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The Big Hurt: Heeding the commands of the Billboard Hot 100

From twisting and shouting to taking Eddie Money home tonight to fucking the police, pop music has always loved to boss us around.
Who Charted: The Pop Gauntlet
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 07, 2012
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OBEY THE GIANT debuts

A black Lincoln Town Car drives through the darkened streets of Providence.
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By PHILIP EIL  |  May 18, 2012
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On-Demand Songs

The On-Demand Songs chart is a radical new way to measure the consumption of music.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  April 20, 2012
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The Big Hurt: Backsliding once more into the Billboard Christian Songs chart

Of all the Billboard offerings I've covered in Who Charted — which is most of them, excluding major eccentrics like the Hot Norwegian Skiffle 100 — there are none I'm more excited to revisit than the Christian Songs chart
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By DAVID THORPE  |  November 04, 2011
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The Big Hurt: Alex James's cheese, the Chili Peppers' video, Noel and Liam's suit, Nicole Scherzinger's Killer Love, Sammy Hagar's Chickenfoot III

James is on the vanguard of a truly extraordinary future: now that cheese has been infused with the flavor of ketchup, it's only a matter of time before entire cheeseburgers — with beef, onions, lettuce, tomato, bacon, and all — are compressed into pre-s
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  September 02, 2011
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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011


The Big Hurt: Alternative rock songs

I got up this morning filled with a furious hatred of alt-rock — I was tossing and turning half the night with Third Eye Blind's "Semicharmed Life" stuck in my head, a torment I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  October 08, 2010
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New entries in the Hot 100

We're mining further for nuggets of interest in the Hot 100 this week. Just to keep things fresh, let's check out this week's brand new entries.
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 27, 2010
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Mysteries of the Hot 100

After a year of reviewing only Top 10 hits, it seems I've pretty much run out of Drake jokes. For now, anyway — don't go thinking I'm gonna stop making Drake jokes. Actually, I was lying — I've still got a shitload of Drake jokes.
The Big Hurt: Who Charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 30, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Enduring the Billboard ‘Active’ chart

If you're not in the radio business, you might not know the term "Active Rock." It's not a genre, thank Heaven, but a radio format — the worst radio format.
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By DAVID THORPE  |  June 04, 2010


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The Big Hurt: Dialing up Billboard’s Ringtones Chart

We may scoff at the very idea of Billboard ’s ignominious Ringtones chart, but mobile phones are one of only three viable revenue channels musicians have left these days (the other two being commercial licensing and crooked charities).
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By DAVID THORPE  |  April 23, 2010
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The Big Hurt: What would Jesus download?

True, I may be the wrong guy to review the top tracks on the Billboard Christian Songs chart. I’m not religious, so songs about Jesus mean about as much to me as songs about Popeye.
Who charted? Billboard's Top Christian Songs edition
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 26, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Billboard Top Hip-Hop and R and B songs

This week, a jolly traipse through one of Billboard 's most artistically fecund charts: "Top Hip-Hop and R&B Songs." What wonders await?
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By DAVID THORPE  |  January 29, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Britney vs. bulls#!t

At the end of a grim year and a disappointing decade, the music press has become a particularly peaty slog.
Damage control ain't what it used to be
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 08, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Who charted?

In order to serve you better, I'll be taking an occasional look at the charts and giving a brief rundown of the week in pop.
Billboard's Hot Modern Rock Tracks
By DAVID THORPE  |  January 12, 2009