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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

Watch Aubrey Plaza and Jake Johnson in JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound's 'Rouse Yourself' video - EXCLUSIVE

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This groovy, way-back kind of summer that began with Daft Punk, shimmied on through Bruno Mars, and took a Steely spin with Mayer Hawthorne, now continues with JC Brooks & the Uptown Sound — with a little help from their fancy TV-star friends.

“Rouse Yourself,” from the Chicago quintet’s new album, Howl, perfectly encapsulates what they call their “post-punk soul” sound. And apparently it inspired New Girl star Jake Johnson (Johnson is friends with the band’s guitarist) and Parks and Recreation‘s Aubrey Plaza to act like total deranged ninja (okay, that’s mostly Johnson) in the clip.

Check out the exclusive premiere of the “Rouse Yourself” video below: READ FULL STORY

Kelly Clarkson premieres 'People Like Us' video: Watch it here

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Kelly Clarkson is a scientist who would like to take you to Oz.

At least that’s the message sent in the new video for her Greatest Hits single “People Like Us” (which is not a cover of the Talking Heads track of the same name, though that would have been pretty sweet too).

In the clip, Clarkson lords over a black and white laboratory where employees poke and prod at a young girl who happens to be in full color. Will Clarkson help the girl escape into the psychedelic outside world? Watch it below: READ FULL STORY

Ciara tosses Nicki Minaj-featured 'I'm Out' into summer-jam sweepstakes: Hear it here!

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Remember Ciara? It’s cool if you don’t. Though she had a ridiculous opening run when she first came on, unleashing killer singles “Goodies” and “1,2 Step” in the back half of 2004. She’s run into diminishing returns since then, but her new single could be a game-changer.

“I’m Out” is the second single from her upcoming fifth album, Ciara, and it’s exactly the type of electro-kissed swaggering sass factory that makes for a great summer jam. (You know, the sort of songs Beyoncé used to make). And though Nicki Minaj can be poisonous on her guest spots, she puts in her best appearance in months on “I’m Out.” Considering how irresistible Ciara’s previous single “Body Party” has been, this could be the renaissance that she has been looking for since her debut.

Go ahead and give it a spin below. It’s huge, and it could only get bigger from here.  READ FULL STORY

Avril Lavigne releases new single 'Here's to Never Growing Up': Hear it here!

When Avril Lavigne got her start in 2002 (that’s over 10 years of Avril, people!), she was a child playing with grown-up feelings. Now that she’s an adult, she’s got no interest in maturity.

Lavigne’s new single “Here’s to Never Growing Up” is a classic drinking tune, an anthemic shout-along about railing against the onset of maturity in favor of telling people “Yeah, whatever” and screaming Radiohead tunes. (As an aside: She means something like “Creep,” right? Because it’s extremely difficult to blow your lungs out pumping your fist to “Codex”.)

The single comes from her as-yet-untitled fifth album, which is expected to surface some time this summer. The single will be on iTunes on Tuesday, but it snuck onto the Internet a little early. Give “Here’s to Never Growing Up” a listen below.  READ FULL STORY

Selena Gomez's new single 'Come and Get It' leaks early -- hear it here

Selena Gomez’s upcoming single “Come & Get It” wasn’t supposed to drop until Tuesday, but the Internet couldn’t wait.

So after the track leaked last night, Gomez went ahead and pulled back the curtain on her new track, which will appear on her still-untitled solo album due this summer.

She’s clearly gunning for summer jam status; “Come & Get It” is an easy, breezy tune with an ambling melody and a hint of reggae lilt. Give it a listen below: READ FULL STORY

Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City have a grillout and dance in ‘Good Time’ video: WATCH

Warning: Watching this video at work will make you want to jump in the car and hit the lake ASAP.

It’s only Tuesday, but if you need a weekend fix, just check out the new music video for Carly Rae Jepsen and Owl City’s collaboration, “Good Time.”

The video for the upbeat track isn’t exactly high concept, but for a tune as mindless and fun as “Good Time,” it works. Jepsen and Co. have a cookout (appreciate the tie-dye!), hang out at the lake, and enjoy some flirty fun in the moonlight. Basically they do all the things you have an itch to do whenever you listen to the “Whoa-oh-oh-oh-ohs.” READ FULL STORY

Will Smith revives 'Summertime' on DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie's new mixtape

The quest to find the official song of the summer comes around again every year, and every year there are plenty of noble candidates. But every one of them still has to go toe-to-toe with one of the most indisputable summer jams of all time: DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince’s “Summertime.”

In fact, before we move on, let’s go ahead and bask in its greatness, shall we? Pour the lemonade and watch the video below.

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Poll: What's your favorite summer song of the past decade?

Now that the long Memorial Day weekend is officially behind us, the time has come for all of you riding around in your Jeeps and your Benzos to make a choice — that’s right, it’s time for Song of the Summer!

We at Music Mix HQ are already pumping up our EW floaties in preparation for the long, hot season of beach-ready chart-burners ahead. And in the meantime, we’re also taking a look back at the biggest summer songs from the past decade.

Limiting ourselves to the last ten years disqualifies dozens of sweaty classics, from Eddie Cochran’s “Summertime Blues” to Bananarama’s “Cruel Summer,” but we wanted to keep things simple. So click on and vote for your favorite:

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Maroon 5's 'Payphone' video: Guns, car chases, and spare change

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It’s blockbuster season at the multiplex, so why shouldn’t music videos provide their own crash-boom-bang?

That seems to be Maroon 5′s philosophy. Last night, the band pulled back the curtain on the brand new video for their Wiz Khalifa-assisted single “Payphone,” and it has no shortage of gunfire, car chases, explosions — plus plenty of  frontman Adam Levine actually singing into a payphone.

The clip puts Levine in the middle of a bank robbery, and though he initially appears to be just a loan officer or something, he manages to steal a gun, bust out of the bank with a foxy lady, and end up becoming a sought-after fugitive himself. Along the way he steals Wiz Khalifa’s car and loses his shirt.

There’s a little bit of John McClane in Levine’s performance—could he have a future as an action star? Head on over to E! to take a look at the premiere. READ FULL STORY

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