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#ONREPEAT: We’ve Been Up All Night Spinning Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”

It is not out of the realm of possibility to think that the release of Daft Punk‘s upcoming LP, Random Access Memories, will be one of the year’s highest selling releases. The band did not, as rumored, make an appearance at Coachella this weekend, but that did not stop them from being the most talked about musical act in the entire world. A one-minute teaser commercial featuring an excerpt of “Get Lucky,” the album’s first single, was released during Saturday Night Live and went on to trend worldwide on Twitter for nearly 48 hours.

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GIF WALL: T.I.’s Dance Moves In “Blurred Lines” Are Our Everything

TIP Dancing Blurred Lines

We gave Robin Thicke‘s “Blurred Lines” our #ONREPEAT stamp of approval yesterday, and not just because of Thicke’s falsetto croon or Pharrell‘s righteous mashup of Marvin and MJ. One of the best parts of the video, and possibly of the 2000s, is seeing T.I. straight-up clowning on the dancefloor, busting moves that we never ever thought him possible of. Read more…

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#ONREPEAT: Robin Thicke’s Infectious “Blurred Lines” Has People Saying ‘TimberWHO?’

The gauntlet has been thrown down, y’all! After Justin Timberlake dropped a moody video for “Mirrors” on Tuesday night in which he doesn’t even show up until five minutes and 45 seconds have elapsed (!), Robin Thicke decided it was high time to bring some capital F.U.N. back to the R&B game. His new video for “Blurred Lines,” featuring starring performances from Pharrell, T.I. and a bevy of supermodels, has captivated the entire editorial floor here at VH1 this morning. Read more…

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#ONREPEAT: Bruno Mars Tips His Cap To The Police With His New Single, “Locked Out Of Heaven”

Bruno Mars stepped out of the songwriting shadows and into the spotlight in a big way with his 2010 solo debut, Doo-Wops And Hooligans, an album that spawned two #1 singles (“Just The Way You Are” and “Grenade”), sold a few million copies worldwide and earned Mars eight Grammy nominations (including a win for Best Male Pop Vocal Performance). The album was a highly entertaining mélange of styles and sounds, which ran the gamut from bombastic ballads (like “Grenade”) to Motown-leaning tracks (“Just The Way You Are”) to crazy catchy lite reggae dittys (see “The Lazy Song”).

In a Billboard cover story last week, the You Oughta Know artist announced that he’ll be releasing his highly anticipated sophomore album, Unorthodox Jukebox, on December 11. The album’s first single, “Locked Out Of Heaven,” was released on YouTube last night, just as word was breaking that Bruno Mars will be both the host and musical guest on the October 20th episode of Saturday Night Live. And, quite frankly, we’ve had the song On Repeat for the last 12 hours and change.

The song is clearly inspired by Outlandos d’Amour-era Police as, on first listen, we thought we were listening to the group’s stone classic, “Roxanne.” A clipped, almost staccato Andy Summers-ian guitar tone that’s paired up with a very Sting-like bassline provide the backbone for the song, but the song’s production is very of-the-moment*. The song’s structure is flawless, too, as we have come to expect from Bruno Mars; the verses are emotional, the bridge (“Your sex takes me to paradise”) provides the build, and the song pays off in a killer chorus (“You make me feel like I’ve been locked out of paradise/For too long-ong-ong”). We’re gonna have this one On Repeat all day and, if history is any indication, for the next few months to come.

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