Category Archives: 2013

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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Eminem feat. Rihanna – The Monster

First Hit #1: December 21, 2013 It’s the end of the year, time for Rihanna, though in a feature spot instead of a headline. Instead we have Eminem, and a bit of a retread. See, Love the Way You Lie … Continue reading

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Lorde – Royals

First Hit #1: October 12, 2013 It’s interesting that it’s taken this long to get a song that’s against hedonism. Lorde, with her minimal, finger-snap beat, has made a song about rejecting the hedonistic fantasy and then aiming for something … Continue reading

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Miley Cyrus – Wrecking Ball

First Hit #1: September 28, 2013 Miley Cyrus wants to be considered a grown up. Apparently that means getting naked. Yeah, the conversation surrounding Wrecking Ball starts with the insane video, which is kind of an attempt to be sexy … Continue reading

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Katy Perry – Roar

First Hit #1: September 14, 2013 Katy Perry’s general “everything is awesome” template did gain a wrinkle post-divorce, and Roar is pretty much “everything is awesome, except for some jerk who may or may not be my ex-husband”. So here … Continue reading

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Robin Thicke feat. T.I. and Pharrell – Blurred Lines

First Hit #1: June 22, 2013 Blurred Lines has the problem that Robin Thicke comes across as an unrelenting perv. He’s far from the first pop artist to come across as a perv, I mean R. Kelly has had a … Continue reading

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Macklemore & Ryan Lewis feat. Ray Dalton – Can’t Hold Us

First Hit #1: May 18, 2013 Can’t Hold Us isn’t really the follow up to Thrift Shop. Oh sure, it hit later, and it follows the general pattern of an artist going a bit more serious and thoughtful after smashing … Continue reading

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