Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 8/5/17: Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (11)

I believe it was around this timeframe that I officially started blogging one year ago. Thank you all for your support and tuning in, you guys commenting and tuning into my blog is what helps keep me going. Before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the songs dropping out.

Famous- 21 Savage (#94)
Get Low- Zedd/Liam Payne (#91)
Marcy Me- Jay-Z (#90)
Moonlight- Jay-Z (#86)
Caught Their Eyes- Jay-Z/Frank Ocean (#63)
Smile- Jay-Z/Gloria Carter (#56)
Kill Jay-Z- Jay-Z (#55)
Family Feud- Jay-Z/Beyoncé (#51)
Hurricane- Luke Combs (#50)
Bam- Jay-Z/Damian Marley (#47)
Slide- Calvin Harris/Migos/Frank Ocean (#45)


100. No Complaints- Metro Boomin/Offset/Drake (RE-ENTRY)
99. Glorious- Macklemore/Skylar Grey (#89)
98. Element- Kendrick Lamar (#100)
97. Rollin' Calvin Harris/Future/Khalid (RE-ENTRY)
96. Woman- Kesha/The Dap-Kings Horns (DEBUT)
95. Subeme La Radio- Enrique Iglesias/Descemer Bueno/Zion/Lennox (RE-ENTRY)
94. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (RE-ENTRY)
93. Weak- AJR (#95)
92. El Amante- Nicky Jam (RE-ENTRY)
91. Young, Dumb & Broke- Khalid (DEBUT)
90. Reminder- The Weeknd (#99)
89. Whatever You Need- Meek Mill/Chris Brown/Ty Dolla $ign (RE-ENTRY)
88. Signs- Drake (#83)
87. The Cure- Lady Gaga (#84)
86. Jerika- Jake Paul/Erika Costell/Uncle Kade (DEBUT)
85. Every Time I Hear That Song- Blake Shelton (#79)
84. Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#93)
83. 4 AM- 2 Chainz/Travis Scott (#76)
82. Crew- GoldLink/Brent Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#98)
81. Heartache On The Dance Floor- Jon Pardi (#96)
80. God, Your Mama, & Me- F.G.L./Backstreet Boys (#69)
79. Swalla- Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign (#65)
78. Down- Fourth Harmony/Gucci Mane (RE-ENTRY)
77. Love- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#82)
76. Privacy- Chris Brown (#77)
75. A Lie- French Montana/The Weeknd/Max B (DEBUT)
74. Passionfruit- Drake (#67)
73. Crying In The Club- Camilla Cabello (#71)
72. The Story Of O.J.- Jay-Z (#23)
71. Yours If You Want It- Rascal Flatts (#81)
70. Escapete Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#72)
69. Frist Day Out- Tee Grizzley (#59)
68. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#88)
67. You Look Good- Lady Antebellum (#87)
66. Flatliner- Cole Swindell (#75)
65. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#85)
64. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#73)
63. Feel It Still- Portugal. The Man (#80)
62. Loyalty- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#74)
61. 4:44- Jay-Z (#35)
60. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#97)
59. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#70)
58. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#66)
57. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#58)
56. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#64)
55. 1-800-273-8255- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#61)
54. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#60)
53. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#62)
52. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#54)
51. DNA- Kendrick Lamar (#46)
50. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars (#48)
49. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)- Cardi B (#78)
48. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#49)
47. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#57)
46. iSpy- KYLE/Lil Yatchy (#39)
45. Bad & Boujee- Migos/Lil Uzo Vert (#43) [3 weeks]
44. Craving You- Thomas Rhett/Maren Morris (#41)
43. Rolex- Ayo & Teo (#40)
42. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (#53)
41. Rake It Up- Yo Gotti/Mike-Will Made It/Nicki Minaj (#68)
40. Praying- Kesha (#25)
39. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#44)
38. Drowning- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (#42)
37. In Case You Didn't Know- Brett Young (#38)
36. Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (#37) [12 weeks]
35. Slippery- Migos/Gucci Mane (#34)
34. Bank Account- 21 Savage (#33)
33. Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci/PnB Rock (#36)
32. 2U- David Guetta/Justin Bieber (#32)
31. Malibu- Miley Cyrus (#31)
30. Bad Liar- Selena Gomez (#27)
29. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#29)
28. Issues- Julia Michaels (#20)
27. Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (#92)
26. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (#30) 
25. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#28)
24. Location- Khalid (#26)
23. Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (#52)
22. Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran (#24)
21. It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#22)
20. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#21)
19. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#19)
18. Mask Off- Future (#18)
17. Now Or Never- Halsey (#17)
16. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#16)
15. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#15) 
14. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#12)
13. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#14)
12. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#11)
11. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#6) [1 week]
10. Attention- Charlie Puth (#13)
9. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#10)
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#8)
7. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#7)
6. Shape Of You- Ed Sheeran (#5) [12 weeks]
5. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#9)
4. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#3) [1 week]
3. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#4) [1 week]
2. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#2)
1. Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (#1) [11th week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: Cheap Thrills- Sia/Sean Paul (1st of four weeks @ #1)

Biggest Drop: The Story Of O.J.- Jay-Z (-49)

Biggest Jump: Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (+65)

Streaming Gainer: Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (#23)

Digital Sales Gainer: Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#5)

Airplay Gainer: Attention- Charlie Puth (#10)

Hot Shot Debut: A Lie- French Montana/The Weeknd/Max B (#75)


New Arrivals:
Most of our re-entries are because of the Jay-Z album bomb, but I'll go over them in quick succession. No Complaints still sucks, Rollin' is okay, Subeme La Radio is incorrect, (It should be either La Radia or Lo Radio. This is what 2 years of high school Spanish can do to you) It Ain't My Fault is decent, El Amante is annoying, Whatever You Need sucks, and Down is awful.

So, we have Kesha's second single, and it's almost like a return to her more catchy party persona. Except this time, it's a much more jazzy, throwback party anthem, and I love it. Praying was Kesha's most mature song to date, and a send-off from her more party dance persona, Woman is her to show she can still do that sort of dance pop without Dr. Luke, but she can give it a much more jazzy and throwback type of dance that isn't all that common. Also, you have Kesha screaming in the chorus "I'm a motherfucking woman!" which is decent for me, until you realize why this is the main focus of the song, and yeah it ties back to 2016 and Trump, which just no. But still, this song is still great, and I'm glad it's charting. Please let this, and Praying be a hit America.

So we have Khalid's second single after Location. I will say the chorus is quite catchy, even though I don't like the boring vocals, or trap beat at all. The way he says the line "young, dumb & broke" just kind of sticks with me, I may not like how his voice shifts to a higher tone, but really this is not all that bad. Forgettable, but not bad.

Oh great, Jake Paul is back, and somehow he sounds even worse, especially with all the reverb and auto-tune on his voice. At least he was good enough to mix tropical with some elements of trap, but Erkia's voice is grating beyond belief. And Uncle Kade, should not be here, like, at all. And lyrically, the only line I can remember is a name check for Quavo in Future's Mask Off. This is just irritating, I'm glad it'll do what his last song did, flop after just one week.

So because Unforgettable is in the top 5, everyone believes that French Montana should be getting a second hit, even if it isn't as good as the first. And The Weeknd is on this song as well, and he does make it slightly better. But this is a mess of a song. I don't like the electric flute, it sounds like it was recorded in GarageBand. At least The Weeknd is what makes this somewhat redeemable, but this mixing is not good. And repeating the word "a lie" is not as catchy as I was actually expecting. French, Unforgettable may be great because Swae Lee sounds like The Weeknd, and the flow and production filled with reverb sounds excellent, but get rid of all that and just have the real deal is a step down for you.

A Blurb:
I saw a Billboard article that revealed the top ten, and it vaguely hinted that maybe Despacito will break the record. I know that because they actually mentioned One Sweet Day's record that was set in 1996. If that isn't them saying that it will happen, I don't know what is.

About our exits, I'm not surprised most of Jay-Z fell out, and Slide was nearing the end of it's run naturally. And we have those forgettable songs that were mostly gonna be one week songs anyway.

Could 2017 signal the end of the Drake dominance for the first time since 2009? I hope so, because Drake has not been all that promising, with very few good songs off of most of his albums.

Mi Gente is gonna be a hit won't it? It's climbing on radio and streaming charts, despite that, awful percussion noise. I guess I better get used to it, but I don't have to like it.

So, we already gave Kodak a hit, so we're going to give some random female wannabe Kodak a hit? But, why?

I am so glad Issues has finally dropped out of the top 20. That song is just grating, especially with how out of key Julia's voice is with the awful production.

So this week, both of our ex-Disney Channel stars jumped into the top 40 this week. I'm glad about Sorry Not Sorry, disappointed about Fetish though.

The more I listen to Wild Thoughts, the more I love it. I can't help it, electric guitar solos, even if it is short and only for three times in this song is what makes this song rock for me.

So Strip That Down has been discounted this week, so I might as well just expect this to jump into the top 20, maybe top 10 soon, since it's getting significant traction on streaming and radio.

You know, I'm sad that soon 24K Magic will be gone next week, and then the week after Closer will depart as well. Both songs have driven many people crazy, one for continuing with the Uptown Funk trends of 2015, and the other for being generic in all the wrong ways. But I love these two, and Closer is now officially a contender for my top 10 best songs of the decade.

Speaking of songs that'll leave soon, when will Bad & Boujee finally give off and die? Seriously, this song is so boring, and generic I want it gone and soon.

I hope that Praying doesn't end up a flop. It's already getting some significant airplay gains and even some digital sales gain. But the last thing we want is another female gem flop, we've already had Lady Gaga, Britney Spears and Katy Perry flop, haven't we suffered enough?

So, AJR are still on here for some reason still. I don't have much to say about this.

Top 20 Review:

-1-Worst Song
20. XO TOUR Llif3

0-Shit
19. Body Like A Back Road
18. Congratulations
17. Mask Off
16. Redbone

1-Bad
15. Say You Won't Let Go

2-Meh
14. I'm The One

3-Decent
13. Slow Hands
12. Shape Of You
11. Stay

4-Good
10. Now Or Never
9. Despacito
8. Something Just Like This

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

Total Score: 58/100 (58%)


Total Hot 100 Score: 210/500 (42%)

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

Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. Everyday We Lit
3. Drowning
4. Body Like A Back Road
5. Privacy
6. Congratulations
7. Magnolia
8. Weak
9. Mask Off
10. Rolex

Throwback Pick:
I Love It- Icona Pop/Charli XCX (2013)

QOTW: Any thoughts on Lana Del Ray's Lush For Life?
I honestly haven't cared about it. I haven't listened to her since Summertime Sadness. But I might as well prep myself for it, Pulse is projecting a few songs to debut next week.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 7/29/17: Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (10)

So, we go from one of the most boring and inactive weeks on the Hot 100, to the most active it's been. But we've got 3-5 major new singles, a new album from a pretty good rapper makes headway, and two songs from a terrible rapper hit the charts. But hey, I'll take it, especially with how boring the charts have been recently. Before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the songs dropping out.

How Not To- Dan + Shay (#100)
Extra Luv- Future/YG (#99)
It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#97)
Losin' Control- Russ (#95)
El Amante- Nicky Jam (#94)

Portland- Drake/Quavo/Travis Scott (#90)
Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (#88)
Who Dat Boy- Tyler, The Creator (#87)
Down- Fourth Harmony/Gucci Mane (#86)

No Complaints- Metro Boomin/Offset/Drake (#77)
Rollin'- Calvin Harris/Future/Khalid (#76)

Sign Of The Times- Harry Styles (#73)
Tunnel Vision- Kodak Black (#55)
T-Shirt- Migos (#48)
Goosebumps- Travis Scott (#47)

The Fighter- Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood (#45)

100. Element- Kendrick Lamar (#96)
99. Reminder- The Weeknd (#91)
98. Crew- GoldLink/Brent Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#98)
97. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#93)
96. Heartache On The Floor- Jon Pardi (#89)
95. Weak- AJR (#80)
94. Famous- 21 Savage (DEBUT)
93. Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#83)
92. Fetish- Selena Gomez/Gucci Mane (DEBUT)
91. Get Low- Zedd/Liam Payne (DEBUT)
90. Marcy Me- Jay-Z (DEBUT)
89. Glorious- Macklemore/Skylar Grey (DEBUT)
88. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#82)
87. You Look Good- Lady Antebellum (#68)
86. Moonlight- Jay-Z (DEBUT)
85. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#79)
84. The Cure- Lady Gaga (#50)
83. Signs- Drake (#54)
82. Love- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#69)
81. Yours If You Want It- Rascal Flatts (#75)
80. Feel It Still- Portugal, The Man (#81)
79. Every Time I Hear That Song- Blake Shelton (#57)
78. Bodak Yellow (Money Moves)- Cardi B (#85)
77. Privacy- Chris Brown (#66)
76. 4 AM- 2 Chainz/Travis Scott (#65)
75. Flatliner- Cole Swindell (#67)
74. Loyalty- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#72)
73. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#74)
72. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#84)
71. Crying In The Club- Camilla Cabello (#53)
70. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#59)
69. God, Your Mama, & Me- F.G.L./Backstreet Boys (#52)
68. Rake It Up- Yo Gotti/Nicki Minaj (#78)
67. Passionfruit- Drake (#51)
66. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#92)
65. Swalla- Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign (#44)
64. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#63)
63. Caught Their Eyes- Jay-Z/Frank Ocean (DEBUT)
62. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#71)
61. 1-800-273-8255- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#64)
60. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#58)
59. First Day Out- Tee Grizzley (#49)
58. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#62)
57. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#56)
56. Smile- Jay-Z/Gloria Carter (DEBUT)
55. Kill Jay-Z- Jay Z (DEBUT)
54. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#60)
53. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (#70)
52. Sorry Not Sorry- Demi Lovato (DEBUT)
51. Family Feud- Jay-Z/Beyoncé (DEBUT)
50. Hurricane- Luke Combs (#46)
49. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#61)
48. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars (#40)
47. Bam- Jay-Z/Damian "Jr. Gang" Marely (DEBUT)
46. DNA- Kendrick Lamar (#42)
45. Slide- Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos (#32)
44. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#43)
43. Bad & Boujee- Migos/Lil Uzi Vert (#38) [3 weeks]
42. Drowning- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (#41)
41. Craving You- Thomas Rhett/Maren Morris (#39)
40. Rolex- Ayo & Teo (#33)
39. iSpy- KYLE/Lil Yatchy (#34)
38. In Case You Didn't Know- Brett Young (#37)
37. Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (#36) [12 weeks]
36. Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci/PnB Rock (#35)
35. 4:44- Jay-Z (DEBUT)
34. Slippery- Migos/Gucci Mane (#29)
33. Bank Account- 21 Savage (DEBUT)
32. 2U- David Guetta/Justin Bieber (#27)
31. Malibu- Miley Cyrus (#31)
30. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (#26)
29. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#30)
28. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#29)
27. Bad Liar- Selena Gomez (#25)
26. Location- Khalid (#24)
25. Praying- Kesha (DEBUT)
24. Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran (#23)
23. The Story Of O.J.- Jay-Z (DEBUT)
22. It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#21)
21. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#20)
20. Issues- Julia Michaels (#19)
19. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#22)
18. Mask Off- Future (#12)
17. Now Or Never- Halsey (#18)
16. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#17)
15. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#13)
14. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#16)
13. Attention- Charlie Puth (#15)
12. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#11)
11. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#9)
10. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#8)
9. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#10)
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#14)
7. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#7)
6. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#6) [1 week]
5. Shape of You- Ed Sheeran (#5) [12 weeks]
4. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#3) [1 week]
3. I'm The One-DJ Khaled's posse (#2) [1 week]
2. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#4)
1. Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (#1) [10th week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: One Dance- Drake/WizKida/Kyla (10th & final week @ #1)

Biggest Drop: The Cure- Lady Gaga (-34)

Biggest Jump: Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (+26)

Streaming Gainer: Mi Gente- J Bavlin- Willy William (#53)

Digital Sales Gainer: Most Girls- Haillee Steinfeld (#66)

Airplay Gainer: Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#2)

Hot Shot Debut: The Story of O.J.- Jay-Z (#23)


New Arrivals:
And what better way to start this than reviewing 21 Savage. And this is the perfect example of why I hate this sort of rap, the mumble rap, if you will. He sounds like he's bored, almost asleep, with his flat delivery and hoarse voice, and the production is just a grimy bass with a slow and plotting trap percussion. And then the lyrics are about celebrating success and fame, and yet it so dark and almost sad like. This is just basic and flimsy, and no wonder people hate them.

Selena, are you trying to update Good For You, because if you are, you are not doing a very good job at that. First is getting Gucci Mane, his flow doesn't work over this blocky trap beat and heavy bass swell, it seems out of place for him. And Selena, dear God what has happened to you? I get that she's trying to be more sultry and pull of some sort of Lana Del Ray-esque persona, but saying that this guy has a "fetish" for your love and not saying anything really risqué or mentioning any real adult content. But my point is this; this is an inferior version of a pretty decent song, and I'd prefer Good For You than whatever this inferior copy is trying to be.

Like I said in Strip That Down, I don't like how Liam Payne pivoted towards rap/hip-hop. And boy is this obvious, especially in the chorus, with the sharp staccato synth against the busy rattling trap and tropical percussion. I get that Latin and tropical reggae is the hottest thing right now Zedd, but could it kill you to actually do your fucking job, and make good EDM, like you used to. This feels like something out of a modern Major Lazer production, except less color, but since it's Zedd's work it's par for the course. Oh and we get a bunch of dance floor clichés from Liam ,and what seems like trying to hit on this girl and have sex with her later. As far as I'm concerned, of all the 1D members Liam is not impressing me with this, and this seems less like a song, and more like background music.

So as I should have expected, Jay-Z still has some star power even after years since he hit his peak back in the 2000s. But still, because of Jay-Z hitting hard, I now have to review 9 of the 10 songs that managed to cross over. But it's not like I detest Jay-Z, and I actually like this song, mostly because of the piano sample, over the muffled scratch of the beat. And as for the lyrics, it's about Jay-Z tracing through his old neighborhood, with references to his rough comeup, and it even serves with a few shots at modern rapper. And then we have the outro, which is the highlight of the song. Otherwise, a pretty good song.

So, it's true, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis split up, and both are now doing their own thing. Macklemore is still churning his own songs, and Ryan Lewis recently wrote a new song, that debuted much higher this week. And I think this might be a step down from Downtown. It still has a pretty good piano driven beat, the gospel swell is fine, and Skylar Grey's voice is fine in the hook, but her voice is a little too frail for this type of instrumentation, which is also slowed down and uninteresting here. As for the lyrics... there is no flavor, no speedy flow, no good delivery, no intensity, or even a corny references. This song seems good on the surface, but it lacks that personality, this is Can't Hold Us, except less powerful and more generic if anything. It's not bad, but this could have been better.

I think Jay-Z might have gotten himself a new peak here, because despite the Fugees sample and pitch-shifting with the sly wordplay of calling out the mumble rappers, Jay-Z made a cultural comment on the hook. It's basically, they may be winning now, but they're not gonna last. And he even mimics their staccato flow for a few bars, and then showing how it's beneath him. Um, yes Jay-Z! If Jay-Z can make a diss to mumble rap, and do it well, you've got me on board.

Is it just me, or does Frank Ocean sound better when he's working with more old-school hip-hop production? The choppy Nina Simone sample, the guitars and swells of strings, and I think fitting him with Jay-Z is pretty damn good. And then we've got the lyrics, the first verse is about a typical smackdown with modern fakers Jay-Z grew up with in a more intimidating brand of gangsta, but the second verse is about him calling out Prince's former attorney and accuse those of graverobbing and profiting off of Prince's estate after his death. Still, with this and the good old-school production, mixed with Jay-Z and Frank Ocean, this is a pretty solid song.

Smile is kind of a weak track for me. I'm not a fan of the bass heavy-skittering hi hats that anchor a sample from Stevie Wonder. At least the lyrics aren't bad, as it's about how Jay-Z needing to open up and step out of the shadow, as well as those robbing him and taking off TIDAL, in the third verse, those trying to delegitimize his business. I feel as though this is about his vulnerability in the black owned industry, as well as missing the other side of his history. The problem for me lies in the production, but still not a bad song.

And so we've got the first track off of 4:44, and this is pretty meaty. This is a song about Jay-Z tearing down his walls to face his demons, from antisocial attitudes to those he loved to whom he sold drugs, to the splintered relationship with Kanye after stabbing a record producer twenty years ago, and how he goaded Solange in an elevator three years ago. And the production is equally dark, the echoing sirens, strings, a choppy sample of and some rough-edged drums. It's a perfect opener to this album, a surprise if you will.

Remember what I said about No Promises, how I wanted Demi to return to her pop-rock and punk-esque era like in Cool For The Summer and Confident? Well as much as I hated that song, going for more of a pop/gospel type song isn't really all that bad for me. I really like the more gospel swell to this, and even the huge bassy backbeat isn't that bad for me. The pianos are fine, but if there's one thing about the production, it's the pitch shifting which doesn't really seem to fit all that well with the pianos, it seems kind of unbalanced. As for the lyrics, I thought this was more about a break-up, but I've heard that it's actually a kissoff to the haters. I'll say this, it's a step back for her, but it's not the worst thing she's done, and it's not all that bad.

When I saw the title and the fact Beyoncé was on it, I thought this might be about his rocky relationship with her, but it's actually about the feuds in rap and hip-hop. He's calling out younger rappers for not learning about the past lesion, and calling out older rappers fro trying to opt a younger style. It even includes a shot a Drake for his desperation to emulate him, which almost seems hypocritical, once you realize he was on Pop Style with Drake and Kanye West. But I am disappointed that Beyoncé is reduced to backing vocals, and doesn't get her own verse. He also calls out black owned businesses bucking against respectability politics that divides the black community against one another. But it's not one I like a lot, it has a good message, the beat is fine, but Beyoncé man, you should not disrespect the queen and reduce her to just backing vocals.

So Jay-Z is trying to do Jamaican influences? Well for one the production feels overproduced and almost stiff, with the blocky beat and horns against Damian's hook. This kind of feels more basic, and forgettable. So yeah, not much to say about this.

So the title track to this record is Jay-Z's response to Lemonade. But it's not one of vindictive "he said, she said" bull, it's about him admitting his guilt and how shameful he feels. He has this fear that as his children get older, they'll they might learn of his infidelity and become ashamed of him. Think about it, the richest and most power rapper on Earth made a song about himself seem relatable. And it's all anchored around a killer vocal sample, with great guitars, and a good beat. This is by far the best song off of 4:44.

This sounds like something off of Future's new self-titled album, because this flow sounds exactly like something from Future! And that's the only thing worth mentioning, because this production is limp as Hell. Faint guitar, glossy synths, sparse hi-hats, and darker bass beat. And then we have the lyrics, and the only line worth interest is rhyming Chingy with blingy. But still I don't see myself listening to this, so I'd say pass.

Now this is how you do gospel-pop, so take notes Demi, 'cause Kesha is slaying you out. I'm not just saying that because I'm a Kesha fan, I'm saying that because at least this song has emotion, and truth to it all. Kesha has been through a lot in the past 4 years, especially with her legal battle with Dr. Luke. There's also a sense of maturity, where she's saying "You've brought the flames and you put me through Hell, I had to learn how to fight for myself, and we both know all the truth I could tell, I'll just say this is I wish you farewell."  And the chorus breaks out in the second part with amazing pianos, bass and strings in this, the buildup is amazing. And her voice it has so much raw power to it all, and no auto-tune, but I think we all knew she never needed it. But the lyrics are what wins this for me, because this is about her saying that she hopes that Dr. Luke is changing his soul and praying and think about what he has done. This is what I love and it makes me think about the 90s soul and R&B from Mariah and Boyz II Men, the soulful delivery in the vocals, and the remarkable tear shredding lyricism of it all.  In other words, a great song and I'm glad that Kesha is back, because this is a sheer competitor for my best of 2017.

So apparently the video for this is about the old racist cartoons to highlight the system's views of black men in America. And while I still believe that America is much less racist now than it was in the 50s and 60s, (And no I refuse to think that all people the way they voted for in the last election are racist bigots) It also highlights lines like the snapback of O.J. Simpson, who might actually be getting parole for a robbery he took part in 8 years ago. And I actually like the more jazzy tones he took with this song, like sampling a Kool & The Gang song and Nina Simone. It's also about how he needs to refocus and teach people how to spend well. But he does have controversy here, especially with the whole "Jewish people own all the property in America" that has already gotten Jay-Z into trouble before. But it's a pretty solid tune, and not a bad one at that.

I Hope Your Somewhere Blurbing:
So despite Wild Thoughts hitting a new peak at #2, it still isn't strong enough to challenge Despacito at #1. It has increasing radio, and it's streaming is good, but it doesn't have the sales or the YouTube to do so. It needs a discount to take the top spot. And apparently just today, news broke that it broke the streaming record and got a huge boost in sales, so I hate to say it, but I think that 21+ year record might be broken.

So, because of listening to the entire album, I now deem AJR and their latest album the worst of the decade. They try so hard to mix "indie" pop with electronica and other elements, but falls flat on it's face, their voices cannot be helped with all the auto effects slathered on their voices, and the lyrics are nothing but anthems for those privileged millennials in their 20s.

Yes, Unforgettable is in my top 5, mostly because all the reverb soaked on the production and the chorus by Swae lee sounds much like a Weeknd song.

I think it's safe to say that Castle On The Hill has peaked. Outside of it's #6 debut months back, it doesn't look like it'll actually budge into the top 20.

I think Passionfruit, and Signs will leave us soon, meaning that for the first time in 8 years we might have a Hot 100 that is completely Drake free.

I fear the end is near for Swalla, and because of that I think it will miss the year end list for 2017.


Speaking of exits, since Sign Of The Times left, unless it returns next week, I don't think it'll make the year end list either.

Well, it looks like the run for 24K Magic will be done soon as well.

And Closer may also be on the list to leave pretty soon, as it reaches it's 52nd week in the top 50.

Of course Most Girls would jump because of some .69 discount on iTunes. Why can't Wild Thoughts just get discounted then?

To close this off, I am proud to say that this is actually going to be my 100th post here on Blogger. I'd like to thank all the people who watch my blog and comment, and I did have a top 10 list, but I'll get to that soon. My 1 year anniversary for this blog is coming up soon, and I'll see you all next week.

Top 20 Review:

-1-Worst Song
20. XO TOUR Llif3

0-Shit
19. Body Like A Back Road
18. Congratulations
17. Mask Off
16. Issues

1-Bad
15. Redbone

2-Meh
14. I'm The One

3-Decent
13. Slow Hands
12. Shape Of You

4-Good
11. Stay
10. Now Or Never

5-Great
9. Something Just Like This
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back
7. Despacito
6. Believer
5. HUMBLE
4. Unforgettable
3. Attention
2. That's What I Like
1. Wild Thoughts

Total Score: 61/100 (61%)

Total Hot 100 Score: 217/500 (43.4%)

Top 10:
1. Praying
2. Wild Thoughts
3. That's What I Like
4. Attention
5. Unforgettable
6. DNA
7. HUMBLE
8. Believer
9. Despacito
10. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. Everyday We Lit
3. Drowning
4. Body Like A Back Road
5. Privacy
6. Congratulations
7. Mask Off
8. Bad & Boujee
9. Weak
10. Rolex

Throwback Pick:
Don't Speak- No Doubt (1996)

QOTW: What expectations do you have for Kesha's newest project Rainbows?
Well, we already have Praying, and Woman is expected to debut maybe, so I'd say she's taken a more personal and mature way compared to her last two albums, but she may keep some of that danceable pop in there as well.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Billboard Hot 100 7/22/17: Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (9)

I think this might be the most boring week of the Summer. Especially when our highest debut is a Latin song. But don't worry, I'm expecting either Kesha or Demi Lovato to break through next week. Before we get to this week's Hot 100, here are the songs dropping out.

Woke Up Like This- Playboi Carti/Lil Uzi Vert (#99)
Shining- DJ Khaled/Beyoncé/Jay-Z (#98)
Good Drank- 2 Chainz/Quavo/Gucci Mane (#97)
Cold- Maroon 5/Future (#91)
On Everything- DJ Khaled/Travis Scott/Rick Ross/Big Sean (#88)
If I Told You- Darius Rucker (#83)
To The Max- DJ Khaled/Drake (#73)

Don't Quit- DJ Khaled/Calvin Harris/Travis Scott/Jeremih (#68)

100. How Not To- Dan + Shay (#80)
99. 1 Extra Luv- Future/YG (DEBUT)
98. 2 Crew- GoldLink/Brett Faiyaz/Shy Glizzy (#94)
97. It Ain't My Fault- Brothers Osborne (#100)
96. Element- Kendrick Lamar (#89)
95. Losin' Control- Russ (#92)
94. El Amante- Nicky Jam (RE-ENTRY)
93. Butterfly Effect- Travis Scott (#87)
92. Most Girls- Hailee Steinfeld (#95)
91. Reminder- The Weeknd (#93)
90. Portland- Drake/Travis Scott/Quavo (#79)
89. Heartache On The Dance Floor- Jon Pardi (DEBUT)
88. Swish Swish- Katy Perry/Nicki Minaj (#90)
87. Who Dat Boy- Tyler, The Creator (DEBUT)
86. Down- Fourth Harmony/Gucci Mane (#86)
85. Bodak Yellow- Cardi B (DEBUT)
84. Escapate Conmigo- Wisin/Ozuna (#96)
83. Somebody Else Will- Justin Moore (#85)
82. No Promises- Cheat Codes/Demi Lovato (#82)
81. Feel It Still- Portugal, The Man (#84)
80. Weak- AJR (#75)
79. What Ifs- Kane Brown/Lauren Alaina (#81)
78. Rake It Up- You Gotti/Nicki Minaj (DEBUT)
77. No Complaints- Metro Boomin/Offset/Drake (#71)
76. Rollin'- Calvin Harris/Future/Khalid (RE-ENTRY)
75. Yours If You Want It- Rascal Flatts (#76)
74. No Such Thing As A Broken Heart- Old Dominion (#77)
73. Sign Of The Times- Harry Styles (#58)
72. Loyalty- Kendrick Lamar/Rihanna (#60)
71. Love Galore- SZA/Travis Scott (#74)
70. Mi Gente- J Bavlin/Willy William (DEBUT)
69. Love- Kendrick Lamar/Zacari (#67)
68. You Look Good- Lady Antebellum (#70)
67. Flatliner- Cold Swindell (#69)
66. Privacy- Chris Brown (#62)
65. 4 AM- 2 Chainz/Travis Scott (#59)
64. 1-800-273-8255- Logic/Alessia Cara/Khalid (#64)
63. It's A Vibe- 2 Chainz/Ty Dolla $ign/Trey Songz/Jhene Aiko (#63)
62. Do I Make You Wanna- Billy Currington (#72)
61. Felices Los 4- Maluma (#66)
60. Small Town Boy- Dustin Lynch (#65)
59. Thunder- Imagine Dragons (#54)
58. Drinkin' Problem- Midland (#61)
57. Every Time I Hear That Song- Blake Shelton (#56)
56. Versace On The Floor- Bruno Mars (#78)
55. Tunnel Vision- Kodak Black (#51)
54. Signs- Drake (#36)
53. Crying In The Club- Camilla Cabello (#50)
52. God, Your mama, & Me- F.G.L./Backstreet Boys (#53)
51. Passionfruit- Drake (#52)
50. The Cure- Lady Gaga (#46)
49. First Day Out- Tee Grizzley (#48)
48. T-Shirt- Migos (#49)
47. Goosebumps- Travis Scott (#42)
46. Hurricane- Luke Combs (#43)
45. The Fighter- Keith Urban/Carrie Underwood (#47)
44. Swalla- Jason Derulo/Nicki Minaj/Ty Dolla $ign (#38)
43. My Girl- Dylan Scott (#45)
42. DNA- Kendrick Lamar (#41)
41. Drowning- A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie/Kodak Black (#39)
40. 24K Magic- Bruno Mars (#40)
39. Craving You- Thomas Rhett/Maren Morris (#44)
38. Bad & Boujee- Migos/Lil Uzi Vert (#35) [3 weeks]
37. In Case You Didn't Know- Brett Young (#32)
36. Closer- The Chainsmokers/Halsey (#34) [12 weeks]
35. Everyday We Lit- YFN Lucci/PnB Rock (#35)
34. iSpy- KYLE/Lil Yatchy (#28)
33. Rolex- Ayo & Teo (#29)
32. Slide- Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos (#55)
31. Malibu- Miley Cyrus (#25)
30. Magnolia- Playboi Carti (#30)
29. Slippery- Migos/Gucci Mane (#31)
28. Strip That Down- Liam Payne/Quavo (#33)
27. 2U- David Guetta/Justin Bieber (#27)
26. Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (#56)
25. Bad Liar- Selena Gomez (#24)
24. Location- Khalid (#26)
23. Castle On The Hill- Ed Sheeran (#22)
22. Slow Hands- Niall Horan (#21)
21. It Ain't Me- Kygo x Selena Gomez (#20)
20. Say You Won't Let Go- James Arthur (#17)
19. Issues- Julia Michales (#16)
18. Now Or Never- Halsey (#19)
17. XO TOUR Llif3- Lil Uzi Vert (#15)
16. Redbone- Childish Gambino (#14)
15. Attention- Charlie Puth (#23)
14. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back- Shawn Mendes (#18)
13. Something Just Like This- The Chainsmokers/Coldplay (#10)
12. Mask Off- Future (#12)
11. Stay- Zedd/Alessia Cara (#11)
10. Unforgettable- French Montana/Swae Lee (#13)
9. Congratulations- Post Malone/Quavo (#8)
8. Body Like A Back Road- Sam Hunt (#12)
7. Believer- Imagine Dragons (#6)
6. HUMBLE- Kendrick Lamar (#7) [1 week]
5. Shape of You- Ed Sheeran (#5) [12 weeks]
4. Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#3)
3. That's What I Like- Bruno Mars (#4) [1 week]
2. I'm The One- DJ Khaled's posse (#2) [1 week]
1. Despacito- Luis Fonsi/Daddy Yankee/Justin Bieber (#1) [9th week @ #1]

#1 Song One Year Ago: One Dance- Drake/WizKida/Kyla (9th week @ #1]

Biggest Drop: How Not To- Dan + Shay (-20)

Biggest Jump: Feels- Calvin Harris/Katy Perry/Pharrell Williams/Big Sean (+31)

Streaming Gainer: Slide- Calvin Harris/Frank Ocean/Migos (#32)

Digital Sales Gainer: Attention- Charlie Puth (#15)

Airplay Gainer: Wild Thoughts- DJ Khaled/Rihanna/Bryson Tiller (#4)

Hot Shot Debut: Mi Gente- J Balvin/Willy Willima (#70)


New Arrivals:
Baring the unnecessary return of El Amante, Rollin' is back, primarily because of the new Calvin Harris record dropping. But it's a shame that no other song from the album debuted, or re-entered.

So we get a new song for Future, and it's not even a lead off for his third record, it was digitally tacked to his first. And it's with Future's first ever collaboration with YG, and yeah, it's not as good as you would think it would be. The sandy cracks against the skitter cascades, and synths along with deeper synths that are lighter and hazier than Future is used to dealing with, and the groove doesn't really flatter YG enough here. As for the lyrics, Future is disgusted that the girl is using him for money, but YG is okay with it for some reason. That and you have the cheap, flubbed rhymes that sounds phoned it, and the fact these two artists don't have as much chemistry to sound good together and it feels like a disjointed mess. In other words, boring and forgettable rap, just like most of it already is.

Yay, I always wanted some country artists with neo-traditional country tones, and pop grooves. And yet, apparently people on both pop and country sides of music, like this? For me it's decent, with the guitar grooves, matched with a fiddled and steel guitar, but the handclap is obviously fake, when this song opens up. The writing is about trying to recapture a girl he saw at a bar and never really connected. It's at least decent writing, with some okay production, and Jon Pardi's vocals don't nearly grate on my nerves as they usually do. But I still think people are overrating this already, because it's decent, but not all that great though.

Umm, okay we have this crossing over for some reason? Yeah, okay I'm not impressed at this, the moment I saw the title and the artist, I knew this was gonna suck, and to my surprise, I was right. Tyler's voice is unpleasant, the bass is too heavy and grimy, the trap percussion is barely there, the lyrical melody is almost unstable at times, the rhymes are obviously flubbed, and A$AP Rocky is on here, but he's not all that good. Same as this song is.

And here we are people, the female version of Kodak Black and possibly a Nicki Minaj wannabe, except with less personality. And you can tell this is trying to be in the same frame as Kodak, when she cites him as "inspiration." And yeah, is it any surprise as to why this isn't good, the flow is basic, words rhyme with themselves, and saying arove instead of arrived is not clever. If I will giver her any credit is that at least her voice is more listenable than Kodak Black. But then we get the generic and basic production, with the hollowed glassy synth, trap hi-hats, and unappealing punchlines and wordplay that I haven't already heard. Yeah, I could see this getting traction, but please don't let it be so.

So Yo Gotti is going to do the same thing that got him success last yeah, collaborations with Nicki Minaj. And I don't see this being a hit, it's not as meme worthy as Down In The DM was, because it's not very melodic, the rhymes are either flubbed or rhyme with themselves, the production is generic trap beat, with a thicker bass, and the chorus is just repeating the lines "fuck it up" and "rake it up." I do not see this being a good follow-up at all to Down In The DM, and I thought Law was at least somewhat decent, but this? No, easily skip this!

Okay, I think I may have found the worst Latin hit to crossover, and that is entirely because of this awful squawking at the root of the melody. That is basically the one reason this song annoys me, not just the flimsy lyrical content, and not just because Willy is trying to do a Pitbull impression. I swear, it sounds like a dying alpaca getting castrated, and it never changes or evolves, it's the same goddamn noisy clattering percussion and choppy stutters that try to mimic a guitar to add some sense of a groove to this, and it fails. The best way I can put this song, is a blatant rip-off Pitbull's early career in 2009, but with less personality and more annoying noises! And the lyrics are more in the frequency of any Daddy Yankee or Pitbull as well, but at least they have a degree of personality, these two do not. The only thing to memorize from this, is that annoying loop, nothing else.

Who Dat Blurbs:
Okay, so id doesn't look like Despacito is going to be leaving the top spot just yet, as it actually gained back what it lost in streaming and YouTube.

I am getting really worried about Sign Of The Times collapse, in that if it doesn't slow down, it might just miss the year end list entirely.

I honestly believe that Tunnel Vision will definitely leave next week, because it just hit 20 weeks, and it is now under #50.

Why the Hell do pop radio stations think that Body Like A Back Road is worth any significant airplay at all?

So Attention finally cracked the top 20, mostly due to digital sales though. At least it's a Charlie Puth song that isn't overly white, sterile and generic.

I'm just waiting for the inevitable end run for Closer. It had it's time on the Hot 100, and it will obviously chart extremely high on the decade end list, and could crack the top 20 on Billboard's Greatest Songs of All Time chart as well.

Obviously, that with the release of the new album, Feels and Slide both made significant gains this week, even if nothing else from the album actually debuted this week.

To everyone who thought that Redbone or Say You Won't Let Go was actually going to enter the top 10, I say ha ha ha.

Even more on the bright side is that Unforgettable entered the top 10 this week. Hey, I'll take, it's better than most of the other rap on the charts.

But on the downside, is for the first time in over 60 weeks, The Chainsmokers are not in the top 10, and thus it's longevity for consecutive weeks in the top 10, are over. And they were just a few weeks from Katy Perry's record of 69 weeks.

And finally, Versace On The Floor may just be the next top 10 hit for Bruno Mars, once That's What I Like leaves the top 10 soon.

Top 20 Review:

-1-Worst Song
20. XO TOUR Llife

0-Shit
19. Congratulations
18. Body Like A Back Road
17. Mask Off
16. Issues
15. Redbone

1-Bad
14. Say You Won't Let Go

2-Meh
13. I'm The One

3-Decent
12. Shape Of You

4-Good
11. Now Or Never
10. Unforgettable
9. Stay
8. There's Nothing Holdin' Me Back

5-Great
7. Attention
6. HUMBLE
5. Believer
4. Something Just Like This
3. Despacito
2. Wild Thoughts
1. That's What I Like

Total Score: 56/100 (56%)

Total Hot 100 Score: 196/500 (39.2%)

Top 10:
1. Sign Of The Times
2. That's What I Like
3. Wild Thoughts
4. Despacito
5. Something Just Like This
6. Believer
7. Swalla
8. HUMBLE
9. DNA
10. Attention

Bottom 10:
1. XO TOUR Llif3
2. Tunnel Vision
3. Magnolia
4. Everyday We Lit
5. Congratulations
6. Drowning
7. Body Like A Back Road
8. Privacy
9. Bad & Boujee
10. Mask Off

Throwback Pick:
Counting Stars- OneRepublic (2014)

QOTW: Thought's on Kesha's new song Praying?
Am I sad that she ditched the dance-pop and electro-pop for emotional pop/piano ballad, yes. But as a sucker for good emotional piano ballads, this one is something I never expected, but I think she pulled off exceptionally well. I'll talk more about it when it debuts.