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This radio station's been playing Nelly's 'Hot in Herre' on a loop... since Friday

How hot can it possibly get?

A radio station in San Fransisco has been playing Nelly’s 2002 hit “Hot in Herre” on an endless loop since Friday afternoon. And not because a DJ has gone insane: The loop is part of a publicity stunt. Monday night, the Univision-owned Latino Mix 105.7 is relaunching as Hot 105.7, RadioInsights.com reports. Once the switch happens, the Nelly flashback will stop.

The “Hot In Herre” loop has inspired the hashtag #Nelly1057, which Nelly himself has naturally jumped on.

If you’re not in the Bay area, never fear; put a band-aid on your face and relive 2002 below: READ FULL STORY

How country music went crazy: A comprehensive timeline of the genre's identity crisis

Are you aware that Nashville is currently embroiled in an outright civil war?

The country music genre has gone through quite a transformation in the past couple years, adopting the electric guitar sounds of nearly-defunct rock radio, the rap-infused cadences and AutoTune normally reserved for hip hop, and, most controversially, the pop elements left behind as that genre gravitated toward electronic dance music. And attitudes have become ever more contentious between traditional and modern-country fans in 2013. Lately, the frustrations have reached a boiling point.

The straw that broke the camel’s back arrived two weeks ago, when Zac Brown called Luke Bryan’s No. 1 single “That’s My Kind of Night” the “worst song I’ve ever heard.” That remark caused Jason Aldean to hop on Instagram and tell Brown, “trust me when I tell u that nobody gives a shit what u think.” The country community quickly took sides in the debate, and the resulting feud has catapulted country music’s identity crisis straight into the spotlight.

These days, pop-country is more popular than ever — but also more despised than ever. Stars like Brown, Alan Jackson, Kacey Musgraves, and Gary Allan have begun publicly expressing unhappiness with their format, which this year has become an increasingly homogenous platform for men (a few weeks ago, Carrie Underwood was the only solo female in the Top 20) singing about trucks and beers and girls and then more trucks.

Tensions have been brewing all year long (and really, much longer than that) — and there’s been no shortage of public feuding among the genre’s A-list. As country fights to figure out what it should look and sound like, its biggest stars are airing some very honest (and sometimes harsh) opinions. Here’s a timeline of country’s wild, crazy, and sometimes mud-slinging year:

January 23: Blake Shelton calls classic country fans “old farts” and “jackasses”
While speaking in a GAC special, The Voice coach angered thousands of elderly country fans when he remarked, “Nobody wants to listen to their grandpa’s music. And I don’t care how many of these old farts around Nashville going, ‘My God, that ain’t country!’ Well that’s because you don’t buy records anymore, jackass. The kids do, and they don’t want to buy the music you were buying.” The comment caused a controversy that endured for weeks and helped spark this year’s debate about traditional-country vs. pop-country.
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What's your pick for Song of the Summer?

We narrowed it down to the 10 songs we felt made the biggest waves this summer. Now tell us which is YOUR favorite of the season. Vote below, then return next week to see which tune will be crowned EW’s Song of the Summer! READ FULL STORY

Nelly on VH1's 'Behind the Music': The hip-hop star discusses his sister's death for the first time -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

VH1’s Emmy-nominated series Behind the Music launches its latest season on March 7 at 1o p.m. ET with an in-depth look at three-time Grammy winner and hip-hop superstar, Nelly. The 36-year-old rapper’s tale is surely a dramatic one: He ascended from the streets of St. Louis in the late 1990s to become one of the most celebrated performers of a generation, with hits that spanned from his debut single “Country Grammer” to “Just a Dream,” which went to No. 3 on Billboard’s Hot 100 last fall.

In the upcoming special, Nelly talks about the ups and downs of his decade-long music career, including his relationship with singer Ashanti, who also sat down for an interview. He also publicly addresses for the first time the death of his sister, Jackie, who died in 2005 from Leukemia at the age of 31. EW has an exclusive first look at Nelly discussing the pain he suffered over his sister’s death and how it affected him while he was on the road touring. “Nobody wanted to tell me how severe and how close things had gotten,” he says in the clip. “She wasn’t telling me the truth, and everyone around her that knew wasn’t telling me that, ‘Yo, she’s not gonna make it.'” Nelly recounts how he was the last one to speak to Jackie before she died, and how he went into a tailspin after he heard the news, splitting a door in half and shattering a television screen in rage. “I just broke down, yo, in one of the rare moments I did cry.”

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Katy Perry's 'Firework' bursts on top of Billboard's Hot 100 for third consecutive week

katy-perryKaty Perry’s “Firework” sure continues to shine. The single finished atop Billboard‘s Hot 100 for the third week in a row, besting Bruno Mars and his accelerating “Grenade” — which moved up a slot from last week — and Rihanna, who continues to boast two songs on the Hot 100’s top 10. Check out this week’s top 10 below.

Dec. 23, 2010′s Billboard Hot 100 singles top 10:

No. 1: Katy Perry, “Firework”

No. 2: Bruno Mars, “Grenade”

No. 3: Rihanna ft. Drake, “What’s My Name?”

No. 4: Pink, “Raise Your Glass”

No. 5: Ke$ha, “We R Who We R”

No. 6: Bruno Mars, “Just the Way You Are”

No. 7: Rihanna, “Only Girl (In the World)”

No. 8: The Black Eyed Peas, “The Time (Dirty Bit)”

No. 9: Lil Wayne, “6 Foot 7 Foot”

No. 10: Nelly, “Just a Dream”

Read more:
Katy Perry’s ‘Firework’ No. 1 on Billboard Hot 100 for second straight week
Katy Perry: Top 10 Moments of ’10
Katy Perry, ‘Firework': Watch sparks fly in her new video

'American Idol': Major music producers Alex da Kid, Tricky Stewart, Darkchild working with auditioning contestants in Las Vegas

American-Idol-producersImage Credit: Todd Duffey/PR Photos; Janet Mayer/PR Photos; John Shearer/WireImage.com; Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic.comThe big changes on American Idol in its 10th season just keep on coming. This week, about 60 auditioning contestants (whittled down from 325 who made it to the Hollywood week round) have been rehearsing at the Las Vegas Mirage hotel to perform Beatles songs on the stage that Cirque du Soleil performs its Beatles-themed show LOVE. EW has learned that music executive and Idol‘s new in-house mentor Jimmy Iovine — whose mega-label Universal Music Group will release the Idol winner’s first album — has been in Las Vegas mentoring the potential contestants for those performances, and has assembled an impressive roster of major music producers to help: Alex da Kid (who produced Eminem’s megahit “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” featuring Hayley Williams), Christopher “Tricky” Stewart (Justin Bieber’s “Baby” featuring Ludacris, Beyoncé’s “Single Ladies”, Rihanna’s “Umbrella”), Rodney “Darkchild” Jerkins (Lady Gaga’s “Telephone” featuring Beyoncé, the Pussycat Doll’s “When I Grow Up”), Polow da Don (several Keri Hilson tracks, including “Turnin’ Me On” featuring Lil Wayne), and Jim Jonsin (Nelly’s “Just a Dream”, T.I.’s “Whatever You Like”). The contestants will only perform for Idol judges Randy Jackson, Jennifer Lopez, and Steven Tyler, and not a live audience.

An Idol insider explains to EW that this is part of the season-long effort to get audiences to know the kids better as people and artists, and to get them out of their comfort zones and more accustomed to what life as a major music star would be like — i.e. putting down the guitar, and getting used to the big stage.

“Been shootin’ for American Idol all day,” Alex da Kid tweeted yesterday. “There were some kool kids [sic].”

Nelly blames his label for low '5.0' sales: Does he have a point?

nellyImage Credit: Dario Cantatore/Getty ImagesNelly had a big hit this year with “Just a Dream,” but has his comeback stalled out already? His album 5.0 arrived at No. 10 on last week’s Billboard 200 albums chart after selling an underwhelming 63,000 copies in its first week. The rapper thinks his label, Universal Motown, is partly to blame for the album’s weak performance.

“A record deal is a 50/50 partnership!” Nelly wrote on Twitter this weekend. “As a artist its your job to provide the record company with music that they (record company) can sell! Thing about the partnership is that n the public eye the responsibility is not 50/50! the artist is always the 1 who catches 90% of the blame.”

He went on to criticize the label for not promoting the album or providing retailers with enough copies. “If u only ship [200,000 copies] of an album how many are u f—ing tryen to sell?? 5.0 Every1 luvs da album n say its crazy! So wen u hear folks say they didnt no it was out r there were hardly any n the store! WTF?”

Universal Motown has not commented in response. What do you think of Nelly’s complaints? Did you buy 5.0? Whose fault are the low sales?

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More on EW.com:
EW’s review of 5.0
Nelly’s “Just a Dream” throws us an Inception-style curve

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