New On The Hot 100 This Week: Taylor Swift's "Ronan," PSY's "Gangnam Style," And More



No. 64: PSY, "Gangnam Style"

"Gangnam Style" is imitative, but at such a high level—more sophisticated and tightly structured—that it comes close to topping its models. At the same time, I don't buy the idea that its social commentary is in any way deep or revolutionary, even for South Korea. Mocking the rich is an ancient pastime in all parts of the world, and censorship in South Korea isn't as draconian as some suggest it is. "Gangnam Style"'s satire doesn't go much deeper than, say, LMFAO's (one of PSY's more obvious models), and in many ways it's gentler. The song is an inspired piece of silliness, but that's almost all it has to be.

No. 96: Lil Wayne featuring Detail, "No Worries"

After lip-syncing what may be the worst verse of his career on the VMAs, even a record as inconsequential as "No Worries" is an improvement for Lil Wayne. That said, here he seems to be totally uninterested in creating continuity or following any thought for more than a bar; the result is an endless series of puns and one-liners, each more deadening than the one before. Even the line where he admits to once again enjoying cunnilingus sounds forced.

No. 100: Beyoncé, "Dance For You"

A slow grind so obviously dedicated to Jay-Z that listening to it is almost embarrassing. Sure, I wonder what their home life is like, but I'd prefer to stay out of their bedroom. This song's mixture of romance and eroticism doesn't always gel, but the coda, where Beyonce indulges in a slow-motion orgasm, whispering "Yes" over and over while the guitar player channels the spirit of Eddie Hazel, saves the record.

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PopSlave
PopSlave

About  "You should buy it."

I am curious what Taylor Swift is doing, since  she's featured in the article. If she was never mentioned again I'm not sure I'd notice. I think you're saying not that we should buy a fake, artificial song but that we should support some good cause? Maybe we should skip the whole "listening to Taylor Swift's new song" thing and just talk about the cause.

If a song sounds fake and you're buying it to support a cause, I think "you should buy it" is horrible advice from a record reviewer.  

katiemisaac
katiemisaac

I agree with JD41... as a long time reader of RockStar Ronan the blog, this song was perfectly written and delivered. Most all of the lyrics were taken from mama Maya's real life words over the previous two years and eloquently strung together for this heart felt song. Even some of Ronan's very own words were used as I can remember watching a video of him taken in the hospital after his first surgery saying he was going to be an 'army guy' when he grew up. This song could have only been written by a long time reader of Ronan's story and no detail was spared. 

JD41
JD41

Another "music critic" that hasn't done their homework, Robert Myers--quite frankly, nothing worse than a critic that's uninformed.  Nevertheless-- hats off  to you for not bashing T. Swift too badly.   Had you done you're homework you might have discovered that words and direction for the song were taken directly from the ongoing blog from Ronan's mother, Maya Thompson.  A blog that has been in existance for over a year, following from the point of diagnosis of her son, through his death and all the days that have followed.  Swift followed that blog and used it and the information written  to write the song.  So, to say that she's writing beyond her experience?  hmmm....certainly not her own personal experience, but she has used the day-to-day experiences of a person that lived the scenario and continues to live it.  What better words than those of a grieving mother to get the point across--written from the mother's perspective.  And quite frankly, if you've read the commentary and interviews with the mother over the last few days you'd know that they feel completely differently than you do--and probably the rest of the public.  Even the swift-haters mananged to say a few positive words.  Really, at the end of the day, the only opinion that counts is Maya Thompson and her family.  I wonder what makes you an expert?

bnwmoore
bnwmoore

 @JD41

 Just what i was thinking , i would only add, that she was sobbing, and so were the rest of the people that heard her sing the song,Some people spend a lot of time picking other peoples work apart ,, and in your case , maby u should stick to picking your nose! 

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