Monthly Archives: March 2014

Lady Gaga – Born This Way

First Hit #1: February 26, 2011 Now Lady Gaga takes a crack at the inspirational, love yourself single. Because it’s Lady Gaga, it received an ambitious and bizarre video, which comes complete with an overly long bit of storytelling at … Continue reading

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Wiz Khalifa – Black and Yellow

First Hit #1: February 19, 2011 Wiz Khalifa has a nice car. This is basically what I’ve been able to glean from Black and Yellow, yet another needlessly repetitive song about wealth. My familiarity with Khalifa had been mostly concerned … Continue reading

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Britney Spears – Hold it Against Me

First Hit #1: January 29, 2011 Britney Spears’ comeback has been arguably about her producers rather than her own abilities. Hold It Against Me, at least, gives her a big chorus where she has the space to sing, between the … Continue reading

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Bruno Mars – Grenade

First Hit #1: January 8, 2011 Bruno Mars has a pretty great voice, and Grenade also has a pretty great arrangement, heavy percussion and an odd electric piano together making a song that actually sounds surprisingly tough and has a … Continue reading

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Katy Perry – Firework

First Hit #1: December 18, 2010 Katy Perry’s inspiration to the downtrodden was inevitable. Teenage Dream was basically an album about everything being amazing and everyone being awesome, and with the stories of bullying inspiring other songs, with varying degrees … Continue reading

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Pink – Raise Your Glass

First Hit #1: December 11, 2010 The instinct to make a song about inspiring people to embrace their unique qualities and the instinct to make songs about getting very drunk don’t really mesh as well as Pink and Kesha seem … Continue reading

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Rihanna – Only Girl in the World

First Hit #1: December 4, 2010 Rihanna’s second chart topper – but first single – of her bright red hair period isn’t all that different from her first one, a forceful come on. Well Drake’s not here, and it moves … Continue reading

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