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    by » 30-11-16, 15:03

    trebor's Pulse Country Update 100 - 2016 in Country Music

    A journey from Oregon Alternative hipsterdom and SoCal vibes to Idaho Christian; on through the Colorado Rockies, Lonestar's own music headlock via Southern and Dirt to Music City Tennessee and Appalachian Bluegrass. All along taking aboard all unsigned artists, US and worldwide and their unique brand of sounds and artistry.

    The only place where NashPop's own Muppet show clashes with Alternative and Americana realness.
    Big Machine, Sony, Universal and Warner beware: You're going to be grilled good!

    Coming soon to a Barn & Grill near you!

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    by » 30-11-16, 16:49

    The Good (NOT!), The Bad and The Ugly
    The 40 worst "Country" Singles of 2016

    How does it work?
    Time frame: Billboard Year (December 2015 - November 2016)
    Songs must have charted on the Billboard Airplay Top 60 chart. Excluded are album tracks, novelty songs like Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots (Says it all!), unsolicited pop/rock crossovers and holiday releases.
    Considered are all songs that peaked during the eligibility period or are Top 20 on the November 26, 2016 cut-off Billboard chart and older than 10 weeks.
    The song with the highest peak discrepancy in between the official chart and my own chart gets crowned: Worst Song Of The Year!

    So the annual NashPop circus is in town, let's roll in all the Clowns!



    Full countdown with commentary will follow here! Stay tuned!

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    by » 30-11-16, 19:20

    I'll definitely be following this thread! Not sure I'll check out any of those "40 worst" singles though...

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    by » 30-11-16, 19:38

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus
    I'll definitely be following this thread! Not sure I'll check out any of those "40 worst" singles though...
    Cool! Thank you, Magnus.
    Good idea to skip this list , you definitely won't like it and get a cardiac arrest...
    Please mind my mean comments...

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    by » 30-11-16, 19:52

    This is a sarcastic, (partly) amusing, but also slanderous and offensive review.
    Please leave your political correctness at the saloon door

    Part 1: Buffoons, Wannabes and Trickery Masters

    40 - Smoke Break Carrie Underwood - 19 | Arista Nashville
    The usual belching, over-the-top production and that touchy subject which may rise brows in the Corn Belt. She's trying way too much and I don't buy it. Nothing what I would normally be listening to. Went to #1 at Mediabase and #2 at Billboard
    39 - From The Ground Up Dan + Shay - Warner Bros. | WAR
    This is so full of clichés and so über sweet you'll probably get diabetes. It goes without saying that this hit #1 on both airplay charts; They wear the skinniest jeans in town; hence the high notes. #ButtBuddies #NotCountry
    38 - You Make It Look So Good Thompson Square - Stoney Creek
    This is not bad per se but it's not anywhere as good as the general expectations. It's not unique and tends to be really boring. This song went to #47 at Billboard and #46 at Mediabase
    37 - Southernality A Thousand Horses - Republic Nashville
    Generic, bleached, soft rock attempt with Country undertones. Most disposable act; Faceless, pale and totally unnecessary. Was met with heavy radio resistance and only went to #57 on both charts
    36 - Top Of The World Tim McGraw - McGraw | Big Machine
    It's always hit or miss with Tim McGraw. He delivers the best (because his status allows him to do true genre) but also such boring and unmemorable tunes like this. Billboard #6 and Mediabase #5.
    35 - Pain Killer Little Big Town - Capitol Nashville
    Along with "Day Drinking" this is the most annoying track from their "Pain Killer" album. Reggae and Tropical Island fever; please give me a break. #36 Mediabase and #38 Billboard. Next, please.#NotCountry
    34 - High Class Eric Paslay - EMI Nashville
    Inglorious attempt to jump on the R&B/Funk band wagon. Sounded nice at the beginning but burnt too fast. EMI managed to keep this afloat for 29 straight weeks on Mediabase while only reaching #31 (out of a Top 50) (Billboard #32) #NotCountry
    33 - Heartbreak Song Mickey Guyton - Capitol Nashville
    Underwhelming comeback single. Would have needed a miracle to do well; it's way too convenient to blame the chart congestion at the charting time. Nice but utterly uninteresting. Billboard #45 and Mediabase #49
    32 - Faint Of The Heart Sister C - Sister C
    Well, this song shouldn't be listed here as it's not a bad song. But by spending only one week at #60 and floating into oblivion on mine, it got an (undeserved) negative score (Mediabase #71)
    31 - Said No One Ever Jana Kramer - Elektra Nashville | WAR
    Catchy and all with a very colourful video to go with: Basically annoying as F*. If you're not a twelve year old girl, this is not for you. Billboard and Mediabase #57

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    by » 30-11-16, 20:17

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Oh thank god Carrie's song is only #40
    #TheShade
    You should have known... She's also at #30...

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    by » 30-11-16, 21:10

    Oops, guess I'm a twelve year old girl then . Must've registered my UKMIX account right at birth.

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    by » 30-11-16, 21:16

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus
    Oops, guess I'm a twelve year old girl then
    I obviously meant it in an affectionate way (Totally forgot you enjoyed this song) #Sorry
    It's probably best you skipped this segment (Warning: Cassadee, Maren & Kelsea are all still to show up)

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    by » 30-11-16, 21:24

    Quote Originally Posted by trebor
    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Oh thank god Carrie's song is only #40
    #TheShade
    You should have known... She's also at #30...
    Ohhh But that must be "Dirty Laundry" or "Heartbeat" then, as i still remember that "Church Bells" did quite well on your weekly updates. Hopefully that one will be on your 'best of' list

    Anyway, i'm definitely following this, even if i'm not that familiar with most of the country stuff. I'm afraid i'll know (and like) more from the worst country singles list than from the other. But i'll definitely check out some stuff from the proper list.

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    by » 30-11-16, 21:26

    Quote Originally Posted by trebor
    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus
    Oops, guess I'm a twelve year old girl then
    I obviously meant it in an affectionate way (Totally forgot you enjoyed this song) #Sorry
    It's probably best you skipped this segment (Warning: Cassadee, Maren & Kelsea are all still to show up)
    No problem, I did notice the first line of the post and I actually had a good laugh about it!

    I can understand Cassadee and Kelsea, surprised at Maren though.

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    by » 01-12-16, 01:19

    Carrie doesn't deserve to be on any worst list. #justice4underwood
    You can search the entire universe and not find a single being more worthy of love than you.

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    by » 01-12-16, 14:31

    Quote Originally Posted by Tansike
    Ohhh But that must be "Dirty Laundry" or "Heartbeat" then, as i still remember that "Church Bells" did quite well on your weekly updates. Hopefully that one will be on your 'best of' list
    It's "Heartbeat" that falls out of favour. "Church Bells" misses the Top 100 by a very low margin! "Dirty Laundry" has a split chart run (2016/2017) and is outside of the Top 200.

    Quote Originally Posted by Magnus
    No problem, I did notice the first line of the post and I actually had a good laugh about it!
    I can understand Cassadee and Kelsea, surprised at Maren though.
    Maren will be duly explained (in my way... )

    Quote Originally Posted by JSparksFan
    Carrie doesn't deserve to be on any worst list. #justice4underwood
    Don't let the fan in you take over! I criticize some of her musical output and not the artist.

    Thanks y'all for commenting!

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    by » 01-12-16, 14:45

    This is a sarcastic, (partly) amusing, but also slanderous and offensive review.
    Please leave your political correctness at the saloon door

    Part 2: Sideshows, Single Attractions and Nine Day Wonders


    30 - Heartbeat Carrie Underwood - 19 | Arista Nashville
    Zzzz. This song is just... there. Perfect radio fodder that appeals to the vast majority of the general public. Bores me to death! #1 on both Billboard and Mediabase
    29 - Break On Me. Keith Urban - Hit Red | Capitol Nashville
    Never heard of this? Good on you! Forgettable and sleep inducing something of a song which is already forgotten and buried. Went to #1 on both charts.
    28 - Tuxedo Clare Dunn - MCA Nashville
    Ever wondered what female Bro-Country sounds like? Here it is. Repetitive, most annoying chorus ever, cringeworthy lyrics. Billboard #51 and #50 Mediabase (Not consecutive on four different instances! )
    27 - (This Ain't No) Drunk Dial A Thousand Horses - Big Machine
    Second single and more of their fluff MOR sound. Nothing reedeming about this one. Although BMLG fought like a lion to keep this going it (deservedly) peaked at Billboard #23 and Mediabase #22
    26 - Real Men Love Jesus Michael Ray - Atlantic | WEA
    This song is so wrong on so many levels. Outdated views and concept; and filler music from a disposable artist fresh from an undeserved #1 single. Peaked at #17 on both charts
    25 - I Like The Sound Of That Rascal Flatts - Big Machine
    This is so bland and Gary's voice is especially irking. What is this all about, anyway? Huge #1 (tooke them 32 weeks to get there)
    24 - Dance With Ya Drew Baldridge - THIS Music | Cold River
    This is frankly the worst! Another R&B/Funk travesty. Embarrassing chorus and the video is hideous. Mediabase #42 and Billboard #48 (23 weeks!!!!) #NotCountry
    23 - Summer Cassadee Pope - Republic Nashville // BMLG
    Sounds like a hundred other songs. Nothing special about it. Teenage lyrics and probably a hit at Disney Country. Lots of smoke and no fire. Billboard & Mediabase #55
    22 - SnapBack Old Dominion - RCA Nashville
    Created a new word: "Snapback". Borderline Country and the most appalling lyrics ever. Dull mainstream fare. #2 at both Billboard & Mediabase
    21 - Drink You Away Justin Timberlake - RCA
    Self explanatory! Wasn't the brightest idea to send this to Country radio, although it managed to spend one sole week at #60 on Billboard. Mediabase #66. #NotCountry

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    by » 02-12-16, 03:54

    I see where you're coming from with the "Heartbeat" critique. The song comes from a sweet place, but it is a bit lifeless. "Drink You Away" is nice.
    You can search the entire universe and not find a single being more worthy of love than you.

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    by » 05-12-16, 10:14

    This is a sarcastic, (partly) amusing, but also slanderous and offensive review.
    Please leave your political correctness at the saloon door

    Part 3: Jugglers, Imposters, and the disinherited

    20 - Blue Ain't Your Color Keith Urban - Hit Red | Capitol Nashville
    What a borefest! This is neither fish nor flesh as it takes on three distinctive genres and blends all in a highly polished mono-genre type of sound. I understand that this is a huge hit; it's probably ranked too high here as it's still climbing the chart and most certainly will not make the Worst 2017 list. Still, the guitar is used nicely but I'm pretty unbothered. Still charting
    19 - Rock On Tucker Beathard - Dot
    Lazy composition and boring AF. Horrible twang, and generally lacks balls, power and edge. How on earth did this go to #2 on both charts?
    18 - 80's Mercedes Maren Morris - Columbia Nashville
    Thumping beats and a 100% pop song. Completeley repetitive; and an appalling lack of respect to Country legacy. Still charting. #NotCountry
    17 - If The Boot Fits Granger Smith - Wheelhouse
    See comments for Tucker Beathard. Shame as Granger was once seen as the next Texas big thing. Still charting
    16 - My Girl Dylan Scott - Curb
    Boring, boring track that sounds exactly like a mash-up of some of his previous songs. How is this becoming his biggest hit. PS: Don't rap on country songs unless it's narration. Has some country instrumentation that gets a nod. Still charting
    15 - Think A Little Less Michael Ray - Atlantic | WEA
    Disposable composition wiht horrible lyrics. At least it sounds like contemporary country. Not for me. Still charting
    14 - Peter Pan Kelsea Ballerini - Black River
    Probably the best of her singles. Way too pop and generally a turn-off if you're not the target demographic. Instant radio channel changer. #1 on both charts
    13 - Comeback Kid The Band Perry - Interscope | Mercury
    Decently country sounding. The three chorus lines just don't work and the lyrics don't really help. It's too repetitive and uninteresting. #39 on both charts
    12 - I Know Somebody LoCash - Revive | Reviver
    I'm at a loss here. Is this even a song? Below average in every aspect possible. Went to #1 on both charts (How is this even remotely #1 material?)
    11 - Song For Another Time Old Dominion - RCA Nashville
    Best out of their RCA releases. Still not impressed, boring and lazy. I know they can do better than that. Geared to hit #1 on both charts

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    by » 05-12-16, 21:03

    Ah, you don't consider "80's Mercedes" a country song (not even a 1% country song ;)). Fair enough, that explains why it ended up in a list like this. And the same with "Peter Pan" (I agree it's her best single). I also agree that "Comeback Kid" was disappoiting (although I still like it).

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    by » 07-12-16, 08:22

    ^^
    Maren Morris: 0%! It doesn't feature any of the requisite to be considered Country (Instrumentation, storytelling, and legacy). Also, I don't really like it as a pop song.
    Then again, this is just a point based list and the (negative) scores are all relatively close, so the ranking is just odds and the reflection of a moment in time.

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    by » 07-12-16, 08:31

    This is a sarcastic, (partly) amusing, but also slanderous and offensive review.
    Please leave your political correctness at the saloon door

    Part 4: Perfect Illusion: Con Artists

    10 - RED, WHITE & YOU Steven Tyler - Dot
    This bars any description. Billboard #46 and Mediabase #51
    09 - Long Live Tonight LANco - Arista Nashville
    Nice intro; but hardly genre. They have much better stuff that actually fits the format. Catchy little pop song; no more no less. Billboard #32 and Mediabase #33. NotCountry
    08 - Thunder In The Rain Kane Brown - RCA Nashville
    He sounds good on this record. The song itself is a dull pop hybrid. Irritating and void of any quality. Billboard #43 and Mediabase #34
    07 - Love Triangle RaeLynn - Warner Bros. | WMN
    Zzzz. Admittedly too high as this actually sounds Country. Not my stuff but as this song is still climbing the charts it will probably not rank in the Worst 2017. So placing due to negative score at present time. Still charting
    06 - Break Up In A Small Town Sam Hunt - MCA Nashville
    The worst song of 2016 falls back to #6 this year. Enough said! Billboard & Mediabase #2
    05 - Dibs Kelsea Ballerini - Black River
    She was already #4 in the Worst 2016 list and slips one notch. Still horrible, plain horrible, just horrible, etc. Miracously hit #1 on both charts
    04 - Vacation Thomas Rhett - Valory
    Fact is that I don't really dislike Thomas Rhett. This is a turd and as such always stays afloat. Billboard #30 and Mediabase #33. NotCountry
    03 - Make You Miss Me Sam Hunt - MCA Nashville
    #OMG! I can't even... What an abomination. Obviously #1 on both charts
    02 - T-Shirt Thomas Rhett - Valory
    If played on any format other than County this would be a decent song. R&B/Funk hybrid and pretty catchy. #NotCountry. Hit #1 on both charts
    01 - Fix Chris Lane - Big Loud
    And yet another R&B/Funk influenced song. Although it has synthetic banjo loops throughout the song this is pure pop. The falsetto works fine; the lyrics are just plain dumb. Definitely #NotCountry. (Disputable) #1 on both charts

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    by » 07-12-16, 08:57

    trebor's Year in Country music 2016
    (December 2015 - November 2016 / Billboard/Mediabase Year)

    So it's time to lay out my favourite tracks of 2016 and bare all the guilty pleasures and reveal all the shame!
    Every week I chart 150 songs including all of the 60 Billboard airplay tracks.
    Since the Billboard songs tend to chart for an eternity I have decided to apply a reverse point system for the 20 best frames for every title that made my chart. (#1 = 150 chart points and #150 = 1 chart point)
    The ranking is solely point based and not a quality assessment; songs going into 2017 may be placed lower than they actually would with a complete chart run.

    This is the result:

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    # 415 - Drink You Away Justin Timberlake - RCA
    Didn't make my chart but went to #60 on Billboard. Hence: 0 points and last place
    # 414 - Put A Label On It Ryan Follese - Big Machine
    Peak #150 (1 week) Going into 2017
    # 413 - Yesterday's Song Hunter Hayes - Atlantic | WMN
    Peak #147 (2 weeks) Going into 2017
    # 412 - Hurt People Rick Brantley - Blue Otis
    Peak #142 (1 week) Going into 2017

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    # 411 - Thunder In The Rain Kane Brown - RCA Nashville
    Peak #149 (11 weeks) Still charting
    # 410 - The Way I Talk Morgan Wallen - Big Loud
    Peak #146 (3 weeks) Going into 2017
    # 409 - Body Language Gyth Rigdon - Gyth Ridgdon | Double Down
    Peak #138 (1 week) Going into 2017

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    by » 07-12-16, 09:24

    # 408 - RED, WHITE & YOU Steven Tyler - Dot
    Peak #148 (8 weeks)
    # 407 - Come As You Are Turnpike Troubadours - Motel Time
    Peak #134 (1 week) Going into 2017

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    # 406 - For Her Chris Lane - Big Loud
    Peak #148 (9 weeks) Going into 2017
    # 405 - Suitcase Steve Moakler - Creative Nation
    Peak #141 (3 weeks) Going into 2017
    # 404 - Holy Days Sean McConnell - Rounder | Concord
    Peak #132 (1 weeks) Going into 2017

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