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Billboard Names ‘Fancy’ Song Of Summer 2014

In: Donovan, Music
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Last year Robin Thicke took the title with “Blurred Lines,” and the year before it was Carly Rae Jepsen’s inescapable smash, “Call Me Maybe.” Hopefully, Iggy Azalea exhibits better longevity in terms of releasing hit records than the previous two. Right? The prior two have bombed consistently since.

This year’s race for Summer Song honors was essentially over as soon as it began. “Fancy” pretty much topped Billboard’s songs of summer chart from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The Charli XCX-assisted sensation also held the top spot of the Hot 100 for seven weeks.

The Aussie rapper also lands on the No. 3 spot with her “Problem” collabo with Ariana Grande, making Iggy the first woman with two of the top three in a Songs of the Summer seasonal survey. She’s just the third artist overall, with Black Eyed Peas and Usher achieving it in 2009 (“I Gotta Feeling” and “Boom Boom Pow”) and 2004 (“Confessions Part II” and “Burn”) respectively. Check out the Top 10 below.

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Sometimes simple is best. I wasn’t a huge fan of “On The Rocks,” but the accompanying black and white video has warmed me up to the electro R&B ballad.

The narrative is relatively simple with Nicole Scherzinger distraught over her relationship with an extremely hunky man. Yelling and some ugly crying goes on before the former Pussycat Dolls frontwoman magically tosses her ex off his chair. She then runs into the desert where plenty of glamor shots begin. She may not be able to produce a chart-topper in North America, but girl can toss her hair in the wind like no other. She looks stunning here.

“On The Rocks” isn’t a surefire hit but I’m optimistic it could do some minor damage on the charts. At least over in the UK. Scherzinger seems to have better luck over there. Give the Tim Mattia-directed clip a view below.

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Double the booty, double the fun. Jennifer Lopez was wise to swap out frequent collaborator Pitbull with Iggy Azalea on the remix of her new single, “Booty.” This could be the hit she’s desperately looking for off her disappointing album, A.K.A.

The ladies’ “Booty” music video looks to outdo Nicki Minja’s “Anaconda” in the ass department. The 30-second teaser is jam-packed with visuals of Lopez and Azalea’s glistening derrières.

Lopez shared the clip with Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb on the Today show. I can’t wait to see the entire clip which was directed by Hype Williams. Watch the teaser below.

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His cover of Whitney Houston’s “How Will I Know” gave me goosebumps. Sam Smith hits another homerun with his latest cover. The male Adele takes on Tracy Chapman’s classic “Fast Car” for BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.

As expected, the stripped-down acoustic arrangement is beautiful beyond words. The more I hear Smith, the more he wins me over. He also gave a heart-wrenching performance of his current single, “I’m Not The Only One.” Check them out below.

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Betty Who made a huge splash last year when her infectious “Somebody Loves You” was featured in that elaborate Home Depot marriage proposal viral video. Her debut album titled Take Me When You Go hits stores on October 7. But exactly who is Betty Who? Based on her new web-series… a lot of fun.

The 22-year-old Aussie enlists actress Sophia Bush for the premiere episode. The two learn and execute some of Beyonce’s iconic dance moves from her “Crazy In Love,” “Diva,” “End Of Time” and “Single Ladies” videos. Umm, where do I sign up to hang with these ladies. This is exactly how I spend my weekends with my friends.

Check out the adorable clip below. The intro is beyond cute. It reminds me of a contemporary take on Mary Tyler Moore’s classic show intro. If you weren’t a fan of Betty Who before, you will be after this. Be sure to catch her on tour this Fall.

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Well, this is a nice surprise. Ever since word leaked that Adele’s next album is slated for release in 2015, I, like most of her fans, have been waiting with bated breath to listen to her new tracks.

While not brand new, two previously unreleased tracks have surfaced online to tide over fans til next year. Reportedly, “You’ll Never See Me Again” and “Never Gonna Leave You” were produced by Fraser T Smith who worked on “Set Fire To The Rain.” Like most of the tracks on 21, these two ballads find the British songbird singing about love and loss. Give both a listen below.

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Rising Artist Spotlight: Moko

In: Music, Nic
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It’s no secret by now that the 90′s are back, and with all things 90′s comes all things 90′s dance. With artists like Kiesza taking the lead on the charts right now, someone is sneaking up beside with a great voice and a great beat, and that person is Moko.

Born Diane Nadia Adu-Gyamfi, and of Ghanaian descent, this British soul singer came to fame with the track “Count On Me” with Chase & Status about a year ago. In October 2013, Moko released her EP Black which she had a hand in personally producing.

Her latest track “Your Love” released early July of this year and just happens to accompany a killer video that screams Crystal Waters and Robin S’s love child. Give me this synthesized beats and I am most definitely a happy boy. Moody lighting, enough throw back dancing to go for days, and a couple aggressive “pigtails”, I’m thinking Moko is just getting started.

Climbing onto the train at the right moment, this diva is gaining momentum and is the one to watch.

Watch the video for Moko’s “Your Love” below.

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Calvin Harris Still The Highest Paid DJ In The World

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Perhaps Rita Ora should’ve thought twice before allegedly cheating on Calvin Harris. Not only does he create sick beats but dude is rolling in the dough.

The Scottish DJ is once again the highest paid DJ in the world, topping Forbes annual Top 10 list. His twelve month earnings have risen from $46 million last year to a whopping $66 million. Not too shabby for a man who used to bag groceries in Scotland just a few years ago.

“The rise of dance music has been astronomical in the last three years. I happened to be in the right place at the right time.” – Calvin Harris

The publication included earnings from live shows, merchandise sales and endorsements, as well as recorded music sales and external business ventures as part of its tabulating process.

David Guetta equaled his $30 million in earnings from last year, but moved up to runner-up slot on the list. Zedd enters the Top 10 for the first time, catapulting all the way to the No. 7 slot. Not making the cut this time around are Armin Van Buuren, DJ Pauly D and Diplo. Check out this year’s Top 10 below.

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