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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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Just Kissing Down By the Riverbank
Hot 100 Roundup—5/24/14

Usher—“Good Kisser” #70 I’ll admit to never being much impressed by Usher. He’s made some great records (including this one), but, much like Beyonce, you can hear how hard he’s working, the calculation and ambition behind every moment. I know … Continue reading

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The Usual Suspects: Hot 100 Roundup—7/6/13

One advantage of falling so far behind is that I know the fate of many of the records I review before writing about them. Instead of wondering whether they have the stuff to become hits, I can write my review … Continue reading

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Luckier and Luckier: Hot 100 Roundup—5/4/13

Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams—“Get Lucky” #19 Good music is its own justification, and “Get Lucky” is OK, but I still find myself questioning its necessity. It’s more of a museum piece than a pop record, a careful reconstruction and … Continue reading

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Usher – “Go Missin’”

Usher has to have been disappointed by the reaction to the singles he released off of Looking 4 Myself. “Climax” got a well-deserved positive critical reaction, and was number one on the r&b chart, but only made it to 17 … Continue reading

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Best of the Hot 100, 2012

There seems to be general agreement that 2012 was not a good year for pop music—musically, commercially, or for those who cover it. I have my doubts about this (I have my doubts about the whole concept of good and … Continue reading

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Honestly, What’s A Critic?

Michele Catalano’s Tumblr post about being an “honest critic” and how she really isn’t a critic at all, despite having a regular music column on the Forbes website, isn’t worthy of much attention. She gets almost everything wrong, but there … Continue reading

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Bad Raps and Country Hacks
Hot 100 Roundup—11/24/12

A handful of biz professionals this week (yes, even The Wanted), trying to find a way to tinker with their sound enough to keep it either fresh or relevant (it doesn’t need to be both). Only The Wanted succeed, and … Continue reading

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Here Comes the Stampede
Hot 100 Roundup—10/5/12

As we ease, or force, our way into October, the release schedule continues to ramp up, and probably won’t ease off until Thanksgiving. It would be easier to be happy about this if the music were better. This week is … Continue reading

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Sucker for Disney Pop

According to my iTunes, I’ve listened to this more than anything else this year. (“Call Me Maybe” is number two; “Climax” number three). I make no apologies.

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