by (@unclegrambo)

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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Looking Back On Music’s Big Year In GIFs

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2013, like any other other year, had its ups and downs, surprises, snubs and WTF moments. But unlike any other year, every essential moment in 2013 was captured and preserved in GIF form. We no longer had to dig through YouTube to watch a 30-second ad before a 15-second video splice of an award show performance gone wrong. All we had to to was turn to Google and image search, “Miguel leg drop GIF.” Boom, the results were full of animated pictures showing you exactly what you wanted to see from the Billboard Music Awards.

So, let’s take a look back on this year in GIFs.

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by (@JordanRuntagh)

Sell Outs! The 20 Highest-Grossing Concert Tours Of 2013

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Usually rock stars tend to get offended if you label them a sell-out, but not when you’re referring massive stadium shows! Music fans were spoiled this past year with some truly awesome concert tours making their way around the world, and now we’ve decided to take a look back at some of the highest grossing of 2013. There were many to choose from, but the top earner may surprise you…

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Slippery When Wet: The Best Wet T-Shirts In Music Video History

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When we think of wet t-shirts, we will always think of the godmother of the rained on, white tee — Helen Hunt, bearing not only her tatas but her heart and soul in As Good As It Gets. So while wet t-shirts might be the mythology of spring break style competitions where women are objectified in the most base ways, pop culture has co-opted the iconic symbol in a slightly more refined—but no less sexy!—way.

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Naughty Girl: The 10 Raunchiest Lyrics On Beyonce’s New Surprise Album

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It’s been exactly a week since Beyonce‘s self-titled surprise album dropped , and it’s already broken some serious sales records. When Queen Bey talks, the world listens, and we’ve already memorized the words (not to mention dance moves) to pretty much the all of the tracks! Many critics have noted that the album is much more personal than some of her past work, with the 32-year-old singer opening up about her inner struggles, adjusting to family life, and also offering (ahem) occasionally graphic details about her sex life with husband Jay Z. The result is some of Mrs. Carter’s naughtiest lyrics ever!

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SoundScanner: Beyonce Turns The Lights Out On The Competition (XO!), Setting Sales Records On The Way

"XO"Bey doesn't seem to be afraid of anything. She rocks this monster roller coaster like it's Sunday brunch.

Hey, did you hear Beyoncé put out a surprise album? Queen Bey majorly shakes up this week’s Top Current Albums chart with her iTunes exclusive, which shattered records at the online retailer and delivered a lump of coal to last week’s chart champ Garth Brooks. Here’s everything you need to know about Beyoncé as well as the rest of this week’s chart news:

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VH1 Staff Picks: 14 Amazing Bands You Need To See Perform Live In 2014

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If you’re a music lover (or even if you’re not) there are few things greater than seeing a band perform live. At its best, it’s like watching magic happen right in front of your eyes! But we know that tickets sometimes ain’t cheap, and sometimes going to see a show can be a big investment. So your friendly neighborhood VH1 staffers have decided to pool our knowledge (and our ticket stubs) and give our picks for the very best live musicians in the biz. If you ever get a chance, be sure to beg, borrow or steal a ticket, because these folks are not to be missed! And if they’re not touring, then do whatever you can to gain access to their homes and listen to them sing in the shower, because your musical existence will never be complete without these epic performers making sweet love to your ear drums. Get your lighters out, because here are 14 of the best concerts you will ever see…

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Bow Down, B*tches: B-Day Girl Christina Can Teach Beyoncé A Lesson Or 10 In Pop Feminism

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It’s Christina Aguilera‘s birthday today! And while we’ve all been caught up the December Beylizzard that accompanied the drop of Beyoncé‘s new visual album, it’s time to poke our heads outside to pay that other pop diva with pipes her due (we’ll let you finish your birthday later, Taylor Swift). Now, I’m sure you’re content to spend now through the spring thaw rhapsodizing about Iliad-like qualities of King Bey’s epic audio-video release, analyzing its staunch feminist undertones. But let’s not forget that, at 33, X-Tina has been a strong feminist force in pop music for most of her career.
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The Best Albums Of 2013 (According To Your Friendly Neighborhood VH1 Staffers)

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When we began compiling our Best Albums of 2013 list, there were many differing opinions, and after briefly toying with the idea of pitting all our staff against one another in a Hunger Games fight-to-the-death scenario against the backdrop of Times Square, we conceded that the most diplomatic and least murderous thing to do would be to each submit our own list. You know, in the name of preserving a civil work environment and whatnot (not to mention our longstanding policy of avoiding contact with the human resources department). So while we didn’t battle it out in a conference room or some such nonsense, each one of us faced an internal battle — choosing our favorite albums of the year.

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