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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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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Sam Smith Vs. Ed Sheeran

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Welcome back to the Battle of the Summer Jams. After Iggy Azalea and Ariana Grande duked it with their respective chart-topping hits, “Fancy” and “Problem,” we’re putting the men to the test. In a battle between two You Oughta Know artists, alumni Ed Sheeran is going up against newcomer Sam Smith. Nearly three years after releasing his debut album, Sheeran is back with his sophomore LP and a new song, “Sing,” raising up the charts. Meanwhile, Smith has been getting tons of love (and hype) in the UK and is now bringing his British swagger to the U.S. His latest single, “Stay With Me,” is getting attention thanks to an assist from Mary J. Blige.

So who will win the YOK battle? That’s up to the fans.

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Here’s Your Totally Fly ’90s Graduation Playlist

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Listen up kids, an older person is talking. Graduation season is upon us! The class of ’14 is closing the chapter on the past and starting a new book on the future. For college students, that’s the reality of jobs and making good on all the promises of the future. For high school kids, it’s about finding yourself, heading off to college and stepping out on one’s own. And while the past few years had delivered us a number of solid songs to capture the last night together, they pare in comparison to the music of the ’90s. When us older kids were moving our tassels from the right to the left, we were doing with the greatest soundtrack. We had Eve 6 helping us toast to the night, Vitamin C making us cry at the ceremony and Green Day having us look back on “the best years of our lives.” Ultimately we dried our tears and moved on but we still have those mixed CDs (yes, we still had those back then) beholden to our memories.

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Battle Of The Summer Jams: Iggy Azalea Versus Ariana Grande

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The summer is finally here! And to kick off what’s going to be an awesome three months of warm weather, cool breezes and sunny days, we’re bringing back the Battle of the Summer Jams. Similar to last year, we’ll be bringing you two songs every week in an epic face-off to determine which single is going to be the song of the summer. Last year, Ciara’s “Body Party” took top honors but who will it be this year? First up are Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea. Both artists are having breakout moments thanks to their chart-topping singles, which are perfect for backyard BBQs and summer clubbing. So which song are you digging: “Problem” or “Fancy”?

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20 Years Later: 10 Important Numbers In Aaliyah’s Life

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It’s hard to believe that 20 years ago today, Aaliyah slinked onto the scene with her debut album, Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number. The R. Kelly-produced album helped define the New Jack swing sound made popular by acts like Bobby Brown, Color Me Badd, Tony! Toni! Toné! and even Whitney Houston. While the album wasn’t a runaway hit, it did go onto sell 3 million copies in the U.S. alone and immediately found fans among critics and consumers alike. Two years later, One in a Million would catapult her to even more success, but songs like “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number” and “Back & Forth” established a new sultry R&B diva ready take control.

On the 20th anniversary of her debut album, VH1 is taking a look back on all those ages—ahem, numbers—in the singer’s short life.

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15 Years Later: Moby’s Play By The Numbers

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15 Years Ago: The music landscape was a mix of anything goes. Jennifer Lopez released her first album, Lauryn Hill led a rebirth of neo-soul, bubblegum pop dominated TRL, Kid Rock and Limp Bizkit ushered in an era of rap/rock and Moby debuted sleeper hit, Play. When first released, the electronic record was barely noticed. The album seemed to follow the same route as his previous record, Animal Rights. But Moby did something unexpected at the time: He sold out. The artist decided—in an effort to get more airplay and attention—to license out much of his album to commercials, TV and films. The idea seemed to represent a shift in the way artists were willing to let fans consume their music. Many had shied away from the idea of “selling out” viewing it as a quick way to cash in rather than hold their music to a higher standard. However, the move turned Moby into a pop superstar. Suddenly he had a platinum hit on his hands and was not only heard in major films, such as The Beach and Gone in 60 Seconds, but also on the radio. As the album turns 15, we break down the album by the numbers.

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The 10 Best Beyonce + Jay Z Collaborations

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There is no more dominant couple in music—let alone pop culture—than Jay Z and Beyonce. The two separately have topped the charts with hit after hit and surprise album after surprise album, but together they make magic. While they never have truly recorded a duet, the two have collaborated a number of times—lending backing vocals and 16 bars to each other’s songs. Among them, “Crazy In Love,” “Drunk In Love,” and “03′ Bonnie & Clyde.” With the news that the two are planning to embark on their first official tour together, we can’t help but review all their best musical moments.

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Ranked: All 50 Now That’s What I Call Music! Compilations

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In 1998, “As Seen on TV” compilation albums received an unexpected makeover. Instead of a mix of classics from the ’80s, smooth R&B jams or the Motown’s aging hits, Universal Music Enterprises offered fans something more fresh and of the moment: Now That’s What I Call Music! Just before the release of the iPod, mixed CDs represented a way fans could listen to all the hits without all the filler. Thanks to Now, those who couldn’t burn their own mixes could just pick up one for $15.99. And as music tastes and the way fans consumed music evolved, so did the compilations. They managed to capture the trends of that year, highlighting some of the best (and worst) in popular music. Sixteen years later, the 50th edition of the compilation is hitting stores on May 6. In honor of that landmark achievement, VH1 ranked all 50 compilations from the very worst to the very best.

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Frank Ocean Posts (And Then Deletes) Shirtless Selfie

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Oh hello, Frank Ocean. The other night the R&B singer was having some late night fun when he posted a shirtless selfie to his Tumblr page. The singer has since deleted the image and posted a follow-up reading, “all posts after 2am and before 7am shall be forgiven.” Oh don’t worry, your photo is forgiven Mr. Ocean. Although deleting it is not. Thankfully, Tumblr users were able to grab the image before it disappeared.

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