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Can I Put My Head Back In My Shell Now?
Hot 100 Roundup—8/30/14

Ariana Grande featuring Big Sean—“Best Mistake” #49 Hooking up with Big Sean is always a bad idea, and it’s even worse when the song isn’t up to scratch (or barely a song). Never that impressive to begin with, Ariana Grande … Continue reading

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They Got a Sayin’
Hot 100 Roundup—5/3/14

Lana Del Rey—“West Coast” #17 My difficulties with Del Rey revolve around performance rather than concept. Her intelligence is as obvious as her lack of vocal talent, and the music she places around her voice is smart but often overdone, … Continue reading

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Bring Out the Big Balloons!
Hot 100 Roundup—4/26/14

Ed Sheeran—“Sing” #15 With Pharrell in the producer’s chair, this was guaranteed to at least not be a rhythmic embarrassment. The acoustic guitar driven beat is a welcome change from the usual drum machines, Sheeran’s vocals are fine overall, and … Continue reading

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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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