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Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)

August 4th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Triumphant: 10 Biggest Album Successes Of 2014 (So Far)
To reiterate, “You win some, you lose some.” In the case of these ten musicians, they have won tremendously in the realm of chart success in 2014. These artists haven’t suffered from the tepid performances that many of their colleagues have had to endure. Just think about how much Mariah Carey wishes this were the list he was featured on as opposed to Flop-tastic: 10 Biggest Album Flops of 2014 (So Far). But it just wasn’t meant to be, sigh!

1) Frozen Soundtrack (Walt Disney Records)

Face it – no one seems to be ‘letting’ this album ‘go.’ It’s nearly the end of summer, and the Froz...
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15 Must See Music Videos of 2014

July 28th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
15 Must See Music Videos of 2014
Once upon a time, music videos were played frequently on television. It’s hard to believe in 2014, but once there was a spot for those visual pieces accompanying the audio. While they're still played on TV (less frequently), music videos get the majority of views via the Internet through outlets like YouTube and Vevo. With so much attention placed on albums and songs, sometimes it’s easy to forget sensational music videos themselves. Here are 15 must see music videos of 2014.

1) Maroon 5, “Maps”

The music video for Maroon 5’s latest single “Maps” depicts a narrative characterized...
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The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)

July 12th, 2014 12:00pm EDT
The 25 Best Albums Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has been filled with some exceptional music, and of course some duds to (no shade Robin Thicke). Impossible to include, listen, or review all of them, here is a list of 25 of the best albums, at the midway point of 2014 (January until June). Nothing is concrete until the end of the year, but many currently sitting at or near the top should definitely stick.

1) Pharrell Williams, Girl

While “Happy” is the star player of G I R L, there’s plenty more hits that solidifies Pharrell’s top ranking among the 25 best albums. “Come Get It Bae!” Number one overall seed!

2) Jack Whit...
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We Guess The Parodies On Weird Al's Upcoming Album 'Mandatory Fun'

July 9th, 2014 4:32pm EDT
Weird Al
The track list for Mandatory Fun, Weird Al's 14th studio album, was recently released – and now we're going to tell you what songs Al is parodying.

Here's the tracklist:

1. "Handy"

2. "Lame Claim to Fame"

3. "Foil"

4. "Sports Song"

5. "Word Crimes"

6. "My Own Eyes"

7. "NOW That's What I Call Polka!"

8. "Mission Statement"

9. "Inactive"

10. "First World Problems"

11. "Tacky"

12. "Jackson Park Express"

Prepare for #MandatoryFun. Out July 15. pic.twitter.com/psMrnk2uwY

— Al Yankovic (@alyankovic) July 3, 2014

What we do know: Weird Al asked Iggy Azalea if he could parody a so...
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30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)

July 8th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
30 Best Songs Of 2014 (So Far)
2014 has delivered a wealth of exceptional new songs. Some songs truly captivate with their songwriting, while others are ‘records’ which standout because of their sound. Choosing only 30 songs out of a sea filed with truly terrific songs is difficult; this list provides 30 of the best songs from January through June 2014.

1) Sam Smith, "Stay With Me"

from In the Lonely Hour

Maybe he’s ‘too emotional’ and 'sucks at one-night stands' as he sings, but Sam Smith can definitely sing – that’s the understatement of the year. The soaring, highly relatable “Stay With Me” exemplifies Smith’...
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Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extravaganza

July 4th, 2014 11:00am EDT
Music Friday : Ten Party Anthems To Fit Your 4th Of July Extrava
Happy 4th of July! Get out your BBQs, crack open a cold one and ready the fireworks, it's time to celebrate the great holiday commemorating American Independence. No doubt friends and family will be flocking to your place for a grand ol' time.

But wait? What about the music? Every party needs to music. "But what music nest fits my party?" you might be asking. Well, we're here to help. So fear not - here are ten musical suggestions to help you find a fit that's right for the shin dig of your choosing.

Party Hard - Andrew W.K.

The type of party you're probably having : A banger with a...
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BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyonce's Triple Win, More!

June 30th, 2014 10:05am EDT
BET Awards Highlights: Chris Brown's Surprise Performance, Beyon
Even though she didn't attend the event, Beyonce was one of the big winners at Sunday night's BET Awards, taking home trophies for Best Female R&B/Pop Artist, the FANdemonium Award, and Best Collaboration for "Drunk in Love" with husband Jay Z.

The couple is currently in the midst of their "On The Run" tour and were unable to attend the show in person, but they closed the event with a taped performance of "Partition."

Actor/comedian hosted the show, which kicked off with Pharrell Williams, who sang "Come Get it Bae" with Missy Elliott. The pair also performed their 2003 hit "Pass That Dut...
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Pharrell Williams And Eddie Vedder To Join Oscars Academy

June 27th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams And Eddie Vedder To Join Oscars Academy
Among the 12 musical names asked to join the Oscars Academy are Pharrell Williams and Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder. Joining the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences means that the members will be able to vote for nominees.

Due to changes in the Oscar music campaign, however, the Academy has laid out rules to avoid disqualifications and campaigning for songs by its members. Last year, Bruce Broughton and Dennis Spiegel's song from "Alone Yet Not Alone" received a nod from the Academy, but it was later disqualified after it was revealed that Broughton emailed at least 70 of his f...
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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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Pharrell Williams 'Genuinely Sorry' For Posing In Indian Headdress

June 5th, 2014 3:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams 'Genuinely Sorry' For Posing In Indian Headdre
Singer Pharrell Williams has issued an apology for offending fans by appearing on the cover of Elle UK wearing a feather headdress.

Even though Williams has previously claimed to have Native American ancestry, his photo angered many fans, one writing on the magazine's Facebook page: "It's really, really not okay. And Native people have been pointing out that it's not okay for non-Native people to wear headdresses for a really, really long time."

Another added: "It's incredibly disrespectful and blatantly ignorant. Both you and Pharrell should be ashamed of perpetuating this notion that Fi...
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Native Americans Un-'Happy' With Pharrell Williams For Wearing A Feather Headress On Magazine Cover

June 4th, 2014 12:02pm EDT
Native Americans Un-'Happy' With Pharrell Williams For Wearing A
Singer Pharrell Williams is featured on the latest cover of Elle UK wearing a feather headdress, and his fashion statement has angered many fans as well as members of the Native American community.

Williams made headlines earlier this year for donning a Canadian mountie-like hat at the Grammy Awards. Elle UK says on its website: "We persuaded ELLE Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot."

Fans are split on the decision by editors to feature the star in Native American garb. Some support the move,...
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Pharrell Williams 'Beyond Sad' For Iranians Arrested Over 'Happy' Video

May 21st, 2014 8:00pm EDT
Pharrell Williams 'Beyond Sad' For Iranians Arrested Over 'Happy
Singer Pharrell Williams is "beyond sad" that the Iranian government arrested several of its citizens for appearing in a video paying tribute to his hit song "Happy."

The video depicts three men and three women dancing on the streets, on rooftops and in apartments in Tehran, Iran, prompting the government to investigate.

Tehran Police chief Hossein Sajedinia stated, "After a vulgar clip which hurt public chastity was released in cyberspace, police decided to identify those involved in making that clip."

The "happy" Iranians are fully clothed and don't show excessive skin in the video. Th...
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Pharrell: 'Happy' Was Originally A Cee Lo Green Song

May 1st, 2014 4:03pm EDT
Pharrell
Pharrell should send a large gift basket to the producers who convinced Cee Lo Green to turn down the mega-hit Happy.

Pharrell told Howard Stern on his radio show he wrote the song and handed it over to Cee Lo Green to sing. Stern asked if Pharrell offered the tune to other musicians before handling himself, and the singer replied, "[Cee Lo Green] wanted to do it... he did do it."

Pharrell continued, "He sounded amazing on it. I mean, he burns my version. But the – how do I say this diplomatically? The powers that be, at the time, did not see it fit for him. Some folks on his team just fe...
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Pharrell Cries Listening To 'Happy' Tribute

April 15th, 2014 12:03pm EDT
Pharrell
Happy is an uplifting tune, but Pharrell can't help but cry when he watches people enjoy his song.

The singer sat down with Oprah to talk about his album G I R L and the worldwide hit, explaining the song didn't get any traction until he released the music video.

Happy first appeared on Despicable Me 2's soundtrack last June, but it didn't receive much attention until November when a 24 hour music video was created using various celebrities dancing around Los Angeles. The video was immediately re-created by fans around the world, with over 1000 appearing on YouTube.

Oprah shared a coll...
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Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations

April 9th, 2014 2:03pm EDT
Lorde And Imagine Dragons Top Billboard Music Awards Nominations
Lorde and Imagine Dragons will both have twelve chances to take home a trophy from the Billboard Music Awards.

The two musical acts lead the pack in terms of nominations, which were released today. Justin Timberlake, Katy Perry, and Macklemore & Ryan Lewis round out the top five for most nominations.

Billboard Music Awards finalists are based on “key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music,” according to the ...
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15 Songs That Will Make You Smile

April 4th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
15 Songs That Will Make You Smile
Sometimes, it is incredibly difficult to smile. Even for the most positive person, there are circumstances in life that sap the joy right out of you and supplant happiness with incredibly sadness. Being sad or worried is a big-time drag, but it’s nothing that a little “happy” music can’t rid of. Sure, a good song can’t erase the debt one has built up or that bad breakup over irreconcilable differences, but it can certainly be therapeutic. Here are 15 Songs That Will Make You Smile.

1

“Happy”

Pharrell Williams

From the album G I R L (2014)

There isn’t a song in 2014 that coul...
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Pharrell Williams Joining 'The Voice,' Producer Mark Burnett 'Happy'

April 1st, 2014 6:27am EDT
Pharrell
Pharrell Williams has signed on as a new coach on The Voice.

The singer is set to take the spot of Cee Lo Green, who announced last month that he would be leaving permanently following the current season.

"I am thrilled to have Pharrell come back to The Voice family, and this time... as a coach," said producer Mark Burnett. "Continuing in The Voice tradition of having the biggest and most current music stars as coaches, Pharrell fits perfectly."

The show announced the news via its twitter page, writing, "Okay, we can OFFICIALLY say it! WE ARE SO #HAPPY to announce PHARRELL WILLIAMS = #Ne...
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Our March Playlist - Check Out The Best Songs Off The Best Albums This Month

March 31st, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Beck - Morning Phase
March was a rich month for music releases. After listening and reviewing multiple albums, it is always fun to pick out one big time standout. Sometimes it is a difficult choice, while other times it’s the only choice (particularly on a sub-par album). After looking back through my late-February and March reviews, I’ve compiled a playlist of one favorite from each album.

“Morning”

Beck

From the album Morning Phase

Note: Morning Phase was a late February release that wasn’t reviewed until March.

Folks, Beck is the man. Morning Phase was yet another stacked album from the hipster w...
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You Won't Believe How This Youtuber Takes Pharrell's Infectious Song 'Happy' To The Next Level

March 25th, 2014 9:00pm EDT
Mikey Bolts
Youtuber 'Mikey Bolts' is renowned for his truly spot on Family Guy impersonations. Lately, he's taken to singing popular tunes in the style of numerous characters from the show. And let us just say, he NAILS IT. Seriously. He kills it. Songs that we didn't even like, are now bearable.

The latest rendition? Pharrell's incredibly jubilant tune 'Happy.' Between his imitations and expressions, Mikey Bolts really makes this already lovable song even more memorable.

For giggles, we'll also include another incredibly catchy song he redid - Ke$ha & Pitbull's 'Timber.'

You can view Mikey B...
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Review: Aloe Blacc, 'Lift Your Spirit'

March 17th, 2014 12:00am EDT
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R&B singer Aloe Blacc is not in his first rodeo; he had an outstanding single out in 2010 entitled “I Need A Dollar” that should have foreshadowed what was to come. Still, things only break for an artist when it’s the right time, and 2013-14 has proven to be the 35-year old singer’s time. Two gargantuan singles have truly given Blacc ‘wings to fly’ on his third album, Lift Your Spirit: “Wake Me Up” (Aviici) and “The Man”.

The momentum that is on his side – specifically crossover success into pop from urban music – carries over into this overall fine ‘introduction’. Sure, the singer, w...
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R&B: The Good & Bad Takeaways So Far in 2014

March 14th, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Pharrell
2014 has been a mixed year for R&B. There’s been some good and there has also been so bad. Even though R&B is still struggling, 2014 has allowed for R&B to have its moments. Then again, it’s also had its bombs…big time bombs.

The Good

Beyoncé gave R&B a shot in the… well she gave it a shot of commercial relevance with her ‘visual album’

Alicia Keys regains some lost swagger, besting John Legend for the Grammy award for Best R&B Album

Sharon Jones shows she’s back with a vengeance following cancer on her new LP (with The Dap-Kings), Give The People What They Want

Toni Braxton & Ba...
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Review: Pharrell Williams, ‘G I R L’ - A Great Start To A Strong 2014

March 10th, 2014 1:30pm EDT
G I R L : Pharrell Williams
G I R L easily one-ups Williams’ 2006 debut, In My Mind

Pharrell Williams • G I R L • Columbia • US Release Date: March 3, 2014

Arguably, no one had a better year in 2013 than Pharrell Williams. A longtime veteran of the music game in a numerous capacities, things had become considerably slower for one of music’s brightest beacons. But then the music heavens delivered some big-time juggernauts via “Get Lucky” (Daft Punk) and “Blurred Lines” (Robin Thicke) that clearly reinvigorated the producer/artist’s career. William’s accomplishments would be celebrated by a couple of notable Grammy...
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Fashion Fails: Keira Knightley, Katy Perry, Anne Hathaway, More

March 9th, 2014 7:03pm EDT
Keira Knightley
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!

We actually had a pretty tame Oscars red carpet in terms of fashion fails - check out the best and worst fashion from the Oscars here. Now, on to the failures:
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Reactions: 86th Academy Awards Recognize Music In A Big Way

March 4th, 2014 3:30pm EST
Jared Leto, Pink and Idina Menzel
The Academy Awards was filled with a lot of predictability ultimately, but there were some interesting moments as well. For the music world itself, there was plenty to rejoice about. Jared Leto, who’s been more associated as the front man of 30 Seconds To Mars as opposed to acting as of late, won the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for an exceptional role in Dallas Buyers Club. 20 Feet From Stardom (Morgan Neville, Gil Friesen and Caitrin Rogers), a brilliant documentary that focuses the attention on the background singers as opposed to the star, won deservingly for Best Document...
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Arby's Pays Over $44,000 For Pharrell Williams' Hat (For A Good Cause)

March 3rd, 2014 2:06pm EST
Arby's Pays Over $44,000 For Pharrell Williams' Hat (For A Good
Pharrell Williams' iconic hat was sold at auction for a staggering $44,100 over the weekend. Arby's purchased the accessory because it resembles the fast food chain's famous logo. And that kind of publicity goes a long way!

The "Happy" singer first donned the Vivienne Westwood-designed cap at the Grammy Awards in January, and his fashion statement immediately created buzz.

Arby's tweeted to the singer: "Hey @Pharrell, can we have our hat back?", to which Williams responded, "Y'all tryna start roast beef?", referring to the company's popular roast beef sandwiches.

Williams decided to sell...
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The Best & Worst Dressed At The 86th Annual Academy Awards

March 3rd, 2014 9:17am EST
The Best & Worst Dressed At The 86th Annual Academy Awards
Stars packed the Dolby Theater in Hollywood on Sunday night for the 86th Annual Academy Awards. Viewers tuned in to see the winners, but the red carpet fashion is always one of the highlights of the show.

Supporting Actress winner Lupita Nyong'o ("12 Years A Slave") stunned in a sky blue Prada gown, while Best Actress winner Cate Blanchett ("Blue Jasmine") dazzled in Armani Prive.

Although she didn't take home a trophy, Jennifer Lawrence ("American Hustle") was a winner in a crimson strapless Dior dress.

Angelina Jolie disappointed in a sheer, sparkly Elie Saab dress that would have been...
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Pharrell Shares Tracklist For 'G I R L,' New Album Features Collaborations With Miley, JT, Alicia Keys & Daft Punk

February 26th, 2014 5:01pm EST
Pharrell Williams G I R L
Pharrell Williams has shared the official track list for his forthcoming album "G I R L," revealing collaborations with Miley Cyrus, Justin Timberlake, Alicia Keys and Daft Punk.

Pharrell shared the album's song list on his Instagram page Monday night in the form of a short video.

The new album will also feature the singer's huge hit "Happy," from the animated film "Despicable Me 2."

"The reason why I named [the album] G I R L in capital letters," Williams told BBC Radio 1's Zane Lowe at this year's BRIT Awards, "is because when you look at it, it looks a little weird. And the reason why...
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Rumor Patrol: Pharrell William's Hat For Sale, Ariana Grande's Cocaine Problem, More

February 22nd, 2014 4:03pm EST
Pharrell
You can't go one week without hearing a ridiculous story involving some of your favorite celebrities. Thankfully, the Starpulse Rumor Patrol is here to sort out what's real and what's fake.

Pharrell's Hat For Sale: Remember that ridiculous hat Pharrell wore at the Grammys and a few press events? Well, word has it the musician is seeking to put the giant headpiece up for sale for charity. Would anyone actually want to own the headwear?

Verdict: True. Pharrell set up an eBay auction to sell the Vivienne Westwood Mountain hat he wore to the Grammys to benefit From One Hand to Another, a char...
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Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More

February 22nd, 2014 4:00pm EST
Oscars Performers To Include P!nk, Bette Midler, Pharrell & More
The list of performers who will take the stage at the 86th annual Academy Awards in Hollywood on March 2 has grown - P!nk was just invited to join the festivities.

Producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron said in a statement: "We are very excited to welcome Pink to the Oscar stage for the very first time. She is regarded as one of the greatest voices in pop music and one of the best performers of her generation, and we are thrilled to have her join us for a highly anticipated moment on the broadcast."

P!nk, 34, shared the news on Twitter on Friday, writing: "Big news!!! I'd like to thank @The...
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Pharrell Auctions Off Infamous Grammy's Hat For Charity

February 22nd, 2014 12:15pm EST
Pharrell Auctions Off Infamous Grammy's Hat For Charity
Pharrell Williams has decided to auction off the infamous "Buffalo" hat he wore at the Grammy Awards to raise money for his charity.

The Vivienne Westwood creation caused quite a stir at the Jan. 26 event, causing numerous comparisons to the likes of Smokey the Bear, Canadian Mounties and the logo of fast food joint Arby's.

Westwood created the hat as part of her 1982 "Buffalo" collection. It also appeared in the music video "Buffalo Gals" from designer (and Westwood's boyfriend) Malcolm McLaren.

As of Friday, bids on eBay for the hat reached over $10,000. Proceeds will benefit the From ...
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