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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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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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Hot 100 Roundup—1/28/12

Train—“Drive By” #60 There are lots of reasons why I should like Train. Their songs are bouncy and catchy, well-crafted, and even demonstrate some intelligence. Their lyrics, though never great, are generally free of cliché, and have an offhand quality … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—12/24/11

Glee Cast “We Are Young”, #12 “Survivor/I Will Survive”, #51 “Man In the Mirror”, #76 “ABC”, #88 “Red Solo Cup”, #92 T-Pain featuring Lil Wayne—”Bang Bang Pow Pow” #48 After the failure of two strong singles a year or so … 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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Hot 100 Roundup—4/2/11

Glee Cast “Loser Like Me”, #6 “Get It Right”, #16 “Raise Your Glass”, #36 “Blackbird”, #37 “Misery”, #52 “Hell To the No”, #53 “Candles”, #71 Of the three original songs, “Loser Like Me” is bearable, “Get It Right” isn’t, and … Continue reading

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Bubbling Under—3/19/11

Keith Urban—”Without You” #107 It’s gotta be his looks, right? That and the oh so sincere little cracks in his voice. Granted, his songs and arrangements aren’t as tastelessly bombastic as say, Rascal Flatts, but his music is just as … Continue reading

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Hot 100 Roundup—9/19/10

Selena Gomez & the Scene—”A Year Without Rain” #35 I’m rooting for Gomez, but this doesn’t work. The song is too ordinary, the techno background doesn’t swell and highlight the melody the way it should (possibly because there is no … Continue reading

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