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Diane Warren Songs You Secretly Love (And Belt Out Alone In The Shower)

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During the ‘90s it was next to impossible to turn on the radio and not hear a Diane Warren song — it’s just that you may have never realized you were listening to a Diane Warren song. The prolific songwriter had a huge career over the past three decades penning hits for Aerosmith, Toni Braxton, Celine Dion, and LeAnn Rimes. (The same artists that dominated VH1 back in the heyday of music videos.) At one point she had seven hits by seven different artists on the Billboard Hot 100 at the same time.

After awhile, Warren songs became recognizable for their distinct sound. Typically a power ballad, Warren’s music incorporated heartbreak-fueled lyrics, drippy orchestral arrangements, and—most likely—Dion’s signature wail. While Warren produced hit after hit, her songs weren’t exactly ones that you blasted at parties. Instead, you found yourself secretly singing them in the shower, or alone in the car, or even at high school talent shows—just to prove how talented you were.

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The Highs And (Many) Lows Of Michelle Williams’ Solo Career

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Oh Michelle Williams, how interesting your life after Destiny’s Child has been. It started off promising with the release of Heart to Yours, your debut solo gospel album but then it just slid and slid and slid. Most recently, things looked like they were turning around when it was announced you would be starring in a national tour of Jesus Christ Superstar but then at the last minute it was canceled. But fear not, there’s always light at the end of the tunnel in the form of a Beyoncé-directed music video for your new song. There’s still (some) hope left because it hasn’t been all bad. So let’s look bad on the highs and lows of your solo career.

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Who Are The Most Successful Summer Song Singers?

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Every summer—when it comes to music at least—it’s all about the music. Which song is going to be the jam that gets us through the warm weather? Which artist are we going to hear at the beach, the club, on TV, at the movies? The battle for the top summer jam is a fierce one. (VH1’s weekly battles are not for the weak.) But what about the top summer jam artists? Which singer has consistently churned out hit after hit each year? Just how many hits does Katy Perry have?

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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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