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Pitch Perfect’s ‘Cups': How a Traditional Folk Song Went Top 10

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Cups” reaches its highest peak yet, jumping one spot to No. 8 after finding a home on both pop and adult contemporary radio.

08/02/2013

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DOMA, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ ‘Same Love’ And The Power Of Perfect Timing

Originally written in support of Washington state’s legalization of same-sex marriage, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis’ “Same Love” is posed to become not only the duo’s next big hit but also an anthem for marriage equality.

07/04/2013

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From ‘Get Lucky’ & ‘Blurred Lines’ To Future Hits, The Secret Comeback Of Pharrell Williams

How does a man, who turned 40 in April and has been in the business since the mid-’90s, stay relevant after all these years? His recent collaborators sound off.

06/28/2013

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KISS, The Monoculture & Daft Punk’s Quest For Classic Album Status With ‘Random Access Memories’

Daft Punk have quite successfully captured the imagination of not just the music world but the pop culture public at large, and done so in a way that both steals a page from KISS and strives for classic album status.

05/23/2013

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10 Music Festivals You May Not Know – But You Should

Here’s our list of 10 festivals that should be on your radar (if they’re not already) for this summer and many summers to come.

05/03/2013

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K-Pop Equations: Adding Up The American Influences In K-Pop

Before PSY broke the unprecedented YouTube record of one billion views on the site with “Gangnam Style,” a legion of dedicated global fans were already supporting him and his K-pop peers. South Korea has 50 million people, but the videos from the country’s shiniest, glossiest pop stars, who sing mostly in Korean, were ranking millions of views past that on YouTube.

05/01/2013

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Why Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump Is Right About Hate Culture

Patrick Stump, Fall Out Boy frontman and at times a pop culture pariah himself, wants you to knock it off with the Nickelback jokes.

03/04/2013

Egyptian activists and youth perform the "Harlem Shake" in front of the Muslim Brotherhood headquarters in Cairo on February 28, 2013. (Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images)

Harlem Shake, The Life-Ruining Meme

At its peak, the video meme that exploded around Baauer’s unexpected No. 1 smash “Harlem Shake” turned into a seemingly ubiquitous sensation, with 4,000 of the viral clips being added to YouTube on a daily basis as of early February.

02/28/2013

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5 Musical Icons We’d Like To See Judge ‘American Idol’

The current rumor involves quite the eclectic mix of genres: the already-confirmed Mariah Carey, rapper Nicki Minaj, country star Keith Urban, and Idol staple Randy Jackson. But what about the icons here? We’ve got a few ideas.

09/14/2012

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