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From Flab To Fab: 10 Male Musicians Who’ve Transformed Their Bodies

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While drastic weight loss for an upcoming role is common in television and movies, the music industry has witnessed its share of body transformations by chart-topping performers. For some, shedding pounds and adding muscle is gradual–or strongly related the a sudden influx of hormones (hello, puberty) they’ve been hit with. For others, the conscious decision to go for the bulge comes later, leaving us stunned by their shocking new looks.

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Booth Buddies: Justin Timberlake And Timbaland, Plus 9 Great Musical Tag Teams

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After nearly seven years of doing anything but music, Justin Timberlake‘s second album of the year is currently out and available for your listening pleasure. Like its predecessor, The 20/20 Experience 2 of 2 is produced in full by old friend and frequent partner, Timbaland, the man responsible for helping to bring sexy back and convincing us that a boy band past and successful solo artistry are not mutually exclusive.

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Robin Thicke Breaks Down Blurred Lines, Track-By-Track (Pt. 1 of 2)

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Robin Thicke has been one of the most popular artists in the R&B game for going on a decade now, but even he would agree that his career trajectory took a significant jump when he dropped “Blurred Lines” back in March. Over the course of the last three months and change, the song has gone to #1 in 14 different countries and become the undisputed Song Of The Summer here in the United States. Tomorrow sees the release of his full-length album Blurred Lines, his sixth studio LP. We sat down with #THICKE a few days ago for the latest entry in our ongoing Track-By-Track series, and he was gracious enough to share the inspirado behind each one of the 11 songs on this collection.

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All Of The Beats On Jay-Z’s Magna Carta Holy Grail, Ranked From Best To Worst

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Jay-Z‘s Magna Carta Holy Grail dropped exactly one week ago today, but unless you: A) Had a Samsung Galaxy or B) Pirated the album, you weren’t able to hear it until it officially was released on Tuesday. Reactions to the album have been pretty mixed, but one thing is certain: Whatever you think of the lyrical/thematic content, Hova had a world-class lineup of producers —including multiplatinum hitmakers like Timbaland, Pharrell Williams, The-Dream, and Hit-Boy— cranking out beats for him to lay down verses over. So, which of these producers were responsible for the LP’s most memorable beats? Let’s break it down.

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Who Are The Dream’s Top Five Producers?

When Jay-Z debuted the commercial announcement for the upcoming Magna Carta Holy Grail people went crazy seeing four legendary producers, in one room, working on Hov’s project. The Dream knows a thing or two about producing–”Single Ladies” anyone?–and he certainly has his favorites in the game. Read more…

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Justin Timberlake’s The 20/20 Experience Is From The Future

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It’s been impossible to play another record since Justin Timberlake‘s The 20/20 Experience started streaming on iTunes last week, a full seven days prior to its official release. Its infectious infusion of the best of pop, soul and R&B is like the bait on the end of a fishing rod. You sniff around it for a bit before eventually deciding that you want the soulful nourishment. Then, before you know it, you’re hooked with no escape route in sight, but you’re too busy taking in the way the album chronicles the highs and lows of falling in love to care. Read more…

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Your Favorite Artists And Producers In The Studio With Each Other Featuring Jay-Z, Timbaland, Miley Cyrus, Mariah And More [GALLERY]

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Instagram and Twitter are the gift and curse to the lives of today’s celebrities. But in the case of Jermaine Dupri tweeting, “In the studio with @mariahcarey all night, 6am, sometimes it feels like, she’s the Rapper and I’m the Diva,” we’re happy they’ve chosen to share that moment with millions of followers. It’s only when the Twitter beefs followed by public statements made on the same forum that we wish the old mystique of artists would return.

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