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Duet Albums We Wish Would Happen

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Who doesn’t love a good duet? There’s something exciting about when two artists come together on a song and create something special. The right pair knows how to blend their vocals, merge their best assets and play off each other’s talents. Brandy and Monica knew how to do this when they recorded “The Boy Is Mine.” Although it was a huge hit, that’s all fans got. We never got a second duet single or even an album. That’s a real shame considering how those two would have brought the house down with an entire record. The same goes for regular collaborators, Beyonce and Jay Z, or Ja Rule and Jennifer Lopez. These artists make up the list of duet albums we hope that happen!

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And The Grammy Goes To: Categories That We Wish Were Recognized By The Grammys

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We seriously can’t wait for the Grammy Awards on Sunday. And even as we perused the batch of nominees for the upcoming ceremony, we couldn’t help but think that we could come up with some unconventional categories that truly capture how we look at today’s music scene.

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Happy Birthday, Blue Ivy Carter! The Music World’s Favorite Toddler Turns Two

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We almost can’t believe that it’s been two years since Blue Ivy Carter burst onto the scene, forever changing the style game for toddlers everywhere. Ok, we realize she doesn’t totally comprehend the influence she has yet, but that doesn’t make her any less cute. Today, we look back on some of Blue’s best pictures from her short, yet surprisingly amazing, life.

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The 13 Best Selling Albums Of 2013

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The album, as a format, has seen better days—overall album sales dropped 6.1% this year when compared to 2012—but neither consumers nor artists have yet to come up with a better solution. That said, a number of albums by major artists this year (like Justin Timberlake, Beyoncé, and Jay Z) really resonated with consumers. Let’s take a look at the year that was and countdown the albums that were released this year that sold the most copies, shall we?

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The Essential Guide To Beyonce’s Surprise Album

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Stop the presses! All y’all news organizations who already printed your Top 10 Lists for 2013 need to go back and print an addendum, stat, because Beyoncé dropped an album out of the blue (Ivy!) overnight. Sure, a few weeks ago we (lightly) admonished King Bey for failing to release an album in 2013, but as of this morning, we BOW DOWN before King Bey and take everything back. Beyoncé’s self-titled Beyoncé is a game-changer not only because it broke every rule in the book about music marketing, but because it arrived complete with VIDEOS FOR EVERY SONG ON THE ALBUM!

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Shoulda Been A Single: Which 2013 Album Cuts Deserve Some Serious Love?

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There’s no way we can close out 2013 without looking back at all the amazing music that came out this year. No matter which genre you pump the most, 2013 offered more than its fair share of hits to play in your ear. But as you sift through everything you listened to this year, you’re certain to have at least one track on your favorite album that you think should’ve reached the masses.

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10 Memorable Mob References In Hip Hop

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Biggie‘s friends and proteges referred to themselves as the Junior M.A.F.I.A. and Rick Ross is a self-proclaimed “Don.” When it comes to allusions to organized crime–both fictional and factual–we need look no further than the catalog of our favorite hip-hop act. Mob Wives: New Blood premieres tonight, and to get you prepared for what’s about to go down, we’re taking a look at some of the most memorable mob references in music.

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