Lil Wayne Has The Hot 100 Locked Down

Ed. note: Chris “dennisobell” Molanphy, our resident chart guru, looks at the upward, downward, and lack of movement on this week’s Billboard charts: Lil Wayne is expected to triumph on next week’s album chart, but this week, he has locked up a remarkable percentage of the Hot 100 singles chart: seven songs, starting with his [...] Read more

Duffy, “Mercy”

All the attention lavished on this new-model Dusty Springfield/Lulu concerns the sound of her voice (say it again: more Lulu than Dusty). But what makes “Mercy” so enticing is everything swirling around it before it sings a note: the opening bassline, which retools “Stand By Me” (by way of De La Soul’s “A Little Bit [...] Read more

Estelle, “American Boy” Breezy, worldly, with a touch of East End slang, “American Boy” isn’t just a fine summer single, it’s a great example of R&B’s new post-disco vibe for the late aughts. Estelle’s voice brings to mind a wispier Lauryn Hill, but it works like gangbusters here, as she dreamily pictures Brooklyn as a hip mecca [...] Read more