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Awesome Pop Collaborations You Might Have Missed

May 17th, 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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Who Took The Top Spot On The Billboard 200 This Week?

April 16th, 2015 11:56am EDT
‘Furious 7’ Soundtrack Bests All Time Low For Top Spot On The Bi
It was a good week to be a soundtrack, specifically the soundtrack to Furious 7. After ascending to the #2 spot on the Billboard 200 last week, Furious 7 sits atop the charts this week. The improvement in units from the previous week are quite substantial – 111,000 units this week versus 74,000 the previous week. Making Furious 7’s ascent on the Billboard 200 is what the soundtrack did on the Billboard Hot 100, namely “See You Again.”

“See You Again” did the unthinkable – killed Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars’ vibe. How so? “See You Again” stopped “Uptown Funk” from breaking a tie for th...
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Kendrick Lamar's 'To Pimp A Butterfly' Tops Billboard Charts

March 26th, 2015 9:27am EDT
Kendrick Lamar Takes 'To Pimp A Butterfly' To Number One
After dropping a ‘five-star masterpiece’ with his sophomore album To Pimp A Butterfly, Kendrick Lamar reaps the benefits from topping the Billboard 200 – his first career number-one album. To Pimp A Butterfly easily topped the charts, selling 324,000 copies and impacting even more robustly with 363,000 units according to Billboard. The two best debuting albums of 2015 come by way of hip-hop efforts, an interesting fact. For Kendrick, he has definitely ‘come up.’

Kendrick Lamar might’ve been the star pupil of this week’s charts, but two others got in on some top 10 action. Modest Mous...
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Music You'll Never Run From

March 13th, 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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This YouTube Star's Cover Of 'Uptown Funk' Is Really Funky -- See Why!

March 6th, 2015 9:17pm EST
YouTuber Voice Impressionist Sings 'Uptown Funk' Using 'Family G
The Mark Bronson and Bruno Mars song "Uptown Funk" is currently blowing up on the charts, but you've never heard the hit sung like this before.

A YouTuber named Mikey Bolts has released a unique cover of the song, sung entirely in cartoon voices. The impressionist has particularly great takes on Peter Griffin, Stewie and Joe Swanson from the hit Fox show Family Guy.

"Family Guy" creator Seth MacFarlane probably isn't going anywhere anytime soon, but if he ever needs a day off, we now know just the guy for the job.

Bolts also throws in a few voices from other popular adult cartoons like "...
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Celebrities That Turn 30 In 2015

January 25th, 2015 5:01pm EST
Celebrities That Turn 30 In 2015
30 years seems like a long time ago… because it was. In 1985 our world was waist deep in the glories of the 80s. We had hair bands, Care Bears, Swatches, the birth of Super Mario Brothers – what more could you ask for?

Also that year Ronald Reagan was sworn in his second term as President of the United States, the Coca-Cola Company decided we needed a new Coke (which sucked) and Windows 1.0 was released.

1985 marked the big Live Aid world concerts and famous artists got together to sing “We are the World.” Top songs on the airwaves that year included: Like a Virgin- Madonna, Don't You (Fo...
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Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'

January 19th, 2015 3:20pm EST
Review: Mark Ronson Delivers Vibrant Funk On 'Uptown Special'
“They tried to make me go to rehab but I said no, no, no!” If you’ve ever heard those immortal lyrics from Amy Winehouse Grammy-winning “Rehab,” then you’ve heard the awe inspiring work of Mark Ronson. Ronson gained notoriety for producing Winehouse’s Back To Black album, one of the more important releases of the 00s. Though his work with Winehouse really brought Ronson to the forefront, he’s released a couple of albums himself. His latest, the infectious, soul-driven Uptown Special marks his first in five-years (Record Collection dropping in 2010) and is led by killer funked-up Bruno Ma...
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Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight-Peat Atop Billboard 200

January 8th, 2015 11:33am EST
Taylor Swift Makes It An Eight In A Row Atop Billboard 200
Maybe DJ Khaled and Drake said it best: “No New Friends.” Applied to the current Billboard 200, the phrase is best attributed, “no new releases” of note. That said no one is shocked to hear that the invincible Taylor Swift rules the charts for an eighth non-consecutive week. Even with units and sales alike down from the previous week, 1989 still stood tall, selling 172,000 copies.

Swift was unopposed at the top spot, with the next closest album in sales (Guardians of the Galaxy Soundtrack) and impact (Nicki Minaj’s The Pinkprint) not coming anywhere close. 172,000 versus 70,000 copies ...
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Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Billboard 200

January 2nd, 2015 8:27am EST
Taylor Swift Easily Keeps The Number One Spot Red Hot On The Bil
She's bleeping unstoppable – like totally! As much as the talk of the queen – aka Taylor Swift – has grown old, she just keeps on dominating the music industry like it’s never been dominated before. She's beastly – in the most distinguished and ladylike manner possible. Cutting to the chase and the 'pure' sales total, Swift sold another 326,000 copies of 1989, impacting with an even more robust number of 'units'. Nobody seems to be able to 'shake off' Swift and if she was shakable, the industry would be left with a void - a "Blank Space" (get it?).

Speaking of “Blank Space,” it adds fur...
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‘SNL’ Recap: Cameron Diaz/Mark Ronson And Bruno Mars

November 24th, 2014 8:20am EST
'Saturday Night Live' Season 40, Episode 7 Review: Cameron Diaz/
When people look back through the annals of “SNL,” this episode may go down as the one when the Season 40 cast fully discovered its confidence. But since episodes are usually cataloged by the guests, this one might be hard to identify, because the guests did not do anything spectacular. Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars came in and performed a couple of songs, while host Cameron Diaz did not have any showcase performances. She gamely slotted in to whatever role she was needed in, but this episode was about the likes of Leslie Jones, Kyle Mooney, Aidy Bryant, and Beck Bennett asserting themselve...
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Why Bruno Mars Serenaded This Young Girl

July 1st, 2014 1:01pm EDT
Bruno Mars
A video of Bruno Mars serenading a young girl during his concert last Saturday has become an Internet hit, and now we know why the entertainer took the time to sing just for her.

Zumyah Thorpe was involved in a serious car accident in March of 2013. According to WKYC, a drunk driver smashed into a car carrying the 11-year-old Zumyah, killing her pregnant mother and her two younger sisters. Zumyah and an older sister suvived, but Zumyah suffered injuries that robbed her of sight and forced doctors to remove part of her skull.

While recovering at UH Rainbow Babies & Children's Hospital in O...
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10 Most Overplayed Songs From This Decade

June 8th, 2014 8:00am EDT
10 Most Overplayed Songs From This Decade
"Oh no, that song's on again?" If that how you feel when certain tunes come on the radio and you can't run fast enough to turn them off, congratulations; you have more than likely experienced one of the 10 most overplayed songs from this decade. From Katy Perry to Robin Thicke, some songs are great the first time you hear them, okay by the tenth play, but when you've heard that song for the hundredth time you would rather sit in silence! These 10 most overplayed songs certainly get in your head if not, under your skin!

10. Katy Perry , "California Gurls"

Catchy and wonderful, that's w...
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115 Million People Tuned Into Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Show

February 4th, 2014 8:44am EST
115 Million People Tuned Into Bruno Mars' Super Bowl Halftime Sh
Bruno Mars' performance at Super Bowl XLVIII was a huge hit for the FOX network - more people watched the singer and the Red Hot Chili Peppers than any other act in Super Bowl history.

More than 115 million people tuned into the 12-minute set - 1 million more than the record set by Madonna in 2012 and 5 million more than Beyonce last year.

Mars, who at 28 was the youngest solo artist ever to perform during the halftime show, sang "Locked Out of Heaven," "Treasure" and "Runaway Baby" before the Chili Peppers took the stage to perform "Give It Away."

Mars ended his set with a touching vers...
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Review: Super Bowl XLVIII's Music Performances Exceed Expectations

February 3rd, 2014 8:10pm EST
Bruno Mars
2014 is all about trying new things, personally and professionally – or something like that. Last year, I put my two cents in about the Super Bowl halftime show, but didn’t critique the other performances – “America The Beautiful” and of course “The Star Spangled Banner.” Rather than merely focusing on what my boy Bruno Mars did, I’mma give some analysis to Queen Latifah (“American The Beautiful”) and Renée Fleming (“The Star Spangled Banner”) as well. And yes, it is love – for the most part!

Queen Latifah

“America The Beautiful”

Queen Latifah is nothing short of a Renaissance woman....
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Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers Deliver An Entertaining Halftime Show At Super Bowl XLVIII

February 3rd, 2014 10:00am EST
Bruno Mars, Red Hot Chili Peppers Deliver An Entertaining Halfti
Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers rocked the Super Bowl half-time show on Sunday night. The singer and iconic band performed at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey.

Mars, who at 28 was the youngest solo artist ever to perform during the half-time show, began his 12-minute set with a heart-pounding drum solo. He played on a custom-designed kit, which played tribute to his late mother, Bernadette Hernandez, who died in 2013. The bass drum was painted with a red heart and the name Bernadette running through it and was modeled after one of Mars' tattoos.

The singer traveled on a moving p...
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The 5 Best And 5 Worst Super Bowl Halftime Shows Ever

January 29th, 2014 3:03pm EST
Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars will have the honor of entertaining Super Bowl halftime audiences that don't switch over to the Puppy Bowl this weekend. The history of the halftime show is a surprising display of ups-and-downs, from mind-blowing performances to corny overproduced ego trips. Here are some of the best and worst Super Bowl halftime shows:

Best: Michael Jackson, Super Bowl XXVII

The halftime show was hurting. Two years prior, the New Kids on the Block performance was pre-empted by coverage on Desert Storm and their performance was edited down and shown after the game. Then, FOX swooped in and sco...
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2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails

January 28th, 2014 10:30am EST
2014 Grammy Awards Reactions: The Triumphs And Fails
Another year and another Grammys ceremony has come and passed. As always, there were moments that thrilled while others made me curse under my breath. Luckily, as a music journalist, this guy has learned how to think like the Recording Academy, hence the accuracy of many of my picks this year. Still, even being correct, you have to wonder what the Academy is thinking sometimes. Yes, I’m specifically referencing the fact that Kendrick Lamar was shut out – ridiculous! But here goes nothing examining the awards given.

The Big Four: Record, Album and Song of the Year & Best New Artist

Record ...
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56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions: Who Will Take One Home

January 25th, 2014 8:00am EST
56th Annual Grammy Award Predictions
Grammy predictions for Record of the year, Album of the year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist

The 56th Annual Grammy Awards Broadcast takes place on Sunday, January 26th. Previously, following the announcements of the nominations, I made predictions in regards to who I thought would walk out with statues. After sitting on it a while, it is time to make one last set of predictions before Sunday’s broadcast. Here goes nothing! Picks are in bold.

First things first, let’s look at the BIG FOUR predictions

1) Record of the Year

“Get Lucky,” Daft Punk featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rod...
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Red Hot Chili Peppers To Join Bruno Mars At Super Bowl Halftime Show

January 11th, 2014 12:00pm EST
Red Hot Chili Peppers
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are going to play on stage with Bruno Mars during the Super Bowl halftime show in February.

The band has already committed to perform at a pre-Super Bowl event in Brooklyn, New York, on Feb. 1, but Mars has reportedly invited them to appear with him at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey on Feb. 2 when he performs during halftime, according to the Los Angeles Times.

Mars is expected to confirm the big announcement on Saturday during the Fox network broadcast of the New Orleans Saints play-off game against the Seattle Seahawks.

Representatives for Mars and the Nati...
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Thoughts On The 2014 People's Choice Award Music Winners

January 9th, 2014 7:20pm EST
Favorite Pop Artist:  Britney Spears
On Wednesday, January 8th, the 2014 ‘awards’ season went underway with the ‘prestigious’ People’s Choice Awards. As interesting as the film and TV categories are themselves, this particular post will key in on the music categories/awards, which are…interesting.  The categories for the People’s Choice music awards are as follows:  Favorite Male Artist, Favorite Female Artist, Favorite Breakout Artist, Favorite Pop Artist, Favorite Country Artist, Favorite Country Music Icon, Favorite Hip-Hop Artist, Favorite R&B Artist, Favorite Band, Favorite Alternative Band, Favorite Song, Favorite Album,...
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Rihanna, Bruno Mars Top List Of Most Pirated Artists Of 2013

December 31st, 2013 5:00pm EST
Rihanna
Fans love listening to Rihanna and Bruno Mars' music, but they don't necessarily like paying for it. The singers top a new list of the most pirated artists of 2013.

Even though Rihanna and Mars haven't released new albums since 2012, they are extremely popular on illegal file-sharing websites, with 5 million illegal downloads each over the past year.

According to Musicmetric.com, Daft Punk and Justin Timberlake were also popular music acts on Bit Torrent websites, accounting for approximately 4 million illegal downloads each over the past 12 months.

Rounding out the top five is Flo Rida,...
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Bruno Mars Named Billboard Magazine's 2013 Artist Of The Year

December 13th, 2013 7:01pm EST
Bruno Mars
Billboard magazine has named Bruno Mars its Artist of the Year following his chart successes in 2013.

The singer's latest album, "Unorthodox Jukebox" netted three hit singles on the site's Hot 100 chart, including "Locked Out Of Heaven," which hit number-one for six weeks, "When I Was Your Man," and "Treasure."

Billboard notes that in a year in which the charts were also dominated by the likes of Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Robin Thicke and rap duo Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, it was Mars who "commanded a steady presence" on the Billboard 200, in which "Jukebox" stayed in the top 20 from its De...
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Thoughts On The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations

December 9th, 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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Freida Pinto Plays A Sexy Stripper In Bruno Mars' 'Gorilla' Video

October 16th, 2013 7:05pm EDT
Freida Pinto
Indian actress Freida Pinto takes center stage -- literally -- in the latest video from Bruno Mars.

"Gorilla" features Pinto as an exotic dancer named Isabella, who is also the love interest of the singer in the short film.

The two stars get hot and steamy in the back seat of a car; and the actress flaunts her sexy curves in some hot lingerie. She also shows off some pretty intense pole-dancing skills -- but since we only see her body during those parts it's a good bet producers used a body double. When she's not on the pole, it's all Freida though.

Two fellow dancers vow to ruin her bud...
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The Morning Roundup: Bruno Mars To Headline Super Bowl XLVIII Halftime Show; Wentworth Miller Attempted Suicide

September 9th, 2013 10:02am EDT
Bruno Mars Super Bowl
Bruno Mars will be headlining this year's Super Bowl halftime show. Pepsi, which sponsors the annual halftime show, tweeted the news on Sunday, including a link to the official announcement on the NFL's website. Mars followed with his own tweet, writing, "WE'RE GOING TO THE SUPER BOWL!!!!!!!" on Sunday. We think it's an excellent choice. Super Bowl XLVIII will be held at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2, 2014, possibly in the middle of a snowstorm, according to the Farmer's Almanac. (story)

Former "Prison Break" star Wentworth Miller came out of the closet last ...
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Bruno Mars To Headline Super Bowl Half Time Show

September 8th, 2013 1:02pm EDT
Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars is set to perform at the half time show of Super Bowl XVLIII.

The singer will be the main musical act at the 2014 Super Bowl, held at the MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey on February 2nd next year.

A source told the Los Angeles Times that the 27-year-old star, who recently wrapped his Moonshine Jungle tour, has already been asked to perform during one of the biggest TV events in the nation, watched by an estimated 114 million every year.

An official announcement is expected to be made in New York's Times Square as early as tomorrow.

This will mark the first time...
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Music Wrap-Up: Drake & Bruno Mars Added To VMAs And More

August 23rd, 2013 1:30pm EDT
Bruno Mars
Welcome to Friday! At the request of a reader via Twitter who asked me politely for posts on Pop music news, I’ve decided not to treat the genre like an evil stepchild. Mainly because I love Pop so much. So, without further delay, here is the Hip Hop, R&B, AND Pop music news you may have missed while placing bets on Lady Gaga and Katy Perry’s singles outshining each other.

Drake and Bruno Mars added to VMA performance lineup

The VMA’s are set to kickoff live from New York this coming Sunday and the list of performers keeps growing causing anticipation to bubble like a pot of hot water on ...
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The Morning Roundup: Angelina Jolie Returns, It's A Girl For Kim Kardashian, Bruno Mars' Mom Suddenly Dies

June 3rd, 2013 10:34am EDT
Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie made her first public appearance since having a double mastectomy back in February. The glowing star joined partner Brad Pitt for the premiere of his new movie, "World War Z," looking fantastic and taking most of the focus away from the star and his new movie. She said she's "grateful" for all the support she's gotten, especially from Pitt. "He's such a wonderful man," she told the BBC at the event. (story)

Sadly, singer Bruno Mars's mother died unexpectedly in a Honolulu hospital on Saturday as the result of a brain aneurysm. She was just 55 years old. Mars, whose real name...
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Singer Bruno Mars' Mother Dies At 55

June 2nd, 2013 8:03pm EDT
Bruno Mars
R&B singer Bruno Mars is mourning the loss of his mother after she unexpectedly died on Saturday.

The Grammy-winning singer's mother, Bernadette Hernandez, died in a Hawaii hospital after suffering a brain aneurysm, according to a representative from Mars's record label Atlantic Records speaking on the condition of anonymity.

A hospital employee also confirmed the death, saying, "She died in Honolulu at Queens Medical Center; no other information was given."

Hernandez emigrated to Hawaii from the Philippines when she was a child and made a living as a hula dancer.

She is survived by her...
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15 Songs For A Rainy Summer Day

June 1st, 2013 2:00pm EDT
Rihanna
The coming of Summer brings an anticipation of relief from winter blues, shedding of heavy clothes, outdoor activities, and sunny days ahead.  However, if Spring showers sneak a bit into June bringing more rain, just in case, here is our list of 15 songs for a rainy Summer day.

1. “Umbrella” - Rihanna (Good Girl Gone Bad, 2007)

2. “Rain” - Madonna (Erotica, 1992)

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3. “Here Comes The Rain Again” - Eurythmics (Touch, 1983)

4. “It Will Rain” - Bruno Mars (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn -Pt. 1, 2011)

5. “The Rain” - Missy Elliot (Supa Dupa Fly, 1997...
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