Hot 100 Roundup: Jerrod Niemann Gets Happy, Passion Pit Tells A Sad Story, Karmin Remains Annoying, And More

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This week the new entries in the Hot 100 attain a near-perfect balance: Two good to great records (Passion Pit and Jerrod Niemann), two terrible ones (Karmin and Macklemore), and a bunch of mediocre stuff in the middle. Over the course of a year, the quality of the Hot 100 usually settles into a normal probability curve, but it's rare to see the entire spectrum in a single week of new arrivals.

No. 61: OneRepublic, "Feel Again"

Unlike every other record Ryan Tedder has been associated with (Kelly Clarkson's "Already Gone" being the one exception), "Feel Again" doesn't make me sputter with disgust every time I hear it. The usual pretentiousness is subdued, as are the drums, and Tedder's occasional attempts at soulfulness are simply mistakes, rather than embarrassments. The gospel touches are pale imitations but at least they aren't overplayed. OneRepublic has finally crossed over from major irritant to minor mediocrity. They can now be ignored in peace.

No. 73: Lupe Fiasco & Guy Sebastian, "Battle Scars"

Is "Battle Scars" Fiasco's attempt to rectify his not picking up on the star-making "Nothing On You," or his record company's revenge? Whatever the case, his energies are obviously directed elsewhere: gender politics, conspiracy theories, turning Howard Zinn's and Chris Hedges's books into verses. Anything but love. After the first verse Fiasco is barely on this track, and considering his love-is-a-battlefield clichés that's probably just as well. Except that it leaves us with nothing but Guy Sebastian's pale Bruno Mars imitation.

No. 89: Karmin, "Hello"

"Hello" is what Glee would sound like if it was set in a prep school. Since Amy Heidemann isn't yelping "Cheerio!" at the end of every line, this song is less irritating than "Brokenhearted," but she still sings like an entitled, self-superior, spoiled brat, so much so that you wish someone would send her to her room until she learns how to behave around grown-ups (better known in her fantasy world as "the help"). Heidemann and her partner do know how to write, or at least steal hooks, and their music is as bright and bouncy as it is dead and dispiriting. But that only makes them more dangerous, especially when they're lifting their choruses from Nirvana.



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afd252
afd252

really loving "shinin' on me!" can't wait for jerrod's album. check out his website for contests and more music! 

eaistrop
eaistrop

So glad you mentioned Jerrod! I've been obsessed with his new song "Shinin' On Me." He's been giving it away for free download on his site :) Roll on October so I can get the whole album!!

gemmel.grimm
gemmel.grimm

Damn, I was just going to ignore this as everyone has a right to their opinion (however wrong it may be). Let me just clue you in, because you sound more ignorant than the day is long, especially with what you said about Ryan Tedder and OneRepublic. I've never met anyone who doesn't like their music, many people haven't yet fully discovered them as a band, but they love all their songs. People connect with his songs, and rarely have I found an artist where every single one of their songs are as good as their hits. As for all the records Ryan has been associated with (far too many to even count), he's worked with many other talented artists who have all benefited greatly from the collaborations. There is a lot of garbage out there being called music nowadays and based on what you said here I wonder if that's what you'd prefer.

gemmelRgrimm
gemmelRgrimm

@Tareq1R Also, remember to always be selective, don't waste your talents/time on people that are beneath you. Like that scum who wrote that!

gemmelRgrimm
gemmelRgrimm

@Tareq1R No! Don't kill this ignorant loser #OneRepublicSoldiers That would be premeditated homicide. You'd go to jail. You'd go to jail.

dinahhmite
dinahhmite

@Tareq1R I M sure Ryan T takes it all in stride... Always gonna b haterz. Best to ignore... @OneRepublic I LUV them!

1RBrasil
1RBrasil

@Tareq1R I pity that person, he or she has serious mental problems hahaha ¬¬'

FloraCam
FloraCam

@tareq1r sorry but what is it? I'm on my phone and a can't open this site. is it important? really sorry..

cmolanphy
cmolanphy

I am a huge Passion Pit fan who adores the first album, but I seem to be alone among critics in finding "Take a Walk" the most hemmed-in, least interesting song Michael Angelakos has released. I keep giving it another chance thinking I'm going to love it, and it keeps not happening. (My all-time faves by him/them are "To Kingdom Come" and the positively infectious "Little Secrets.") Maybe if it actually becomes a hit and I hear it blaring from a radio I'll change my mind.

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@gemmelRgrimm well said ;) da hell with him....he doesn't know a thing about real music.... long live de awesome #OneRepublic

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@1RBrasil lol yeah seriously but who gives a damn about him let him 'bark' as much as he want no one will give a damn ;) #OneRepublic 4 EVER

aydan_has
aydan_has

@FloraCam @tareq1r I guess the person who wrote this listens to Hard Metal or something I don't know. No other meaning I can see

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@FloraCam hey no problem at all..it's just a stupid person who says #FeelAgain is disgusting...he must be KILLED #OneRepublic 4 EVER

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@ashley_korny HELL #MAD I can't leave a comment.....I swear I'd kill this loser..he doesn't know a thing about real music da hell with him

Nifigace
Nifigace

@love_you_russia Это слишком милосердно

gemmelRgrimm
gemmelRgrimm

@Tareq1R @FloraCam @OneRepublic Having said that, I couldn't help myself & had to comment. Now I'm marchin on. #OneRepublic #FeelAgain

1RBrasil
1RBrasil

@Tareq1R hahaha crazy! just ignore that person surely only does this because he wants attention! and totally don't deserve my attention ;D

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@aydan_has @floracam yeah I guess so...seriously what's wrong with him..not just #OneRepublic all of the others...da hell with him

FloraCam
FloraCam

@tareq1r oh really? stupid guy...

ashley_korny
ashley_korny

@Tareq1R u wanna kill him?no problem... I can help you cover the traces...

love_you_russia
love_you_russia

@Nifigace Предварительно запытав до полусмерти, уговорила)) Не могу видеть, когда какие-то выпендрёжники гонят на наших ><

Tareq1R
Tareq1R

@1RBrasil exactly soldier ;) very well said #OneRepublic #FeelAgain #3rdAlbum #LifeInColor #November13

ashley_korny
ashley_korny

@1RLen_ik yeap. for sure! that's the only explain... but it doesn't change anything. He's asshole!

1RLen_ik
1RLen_ik

@ashley_korny he must be deaf or totally stupid!!!

ashley_korny
ashley_korny

@1RLen_ik you r right! Can't believe that some1 could say anything like that... :// #WAR

1RLen_ik
1RLen_ik

@ashley_korny @Tareq1R i'm goin w/ you! He's an asshole!!!

Nifigace
Nifigace

@love_you_russia убить, всех убить

love_you_russia
love_you_russia

@Nifigace Бесятся, что им никогда не стать такими успешными, как Райан и Ко, муахаха :D

Nifigace
Nifigace

@love_you_russia да вообще обнаглели ><

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