics are dumb on every level. The worst isn’t the … Continue reading

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Confusion
Hot 100 Roundup—3/24/12

John Mayer—“Shadow Days” #42 John Mayer would like you to know that after crashing on his hotel room floor and doing something despicable to an unnamed young lady (no guesses, please), that he has gotten over his shadow days and … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/17/11

Glee Cast “Perfect”, #57 “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”, #59 “I Kissed A Girl”, #66 “I’m the Only One”, #86 “Constant Craving”, #89 Nicki Minaj—”Roman In Moscow” #64 Not sure what to make of this. It’s so busy you … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/18/11

Coldplay—”Every Teardrop Is a Waterfall” #29 Producer Brian Eno continues to toughen them up musically, but the lyrics are as self-obsessed as ever. This one posits romantic revolution for record nerds, where sitting in your room and listening to daring … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—6/11/11

Scotty McCreery—”I Love You This Big” #11 Lauren Alaina—”Like My Mother Does” #20 At first listen it seems as if the latest American Idol survivors have been granted better material than previous winners. But even though these songs are more … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under 5/21/11

Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett—”Knee Deep” #104 Brown’s imitative powers are impressive, and I bet he worked his ass off getting this right, but this is the sort of knockoff Buffett could write in his sleep, and often does, … Continue reading

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