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Why Robyn, The World's Greatest Pop Star, Doesn't Care About Being Popular (Again)

(1) Comments | Posted December 23, 2014 | 10:12 AM

Robyn is a lover and a fighter. Dressed in boxing shorts and a silver space top, the future-forward Swedish singer is hugging herself during “Dancing On My Own” like six thousand fans aren’t watching the weirdness from the sands of Toronto’s Echo Beach.

Suddenly the small blonde begins punching...

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Kiesza Won't 'Use My Butt To Market My Music' Despite Being Told To 'Be More Sexy'

(8) Comments | Posted December 22, 2014 | 9:29 AM

Between Nicki Minaj's Sir Mix-a-Lot-sampling "Anaconda" and Jennifer Lopez roping in (and oiling up) an embarrassed-looking Iggy Azalea for her "Booty" video, pop music has been all about big butts this year. Well, not quite all of it.

One of the summer's biggest hits (

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Best Songs Of 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2014 | 5:05 PM

2014 was a pretty unpredictable year for music.

A pair of 2013 soundtrack songs ("Let it Go" and "Happy") dominated the early 2014 charts thanks to new inclusion of streaming into Billboards Hot 100 calculations, a host of newcomers ranging from Keisza and Meghan Trainor to Charli XCX and...

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Best Albums Of 2014: The Year In Music

(2) Comments | Posted December 16, 2014 | 4:15 PM

Over the past year long-lost legends DFA 1979, D'Angelo and Aphex Twin returned, electronic music continued filling fields and airwaves even as the experimental side gained more ground, Taylor Swift ditched country to take over pop, biracial rap duo Run the Jewels bum-rushed hip-hop, Against Me! brought transgender politics to...

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Jimmy Fallon's Hanukkah Songs Came In Like A Matzoh Ball

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 11:22 PM

Tuesday is the first night of Hanukkah, and the airwaves are filled with Christmas carols. This is at least in part due to the lack of good Hanukkah tunes -- though interestingly, many of our Christmas classics were written by Jews.

Anyway, Jimmy Fallon decided to try and rectify that...

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Best Christmas Songs To Celebrate The Season (And The Worst Ones To Avoid)

(2) Comments | Posted December 15, 2014 | 12:21 PM

Christmas carols have been inescapable since Thanksgiving, but perhaps the reason they make so many of us into Scrooges isn't the holiday music itself, but the inability of the people playing it to differentiate the best Christmas songs from the worst.

So we put together a pair of playlists to...

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'All About That Bass' Gets Feminist Parody As 'Bitch In Business'

(2) Comments | Posted December 13, 2014 | 10:02 AM

Meghan Trainor's smash "All About That Bass" is all about body image, but those lyrics about how "boys like a little more booty to hold at night" have led some to question its feminist bona fides.

But no worry, this is the Internet age so feminists have...

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Best Rock Albums Of 2014

(5) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 5:45 PM

It's not been a great year for rock. 2014 kicked off with the Grammys pretending that the genre ended in the 70s, with awards doled out to dinosaurs like Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Paul McCartney as well as terrible new rock band Imagine Dragons. Meanwhile, pop and hip-hop continued...

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Les 10 vidéoclips les plus vus sur YouTube au Canada en 2014 (VIDÉOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 3:34 PM

Si la vidéo est devenue de plus en plus populaire au fil des années, c'est sur YouTube qu'on peut le réaliser pleinement!

Qu'est-ce qui a attiré le plus l'attention (et de clics) en 2014? Voici les 10 vidéoclips les plus vus sur YouTube au Canada en 2014:

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Les 30 artistes musicaux les mieux payés selon Forbes en 2014 (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted December 12, 2014 | 10:35 AM

Les fans de Dr. Dre n'en peuvent peut-être plus d'attendre son nouvel album Detox, mais gageons que son banquier n'est pas trop mécontent de la carrière non-musicale du réalisateur...

Non seulement Dr.Dre atteint le sommet du palmarès des musiciens les mieux payés en 2014, il a amassé en un an...

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Les 30 artistes musicaux les mieux payés selon Forbes en 2014 (PHOTOS)

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 3:07 PM

Les fans de Dr. Dre n'en peuvent peut-être plus d'attendre son nouvel album Detox, mais gageons que son banquier n'est pas trop mécontent de la carrière non-musicale du réalisateur...

Non seulement Dr.Dre atteint le sommet du palmarès des musiciens les mieux payés en 2014, il a amassé en un an...

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Four Canadians Made Forbes 30 Highest-Paid Musicians Of 2014, But Dr. Dre Won (By A Lot)

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2014 | 11:49 AM

Music fans may still be griping that Dr. Dre still hasn't released his now-mythical next album "Detox," but I'd bet his banker is cool with the decade-long delay considering how the hip-hop producer's non-music career is going.

Not only did Dre top Forbes' list of highest paid musicians...

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Best Pop Albums Of 2014

(2) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 12:58 PM

Women have become such a dominant force in pop music that when I finished compiling my top 10 list I realized there wasn't a single boy in the bunch. Admittedly, that's because Sam Smith was slotted in our R&B list, I'm ambivalent about One Direction and viscerally disliked that Magic!...

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Le meilleur des chansons et albums sur iTunes Canada en 2014

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 11:27 AM

Selon iTunes Canada, 2013 a eu une bonne année... en 2014.

Oui, Taylor Swift est sortie du lot fin 2014 en atteignant le haut du palmarès des meilleurs albums avec 1989, la septième place des meilleures chansons et l'artiste de l'année selon iTunes Canada. Sam Smith a de son...

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2014's Biggest Songs And Albums On iTunes Canada

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2014 | 10:13 AM

According to iTunes Canada, 2013 had a great year in 2014.

Yes, Taylor Swift came out of the gate late and still claimed the top spot on the album chart, the number seven spot on the song chart and the iTunes Canada designation of Artist of the Year. (Sam...

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Video Games Of 2014 Provide Plenty For Grown-Ups

(0) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 4:42 PM

It’s been a transitional year for gaming. Plenty of people still own last-gen consoles, even though the studios have mostly moved onto the new machines. But they're still sussing out the hardware, which is why some of 2014's best-reviewed titles, like "Grand Theft Auto V" and "The Last of Us,"...

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Avril Lavigne Has Undisclosed Illness: 'Keep Me In Your Prayers' (REPORT)

(15) Comments | Posted December 9, 2014 | 11:17 AM

Avril Lavigne fans have been sending well-wishes on social media today after Twitter user @AvrilMusicChart posted a direct message conversation she reportedly had with the Canadian pop star.

After inquiring if Avril was working on a new album as it's been a couple years since the last one, Avril apparently...

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2014's Most Popular Music Videos On YouTube In Canada

(1) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 10:13 PM

Video killed the radio star 35 years ago but it looks like nothing will be killing the video star. After being mistakenly left for dead by music television networks like MTV and Much, the music video art form has come back as big as ever thanks to YouTube.

All but...

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Kiesza Reveals Her First Concert, Live Performance And CD (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Canada's breakout star Keisza has been the talk of 2014 ever since the video for "Hideaway" went viral, sending her debut song soaring up pop and dance charts around the world.

Earlier this year we spoke to Kiesza about her background in ballet, the navy and beauty pageants,...

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Diddy Punched Drake In Club Fight During Miami's Art Basel (REPORT)

(4) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 2:24 PM

Every celeb worth their salt is in Miami for Art Basel, but while Leonardo DiCaprio left a party with 20 women, Drake reportedly left one with a face punch from Diddy.

According to TMZ, the fight that occurred outside nightclub LIV was over respect not over a...

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