a fanmix for that feeling you get when you read another mix description; characters described in vague terms, girls with power and boys with tragedies; metaphors abound like flowers in a meadow, their petals heavy with rain; i don’t recognize any of these fucking bands
croptops r for anyone 2 wear n everyone 2 celebrate
Unless you have a muffin top.
here’s a to-do list for u
- fix yr garbage ass blog
- fix yr garbage ass attitude
Chris Molanphy with a major, monster of a piece. To quote his description of it from FB:
"Papa’s Got a Brand-New Bag." "Rescue Me." "Mr. Big Stuff." "I’m Every Woman." "Sexual Healing." "I Feel for You." "I Need Love." "Me, Myself & I." "All Around the World." "Real Love." "On & On." "Work It." "What You Know." "A Milli." Classic songs—and all of them only went to No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs chart—a list that was once truly distinct from the Hot 100 pop chart and was the authoritative ranking of the music of black America.
This piece—on the long, tangled history of that chart—is my first major feature for Pitchfork since last fall’s Modern Rock/Alternative megafeature and, incidentally, is the longest article I’ve ever written. I needed the space to explain how the chart developed, how this chart was saved from irrelevance in 1965 and became the authority in black music for decades, and how the era of digital music has made it a challenge to track what true fans of R&B and hip-hop are consuming, week in, week out.
The piece is also—a year and a half after Billboard changed the way the chart is formulated—a polemic, from a diehard chart fan who feels the R&B/Hip-Hop chart needs to be fixed. A purported R&B/Hip-Hop chart topped by white people 44 out 52 weeks last year has issues—and even now, when topped by Pharrell, the chart is nothing more than the Hot 100’s truncated stepchild.
Thank you to everyone who supported me the last six months while I researched and labored over this—I’m relieved to have it out, finally. And to my friends who work for Billboard, consider this (seriously) tough love.