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Losers of the Hot 100

In today's "Who Charted?", I'll be checking out a few of the biggest losers on the Billboard Hot 100.  
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  April 22, 2011

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

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

The Big Hurt: Leisurely stroll through Billboard’s ‘Heatseekers’

A year into this whole "Who Charted" thing and I'm finally getting to the most exciting stuff.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 26, 2010

The Big Hurt: Think of England

Although we like to think of ourselves as having an ironclad hegemony over the pop of the Western world, those plucky Brits like to rise from their misty bog and tweak our nipples with a pond-crossing chart smash once in a while.
‘Who Charted?’: The UK edition
By DAVID THORPE  |  October 09, 2009

The Big Hurt: Checking the Billboard Hot 100

As usual, I won't be able to make it through the full 100, but seven is just as good, right?
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  August 28, 2009


The Big Hurt: Hootie goes country, Roses stay in denial, Spector gets 'demonic'

I’m still not used to the idea that Darius Rucker (“Hootie” to you and me) is a chart-topping country superstar now.
Music news in brief
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 31, 2009

'Who Charted'

Having paid my dues by wading through the alt-rock and godawful-country charts, I've earned the right to tackle the steamy stuff.
Billboard's Hot Adult Top 40
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2009

Smooth operators

The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008

The week in boners

With his new album expected to hit #1 on the Billboard charts this week, I think (Nasty) Nas is getting a bit swell-headed.
Ross exposed, FCC hosed, hicks opposed
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 28, 2008

Indie gets the blues

White rockers generally come by the blues one of two ways.

The Gossip, the Black Keys, and the Kills

By MATT ASHARE  |  April 23, 2008


The Big Hurt: Neglected press-release roundup

Nothing shakes off the doldrums like a short vacation to the bottom of the press-release barrel.
Music news that only a publicist could love
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 24, 2008

Crank that, techie

In the summer of 2006, DeAndre Way, then 16, combated summer boredom in Batesville, Mississippi, by writing songs with Fruity Loops digital-audio software.
Cool jerks
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  October 12, 2007

At home with home

Women may dominate the pop charts from time to time, but in the annals of acknowledged rock/pop greatness, they are few in number.
Sara Cox arrives at domesticity with Crowded Is the New Lonely
By SAM PFEIFLE  |  May 30, 2007

Production lines

The guy builds songs.
Timbaland’s shockingly bad Shock Value
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  April 09, 2007

Justify my love

Oh, Justin. Even you know that your undeniable charisma and brilliantly executed choreography somehow balance out your post-boy-band status and lack of indie cred. Justin Timberlake on Saturday Night Live, "Dick in a Box" (YouTube)
He already brought sexy back. Now can Justin Timberlake shed his boy-band image and become a music legend?
By SHARON STEEL  |  February 05, 2007


Bootleg beats

The music that Gregg Gillis creates under the name Girl Talk almost necessitates a new classification. Girl Talk, "Hold Up" (mp3)
Gregg Gillis’s Girl Talk mash-ups
By CAITLIN E. CURRAN  |  January 09, 2007


Last week the second CD by this English dance-rock act debuted atop the British albums chart, and Kasabian’s notoriously loudmouthed members weren’t exactly gracious about it. Kasabian,"Empire"  (windows media) Kasabian, "Me Plus One"  (windows media
Empire | RCA
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  September 11, 2006

Sexy's back

Club gigs by superstars are inherently contrived, exclusionary, economically unsustainable. They also feel more human because they are more human. Duh.
Justin Timberlake, Avalon, August 26, 2006
By CARLY CARIOLI  |  August 29, 2006

Hype writers

St. Elsewhere has songs about Inspector Gadget, Transformers, necrophilia, and various kinds of monsters. Fun fun fun. Fantastic Voyagers: your soundtrack to summer . By Nick Sylvester
Gnarls Barkley punch all the right keys
By NICK SYLVESTER  |  June 08, 2006

Idol threats

It remains to be seen whether he can top the pop charts, but J. Jewels has got Diddy-style diversification on lockdown.
New England Idol; Cylob rocks T.T.’s  
By DAVID DAY  |  February 21, 2006