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Should You Actually Listen To The Album U2 Gave You For Free?

View this image › Getty Images Justin Sullivan U2’s deal with Apple to automatically place their 13th album Songs of Innocence in every iTunes library on Earth may essentially be history’s most high-profile spam campaign, but it’s also an unprecedented artistic opportunity to reach half a billion people without any sort of commercial pressure. “People […]

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Premiere: Meghan Trainor’s “Close Your Eyes” Is Your New Pick-Me-Up

1. She kinda came out of left field, but you’re already in love with Meghan Trainor, the singer who pairs a throwback sound with lyrics that contemplate 21st century womanhood: Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=7PCkvCPvDXk. youtube.com 2. Your mom has been asking you about her surprise summer hit, “All About That Bass”: Jason Lipshutz @jasonlipshutz Follow […]

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There’s Finally A New Aphex Twin Song, And It’s Excellent

1. If you’ve been walking around a cool neighborhood in a major city recently, you may have noticed the old Aphex Twin symbol spray-painted on a street corner. Loading View on Instagram @-webkit-keyframes”dkaXkpbBxI”{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;} 100%{opacity:0.5;} } @keyframes”dkaXkpbBxI”{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;} 100%{opacity:0.5;} } instagram.com 2. Or maybe you’ve seen an Aphex Twin blimp hovering above your […]

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10 Perfectly Good Songs Ruined By Will.i.am

1. Crazy Kids (Ke$ha) Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=xdeFB7I0YH4. “She put boobies in my face and now I’m really seeing doubles” Classy. Will.i.am’s verse was axed from the album version, but reintroduced for the single in an attempt to boost sales. Unfortunately sales were not aided by the artful addition, and will.i.am’s CG cameo in the […]

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The Two Best Things That Happened In 2013

1. Feb. 3, 2013 — Super Bowl 2013 Halftime Show: Destiny’s Child reunites. View this image › majorinmalik.tumblr.com Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=sLrOSZi2pfw. youtube.com 3. Then a bunch of boring stuff no one cares about happened in between. 4. Aug. 25, 2013 — NSYNC reunites during Justin Timberlake’s VMAs performance. View this image › majorinmalik.tumblr.com View […]

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This Korean Music Video Is The Weirdest Thing You’ll See Today

1. Independent Korean record label and talent agency S.M. Entertainment recently released a music video for Hitchhiker’s single “11(Eleven).” View this image › S.M. Entertainment 2. To say the video is weird would be an understatement: Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=gZa4yre0uEk. youtube.com View this image › ITV 4. Is that a DUCK? What is even going […]

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19 Reasons Tinashe Is The Diva We Need Right Now

1. By now, you’ve probably heard Tinashe’s smash hit “2 On” a million times. And that’s because it’s a fucking amazing song. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=-s7TCuCpB5c. 2. If you’re not ~in the know~ Tinashe is a baller singer/dancer/model/actress. Here she is with Drake in Justin Bieber’s “Baby” music video, just because. View this image › […]

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Kanye Disses Justin Timberlake And The Grammys In Concert Rant

Kanye West ripped into the Grammys and Justin Timberlake and Jay-Z’s new single “Suit and Tie” at a concert at the Hammersmith Apollo in London tonight during a improvised extended outro to his song “Clique.” This video shot by a fan at the gig includes the full performance “Clique,” so if you just want to […]

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Lady Gaga Outdoes Herself In Her New Predictably Insane Music Video

1. Lady Gaga’s new video for “G.U.Y.” is a nearly 8-minute EPIC “film” that’s reliably full of WTF moments. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=PNu_-deVemE. youtube.com She premiered the video on Saturday night’s Dateline on NBC, before releasing it online. The video, whose title stands for “Girl Under You,” also features a prelude of snippets from “Artpop” […]

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Willow Smith Actually Sounds Good Singing Over Radiohead

1. “Sugar And Spice” samples Radiohead’s “Codex.” Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=6gZx06UEZDM. youtube.com 2. Radiohead’s original track for comparison. Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=o5c9w6uWBOI. youtube.com Read more: http://buzzfeed.com/ryanhatesthis/willow-smith-actually-sounds-good-singing-over-rad

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Lingerie Brand Exploits Pussy Riot

Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=Oeo2A_KykOU. To mark the one-year anniversary of Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer,” Germany lingerie company Blush released this video ad. Here’s their press note: “On the first anniversary of the Pussy Riot concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, the Berlin based Lingerie label blush supports the free pussy riot movement with […]

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29 Reasons Why 2014 Is Already The Year Of The Booty

While booties have been beloved since the dawn of time, 2014 will forever be remembered as the year when broad swaths of music and popular culture suddenly reached Peak Booty. Here’s definitive evidence. 1. J.Lo showed off what Papi has got.   2. Nicki announced her new single. Loading View on Instagram @-webkit-keyframes”dkaXkpbBxI”{ 0%{opacity:0.5;} 50%{opacity:1;} […]

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Premiere: Melanie Martinez’s “Carousel” Video Is Nightmarishly Cool

1. Meet Melanie Martinez, you may remember her from season three of The Voice where her ~creepy-cute~ covers made her the best part of Team Adam. View this image › Kevin Winter / Getty Images 2. After she was eliminated during the show’s semi-finals, she spent a year putting together Dollhouse, a five-song EP that […]

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Why 2014 Is The Year Of A Hoobastank Comeback

It’s been 10 years since the release of Hoobastank’s hit single, ‘The Reason.’ Video available at: http://youtube.com/watch?v=fV4DiAyExN0. youtube.com Remember that video? The one where a girl is hit by a car, and the driver immediately says: View this image › youtube.com / Via Nick Wray @ BuzzFeed As soon as Hoobastank came into our lives, […]

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Yet Another 10 Bizarre Music Videos

There are plenty of bizarre music videos that exist (as evidenced by the first, second, and Halloween edition lists), and they are considerably more accessible now that websites such as YouTube exist. Before the advent of streaming video, one had to purchase VHS tapes or sit and wait for the videos to be shown on […]

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25 Pop Records That Made Everyone’s Life Better In 2013

25. Katy Perry, “Roar” View this image › View this embed › Hooky as all hell without ever being intrusive, Katy Perry makes the best treadmill music. “Roar” is her signature gym song. It’s got “Survivor”-inspired lyrics and a chorus that makes you want to run for an extra five minutes. And yeah, it sounds […]

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10 Incredibly Popular Samples

If making music were easy, we would all be famous. It isn’t a cakewalk to create a song that will be admired for generations to come, which is why at times, artists have turned to the past to find lasting pieces of music that can be reworked. Some producers find ways to take a great […]

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Lady Gaga Puked On Stage In Spain

Lady Gaga vomited at least three times while on stage on Saturday night at the Palau Sant Jordi arena in Barcelona, Spain. Gaga, always a professional, managed to keep singing, and took a few brief breaks to spew off the side of the stage. As far as this type of thing goes, it was very […]

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Bat For Lashes’s New Record Is Emotionally Devastating

View this image › There are no small emotions in a Bat For Lashes song. Natasha Khan’s music presents a world of endless romance, where even numbers about platonic friendships take on a mythic grandeur. Her songs, always melodic and darkly atmospheric, can function on a superficial pop level but benefit greatly from deep emotional […]

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Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl Halftime Show Was Dazzling

1. Bruno Mars took advantage of his Super Bowl halftime special to show the world that he’s a world class entertainer. View this image › Fox / Via rhapsodyincolour.tumblr.com 2. He opened his set by showing off his skills as a drummer. Video available at: http://buzzfeed-video1.s3.amazonaws.com/video/2014/02/03/WFXT_02-02-2014_201004-426×240.mp4. Did you know that Bruno Mars can drum? Well, […]

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10 Great Alternative Christmas Songs

Christmas songs and Christmas carols are an incredibly important part of Christmas. But when the season hits it is easy to become tired of the same old songs. This list is going to change that. I am using the term “alternative” simply to describe songs outside what you normally hear, rather than as a definitive […]

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Fiona Apple, Artist Of The Year

View this image › Jack Plunkett, file / AP Imagine hearing, in 1998, that Fiona Apple — you know, the “Criminal” girl, the one with the video where she strips and sings in the bathtub; she had that freak-out at the MTV Awards and called everybody bullshit, you know her — would one day be […]

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