<p>Robin Thicke</p>

Robin Thicke

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Robin Thicke's 'Blurred Lines' makes it 4 weeks atop Billboard Hot 100

Thicke continues to block Daft Punk's 'Get Lucky' out of the top spot

Robin Thicke’s “Blurred Lines” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 1 for the fourth week on the Billboard Hot 100, but that’s not where the good news ends: the song also becomes the first in six months to sell in excess of 400,000 downloads in successive weeks.

Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrell holds at No. 2 (making it another in the long list of very popular songs that gets locked out of the top spot on the Billboard Hot 100).

Miley Cyrus’s “We Can’t Stop” refuses to stop in its march up the charts, as it rises 5-3 to make it Cyrus’s second-biggest Hot 100 hit behind 2009’s “Party In the U.S.A.,” which peaked at No. 2, according to Billboard.

Imagine Dragon’ “Radioactive” slips 3-4, while Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “Can’t Hold Us,” featuring Ray Dalton creeps back up into the Top 5, inching 6-5.

In a week that sees no newbies entering the Top 10, Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,” featuring Nelly, drives down two, 4-6. Justin Timberlake’s “Mirrors” holds at No. 7, as does Bruno Mars’ “Treasure” at No. 8.  Selena Gomez’s” Come & Get It” stays at No. 9 and Ariana Grande’s “The Way,” featuring Mac Miller,” rebounds into the Top 10, rising 11-10, one spot shy of its No. 9 peak.

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<p>Justin Bieber: Angel or a 'witch?'</p>

Justin Bieber: Angel or a 'witch?'

Justin Bieber's new music will end 'witch hunt,' says manager Scooter Braun

When will we get new single 'Heartbreaker?'

Did you know that there’s a witch hunt going on against Justin Bieber. Uh huh, that’s right. According to his manager, Scooter Braun, once Bieber drops the new single, “Heartbreaker,” all the crazy talk will stop.

“We’re hoping the witch hunt’s gonna end when he just speaks for himself in the music,” Braun told MTV News. Of course, that begs the question, was he speaking for someone else before in his other singles?

Yes, Bieber has found himself in the news on a regular basis lately for everything but his music, whether it was for pot found on his tour bus or his abandoning his monkey in Germany or for a pro athlete threatening to tackle him if he doesn’t drive slower through their gated community or for hitting a paparazzo.

No specific word yet on when the single will drop and the witch hunt will be over. Bieber teased that the song was “coming soon,” last month on Twitter, but now it sounds like it may be closer to the end of the year.

Braun and Bieber have been talking about the Bieb’s “music journal,” but have yet to reveal how that differs from an album, although Braun hints to MTV that the distribution mechanism may be very different than the traditional means of delivery: “People and fans should be very excited for the end of this year because he's just written so many songs on the road,” Braun says. “And we decided there needs to be a way to release these songs in a different way than the normal album and be able to allow him to express himself in music while dealing with so many different bullsh-- stories every single day."

Furthermore, Braun says, “When you see 'Heartbreaker,' know it's coming directly from him and don't think [of] the normal 'Oh this is my single and this is going to be on the album' [rollout]. Realize there's gonna be a very unique way of how this music is going to be released unlike we've seen before from him."

More to be revealed later. Maybe he’s coming house to house to deliver the song to each of us personally.

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Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

Janelle Monae lets her hair down in new video for 'Dance Apocalyptic'

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She's partying like it's 2099 in the stylish clip

Janelle Monae lets her hair down, literally, in the video for “Dance Apocalyptic,” the new track from her Sept. 10 release, “The Electric Lady.” 

She sheds her usual top-knot/up-do because if you can’t let loose when the end of the world is coming, well, when can you? With her tresses down and dressed in a white outfit that’s much funkier and less formal than her normal black and white get-up, she boogies her way through the impending end days with her all female band, as she cavorts to the jumpin', jivin' tune. Think she's not powerful? Think again. As the emcee warns us, she's so powerful, she knocked a man out with her eyelashes.

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Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

Listen: Beck's new song 'I Won't Be Long'

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It's a spacey, melodic jam for July

Beck’s promises “I Won’t Be Long” on his spacey, melodic new single, released today. The track, which has a funky, electronic break down, follows “Defriended," which Beck released in early June.

“Long” focuses more on atmospherics and feel rather than lyrical depth. Most of the lyrics are “I won’t be long,” repeated over and over, and then “Oh so silently we go,” over a steady drum beat and a fuzzy guitar.

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 Though more approachable and inviting than “Defriended"( i.e.: it doesn't sound like it was recorded underwater),  “Long” definitely sounds like it could have been recorded in the same session as both share an affinity for electronics. Similarly to "Defriended," “I Won’t Be Long” is also a stand-alone single that won’t be on an album, but is available as a limited edition 12” vinyl that also features a 14:49 extended mix.

That doesn’t mean there isn’t a new album coming from Beck, who last released a full album in 2008 with “Modern Guilt.”  As we previously reported, Beck is working on two acoustic albums, the first of which will be out this fall.

 

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Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

Watch: Phoenix's new video for 'Trying To Be Cool'

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See Thomas Mars ruin a kid's day

As the thermometer heats up, Phoenix is just “Trying To Be Cool” in its new video for the second single from “Bankrupt.”

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<p>Justin Bieber in concert in Vegas</p>

Justin Bieber in concert in Vegas

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Music Power Rankings: Lady Gaga and Kanye West battle for the top spot

Mariah Carey and Justin Bieber make this week's list too

1. Lady Gaga: She’s ranked the top music figure on Forbes’ Celebrity 100, coming in at No. 2 on the overall list behind the great and glorious Oprah Winfrey, and ahead of Beyonce and Madonna.

2. Kanye West: He barely beats J. Cole to the top spot on the Billboard 200, but he does, because, as he’s let us know, he’s God.

3. Mariah Carey: She indefinitely pushes back the release of her much-delayed new album, the ironically titled “The Art Of Letting Go.”

4. Macklemore & Ryan Lewis: The duo’s same-sex marriage anthem, “Same Love,” zooms into the top ten on iTunes following the SCOTUS decision to overturn DOMA (see our story here).

5. Justin Bieber: A paparazzo sues Biebs for alleged assault. Next time, Bieber will make sure to have his monkey do the dirty work.

6. Tupac Shakur: A musical inspired by his tunes is potentially headed to the Great White Way: “All Eyez on Broadway.”

7. Neil Diamond: He records a charity song for Boston with proceeds going to the Boston One Fund and Wounded Warriors Project. Good times never felt so good, good, good, good.

8. Will.i.Am: He sues Pharrell over trademark infringement. He’s just jealous that Pharell is the first artist to have the No. 1 and No. 2 song on the Billboard 200 at the same times since the Black Eyed Peas did it.

9. Bobby ‘Blue’ Bland: One of the creators of the modern-soul sound, joins his fellow music pioneer Sam Cooke in the sky.

10. Alan Myers: The Devo drummer is whipping it good in heaven now.

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Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?
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Will Kanye West's 'Yeezus' make it two week's atop the Billboard 200?

Not if Wale has his way

Rapper Wale will have the No. 1 album on next week’s Billboard 200 as “Gifted” will make his first foray to the top, selling up to 150,000 copies. With Kanye West sitting atop the chart this week, that makes it two weeks in a row for rap music at the pinnacle.

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<p>Britney Spears</p>

Britney Spears

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Watch lyrics float by in Britney Spears' lyric video for 'Ooh La La' from 'Smurfs 2'

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Sometimes a lyric video really is just a lyric video

Sometimes a banana is just a banana and sometimes a lyric video is just a lyric video. Such is the case with Britney Spears’ lyric video for “Ooh La La,” her song for “Smurfs 2.”

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<p>Kanye West</p>

Kanye West

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Is Kanye West planning a 'Yeezus: Vol. 2?'

Producer Rick Rubin says 'maybe so'

Could “Yeezus, The Sequel” be on the way?

“Maybe so,” Rick Rubin told The Daily Beast. The producer  was brought in at the last minute to tighten up Kanye West’s new album, which tops the Billboard 200 this week.

Rubin spent two weeks on the album, working 15-hour days, in an effort to get the LP in shape as the deadline loomed. “To me it seemed impossible what he was asking,” Rubin said. “I panicked the whole time.”

One of the first decisions was to cut the 16 songs down to 10, leading to the possibility of releasing a second half, similar to how Justin Timberlake will release a second volume of music for “The 20/20 Experience” this fall.

Rubin says he spent most of his time stripping away from the tracks, instead of building them up. West’s direction was “instead of adding stuff, try taking stuff away.”

 

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Beyonce

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Listen: Beyonce's 'Standing On The Sun'; the full recorded version

The latest in a very odd game plan

We truly believe that at some point we will get an actual Beyonce single and a full fifth album, but in the meantime, Bey and her hive seem perfectly content to let little dibs and drabs of awesomeness from the forthcoming set leak out.

Today, we got the latest bit of what could be the full version of “Standing on the Sun.” The Island-tinged, summer tune first surfaced through an H&M commercial that previewed the tune, and then we posted a live version a few weeks ago. Now we get the entire recorded version of the  Sia-penned song, produced by Greg Kurstin.

So is all this spillage whetting your appetite or just death by a thousand paper cuts?

 

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