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Most Notable Music Moments (So Far)

7/26/2015 11:00am EDT
32 Most Notable Music Moments Of 2015 (So Far)
Every year is filled with news, whether good or bad. 2015 is no different from any other year, with an assortment of politically and socially charged events occurring. That’s the nature of the beast called life. The same goes with music, too. There have been numerous notable moments and occurrences, so many that it would be impossible to recap them all. So we won’t try – we’ll choose 32 of the most notable music moments of 2015 so far, and hope we didn’t miss too many important ones along the way!

1) The legendary B.B. King died

When ‘Hospice’ is uttered by or associated with an ...
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Ah, So That's How A Legend's Bare Butt Looks?

7/8/2015 8:01am EDT
John Legend's Butt Pic Nearly Cracks Internet After Bieber's Bum
Finally, after much intrigue, the world now knows how the butt of a "legend" looks fully exposed.

Thanks to John Legend's cheeky wife, Chrissy Teigen, his derriere was put on full display Tuesday on Instagram. The swimsuit model uploaded an image of John's bare bum as he stood naked in front of a television. Her knee is placed strategically in the lens to mask his other unmentionables. Obviously, Teigen has picked up a few pointers over the years from her photographer pals.

John Legend's bare butt post on Insta went viral at a brisk pace. Within hours, the naked backside pic attracted ove...
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Are These Songs On Your List For Best (So Far) This Year?

7/5/2015 11:00am EDT
25 Best Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Ah, the time has come to examine the best songs of 2015. In an age where records dominate as opposed to the albums themselves, there is always an abundance of terrific songs to choose from. But when it’s all said and done, one or more of those terrific songs is always going to get left off, no matter how long the list is, so if your favorite isn’t here, that might be the reason why. So here goes nothing – 25 of the best songs of 2015… so far! And by the way, if a song appears from 2014, it is because it blew up in 2015 or its parent album is from 2015.

1) The Weeknd, “Can’t Feel My Fac...
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2015's Most Underrated Songs

6/28/2015 3:00pm EDT
25 Most Underrated Songs Of 2015 (So Far)
Not every record ends up being a hit. In fact if you think about it, only a select few songs end up with the distinction of hit status. The songs featured on this list are terrific, but none of them have been profound in the commercial department. Arguably, the best way to describe these songs are ‘underrated’ – they are the ‘unsung heroes’ of the year as well as their artist’s respective album. All deserve the same respect if not more than the hits, but they can always bask in their critical acclaim. These are the most underrated songs of 2015…so far.

The underrated songs chosen are ...
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How Did Chrissy Teigen Get Spray Tan On Hubby John Legend's Hands?

5/18/2015 5:00pm EDT
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen hosted Sunday night's Billboard Music Awards at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas, and while walking the red carpet with husband John Legend prior to the ceremony, the supermodel revealed that her man was getting a bit touchy-feely the night before.

"I got a spray tan the other night, which is on my palms right now..." she told E! News anchor Giuliana Rancic, "It matches John's hands as well because he was touching my breasts apparently in the middle of the night."

"That's what happens when married couples sleep together," Legend added when Rancic gave him a chance to explai...
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Awesome Pop Collaborations You Might Have Missed

5/17/2015 11:00am EDT
10 Pop Collaborations You Don’t Wanna Miss
Is there anything better than a terrific pop collaboration in your life? Yeah, don’t answer that…Maybe a duet or collaborative performance isn’t your idea of something life changing, but everyone knows that good music can make a bad day better. Some terrific pop collaborations came out of late 2014 and 2015 and if you somehow missed the hotness of these tracks, well they’re right her for the taking folks! Here are 10 pop collaborations you DON’T wanna miss!

1) Mark Ronson featuring Bruno Mars, “Uptown Funk!” (Uptown Special, 2015)

Did you really think this wouldn’t top the list? Duh! ...
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Music You'll Never Run From

3/13/2015 2:02pm EDT
21 Songs You Don’t Wanna ‘Run’ From!
Some music turns you off the first time you hear it makes you wanna run from it, never to be annoyed or turned off by it again. And then there’s the good stuff, those songs that you would never, ever run from. This list is filled with the good stuff – songs that you embrace, and spin over and over on your iPod. Here are 21 songs you don’t wanna ‘run’ from!

1) Pink Floyd, “Run Like Hell” (The Wall, 1979)

Doesn’t the title say it all, honestly? “Run, Run, Run… you better run all day / and run all night.” It’s like “Run Forrest, runnnnn!”

2) Kelly Clarkson featuring John Legend, “...
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TMI: Why Is Chrissy Teigen 'Very Proud' Of Her Oscar Underwear?

2/23/2015 1:19pm EST
Why Is Chrissy Teigen 'Very Proud' Of Her Oscar Underwear?
The Academy Awards, like any awards show, are half about honoring those who've excelled in the arts and half about gawking at famous women wearing ridiculously expensive pieces of fabric.

Chrissy Teigen, model and wife of John Legend (who took home a statuette for the emotionally stirring "Glory") is one such woman.

But for Teigen, the night was less about the dress, and more about what was under it.

"I do have underwear on tonight. I'm very proud of myself," Teigen revealed on the red carpet yesterday. Which, for her, is a huge deal. Normally, any time you see Teigen out and about, she...
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7 Things You Didn't See Backstage At The Oscars

2/23/2015 9:21am EST
7 Things You Didn't See Backstage At The Oscars
The 87th Annual Academy Awards have come and gone, but some of the most intriguing things happened behind the scenes. Here are a few things seen and heard from backstage in the press room.

1. Hot Microphones: Before the show began, the ABC red carpet show was playing on the press-room monitors. They forgot to turn off Lara Spencer’s microphone, so the media got an earful as the entertainment correspondent reprimanded her crew for not giving her a long enough countdown to commercial break.

2. Surprise Wins: The press room gasped when Big Hero 6 upset Animated Feature category favorite How ...
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Idina Menzel To Sing 'Star Spangled Banner' At Super Bowl

1/16/2015 12:45pm EST
Idina Menzel, John Legend To Kick Off Super Bowl
Idina Menzel and John Legend will kick off the Super Bowl on Feb. 1. Legend will sing "America the Beautiful" prior to the big game at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Arizona. It's been a memorable week for the crooner -- on Wednesday morning he received an Academy Award nomination for his "Selma" song "Glory."

Menzel will sing the national anthem, "The Star Spangled Banner" prior to the start of the Super Bowl. The "Let It Go" singer confirmed the news on Twitter and praised Whitney Houston for inspiring her nearly 25 years ago.

"It was 1991 and I remember it well: Whitney sings the...
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Music Review: Meghan Trainor Goes Retro On Debut ‘Title’

1/14/2015 2:15pm EST
Meghan Trainor- Epic
Four words – “All About That Bass.” The song was ubiquitous, so much so that it remained number one on the Billboard Hot 100 for eight weeks. After garnering so much success from one song as a newbie, the question geared toward pop singer/songwriter Meghan Trainor was, can she deliver more hits? The answer is three words – “Lips Are Movin.” On her full-length debut Title, more often than not, Trainor checks off the boxes delivering a fun, svelte, retro pop/soul effort.

On opening interlude “The Best Part (Interlude),” Trainor sets the tone of aiming for a vintage sound, layered with ...
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The 10 Most Overplayed Songs Of 2014

12/25/2014 4:37pm EST
Too Much: 10 Songs That Were Insanely Overplayed In 2014
Taylor Swift's smash hit "Shake It Off" has only been playing on the radio for about a third of 2014 because of its August release, and it still saw enough airtime for us to say, "enough already!"

Sure, the song has a catchy beat and proves that Swift's crossover from country to pop music is nothing short of a success, but three-to-four times a day for months straight is enough to drive us mad!

Actuality, "Shake It Off" is one of two songs on this list that we really love, but it's time to slow down with the number of plays, radio stations across America!

The single, which topped the Bil...
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57th Grammy Awards Nominations: Reactions, Snubs and Surprises

12/8/2014 2:13pm EST
Reactions To The 57th Annual Grammy Awards Nominations
Think of the Grammys as a musician’s Super Bowl – it’s kind of a big deal. On Friday, December 5, the 57th Annual Grammy Awards nominees were revealed to the world. After much speculation, here’s some thoughts on some of the bigger nominations. These aren’t predictions – just thoughts on deservingness, snubs, and surprises.

Record of the Year:

“Fancy,” Iggy Azalea featuring Charli XCX

“Chandelier,” Sia

“Stay With Me,” Sam Smith

“Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift

“All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor

Ultimately, the nominations for record of the year are solid. Snubbed is Pharrell Wi...
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Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Awards

10/14/2014 12:42am EDT
Aussie Rapper Iggy Azalea Nominated For Six American Music Award
Australian rapper Iggy Azalea is the top nominee for this year's American Music Awards, scoring six nominations including Artist of the Year and New Artist of the Year.

The singer will face competition from the likes of Beyonce, Pharrell Williams, One Direction and Lorde in the former category; while her chart-topper "Fancy" has landed a nod for Single of the Year."

Katy Perry, who is also in the running for Artist of the Year, has landed five nominations, along with Williams and John Legend. Lorde is next with four.

The 2014 American Music Awards will be held on November 23 at the Nokia...
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Color Blind: Celebrity Interracial Couples

10/10/2014 1:05pm EDT
Color Blind: Celebrity Interracial Couples
For many in Hollywood, love is color blind. It's not uncommon for celebrities to date people of other races.

Halle Berry & French actor Olivier Martinez met while filming "Dark Tide" in South Africa in 2010. They tied the knot in 2013 and have a one-year-old son. Berry also has a daughter with ex-boyfriend Gabriel Aubry, a white, Canadian model.

For reality star Kim Kardashian, it's the man, not his color, that matters. She had a long-term relationship with Reggie Bush before later marrying Kris Humphries. She then settled on rapper Kanye West, with whom she has a one-year-old daug...
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Chrissy Teigen Bashes Twitter's Reporting System After Receiving Photos Of Lynchings

6/22/2014 4:01pm EDT
Chrissy Teigen Bashes Twitter's Reporting System After Receiving
Chrissy Teigen is mad as hell that someone is sending her racist messages, and Twitter’s "tedious" reporting process isn’t helping.

Teigen, who is Norwegian and Thai, went on a rant last night after she tried to report a user on Twitter who she says was sending her photos of lynchings along with other racist messages. Teigen is married to John Legend, who is African American.

The model started by taking a photo of Twitter’s abusive user form and writing, "Dear @twitter: I commend you for linking to this page when reporting an abusive user. But it's worthless and tedious. It links to that ...
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Celebrities Celebrate Easter On Instagram And Twitter

4/21/2014 1:02pm EDT
Celebrities Celebrate Easter On Instagram And Twitter
Many celebrities love to celebrate Easter – maybe because it's one of the few days of the year they allow themselves to actually eat candy. Celebs also love to share their family and friends enjoying the holiday, so we rounded up our favorite tweets and Instagram pics from their Easter celebrations this weekend.

Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon

Easter bunny? Are you coming??? - Love, Ms. Monroe & Ms. Mariah pic.twitter.com/EwCPDUcE9T

— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) April 20, 2014

Kendra Wilkinson

David Spade

Me on easter, hangin with my Peeps. Harper and mom pic.twitter.com/g1I6...
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Chrissy Teigen Brought The Sexy To The 2014 Grammy Awards

1/28/2014 11:44pm EST
Chrissy Teigen Brought The Sexy To The 2014 Grammy Awards
Supermodel Chrissy Teigen sizzled on the red carpet at the Grammys Sunday night.

The wife of singer John Legend wore a shimmering gold gown by Johanna Johnson and her husband sported a black Gucci suit.

The couple, who wed in Italy last summer, also stopped by producer Clive Davis' annual pre-Grammy party on Saturday night, where Chrissy lit up the room in her yellow Zuhair Murad Dress.

The singer serenaded his wife with his hit "All Of Me" during the Grammys, where he was up for the Best R&B Album of the year. Alicia Keys won the award for her album "Girl On Fire," but eveyone knows Joh...
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The Failies: Awarding The Worst Fashion Fails In 2013 - Part Two

1/1/2014 3:03pm EST
Kendall Jenner
Can you believe 2013 is coming to a close already? At least 2013 will leave a lasting legacy when it comes to Fashion Fails. We present The Failies, the worst in fashion this year - along with some surprise special categories you have to see to believe. We're now on part two (part one is here), where we will look at the rest of the fashion fails from this year, reveal another Worst Rend of the Year, and crown our Worst Dressed Female of the Year. Let's get on with it!

Just more proof Kendall Jenner and her Kardashian family are really members of the Illuminati. Wake up, sheeple!

No on...
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The 51 Best Albums Of 2013 - What Made Your List?

12/30/2013 6:00pm EST
Daft Punk
Ranking the very best albums of any year is incredibly difficult; there are always misses. 2013 was filled with some triumphant musical moments, though not all of their parent albums were necessarily ‘worthy’ of being considered the best of the year. Because of various factors, this list has its surprises and like any album reviewed, its triumphs and flaws. One thing’s for sure – the top ten to fifteen albums are pretty close to the cream of the crop from my perspective. Here are the 50 (+1) best albums of 2013!

1) Vampire Weekend - Modern Vampires of the City
XL

The Ivy Leaguers outdo th...
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25 Best R&B Albums Of 2013

12/27/2013 6:30pm EST
Beyonce
It truly saddens me to see R&B, a personal favorite style of music, in a state of uncertainty.  2013 found the numbers of R&B down considerably, a trend that is consistent year in and year out. Save for a select few commercial bright spots (led by an unexpected Beyoncé album), R&B only dented the charts. Even so, finding 25 albums with some significance wasn’t difficult to do.  Sure, some of the lowest ranked albums have their flaws, but each has some reason for being selected.  Enjoy!

1) Janelle Monáe - The Electric Lady
Bad Boy

In a world where R&B and soul music have cooled off consid...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

12/9/2013 8:50pm EST
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
The Grammys are like a musician’s Super Bowl, even if the nominations and victorious artists are flawed.  I won’t lie to you, I complain every year that someone won a Grammy that didn’t deserve it while someone else was snubbed. Just last year, during the 55th Annual Grammys, I lobbied hard for Frank Ocean (looking back, I have reservations now) while Mumford & Sons walked out with the Album of the Year trophy.  The year that Taylor Swift won for Fearless, my girl Beyoncé was on a roll until the coveted Album of the Year award was read.  You get my position though! This year,  I find myself...
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12 Songs For Lovers – A Soundtrack That Will Boost Any Relationship

10/26/2013 4:00pm EDT
Janelle featuring Miguel primetime
Love songs can be so touching and certainly can propel any relationship (and in some cases hookups).  I have constructed a list of 12 ‘love’ songs that have the emotional and physical connection between lovers in mind… or something like that!  I attempted to make some narrative, but like most soundtracks, they’re all over the place anyways!

Track 1

Raheem DeVaughn, “Complicated”

(A Place Called Love Land)

As we know, no one relationship is ‘cut and dry’ by any means; all are their own diverse entity.  Among Raheem DeVaughn’s best tracks on his underrated indie-R&B album A Place Called L...
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15 Stars Who Got Naked In Music Videos

10/22/2013 8:00pm EDT
Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus took it all off for her "Wrecking Ball" video, swinging nude -- save for a pair of work boots -- on the title object. She received plenty of flak for the racy video, most likely because of her age and the fact that she's a role model for millions of young girls.

But she's definitely not the first to bare all in a music short, plenty of other artists have either gone nude or had a model, a girlfriend -- even a model girlfriend -- strip down for one of their videos.

See who else shed their clothes in the name of art after the jump...

Miley Cyrus in "Wrecking Ball" and rapper ...
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Fashion Fails: Kimberly Wyatt, Asa Butterfield, John Legend, More

10/13/2013 3:07pm EDT
Kimberly Wyatt
It's Fashion Fail Time! That means we take a break from letting you know how good all of your favorite stars look to show the other side of fashion: the fails!

Kimberly Wyatt wore this mishmash dress to the Pride of Britain awards, but there's no pride in wearing such a bizarre outfit. Her purse looks like a glittery Christmas card, on top of it all.

Ashley Roberts wore this questionable pair of overalls featuring a repeated face of a lion. One would think she was going for a Goth look with her black nails, but she retains her light hair and paints her lips a shocking red.

If it ...
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2013 Album Playlist: Favorites, Least Favorites, and Honorable Mentions - Part 1

10/11/2013 9:15pm EDT
The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2
As I look over my 2013 playlist from my iPod, I realize I have listened to numerous albums this year.  In fact, the amount of music that my ears have consumed and my pen has analyzed is pretty scary…and I still missed lots of albums! SMH! Some were special, some made me cringe, and some fell somewhere in between the two extremes.  As difficult as it was, as of October 7, 2013, I have compiled a list housing my favorites, least favorites, and honorable mentions.  I’m almost certain I’ve slighted someone and I’m sure there will be continual revisions, but for now, here’s what you should’ve sp...
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Playlist: 5 Favorite September 2013 Albums

9/30/2013 2:15pm EDT
Janelle Monae
September 2013 yielded a number of notable new music releases. As a blogger, music journalist and critic, I found it incredibly difficult to make the time to listen to the over abundance of music provided. That said, I am so glad for there to be an over abundance as opposed to an under-abundance. While all of the albums I listened to left me with something special and a new jam to add to my playlists on my iPod, I chose five albums that stuck with me for various reasons.  If you haven’t partaken of these, you should definitely check them out!

5. Kings Of Leon, Mechanical Bull

Who thought ...
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Chrissy Teigen And John Legend Share Photos From Their Fairy Tale Wedding

9/16/2013 10:34pm EDT
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend
Chrissy Teigen married singer John Legend over the weekend, and the supermodel shared an image of herself wearing one of her three Vera Wang wedding gowns on her Instagram page Sunday.

Teigen and Legend married in a lavish ceremony at an estate on Italy's Lake Como on Saturday, and the couple shared images from their perfect weekend the following day, Legend with his groomsmen in one shot, and the two as husband and wife.

Three dresses may sound excessive, but Teigen told The Huffington Post that it was justified, because she just couldn't help herself.

"Every time I went in (to Vera Wan...
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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend Tie The Knot In Italy

9/14/2013 6:14pm EDT
Chrissy John
John Legend has married his long-time girlfriend Chrissy Teigen in Italy. On Saturday, the Grammy Award winning singer and the 27-year-old supermodel tied the knot in an intimate ceremony at a lavish estate in Lake Como.

A source confirmed the couple are now man and wife to E! News.

The Sports Illustrated beauty gave no indication she was about to say 'I do' when she attended shows at New York Fashion Week on Thursday but she revealed she had purchased three Vera Wang wedding gowns for her special day.

She told the Huffington Post: "Every time I went in (to Vera Wang) for a fitting, I co...
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Music Wrap-Up: Kanye's Latest Rant, Wu-Tang's ODB Hologram And More

9/13/2013 12:28pm EDT
Kane West
It’s that time of the week again which means it’s time to catch up on the music news you may have missed while either applauding or shaking your head at Eddie Murphy’s return to music. Don’t be shy, read on!

Kanye West and rant #1,001

Silly me for thinking that Kanye was a reformed rapper after watching him smile from ear-to-ear on his future mother-in-law, Kris Jenner’s, talk show. A video of Kanye West criticizing “culture vultures” (my new favorite term) that has went viral reassures many of us that the old Kanye is still around. The rant took place at a listening party in New York for...
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