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The 50 Most WTF Celebrity Cameos In Music Video History

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By Frank Donovan

When news broke that Justin Bieber and Tom Hanks (?!) were spotted on the set of Carly Rae Jepsen’s new music video for “I Really Like You,” it got us thinking of other totally random celebrity cameos in music videos over the years. Christopher Walken’s high-flying dance in the Spike Jonze-directed “Weapon of Choice” is the first to come to mind, but we dug even deeper to find the most random of the random cameos.

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Who Won These Epic Ballad Battles And Romantic Musical Duels?

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Yesterday was Brandy Norwood‘s 35th birthday. We have to say, we’re a little shocked. It feels like Brandy’s been in the game so long she could have been 100. To celebrate, we’re taking a look back at her musical duel with Monica, “The Boy Is Mine” and we’re going to decide once and for all who won that fight. And it’s not just Brandy vs Monica we’re concerned with today. We’re going head to head for Usher vs R. Kelly, Beyonce vs Shakira, Michael Jackson vs Paul McCartney and a host of other iconic romantic song battles. Want to know who came out on top? Check out our rankings after the jump. Read more…

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9 Truly Terrible Songs That Ruin Otherwise Brilliant Albums

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There are some albums that almost reach the pinnacle of musical perfection, but fall short just because of one poor song choice. You know the one: a sour note in an otherwise harmonious collection of hits. On an album full of gems, it’s the song you skip over every time, no matter how many times you try not too. To be blunt, the song just sucks. From Katy Perry‘s “Ur So Gay” to Kanye West‘s “Drunk and Hot Girls,” here are the truly terrible songs that ruined albums that otherwise defined perfection.

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by (@McBeardo)

20 Native American Rockers That We’re Thankful For This Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving provides United States citizens with a shared moment to express gratitude for the positive aspects of living here in general, but also to acknowledge, in a very specific way, the irreparable debt every one of us owes to the Native American peoples and their culture.

Straightaway, there’s the fact that Squanto and his fellow Patuxet tribesmen saved and selflessly taught the Pilgrims how to survive in the New World. After centuries of countless other contributions from there, let’s take today to honor how more recent givers of Native American descent have enriched American rock and pop music.    Read more…

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The Most Shameless Post-Death Exploitations Of Musicians

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By Jake Paine

Music fans know the old adage: “death sells.” Sadly, just as in film, literature, and the visual arts, when musicians leave us, their albums and merchandise tend to leave the stores, selling faster than ever before. With children, record labels, band-mates, spouses and downright strangers as culprits, here are some especially unique, rather shameless exploitations of rockers like Kurt Cobain, rappers like Biggie and Tupac, divas like Whitney Houston, and more.

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by (@TaylorFerber)

Always Imitated, Never Duplicated: Everything In Pop Music That Janet Jackson Did First

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We’re celebrating the 25th anniversary of the groundbreaking album Janet Jackon’s Rhythm Nation 1814 and bowing down before the pop goddess that is Janet Jackson. Almost from the start Janet was a trailblazer, fusing pop, R&B and hip-hop, raising the bar for music video choreography,  speaking out about social injustice and breaking racial and sexual taboos. The trends she started in fashion and music can still be seen in the work of today’s female stars, such as Ciara, Britney Spears and Beyonce among many others.

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10 Music Legends Who Eerily Predicted Their Own Death

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It’s not news to say that rock ‘n’ roll is a pretty dangerous lifestyle. From plane crashes, drug overdoses, murders, freak accidents, and even stage mishaps, it makes sense that many musicians contemplate their own premature demise a little more often than most folks. But some stars have had eerily specific visions that tragically came true.

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