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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

(1) 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)

(0) 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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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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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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Wu-Tang Clan Drop Protest Anthem 'A Better Tomorrow' (VIDEO)

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 12:09 PM

The ongoing protests over the deaths of Eric Garner and Michael Brown just got an anthem courtesy of the Wu-Tang Clan.

Though the 70s soul vibe is mellow, the political lyrics have bite. "We want justice, police are supposed to protect and serve / And then they shoot us...

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Everything IS Awesome Because 'The Lego Movie' Song Got A Grammy Nomination

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 4:58 PM

The Grammys have been rolling out their nominees list all day long, which you can see here. But we just wanted to point put that Tegan and Sara just got a Grammy nomination for a song called "Everything Is AWESOME!!!"

Oh, and don't think we're making fun...

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The Video Games From 2014 Your Kids Will Want This Christmas

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 4:28 PM

'Tis the season to be gaming, which is why most major video games are released in the run-up to Christmas. But the deluge makes it hard to decide which games to get your kid, especially considering age-appropriate really depends on your individual child.

Mature-rated games really are...

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2015 Grammys: Taylor Swift, Beyonce, Miley, Sam Smith Score Nominations

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:22 AM

The first round of Grammy nomination reveals began Friday with Ed Sheeran and Pharrell Williams announcing four big categories on "CBS This Morning," which included nods for themselves.

Further Grammys nods were tweeted out over the course of the day with the album of the year contenders announced on...

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11-Year-Old Dancer Taylor Hatala's 'Shake It Off' Routine Is Amazing (VIDEO)

(4) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 1:13 PM

Taylor Hatala, the 11-year-old dance sensation from Edmonton has gone viral yet again with her latest dance routine, this time to a remix of Taylor Swift's "Shake It Off."

Hatala first rose to Internet fame with her "Anaconda" routine choreographed by dance teacher Matt Steffanina, which even...

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Mariah Carey Tries To Sing 'All I Want For Christmas,' Fails (Isolated Vocals Video)

(10) Comments | Posted December 4, 2014 | 11:00 AM

Mariah Carey is world-famous because of her amazing, multi-octave vocals, though after her live TV performance during NBC's Christmas special we might have to put that in past-tense.

Carey was originally scheduled to a do a pre-taped segment the night before to air during the annual Christmas tree lighting special...

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