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What Christina Grimmie Meant to Me

In our 2015 end-of-year recap, I declared myself a “freakazoid obsessive of YouTube covers,” which is a bit of an imprecise description. What usually happens is I’ll stumble on a performance I really connect with, then spend the next few weeks listening to every cover by that singer or group. My favorite individual songs will go on…

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Ranking Ariana Grande’s Songs from My Everything

Katy Perry said it best in an interview: Ariana Grande has the best female vocal in pop music today. It’s difficult to fight such a statement, as bold as it stands. Despite being mocked for her height and youthful appearance, in addition to amassing a reputation as a diva and Mariah Carey copy cat, it’s…

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My Ten Favorite Songs of the Decade So Far

10. Jessi J, Ariana Grande, Nicki Minaj – “Bang Bang” I would call this my “guilty pleasure” selection, but, as Colton and I have repeatedly noted, there should be no guilt in the pleasure of a finely-crafted pop number. The Max Martin-produced “Bang Bang” is probably my favorite pop radio staple this decade, with a sizzling beat,…

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Ranking Potential 2016 Super Bowl Halftime Performers

Billboard.com currently has a poll running for readers to vote on who they want to play at the next Super Bowl. They’ve selected fifteen potential artists, most of whom would be semi-reasonable selections. I’ve decided to rank them in terms of which ones I think would be the most sensible choices, with the second factor being which ones would put…

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10 Things Brian Likes – #6: Johnny Cash

Okay. Here’s the lowdown, ladies and gents. I know you haven’t heard from me in a while. My TV countdown is currently ongoing over at my Brian Terrill Movie Night page, but even there posts have been sporadic. The pace should pick up a bit come June. But I didn’t want the good readers of EarnThis to…

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Mixtape: Favorite Non-Singles

In the fourth entry of our ongoing Mixtape series — in which one or more writers picks about twenty songs from under a single umbrella — we’re digging deep into some of our favorite non-singles from well-known artists. As always, we’ve included a Spotify playlist to listen to as you read. Someday’s Gone – All-American…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #82 Taylor Swift

So, what is it that makes Taylor Swift appealing? What is it about her music that drew me in enough to make her the most embarrassing entry on my top 100 (or maybe runner up)? Before I try to answer those questions, let’s take a quick walk through her career to date. Swift burst on…

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Dan’s Top 100 Everything: #85 Queen

My friends and I did a “fantasy rock band” draft about a year ago. We set up a “roster” of frontman, guitarist, bassist, keyboardist, drummer, songwriter, and “wildcard” for a mythical band. Then, like a fantasy football draft, we took turns choosing musicians to fill up that roster. The rule was you get that musician…