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Calvin Harris, Iggy Azalea top Spotify's lists of songs of the summer

The question of what the song of the summer for 2014 has been a matter of much debate amongst critics, with a broad assortment of nominations made on varying combinations of chart placement, radio rotation, intuition, and straight-up voodoo. On Thursday, Spotify contributed some much-needed hard data into the argument with lists tabulating the most played songs on the streaming platform from June 1 to Aug. 31.

Globally, the most popular song on Spotify this summer was Calvin Harris’ “Summer,” which racked up 160 million streams over the three months across a 40 million-person user base. Overall, dance music performed strongly around the world, with Clean Bandit and Jess Glynne’s “Rather Be” and David Guetta’s “Bad” mixed in with more pop-oriented singles like Iggy Azalea’s two chart-dominating hits, “Fancy” and “Problem,” and Magic!’s “Rude.”

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Jennifer Lopez drops 'Booty' remix featuring Iggy Azalea

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In today’s pop-music-and-butts news, Jennifer Lopez released a remix of “Booty” featuring Iggy Azalea, who claims “the last time the world seen a booty this good it was on Jenny from the block.” (Nicki Minaj might disagree.)

The original “Booty,” off J. Lo’s latest album A.K.A., features Pitbull alluding to Bubba Sparxxx’s “Ms. New Booty” and commenting on Lopez’s butt-related skills: “The way she twerk it, not fair.” Azalea prefers to talk about her own skills in her verse on the remix, though, rapping, “They beggin’ me to drop down but right now Iggy on top.” Can’t argue with that—three songs featuring Azalea are currently in the top 10 of Billboard’s Hot 100.

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Charli XCX on her new album 'Sucker' and getting angry at pop music: An EW Q and A

At last night’s MTV Video Music Awards, Charli XCX was one of the evening’s stealth victors. Though she did not cash in on any of her five nominations (four for her turn on Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” one for Artist To Watch), her pre-show performance of “Boom Clap” ended up being one of the most compelling of the evening.

She also dropped some details about her forthcoming album Sucker, which will arrive on October 17, and unleashed the video for the album’s second single “Break the Rules.”

The clip, which features actress Rose McGowan, is a timely piece of back-to-school anarchy—one last summer tantrum before the leaves fall off the trees and beach jams start sounding passé.  READ FULL STORY

The Killers cover Iggy Azalea's 'Fancy'

The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers turned Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” into a Killers song—complete with interpretative dance by drummer Ronnie Vannucci, Jr.—at the band’s Saturday V Festival performance in England.
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Iggy Azalea, Rita Ora break out katanas and jumpsuits for 'Black Widow'

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Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora’s song “Black Widow” raises a lot of questions—like what does it mean that Rita Ora wants to love somebody until they hate her and also like a black widow? And what is up with Iggy’s tautologically fraught line, “If it wasn’t for you I wouldn’t be stuck singing this song?” And has someone, possibly a close friend or family member, talked to them about the fact that getting into “Fatal Attraction s–t” isn’t something they should be so proud of, and maybe they should consider a course of intensive therapy?

The video for the track only keeps the questions coming. Why is Iggy Azalea working in a greasy spoon with a poster in the kitchen that clearly has a drawing of her on it? What kind of high-intensity boob tape are she and Rita Ora using in those jumpsuits? And did anyone think that there were people out there who were begging to see Iggy Azalea and Rita Ora try their hand at comedic acting?

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Questlove on the Iggy Azalea debate: 'Hip-hop is a contagious culture'

Most people recognize Questlove as The Roots’ drummer and Jimmy Fallon’s sidekick, but as of Wednesday night, he will also be the executive producer of SoundClash, a new music show coming to VH1 and Palladia. In honor of this venture, in which he gets top artists to play different renditions of their hits and/or cover other performers’ work, Time talked with the artist about the music of summer, and specifically, where he falls on the cultural appropriation debate surrounding Iggy Azalea.

When asked if he was pro- or anti-Azalea, Questlove said he can see both sides. “I’m caught in between,” he said. “And I defend it. I see false Instagram posts like, ‘She said the N-word! She said the N-word!’ I’ll call people out—’Yo, don’t troll.’ I know you’re ready to give your 42-page dissertation on theGrio about why this is culture vulture-ism.

“You know, we as black people have to come to grips that hip-hop is a contagious culture,” Questlove continued. “If you love something, you gotta set it free. I will say that ‘Fancy,’ above any song that I’ve ever heard or dealt with, is a game-changer in that fact that we’re truly going to have to come to grips with the fact that hip-hop has spread its wings.”

For Questlove, the Azalea conversation is about more than just her music. It’s also about where she’s from. And she isn’t the only Australian artist Questlove’s currently listening to. “I don’t think it’s a mistake that a lot of of my favorite artists are coming from Down Under,” he said. “A lot of them [are] more soulful than what we’re dealing with now. When you think soul music and Aretha Franklin and the Baptist-born singer, that’s sort of an idea in the past. As black people, we’re really not in the church as we used to be, and that’s reflected in the songs now.”

Though he’s still on the fence about the simmering Azalea controversy—”I’m not going to lie to you, I’m torn between the opinions on the internet, but I’mma let Iggy be Iggy,” Questlove said—he was able to come to a decision on whether her hit “Fancy” should be labeled the song of the summer. “The song is effective. I’m in the middle of the approximation of the enunciation, I’ll say,” he explained, again acknowledging the debate. “Part of me hopes she grows out of that and [sings] with her regular dialect—I think that would be cooler. But, yeah, ‘Fancy’ is the song of the summer.”

Avicii tops Spotify's inaugural Top 25 Artists Under 25 list

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Spotify listeners really, really like Avicii.

The EDM star leads Spotify’s first-ever Top 25 Artists Under 25 list, a ranking of the most influential young music-makers. The streaming service looked at No. 1 hits, volume and growth of streams and shares, and viral chart success from the last year to compile the results.

Avicii easily took the top spot — the 24-year-old Swedish DJ’s track “Wake Me Up” is the most-streamed song in Spotify history. He’s also the first artist under 25 to reach one billion streams on the site. READ FULL STORY

Watch the official video for Ariana Grande's 'Problem' here

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Well, this is Deee-liteful. It’s a mod, mod black-and-white world for Ariana Grande and Iggy Azalea — 99 problems but a primary color ain’t one.

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Iggy Azalea tops Hot 100 with 'Fancy,' matches Beatles for chart record

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It’s still early in the season, but right now it looks the battle for the official song of the summer is being fought (and won) by a single woman.

On this week’s Billboard Hot 100, Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” has landed number one, knocking John Legend’s “All of Me” from the top spot and passing Ariana Grande’s “Problem” in the process.

Of course, Azalea is also a featured guest on “Problem,” and with that song at number two this week, Azalea has pulled off something pretty remarkable: READ FULL STORY

Song of the Summer? Ariana Grande talks the making of her hit 'Problem'

After moving 438,000 downloads in its first week (the fourth-best-selling debut ever for a female artist), Ariana Grande’s “Problem” is now officially a contender for the 2014 song-of-summer title.

But the 20-year-old pop star originally didn’t think the swagger-fueled jam would be a single. “It was so different from me,” says Grande, who had her breakout hit last year with ’90s throwback “The Way,” featuring rapper Mac Miller, and was best known before that for her roles on the Nickelodeon series Victorious and Sam & Cat. She decided to go with the Max Martin-produced track after getting some advice from her friend Big Sean. READ FULL STORY

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