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YouTube recently compiled the most-played music videos for the first half of 2014. Not surprisingly with the entire planet having World Cup fever, a couple official anthems by Pitbull and Shakira for the sporting event cracked the Top 10. The “Hips Don’t Lie” singer also snatched a second spot thanks to her collaboration “Can’t Remember To Forget You” with Rihanna.

Frozen‘s “Let It Go” sing-a-long version, Chainsmokers viral “#SELFIE” and Iggy Azalea also made the cut. The honor for most-played video though goes to Katy Perry. Her “Dark Horse” visual has amassed a staggering 485 million plays. Check out the Top 10 below.

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Clearly FOX 2000 Pictures know what they’re doing. On the heels of rumors that the studio is working on a sequel to Mrs. Doubtfire, the 1993 hit movie tops a recent report by IHS Technology. The cross dressing Robin Williams vehicle was the most aired movie on basic cable the past year. According to the research firm, it was played 66 times. I can honestly say I didn’t watch it once during the report’s time period. Did you?

The remainder of the Top 10 is a hodgepodge of beloved movies from yesteryear. There really is no rhyme or reason. While Sleepless In Seattle making the cut makes perfect sense, I’m shocked that the poorly-received Catwoman landed on the list. I’m guessing it probably didn’t cost much to purchase the rights to air the Halle Berry stinker. Check out the rest of the Top 10 below.

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For the past several years, Apple CEO Tim Cook was top dog on OUT Magazine’s annual Power 50 list. For the 2014 edition, the 53-year-old has to settle for the runner-up slot. Ellen DeGeneres has reclaimed the most powerful title from the publication. The daytime talk show host stood at numero uno back in 2010.

“Everybody loves Ellen, and that’s one of the reasons she’s regained the top spot,” OUT writes. The magazine also cites DeGeneres’ epic Oscar selfie which broke the record of most retweeted post ever and briefly crashed Twitter.

For the past eight years, the publication has ranked powerful and prestigious gay men and women who have tremendous influence. The list is compiled of Hollywood power players, publishing magnates, political figures, web entrepreneurs and everything in between. It’s worth nothing Ellen Page who came out recently makes the list for the first time at No. 29. Find out who the LGBT cream of the crop are below.

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Billboard’s Hot Rap Songs chart turns 25 this year. For those who thought the genre was just a fad back in the 80s, I’m sure they also picked Beta or VHS ;) To celebrate the chart’s silver anniversary, the publication counted down the Top 100 hip-hop songs of all-time. Definitely a difficult feat. Rap has certainly evolved since the days of Ice-T and Salt-N-Pepa, but is still as dominant a force as ever. Believe it or not, even PSY’s “Gangnam Style” made the cut at No. 42.

I’ve only highlighted the magazine’s Top 10 tracks below, but here’s just a sampling of my favorite cuts to rank on the list but miss out on the top tier of the countdown:

Loungin” – LL Cool J (97), “Heartless” – Kanye West (95), “C’Mon N’ Ride It (The Train)” – Quad City DJ’s (90), “Jump” – Kriss Kross (76), “I’ll Do 4 U” – Father M.C. (72), “Funkdafied” – Da Brat (66), “Rump Shaker” – Wreckx-N-Effect (65), “Around The Way Girl” – LL Cool J (64), “Dilemma” – Nelly feat. Kelly Rowland (60), “I Got 5 On It” – Luniz (57), “Da’ Dip” – Freak Nasty (51), “In Da Club” – 50 Cent (37), “One More Chance / Stay With Me” – The Notorious B.I.G. (35), “Knockin’ Boots” – Candyman (34), “Treat ‘Em Right” – Chubb Rock (31), “Me So Horny” – The 2 Live Crew (28), “Drop It Like It’s Hot” – Snoop Dogg feat. Pharrell (21), “Lean Back” – Terror Squad (20), “Best I Ever Had” – Drake (14), “Whatever You Like” – T.I. (13)

check out the Top 10 after the jump

Earlier this week, Katy Perry notched her 9th career chart-topper. After a slight misstep with “Unconditionally,” the 29-year-old bounced back with “Dark Horse.” To be fair, “Unconditionally” did peak at No. 14 which is respectable and a number most artists would die for. Truthfully, I’m surprised the track didn’t fare better considering its gorgeous visual. Meanwhile, “Dark Horse” still doesn’t have an official video but managed to reach pole position on the Billboard Hot 100. Go figure.

Perry is now tied at 10th place with Elton John, the Bee Gees, Paul McCartney and Usher on the all-time list. Just ahead of her are Janet Jackson and Stevie Wonder (10), Whitney Houston (11), Madonna and The Supremes (12), Michael Jackson and Rihanna (13), Mariah Carey (18) and The Beatles with a whopping 20 No. 1 hits.

I thought it was the perfect time to look back at her career and rank all her chart toppers. For me, “Teenage Dream” is by far her best. Like leaps and bounds. No matter what version, remix or cover by another artist, the track is a winner. I never thought, Perry could release a more irritating single than “E.T.,” but she has. While clearly millions have warmed up to “Roar,” I still find it utterly irritating even after all this time. Not surprisingly, it’s my least favorite track by Katy. Check out how all her other hits rank.

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Which Kylie Minogue Album Cover Is The Best?

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Kylie Minogue just unveiled the album artwork for her twelfth studio album. The cover for Kiss Me Once is everything you’d expect from the diminutive dance diva. It’s flirtatious, sexy and flawless. It features Minogue putting her signature pout front and center behind water-splattered glass. I’m loving the dramatic red lips. As gorgeous as it is, I much prefer the artwork for her new single, “Into The Blue.” Talk about sexy. YOWZA!!!

With over 68 million worldwide record sales to her name, it’s clear the 45-year-old Aussie legend is beloved. Of course, more so in some territories than others. While North American masses have been hot or cold with Kylie throughout her career, the UK and her native Australia have remained loyal to their Queen Kylie.

As we await her 12th studio opus, it’s the perfect time to walk down memory lane and check out all her album covers. For the sake of this post, I omitted her numerous remix albums, compilations etc.. and just included official studio LPs. Check them all out below, along with my top five out of the bunch.

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The Bachelor: Who Are The Ten Hottest Bachelors?

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January is here and you know what that means. It’s time for ABC’s guilty pleasure dating show to return. That’s right, I’m talking about The Bachelor. Yup, I’m a glutton for punishment and enjoy this often cringe-worthy reality show. For me, it’s not so much about being a hopeless romantic and hoping true love is found. But rather, it’s the “journey” that’s exciting to watch. I’m not talking about the over-the-top dates either, but mostly the seemingly sane women go crazy. What possesses a woman to cry their eyes out over a guy they’ve known for just a couple of days and in some instances a couple of hours, is beyond me. It’s so silly, yet so riveting to watch.

While most of the guys aren’t worth shedding a tear for, there are a few that are definitely worth getting involved in a catfight over. I’ve gone through all eighteen seasons (can you believe there have been that many) and ranked the Top 10 Hottest Bachelors to ever give out roses on the ABC show. I will admit, I haven’t watched all the seasons but watched my fair share.

Check out my updated rankings below and see if you agree with my choices. You might be surprised on a couple of omissions. See how new Bachelor Juan Pablo Galavis compares with the rest. Since he made the list, I had to bid adieu to US Naval Officer, Andrew Baldwin, to make room.

check out my Top 10 after the jump

Believe it or not, Rihanna just notched her 13th chart-topper. With her collaboration with Eminem on “The Monster,” the Bajan singer now ties Michael Jackson on the all-time list. Insane, right? Personally, singing just the hook on predominantly rap songs seems like cheating, but if it’s okay with Billboard, it’s fine with me. Even if you take away her rap collabos, she still has ten chart-toppers which is still quite impressive given her age.

Prior to placing third with MJ on the all-time list, she previously was in a three-way tie with Madonna and the Supremes for the fourth-most. Holding the record for most No. 1′s in Billboard’s 54-year history are The Beatles with 20 chart leaders. Mariah Carey with 18 is in the runner-up slot.

While Rihanna doesn’t sell as many albums as a few of her compatriots, there is no denying she’s a hit-making machine. Rihanna is definitely the poster child of today’s music landscape. With digital downloads making singles both affordable and easy to purchase, it’s all about singles these days and not so much about the album. All you need is a couple of hit singles and fill up the rest of the album with filler.

Very few artists these days carefully put out well-thought albums with great concepts and attention to the fluidity from track to track. Enough of me sounding like an old man reminiscing about the good old days, let’s check out all of Rihanna’s chart toppers. Be sure to scroll all the way to the end of the post to see my ranking of all her hits.

check out all of Rihanna’s hit songs and my ranking after the jump

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