Tag Archives: Wiz Khalifa

I Luh Ya Pop
Hot 100 Roundup—3/29/14

Soko—“We Might Be Dead By Tomorrow” #9 Yet another YouTube flash, debuting in the top ten and disappearing completely the next week. Soko herself isn’t a flash—she made a wonderful record with Cornershop a couple of years ago—but this is … Continue reading

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It’s Just a Reflection of a Reflection, Honest: Hot 100 Roundup—9/28/13

Zedd featuring Haley Williams of Paramore—“Stay the Night” #51 Another step toward the mixing of EDM with more traditional pop music, and the best of the bunch so far (though considering the competition—Avicii and Swedish House Mafia—that may not be … Continue reading

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Hanging in There: Hot 100 Roundup—6/8/13

I’ve fallen way behind, which I feel some need to explain to those twenty or so people—most of whom I know by sight—who continue to read this column. Mostly I’ve fallen behind because I’ve been working on something totally unrelated … 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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Mediocrity is a Spongiform Virus from Outer Space: Hot 100 Roundup—4/6/13

The main symptoms of which are ennui and procrastination, hence the lateness of this. It isn’t just that mediocre records are hard to write about, though they are, but they drain whatever energy you have for writing, as well. And … 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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Winding Down
Hot 100 Roundup—12/22/12

Now that the Bruno Mars and Wiz Khalifa albums are out (and Big Boi, too, though his chart presence is not exactly commanding at this point), we can say that the year is truly at an end. There’s still one … Continue reading

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The Voices In My Head
Hot 100 Roundup—12/8/12

After three years of running rampant on the Hot 100, it appears that Glee has finally lost its touch. Last season the show was putting three to four songs on the chart every week. So far this season, after eight … Continue reading

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Red and m.A.A.d.
Hot 100 Roundup—11/10/12

Taylor Swift “22”, #44 “I Almost Do”, #65 “Everything Has Changed” (featuring Ed Sheeran), #67 “All Too Well”, #80 “Stay Stay Stay”, #91 Red see-saws between relationships in bloom and relationships that have wilted, with a couple of turns into … Continue reading

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A Week of Near Misses
Hot 100 Roundup—10/19/12

One Direction—“Live While We’re Young” #3 I have nothing against party music or teen lust, and I could even forgive the Clash rip-off of the intro, but this is crass and insulting. “Let’s get some” is not something you say … Continue reading

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