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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Demi Lovato Vs. Jennifer Lopez

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams were are letting you determine the song of the summer by putting two songs in a face off until reach a final winner. This week Demi Lovato and Jennifer Lopez are stepping up to the plate. But first we need to look back on last week when newcomers Becky G and 5 Seconds of Summer offered up their catchy tunes, “Shower” and “She Looks So Perfect.” Becky G dominated the battle, taking 76 percent of the vote. She’ll join Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran in the winner’s circle. So who from this week will join them?

Are you feeling Lopez’s dance ballad, “First Love,” or “Really Don’t Care,” Lovato’s infectious kiss off to an ex?

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Demi Lovato Leads The Pride Parade In “Really Don’t Care” Video

Demi Lovato certainly knows how to show her spirit (and support of the LGBT community). The longtime gay advocate turns it up a notch in her new music video for “Really Don’t Care” featuring Cher Lloyd. Filmed during Los Angeles Pride, Lovato performs at the pride parade as one of the grand marshals. The video follows Lovato, her leather-clad dancers and 400,000 participants as they march the streets of LA. The infectiously happy song — a kiss-off to an ex-lover (and bullies alike) — gets a boost of joy thanks to all the excited faces, including famed blogger Perez Hilton and The Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, that pop up in the video.  Read more…

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10 Essential Hits: Solange Knowles

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With all the attention surrounding Solange Knowles—thanks to that leaked video of her attacking Jay Z in an elevator—we thought it was worth looking back on her musical career and rounding up her ten most essential songs. As the Internet throws shade, saying her attack on the rapper was her biggest hit, true fans know there’s more to the singer. From her first solo record to her collaborations with Chromeo and Janelle Monae, Knowles has been turning out a superb mix of neo soul, classic R&B and modern funk.

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Sam Smith And 5 Other British Crooners You Need To Know

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Every couple of years, a crop of young British singers invade U.S. airwaves, top the charts and dominate the press. This year is no different thanks to artists like John Newman and Sam Smith. Both are leading the charge with their infectious hits, “Love Me Again” and “Money On My Mind,” respectively. But these two are not alone. Also generating buzz are newcomers Sampha, Sohn and Tom Odell, as well as Alex Clare who surfaced stateside in 2013. These guys represent a new wave of British Crooners that you need to know this summer.

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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Becky G Versus 5 Seconds Of Summer

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It’s Friday and that means it’s time for another round of the Battle of the Summer Jams. Last week, Katy Perry (“Birthday) faced off against Calvin Harris (“Summer”). And despite having a record called “Summer,” Harris couldn’t beat the chart-topping diva. “Birthday” took 56 percent of the vote. Now that she’s in the winner’s slot, it’s time to find another who will join her and the previous weeks’ winners. Up to the challenge is newcomer Becky G, who is racing up the charts with the addictive song, “Shower.” Her catchy track is up against the Aussie pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer. Their song, “She Looks So Perfect,” has garnered them attention here in the U.S.

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Holler If Ya Hear Me + Other Jukebox Musicals Not About The Artists That Inspired Them

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Opening on Broadway is the brand new musical, Holler If Ya Hear Me, featuring the music of Tupac Shakur. While the show draws inspiration from the late rapper’s lyrics and themes, it’s not actually related in anyway to Shakur’s own story. In fact, the show tells the stories of inner-city lives struggling to find peace. Even though the rapper’s life was rich enough for its own story, the show creators decided to tell a new story, similarly to a number of jukebox musicals before it.

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Ranked: Every Jennifer Lopez Single From Worst To Best

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The year was 2014 and it came to our attention that Jennifer Lopez‘s singing career was turning 15 after debuting in 1999 with “If You Had My Love.” What seemed like a vanity project at the time to prove she a multi-talented performer, On the 6th turned out to be a huge hit and launched a self-sustaining music career. Ten albums later, Jennifer Lopez is still going strong (well maybe not as strong as her initial debut but still humming along). Now that she’s back on the radio with the release of A.K.A., we thought it was time to rank all 30 of her singles from worst to best. Everything from “I’m Real” to “Into To You” finds its place among the highs and lows of J. Lo’s singing career.

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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Calvin Harris Vs. Katy Perry

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams. The weather is heating up and so are the music charts thanks to two new songs from both Calvin Harris and Katy Perry. Both artists have a proven history with making summer the best time to dance. It’s a surprise they haven’t teamed up for the ultimate summer jam since Harris has no problem working with pop’s top divas (Ellie Goulding, Florence Welch and Rihanna) and Perry has an ear for smart producers. Just ask Dr. Luke and Kesha. But enough chit chat, it’s time for “Summer” to face off with “Birthday.”

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15 Years Later: Where Are All Of Santana’s Supernatural Collaborators Now?

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The year was 1999 and like we learned, it was a year in music where anything goes, including the Latin explosion. Thanks to acts like Enrique Iglesias, Jennifer Lopez and Ricky Martin, pop music was infused with a Latin flare. Hot on the heels of their success was the return of Carlos Santana. The Mexican-born guitar player and his band returned to the scene in a big way. Fusing Latin, rock, pop and hip-hop, the band not only transformed their sound but dominated the charts for over a year with Supernatural. Thanks to the genius idea to pair Santana with a number of popular musicians at the time — something that has been replicated by a number of aging rockers — the group was suddenly relevant to a generation of millennials that consumed music through TRL. And the formula worked. Supernatural went 15x Platinum and won eight Grammy Awards.

But as the group aged, so did the collaborators on Supernatural. On the fifteenth anniversary of the alumb, wanted to look back on the “hot artists at the time” that contributed to band’s success and figure out where they are now. (Check out the gallery above to see how your favorite musicians have aged.)

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10 Essential Hits: The Best Robyn Remixes

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There is no doubt that Robyn makes kick ass music that transcends genre. Her songs — packed full of emotion and sonic power — blur the lines of pop, dance, trip hop and R&B. While you can easily argue that her songs are practically flawless as it appears on her albums, a DJs and remix artists have managed to enhance her sound and expand her appeal into club, techno, dubstep that not only gets the party going but makes fans get to their feet. Check out ten of the best remixes of her biggest hits, including “Dancing On My Own,” “Hang With Me,” and “Call Your Girlfriend.”

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