Friday, September 22, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 9/30/17: Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (3)

Okay, so our top 5 is somehow extremely weak at this time, and any major new release could bump in and add even more energy to the already un-stability that is the top 5. And unfortunately, if you looked at the top of the iTunes, Apple Exclusive, and Spotify charts in the U.S., you'd know what I'm talking about. Before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the songs dropping out:

No Fear- DeJ Loaf (#100)
Reminder- The Weeknd (#99)
Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#98)
Sky Walker- Miguel/Travis Scott (#97)

Revenge- XXXTENTACION (#96)
Neon Guts- Lil Uzi Vert/Pharrell (#94)
X- Lil Uzi Vert (#93)
Dark Queen- Lil Uzi Vert (#91)
Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#88)
My Girl- Dylan Scott (#87)

100. 444+222- Lil Uzi Vert (#79)
99. Let Me Go- Hailee Steinfeld/Alesso (DEBUT)
98. Pills & Automobiles- Chris Brown/Yo Gotti/A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (DEBUT)
97. No Complaints- Metro Boomin/Offset/Drake (RE-ENTRY)
96. Fix A Drink- Chris Janson (#95)
95. I Could Use A Love Song- Maren Morris (#92)
94. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#83)
93. Wish I Knew You- Revivalists (#84)
92. Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (#55)
91. Light It Up- Luke Bryan (#85)
90. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#80)
89. Questions- Chris Brown (#89)
88. Relationship- Young Thug/Future (#90)
87. These Heaux- Bhad Bhabie (#77)
86. More Girls Like You- Kip Moore (#82)
85. No Limit- G-Eazy/A$AP Rocky/Cardi B (DEBUT)
84. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#75)
83. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#71)
82. Greatest Love Story- LANCO (#86)
81. Gucci Gang- Lil Pump (DEBUT)
80. Found You- Kane Brown (DEBUT)
79. Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares- XXXTENTACION (#70)
78. Every Little Thing- Carly Pearce (#78)
77. They Don't Know- Jason Aldean (#76)
76. Whatever You Need- Meek Mill/Chris Brown/Ty Dolla $ign (#72)
75. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#74)
74. Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (#65)
73. I'll Name The Dogs- Blake Shelton (DEBUT)
72. Back To You- Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals (#64)
71. Bad At Love- Halsey (#81)
70. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#66)
69. B.E.D.- Jacquees (#69)
68. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#59)
67. Sauce It Up- Lil Uzi Vert (#57)
66. All The Pretty Girls- Kenny Chesney (#67)
65. Glorious- Macklemore/Skylar Grey (#68)
64. Havana- Camila Cabello/Young Thug (#73)
63. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#60)
62. Love So Soft- Kelly Clarkson (DEBUT)
61. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#58)
60. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#51)
59. Silence- Marshmello/Khalid (#54)
58. Transportin'- Kodak Black (#46)
57. Fuck Love- XXXTENTACION/Trippie Redd (#49)
56. New Rules- Dua Lipa (#62)
55. The Way Life Goes- Lil Uzi Vert (#47)
54. The Weekend- SZA (#61)
53. Roll In Peace- Kodak Black/XXXTENTACION (#53)
52. Heartache On The Dance Floor- Jon Pardi (#56)
51. Crew- GoldLink/Brent Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#52)
50. Do Re Mi- Blackbear (#50)
49. When It Rains It Pours- Luke Combs (#48)
48. The Race- Tay-K (#44)
47. Unforgettable- Thomas Rhett (#63)
46. Mask Off- Future (#43)
45. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#42)
44. Dusk Till Dawn- Zayn Malik/Sia (DEBUT)
43. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#39)
42. Jocelyn Flores- XXXTENTACION (#38)
41. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#34)
40. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#45)
39. LOYALTY- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#36)
38. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#41)
37. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Big Sean/Pharrell (#23)
36. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#37)
35. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#29)
34. Friends- Justin Bieber/BloodPop (#35)
33. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#24)
32. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#40)
31. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#28)
30. What About Us- P!nk (#32)
29. What Lovers Do- Maroon 5/SZA (#27)
28. Location- Khalid (#30)
27. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#25)
26. Young, Dumb, & Broke- Khalid (#33)
25. Praying- Kesha (#26)
24. I Get The Bag- Gucci Mane/Migos (#31)
23. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#21)
22. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#20)
21. ...Ready For It?- Taylor Swift (#4)
20. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#19)
19. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (#22)
18. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#17)
17. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran (#16)
16. Rake It Up- Yo Gotti/Nicki Minaj (#11)
15. Bank Account- 21 Savage (#12)
14. Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man (#18)
13. Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (#13)
12. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#14)
11. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#15)
10. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#10)
9. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#8)
8. Attention- Charlie Puth (#7)
7. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#9)
6. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#6)
5. Too Good At Goodbyes- Sam Smith (DEBUT)
4. Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (#3) [16 weeks]
3. 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#5)
2. Bodak Yellow- Cardi B (#2)
1. Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (#1) [3rd week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (5th of 12 weeks @ #1)

Biggest Drop: Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (-37)

Biggest Jump: Unforgettable- Thomas Rhett (+16)

Streaming Gainer: 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#3)

Digital Sales Gainer: Unforgettable- Thomas Rhett (#47)

Airplay Gainer: What Lovers Do- Maroon 5/SZA (#29)

Hot Shot Debut: Too Good At Goodbyes- Sam Smith (#5)


New Arrivals:
Oh yay, Drake is back after a brief but necessary absence from the charts. No seriously, I still hate this song, and there is no reason it should be back.

On paper looking at the artists, this immediately screamed bad idea to me. And yeah, this doesn't feel all that special to me. It has good production, well right up until that awful drop, where it sounds like Alesso toke a page from DJ Snake and the book of repetitive vocal drops a la Let Me Love You and Middle. I will give this song some credit though, it made Hailee Steinfeld more tolerable, and better than in her other hits like Starving and Most Girls. The production is fine, F.G.L. don't nearly annoy me as much as I was expecting, but it's not all that memorable to be honest, with little replay value for me. 

So Chris Brown decided to go for the generic trap banger and add some of the worst artists of 2017 onto to collab with him. How fucking lovely. And let's not forget that the vocal effects on Chris Brown's voice is probably the worst thing ever done to his voice. I mean it, his voice sounds so awful and robotic here. And then you have the lyrics, and I'm already bored to tears with this. It's just more and more of the same bragging abut how much sex they have, and how much of a star they are, and what does any of this has to do with pills and cars? I swear, not a single line is uttered says anything remotely involving pills or cars, just more bragging about sex and money, while having some of the worst vocals on Chris, A Boogie, and especially Kodak Black. It's a sad day when I have to give Yo Gotti some credit, at least he sounds interesting, but that's about it. Oh and there's also the fact the line "I'm just tryna change ya life" is uttered near the end of each chorus, so yeah there's that. 

Ugh God, why do we get another trap banger? And I swear, some of the instrumentals in the back that I can barely hear sound eerily similar. Once again, this is just another boring trap banger of the artists involved all bragging about money, and sex, like we already don't have enough of that shit already. If I can say anything positive though, is at least the flow is good, I guess.

Yet another example of boring trap bangers that I am sick of. Another generic trap beat, awful vocals from someone who just shouldn't sing at all, and more bragging about sex, money and drugs. And to make it worse, he repeats the words "Gucci Gang" to ad nauseam. Nothing more to add about this, NEXT! 

Predictable country song. Decent production, okay vocals, but it's lacking in that sense of replay value that most country songs will never have for me 

Have I mentioned that I never liked Blake Shelton, because I never have. I find his voice to be utter garbage, and his production and lyrical choices range from mediocre to outright crap. And as per usual, this ranges in the mediocre range, as the production is fine, but the lyrics about naming the babies and dogs, is kind of unsettling. I know what it's about, but just no, I don't wanna listen to this anymore than I have to. 

Why Kelly, why would you go from dance pop songs off of Piece By Piece to this soul-R&B-trap concoction that just doesn't work for you. For one, she sounds like she's trying way too hard to channel whatever inner R&B queen she's trying to unleash, but her voice sounds like it's on the verge of breaking. And it actually does, especially in the 2nd verse, which is unsettling for me, because Kelly's voice up until this point was always her best feature. Not to mention that even with a decent buildup and verses, the chorus is just unsettling for me. And the lyrics... again, is she trying to talk about her pussy or something about sex? I have always liked 95% of Kelly's music, but even with some of the decent production, I cannot defend her voice cracks, the weak production/drop in the chorus, and whatever the lyrics are supposed to be. And for an album titled Meaning Of Life, this doesn't seem to be anything what the meaning of life is. And her other song Move You is actually not that much about what the meaning of life is, but at least that song sounded like a soulful R&B song, this does not. 

Starts off slow, only to build-up to that chorus, with a good duet between Sia, and one of the worst 1D members and his awful falsetto. I can tolerate Zayn's falsetto in I Don't Wanna Live Forever, but here I can't. At least you have Sia to help keep this up, and honestly I am a good sucker for a duet like this. I'll take a love ballad duet than most other trap songs I'll tell you that. 

Normally been called the male Adele of music, I was somewhat excited, but also a little worried about this. We haven't really heard from Sam Smith since Omen with Latch back in 2015, which flopped unfortunately. At first I thought this was boring and pretty easy to ignore, but... that choir just fills me into the mood. God, another one of my weakness done by Sam Smith of all people. I don't think this is anything like what Adele did in 21 or 25 tbh, she had a voice and personality, but Sam just kind of fades into the background. I will admit, he has a more tolerable falsetto than most male singers, and he actually does sound emotional, which I can totally buy from this type of music from him. I already liked his older music from his first album like Stay With Me, I'm Not The Only One and Lay Me Down, and honestly, I don't mind this. I did say it was boring upon first listen, but now I don't mind it that much. Like with Adele back in 2015, welcome back Sam Smith, the pop world has certainly missed you. 

Too Good At Blurb-byes:
My guess is that Bodak Yellow or maybe rockstar by Post Malone will get #1 next week. LWYMMD has been dropping in streaming lost the top spot in sales, and it's radio momentum has almost completely stalled out. 

Not much blurbs this week, I'm too busy with school to be on here, and not much of any real interest happened this week. Sorry.
Top 20 Review:

0-Shit
20. XO TOUR Llif3
19. Bank Account
18. Rake It Up
17. Mi Gente
16. Strip That Down

1-Bad
15. Bodak Yellow
14. Despacito

2-Meh
NONE

3-Decent
13. Slow Hands
12. Feel It Still

4-Good
11. 1-800...
10. Too Good At Goodbyes

9. Sorry Not Sorry

5-Great
8. Believer
7. That's What I Like
6. Shape Of You
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
4. Unforgettable
3. Attention
2. Wild Thoughts
1. Look What You Made Me Do

Total Score: 60/100 (60%)

Total Hot 100 Score: 208/500 (41.6%)


Top 10:
1. Look What You Made Me Do
2. Wild Thoughts
3. Praying
4. ...Ready For It?
5. Attention
6. Thunder
7. Unforgettable
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
9. What Lovers Do
10. HUMBLE


Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. These Heaux
3. The Race
4. Gucci Gang
5. Magnolia
6. Bank Account
7. Body Like A Back Road
8. Congratulations
9. Rake It Up
10. Mask Off

Throwback Pick:
September- Earth, Wind & Fire (1979)

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 9/23/17: Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (2)

So now that we have entered the Fall season, I expect things to pick up around here even more. Especially after the slow as Hell Summer where nothing happened much, we finally will see some life being injected into the top 10. So before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the exits for this week. 

Down- Fourth Melody/Gucci Mane (#99)
Tell Me You Love Me- Demi Lovato (#97)
Carry On- XXXTENTACION (#95)
Save Me- XXXTENTACION (#94)
Depression & Obsession- XXXTENTACION (#91)
No Sleep Leak- Lil Uzi Vert (#90)

LOVE- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#85)

UnFazed- Lil Uzi Vert/The Weeknd (#84)
For Real- Lil Uzi Vert (#82)
Two- Lil Uzi Vert (#80)
DNA- Kendrick Lamar (#63)
It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#44)

100. No Fear- Def Loaf (DEBUT)
99. Reminder- The Weekdn (RE-ENTRY)
98. Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (RE-ENTRY)
97. Sky Walker- Miguel/Travis Scott (DEBUT)
96. Revenge- XXXTENTACION (#77)
95. Fix A Drink- Chris Janson (RE-ENTRY)
94. Neon Guts- Lil Uzi Vert/Pharrell (#79)
93. X- Lil Uzi Vert (#81)
92. I Could Use A Love Song- Maren Morris (RE-ENTRY)
91. Dark Queen- Lil Uzi Vert (#92)
90. Relationship- Young Thug/Future (RE-ENTRY)
89. Questions- Chris Brown (RE-ENTRY)
88. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#87)
87. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#88)
86. Greatest Love Story- LANCO (DEBUT)
85. Light It Up- Luke Bryan (#76)
84. Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists (#96)
83. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#100)
82. More Girls Like You- Kip Moore (#98)
81. Bad At Love- Halsey (DEBUT)
80. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#78)
79. 444+222- Lil Uzi Vert (#60)
78. Every Little Thing- Carly Pearce (#93)
77. These Heaux- Bhad Bhabie (DEBUT)
76. They Don't Know- Jason Aldean (#89)
75. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#66)
74. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#72)
73. Havana- Camila Cabello/Young Thug (#74)
72. Whatever You Need- Meek Mill/Chris Brown/Ty Dolla $ign (#74)
71. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#71)
70. Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares- XXXTENTACION (#54)
69. B.E.D.- Jacquees (#86)
68. Glorious- Macklemore/Skylar Grey (#69)
67. All The Pretty Girls- Kenny Chesney (#75)
66. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#70)
65. Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (#58)
64. Back To You- Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals (#62)
63. Unforgettable- Thomas Rhett (#65)
62. New Rules- Dua Lipa (#67)
61. The Weekend- SZA (#68)
60. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#53)
59. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#46)
58. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#59)
57. Sauce It Up- Lil Uzi Vert (#49)
56. Heartache On The Dance Floor- Jon Pardi (#57)
55. Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (#47)
54. Silence- Marshmello/Khalid (#52)
53. Roll In Peace- Kodak Black/XXXTENTACION (#61)
52. Crew- GoldLink/Brent Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#51)
51. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#48)
50. Do Re Mi- Blackbear (#50)
49. Fuck Love- XXXTENTACION/Tripple Redd (#41)
48. When It Rains, It Pours- Luke Combs (#56)
47. The Way Life Goes- Lil Uzi Vert (#39)
46. Transportin'- Kodak Black (#55)
45. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#45)
44. The Race- Tay-K (#64)
43. Mask Off- Future (#37)
42. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#43)
41. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#38)
40. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#40)
39. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#34)
38. Jocelyn Flores- XXXTENTACION (#31)
37. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#36)
36. LOYALTY- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#35)
35. Friends- Justin Bieber/BloodPop (#33)
34. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#30)
33. Young, Dumb, & Broke- Khalid (#32)
32. What About Us- P!nk (#28)
31. I Get The Bag- Gucci Mane/Migos (#42)
30. Location- Khalid (#29)
29. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#24) [1 week]
28. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#25)
27. What Lovers Do- Maroon 5/SZA (#73)
26. Praying- Kesha (#27)
25. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#26)
24. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#21)
23. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Big Sean/Pharrell (#22)
22. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (#23)
21. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#14) [1 week]
20. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#19)
19. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#16)
18. Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man (#20)
17. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#17) [1 week]
16. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran (#11) [12 weeks]
15. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#15)
14. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#10)
13. Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (#18)
12. Bank Account- 21 Savage (#12)
11. Rake It Up- Yo Gotti/Nicki Minaj (#13)
10. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#8)
9. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#7)
8. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#6)
7. Attention- Charlie Puth (#5)
6. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#4)
5. 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#9)
4. ...Ready For It- Taylor Swift (DEBUT)
3. Despacito- JB (#2) [16 weeks]
2. Bodak Yellow- Cardi B (#3)
1. Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (#1) [2nd week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (4th of 12 weeks @ #1)

Biggest Drop: Tie between 444+222- Lil Uzi Vert & Revenge- XXXTENTACION (-19)

Biggest Jump: What Lovers Do- Maroon 5/SZA (+46)

Streaming Gainer: 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#5)

Digital Sales Gainer: What Lovers Do- Maroon 5/SZA (#27)

Airplay Gainer: Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#15)

Hot Shot Debut: ...Ready For It?- Taylor Swift (#4)

New Arrivals:
We get a bunch of country songs I don't care about, a Chris Brown song I actually like, A Weeknd song that I think has already been wasted, and a Young Thug song I don't care about and hate.

I'll be honest, I do actually like this song. For one, it plays more to her R&B side, than hip-hop and rap, which is a good thing I'll admit. It has a good groove, the vibe in nice and relaxing, and I do love the gentle, guitar driven mood. It's a good love song, and I hope this turns out to be a success, because this is pretty good.

I haven't heard from Miguel in a while, and when I heard he was releasing a song with Travis Scott, I was a little worried. And I really don't know how to feel about this. It's has a decent R&B groove, with a decent guitar tone against the thicker bass, and the flash of synths does give this song some atmosphere. But I think the lyrics are too cheesy for me to like the, even if they are funny in retrospect. It worked for Macklemore, but I just can't see it working for Miguel and Travis Scott.

You know what, this has a decent country groove to it. Call me a traditionalist, but I much prefer country's more neo-traditionalist route than bro-country any day of the week. At least they have some organic percussion, decent guitar licks, and AREN'T cringeworthy lyrics that try too hard to appeal to the sleazy rap and hip-hop crowd. I mean yeah, this is a typical neo-traditional country love song, but it's not like that's a bad thing. Taylor's Love Story remains as my favorite song from her, and it's one of the better country songs of the 2000s. But still, this is better than most of the country that was released this year, so I'll take it.

Why Halsey, why must you keep releasing songs that I find to be guilty pleasures? No joke, I do like Now Or Never, and I feel since Closer, she's become a decent artist for me. She's not great, and I actually think this is better than Now Or Never, mostly because it's much more upbeat, the synth is better than that trap percussion, and it doesn't sound like the definition of encapsulated madness. It's not her bets song, I think Strangers with Lauren from Fourth Melody (Yes, that's how I'll continue to call them that) is better, but this isn't half bad.

Okay, why the Hell are we giving the Cash Me Outside girl a hit? This isn't even a meme anymore and it's just her trying way too hard to stretch her 15 minutes of fame even more than necessary. This took part back in Spring, it's Autumn right now, just give it up. And it's not liek the production is any better, a set of shallow synths, and rickety trap beat are something I would expect for Rae Sremmurd to do. And for some ungodly reason, Jake Paul saw fit to give this girl a co-sign because of course he fucking did. And then we have her voice, which is just grating as all Hell, and the lyrics are your, by-the-numbers flexing with forced rhymes, and brings up absolutely nothing interesting. If this is her trying to match the swagger of Bodak Yellow, I'll say this, she is just failing hard, and I hope to never hear this girl ever again.

Again, I just really love Taylor's music, probably more than I actually should. The overblown bass, the catchy trap percussion in the verses, the rap verses, especially the second part, the chanting bridge going "Baby let the games begin" I just really love this. It's catchy, it's fun, and it does feel like a bit of a anthem, especially with the aforementioned bridge. And considering this was what they premiered during Saturday Night Football, I'm not all that surprised.

Are You Blurbing For It?:
I feel as though Bodak Yellow may or may not make it to #1. Taylor is still gaining in airplay, and has more sales, but it took a bite off on streaming, so that could be the deal-breaker. 

I'm glad that we finally have a good Maroon 5 song, it's been too long since V came out and we had greats like Sugar, Maps and Animals. It's better than Don't Wanna Know and Cold, that's for sure.

I think Praying might have peaked already, I don't see it getting much higher. It's such a shame too, I though that Praying could bring some life and emotion, but I guess America thought differently.

Please tell me Mi Gente isn't gonna enter the top 20 next week, I feel it's almost set to do so soon.

Not much to report about the exits, most of them were from XXX and Lil Uzi. But I am sad that DNA and LOVE left this week, but I think both of them are set for the year end list, so I'm happy about that.

I am shocked that Swish Swish is still here, I thought this would have fallen off almost immediately. 
Top 20 Review:

0-Shit
20. XO TOUR Llif3
19. Body Like A Back Road
18. Bank Account
17. Rake It Up
16. Strip That Down

1-Bad
15. Bodak Yellow
14. Despacito

2-Meh
NONE

3-Decent
13. Feel It Still
12. Slow Hands
11. Sorry Not Sorry
10. 1-800...

4-Good
9. That's What I Like
8. Believer
7. Shape Of You

5-Great
6. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
5. Unforgettable
4. Attention
3. Wild Thoughts
2. ...Ready For It?
1. Look What You Made Me Do

Total Score: 56/100 (56%)


Total Hot 100 Score: 200/500 (40%)


Top 10:
1. Look What You Made Me Do
2. ...Ready For It?
3. Wild Thoughts
4. Praying
5. Attention
6. Thunder
7. Unforgettable
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
9. HUMBLE
10. What Lovers Do

Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. The Race
3. Transportin'
4. Body Like A Back Road
5. Magnolia
6. These Heaux
7. Bank Account
8. Rake It Up
9. Sauce It Up
10. B.E.D.

Throwback Pick:
Mercy- Kanye West/Big Sean/Pusha T/2 Chainz (2012)


QOTW: Thoughts on Sam Smith's new song, Too Good At Goodbye?
It's nothing new or special for Sam Smith. It's basically a reject clone from In The Lonely Hour. 

Friday, September 8, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 9/16/17: Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (1)

FINALLY, After 4 fucking months of boring, sludgy nothingness on the Hot 100, we finally get something fast paced action on the charts! And we have a bunch of new songs that I am refusing to cover this week. If you want someone to do the new arrivals for you, I'm not doing it, go watch Spectrum Pulse and do it, because it' not gonna be me who does it. Anyway, before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the dropouts for this week.


I Could Use A Love Song- Maren Morris (#100)
Know No Better- Major Lazer/Travis Scott/Camila Cabello/Quavo (#99)
Relationship- Young Thug/Future (#98)
Privacy- Chris Brown (#97)
Untouchable- YoungBoy Never Broke Again (#96)
4 AM- 2 Chainz/Travis Scott (#95)
Patty Cake- Kodak Black (#93)
For Her- Chris Lane (#92)
Perplexing Pegasus- Rae Sremmurd (#91)
Questions- Chris Brown (#90)
Flatliner- Cole Swindell (#88)
Reminder- The Weeknd (#87)
Honest- The Chainsmokers (#81)
It's Every Night Sis- RiceGum/Alissa Violet (#80)
Younger Now- Miley Cyrus (#79)
2U- David Guetta/Justin Bieber (#73)
Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#69)
Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran (#48)
Drowning- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (#46)
Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci/PnB Rock (#43)
Now Or Never- Halsey (#40)

100. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#83)
99. Down- Fourth Melody/Gucci Mane (RE-ENTRY)
98. More Girls Like You- Kip Moore (#89)
97. Tell Me You Love Me- Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
96. Wish I Knew You- The Revivalists (#85)
95. Carry On- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
94. Save me- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
93. Every Little Thing- Carly Pearce (#84)
92. Dark Queen- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
91. Depression & Obsession- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
90. No Sleep Leak- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
89. They Don't Know- Jason Aldean (#86)
88. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#78)
87. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#70)
86. B.E.D.- Jacquees (#75)
85. LOVE- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#71)
84. UnFazed- Lil Uzi Vert/The Weeknd (DEBUT)
83. Havana- Camila Cabello/Young Thug (#94)
82. For Real- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
81. X- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
80. Two- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
79. Neon Guts- Lil Uzi Vert/Pharrell Williams (DEBUT)
78. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#66)
77. Revenge- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
76. Light It Up- Luke Bryan (DEBUT)
75. All The Pretty Girls- Kenny Chesney (#76)
74. Whatever You Need- Meek Mill/Chris Brown/Ty Dolla $ign(#64)
73. What Lovrs Do- Maroon 5/SZA (DEBUT)
72. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#63)
71. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#42)
70. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#61)
69. Glorious- Makclemore/Skyler Grey (#68)
68. The Weekend- SZA (#72)
67. New Rules- Dua Lipa (#74)
66. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#45)
65. Unforgettable- Thomas Rhett (#67)
64. The Race- Tay-K (#49)
63. DNA- Kendrick Lamar  (#65)
62. Back To You- Louis Tomlinson/Bebe Rexha/Digital Farm Animals (#60)
61. Roll In Peace- Kodak Black/XXXTENTACION (#53)
60. 444+222- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
59. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#57)
58. Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (#55)
57. Heartache On The Dancefloor- Jon Pardi (#56)
56. When It Rains, It Pours- Luke Combs (#58)
55. Transportin'- Kodak Black (#82)
54. Everybody Dies In Their Nightmares- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
53. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#47)
52. Silence- Marshmello/Khalid (#52)
51. Crew- GoldLink/Brent Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#51)
50. Do Re Mi- Blackbear (#54)
49. Sauce It Up- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
48. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#44)
47. Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (RE-ENTRY)
46. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#50)
45. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#59)
44. It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#37)
43. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#39)
42. I Get The Bag- Gucci Mane/Migos (#34)
41. Fuck Love- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
40. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#38)
39. The Way Life Goes- Lil Uzi Vert (DEBUT)
38. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#36)
37. Mask Off- Future (#30)
36. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#33)
35. LOYALTY- Kendrick Lama/Rihanna (#32)
34. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#31)
33. Friends- Justin Bieber/BloodPop (#20)
32. Young, Dumb, & Broke- Khalid (#41)
31. Jocelyn Flores- XXXTENTACION (DEBUT)
30. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#27)
29. Location- Khalid (#26)
28. What About Us- P!nk (#35)
27. Praying- Kesha (#28)
26. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#21)
25. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#17)
24. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#16)
23. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (#24)
22. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Big Sean/Pharrell Williams (#22)
21. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#15)
20. Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man (#23)
19. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#13)
18. Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (#18)
17. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#8) [1 week]
16. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#25)
15. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#14)
14. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#19) [1 week]
13. Rake It Up- Yo Gotti/Nicki Minaj (#10)
12. Bank Account- 21 Savage (#12)
11. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran (#9) [12 weeks]
10. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#11)
9. 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#29)
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#7)
7. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#6)
6. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#4)
5. Attention- Charlie Puth (#5)
4. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#2)
3. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)- Cardi B (#3)
2. Despacito- JB (#1) [16 weeks]
1. Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (#77) [1st week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (3rd of 12 weeks @ #1)

Biggest Drop: Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (-29)

Biggest Jump: Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (+76)

Streaming Gainer: XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#16)

Digital Sales Gainer: 1-800...- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#9)

Airplay Gainer: Look What You Made Me Do- Taylor Swift (#1)

Hot Shot Debut: Jocelyn Flores- XXXTENTACION (#31)



New Arrivals:
Of all the Fourth Melody songs from their album, why did it have to be the worst song off the album?

So Swish Swish re-entered because of the terrible video. And I mean it, the video is awful I cannot stand how cringy it is. It tries way too hard to be funny, and empowering, but it fails, and it just ends up being awful. I miss the videos of RoarTeenage DreamWide Awake and Firework, at least the visuals were decent, and weren't outright cringe-inducing.

No review for the Lil Uzi or XXX songs, because they're all terrible.

Oh, how I miss Demi's more pop-rock era with songs like Cool For The Summer and and Confident. But I'll be honest, the more she goes fro gospel-pop the more I'm inclined to feel mixed about it. It's not bad, but I much prefer her more bombastic pop-rock songs, not to say the bombast her is all that bad. But it feels like the song is lacking in soul, it's too blocky, and her voice just doesn't fit with this over-synthesized production. And I know this is an apology song, but it doesn't flatter her as her pop-rock songs still exists! And yet, I think this is one of the better songs this week.

You know it's a bad sign that trap is becoming more and more prevalent when it starts to cross over to country. And trust me, hearing that trap beat in a Luke Bryan song is never a good thing. That is if you could consider this song remotely country, because I can tell this feels so synthetic and fake, especially with that drum machine which sound louder than the strings of guitar and piano, which might as well sound out of place in this song. And the lyrics of this song have me a bit torn though, because while it's reflective of how many people hook up these days and it's not a bad thing to explore, Bryan plays it desperate and clingy, which doesn't really fit his delivery and sure as hell isn't flattering. It's not bad, it's better than most of the singles off of his last album, but I feel this would work slightly better for a younger artist, not Luke, who is 40 already. And for the lead off single, this isn't promising.

I've seen people hate and love this song, so I might as well say my part. And I gotta be honest, this is pretty damn good. The tropical feel actually works pretty well here, especially when paired with the bass that kicks in with the chorus. And Adam Levine and SZA don't have bad chemistry at all, they're not as good as Adam and Christina on Moves Like Jagger, but good chemistry nonetheless. The song has real groove, and it actualy remind me of Attention in a way. Starts out slow, only to pick up later on in the chorus and 2nd verse. Most of Maroon 5 so far since 2016 has been bad, but this is a step up, hopefully the rest of the album is like this in a way that's actually good.

Blurb It Up:
Finally, a new #1! I've been sick of the same song at #1 for the last 4 months, It's finally great to see a new song for once.

This week was fucking garbage, all thanks to Lil Uzi Vert and XXXTENTACION for making it happen, you pieces of shit!

Also, Shape Of You dropped out of the top 10 with 33 weeks inside the top 10, breaking a nearly 2 decades old record. Congrats Ed.

And since LWYMMD jumped to #1, it is now Taylor's biggest jump to #1 since Bad Blood in 2015.

I find it weird how a Logic song is now in the top 10. 

Top 20 Review:

0-Shit
20. XO TOUR Llif3
19. Body Like A Back Road
18. Bank Account
17. Rake It Up
16. Strip That Down

1-Bad
15. Bodak Yellow
14. Despacito

2-Meh
NONE

3-Decent
13. 1-800...
12. Feel It Still
11. Slow Hands
10. Sorry Not Sorry

4-Good
9. Shape Of You

5-Great
8. Believer
7. That's What I Like
6. HUMBLE
5. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
4. Attention
3. Unforgettable
2. Wild Thoughts
1. Look What You Made Me Do

Total Score: 58/100 (58%)

Total Hot 100 Score: 190/500 (38%)


Top 10:
1. Look What You Made Me Do
2. Wild Thoughts
3. Praying
4. Unforgettable
5. Attention
6. There's Nothing Holdin' Me back
7. Thunder
8. HUMBLE
9. That's What I Like
10. Believer

Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. The Race
3. Roll In Peace
4. Body Like A Back Road
5. Transportin'
6. Congratulations
7. Sauce It Up
8. Rake It Up
9. Mask Off
10. Strip That Down

Throwback Pick:
Call Me Maybe- Carly Rae Jepsen (2012) 

QOTW: Thoughts on ...Ready For It?
I'm really loving it, I think Taylor is slaying it right now. I'll have more words for the song when it debuts.