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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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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 […]

05/01/2013

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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 […]

03/07/2013

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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. The one band that nearly everyone feels okay about bashing has […]

03/04/2013

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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