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Solo Artists Who Got Their Starts In Now-Forgotten Bands

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Many artists are deep inside the music industry before the masses ever learn their names. Sometimes, future stars are hiding in plain sight while performing in mid-level music groups. Before Pink hit fame in 2000, she was in a girl group called Choice that was signed to LaFace Records. R. Kelly had hits with his group, Public Announcement, and Bjork was an indie rocker in the Sugarcubes before becoming an electronic phenomenon. Which other acts left bands behind to embark on successful solo careers? Read on for more!

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From Taylor Swift To NSYNC, Counting Down Max Martin’s Greatest Songs

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With “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift debuting at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Ariana Grande’s sophomore album, My Everything, set to take the top spot of the album charts, it’s safe to say Max Martin is back on top. Though, it’s not like he exactly went anywhere. Easily one of the most prolific writers of the past 20 years, the Swedish music producer is responsible for some of the biggest hits by Backstreet Boys, Britney Spears, Katy Perry, and Kelly Clarkson. Most recently, he’s extended his magic touch to Grande, Swift and a host of other new artists that are hoping to add to Martin’s 18 number one hits.

With so much attention on his latest hits, we went through his entire writing and production catalog to pick out his 15 best hits. These songs range from country to pop, happy to sad and everything in between.

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15 Times Innocent Activities Were Turned Unnecessarily Sexual In Music Videos

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When it comes to conveying sexual innuendo, our favorite modern day artists sure have a knack for thinking outside the box. Pun intended. Singers like Justin Timberlake, Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey have made the least sexy scenarios imaginable ooze sex. And until Miley Cyrus experienced her sexual awakening, our naive souls actual thought a wrecking ball was just used for construction work. How wrong we were…

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The Ladies of VH1 Reveal Their First Video Vixen Crush

In honor of Video Vixens Month, the women of VH1 reveal the ever-so-sexual hunks in trunks that first caught their eye. Yes, we’re guilty of being completely envious of stars like Katy Perry, Janet Jackson and Britney Spears who have rolled around and had all sorts of fun with our favorite male models, but recalling the details of these steamy videos makes us feel like we were part of the action. What? A girl can dream…

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Why the ’99 MTV VMAs Are the Best VMAs

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With the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards just days away, we are looking back on some of our favorite moments and highlights from the past 30 years of the ceremony honoring the best of music video world. While there have been a number of ups and downs, no iteration of the VMAs surpasses the 1999 ceremony. It was — hands down, no argument — the best. The year itself was one of the best for music with the introduction of Jennifer Lopez’s singing career, the explosion of TRL, and the return of the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

With all of that in mind, the MTV had a lot to celebrate. Led by Chris Rock, the last ceremony of the ‘90s turned out to be the last great VMAs. It had everything from Diana Ross jiggling Lil Kim’s boob to Lauryn Hill winning Video of the Year.

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Butts, Boobs, Interruptions + Drag: Crazy VMA Moments That You May Have Forgotten About

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The MTV Video Music Awards never fail to provide us with a vast array of WTF?! moments. For example, Miley Cyrus‘ foam finger and twerking combo will forever be ingrained in our minds. And between her controversial “Like a Virgin” performance in 1984 and her threesome kiss with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera in 2003, Madonna is a VMA legend. Tragically, these moments often overshadow slightly less insane (but still totally nutty) incidents. What about those other crazy escapades that didn’t get as much headline love? Some folks may have forgotten, but we have not.

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The Most Jaw-Dropping Opening Performances In VMA History

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Each year, MTV’s Video Music Awards boasts a fantasy lineup of every artist you’d ever want to see in concert. But unlike many festival extravaganzas, the most crucial performance is usually the opener. This prized slot always goes to the superstar guaranteed to bring the gasps with awesomely unexpected antics. Among the unforgettable opening acts are Britney Spears and Madonna‘s infamous kiss, Rihanna and A$AP Rocky‘s sizzling duet, and Eminem leading an army of bleach-blonde Eminems through New York City. This year, reigning pop queen Ariana Grande has been tapped to open the proceedings. How will she measure up to these past greats? We can’t wait to find out!

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Nobody’s Perfect: 10 Musicians Accused Of Gross Habits That Will Make You Gag

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Fans are repeatedly disappointed when facing the fact that their favorite artists are far from perfect. However, it’s not every day that devotees are totally grossed out by musicians’ shortcomings. Which stars have been accused of — or even admitted to — some seriously nasty habits?

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