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Vote for the Song of the Summer

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The Battle of the Summer Jams is drawing to a close. Over the past three months we had you vote on your favorite songs in head-to-head battles each Friday. During the course of each battle, there were many surprises as Ariana Grande, Calvin Harris, and Magic! all lost their respective rounds. But we gave the losers one more chance at the finals with the Redemption Round. With nearly 32 percent of the vote, “Rude” by Magic! made its way back into the final round. It will face off against previous winners, such as Becky G, Demi Lovato, and Iggy Azalea.

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Overused Music Video Cliches That Will NEVER Die

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Just as fairy tales always have a Prince Charming and a happy ending, music videos tend to follow a stock list of tropes. It may seem pretty standard today, but let’s not forget that concepts seemed so fresh and new back in the day. Britney Spears…Baby One More Time” got millions of teens daydreaming about skipping class to dance in pigtail braids. Blink-182′s “What’s My Age Again” made us want to run around naked in public, and Backstreet BoysI’ll Never Break Your Heart” made it cool to sing about unrequited love in a futuristic hotel.

Now these tropes are old and tired after we’ve seen them in dozens of derivative videos. How many times are we going to see rappers pop bottles in the club? How many R&B singers will feel lonely and angry in an empty hotel room? The answer is: a lot. Let’s examine each overused music video cliche specifically, shall we?

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Gwen, Nicki…Blake Lively? Iggy Azalea’s Top 10 Style-spirations

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Nothing’s new. We know this. All of our favorite artists have inspirations, but the genius is in flipping the style and making it their own! Iggy Azalea, formerly Amethyst Amelia Kelly (seriously, she could’ve used this as her stage name), is the queen of “borrowing” from the luminaries that preceded her. Some are obvious; i.e. her Gwen Stefani influence is massive. Others are a bit more surprising — Traci Lords? Really? But the style-shifting Australian emcee has managed to make each of their signature looks her own.

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Our Favorite Music Videos Of 2014 (So Far)

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We’re already halfway through 2014, giving us tons of pop culture fare to sift through. So now that we’re in the dead heat of summer, we’ve taken time to look back on the music videos we fell in love with during the first half of the year.

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Exclusive Video Premiere: T.I. “No Mediocre” feat. Iggy Azalea

After producing eight studio albums in the past 13 years, T.I. is working to bring us a ninth studio album Paperwork. This song, “No Mediocre” is the second single to be dropped from the new album.

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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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