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11 Songs That Break Barriers

October 19th, 2014 4:00pm EDT
11 Songs That Break Barriers
Sometimes, you have to take a stand. Taking a stand isn’t always a popular move, nor is it always personally lucrative. Musically, ‘taking a stand’ often means that musicians promote an unpopular or not oft tread platform, theme, or cause. That means ultimately, these bold musicians look to break barriers and pave the way for acceptance, tolerance, and otherwise. Here are 13 songs that break barriers of some sort.

1) Hozier, “Take Me To Church” (Hozier, 2014)

“Take Me To Church” is nothing short of brilliant and progressive. Hozier makes sex sound sanctified, brings light to ...
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Carrie Underwood Debuts New Faith-Based Single 'Something In The Water,' Announces Greatest Hits Album

September 30th, 2014 6:19pm EDT
Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood made a big announcement to her fans over the weekend, revealing that she's got a brand new single and a greatest hits album on the way.

The singer shared a brief video from the set of the photoshoot, where she appeared with soaking wet hair, explaining that her look is for the cover art for new single "Something In The Water."

"It's really kind of a joyous, uplifting song about changing your life for the better and kind of having that 'a-ha' moment, to waking up and your life being different from that moment forward," she said of the religion-themed song during an intervi...
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Jennifer Lopez And Iggy Azalea Heat Things Up In The Short Teaser For J. Lo's 'Booty'

September 4th, 2014 10:06pm EDT
Iggy Azalea and Jennifer Lopez Booty
Jennifer Lopez dropped the teaser for her upcoming video "Booty," which features a remixed version of the tune off her latest album, "A.K.A.," and rapper Iggy Azalea (the album version features Pitbull).

The two singers heat things up in the short clip, which J. Lo, 45, posted to her Instagram Thursday, as they celebrate the booty.

The full version of the video makes its debut on Sept. 9, and judging by the 33-second teaser, things are going to be pretty hot.

"The last time the world seen a booty this good," Azalia, 24, raps, "it was on 'Jenny From the Block!'"

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Jessie J Gets Some Help From Ariana Grande & Nicki Minaj In Latest Video, 'Bang Bang'

August 26th, 2014 5:15pm EDT
Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande Bang Bang
Hot off their opening performance during Sunday night's MTV Video Music Awards, Jessie J, Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande's video for their single "Bang Bang" finally saw a wide release on Monday afer debuting exclusively on MTV.com following the VMAs.

The single, which will appear on Jessie J's upcoming album, features the three women dancing and partying on a New York City rooftop.

"It's me starting a street party that Ariana is then going to attend, and then Nicki turns up on an amazing type of transport, that I wont give away," Jessie told MTV News. "And then we all party together on a ...
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Snubbed: 10 Classic Music Videos That Didn't Win An MTV Video Music Award

August 24th, 2014 10:30am EDT
Snubbed: 10 Classic Music Videos That Didn't Win An MTV Video Mu
The 2014 Video Music Awards are airing this Sunday, August 24, at 9 PM on MTV. This year’s nominees for Video of the Year are Iggy Azalea’s "Clueless" homage, Pharrell’s ode to positivity, Miley’s naked swinging escapade, Sia’s 11-year old dancing avatar, and Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s black-and-white beach romp. Which one will take home the Moonman, and which four will join the company of these ten classic clips that did not take home music television’s highest honor?

1. Michael Jackson – “Thriller”

In 1999, MTV placed the King of Pop’s epic horror movie homage number one on its list of th...
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Ariana Grande Releases Goofy Video For Second Single Off 'My Everything' (Watch It!)

August 14th, 2014 9:02pm EDT
Ariana Grande
"Prepare yourself to attempt to conceive an inconceivable outer space adventure," begins Ariana Grande's campy new video for her latest single, "Break Free," which features DJ Zedd.

The video, which is "one step ahead of present day reality and two steps ahead of present day sexiness" and "so fantastically fantastical you'll soil yourself from intergalactic excitement," takes the singer to outer space, where she battles aliens and floats in a spaceship and even blasts an evil robot with her boobs (or "rockett*tties" as she calls them on Instagram).

The schlocky video is equal parts Star T...
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Too Hot For MTV?

August 4th, 2014 2:58pm EDT
Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj's Anaconda tease is only fifteen seconds long, but it still features plenty of twerking.

In the quick peek, Minaj and a few dancers pose in booty shorts before Sir Mix-A-Lot's Baby Got Back is sampled. The rapper is then shown on her hands and knees shaking her booty to the remixed track and is about to rap the first verse of the song before she's cut off.

When she was asked yesterday about the released date of the video, Nicki told a fan "little over a week."

Anaconda has promised to be "booty-ful" since it was promoted by Minaj wearing a sports bra and g-string. The saucy...
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7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry

August 2nd, 2014 10:00am EDT
7 Women Who Are Changing The Music Industry
Last year, Alanis Morrisette admitted many radio stations wouldn't play "You Oughta Know" off her 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill. The reason? They already had two women in rotation on the radio. For years, the music industry has presented its own set of challenges specific to women. Whether it's executives telling how a young pop star should sex up her act to not being taken seriously by critics within their music genre. There are, however, a group of women who are using their voices and their music as an opportunity to push back and change what's considered the norm within the music indust...
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Watch Katy's Latest Video, 'This Is How We Do'

July 31st, 2014 3:30pm EDT
Katy Perry
Katy Perry just released her latest video, "This Is How We Do," from her Platinum-selling album "Prism," which features the singer singing and dancing with animated fruits and desserts, along with bathing in a tub of pearls.

The singer is featured in the latest issue of Rolling Stone magazine, where she discussed the controversial stage outfits her dancers wear, which some have deemed to be "culturally insensitive."

Katy defended the use of the costumes, saying that they're a social commentary on the amount of plastic surgery going on in the world right now.

"As far as the mummy thing, I...
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5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Music

July 22nd, 2014 10:05am EDT
5 Seconds Of Summer And Common Drop New Albums: This Week In Mus
July continues to be something of a slow month for new album releases. While there have been some solid, arguably even notable releases, no ‘blockbuster’ albums have been released. This week, the likely standout for younger listeners will be 5 Seconds of Summer, who release their full-length debut album. For rap lovers, they need look no further than the Midwest’s don, Common, who extends his lengthy career. Here’s 5 albums to check out this week.

1) 5 Seconds of Summer, 5 Seconds of Summer (Capitol)

After releasing EP She Looks So Perfect to an exceptional #2 bow, Australian punk/...
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