Category Archives: 2009

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind

First Hit #1: November 28, 2009 Jay-Z likes New York. So does Alicia Keys, as it turns out, given her fairly passionate rendition of the chorus. This could honestly be a commission from the New York tourism board, it’s basically … Continue reading

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Jason Derulo – Whatcha Say

First Hit #1: November 14, 2009 Whatcha Say is a song about vocal processing and possibly a breakup. Sometimes I feel like I’m being a stick in the mud about the whole autotune thing, as though I should just accept, … Continue reading

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Owl City – Fireflies

First Hit #1: November 7, 2009 Is Fireflies a kid’s song? No song for grownup could get away with singing a line about lightning bugs giving people hugs and teaching them how to dance, that’s the kind of painfully earnest … Continue reading

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Britney Spears – 3

First Hit #1: October 24, 2009 Britney Spears is kind of an exercise in branding at this point. For this heavily processed song about threesomes – it’s as subtle as a brick to the face, if the brick was also … Continue reading

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Jay Sean feat. Lil Wayne – Down

First Hit #1: October 17, 2009 If you had a very advanced machine programmed to make a hit in 2009, it would probably produce something like Down. Pointless auto-tune, synth driven and fairly propulsive beat, Lil Wayne verse for some … Continue reading

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Black Eyed Peas – I Gotta Feeling

First Hit #1: July 11, 2009 I don’t hate part 2 of the summer of the Black Eyed Peas. I have plenty of reason to, it’s repetitive, the lyrics are pandering and lazy as hell, the vocals are over-processed to … Continue reading

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