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What's the ultimate song of summer 2010? Vote in our official poll

summer-musicImage Credit: Robin Wong/PR Photos; Matt Sayles/AP Images; Robb D. Cohen/Retna Ltd; Jay Valena/Retna Ltd.Signs that summer is, alas, nearly over: back-to-school ads are running high; the humidity index is running low; sunset happens just a little earlier every evening. And of course, out on the road today, you saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac.

But that doesn’t mean this season’s soundtrack is all wrapped up—not, at least, until you all weigh in and vote for your own supreme, summer-owning jam. Only then can we can shut the door on beach vibes 2010, and start talking Halloween costumes. (Oh, the Snookis we’ll see!)

Late-game addition of Cee-Lo’s delightful f-bomb aside, the poll below primarily covers the songs considered the most commercially successful and sonically unavoidable of the last several months. We encourage you, though, to leave your own highly subjective choices in the comments section below.

To inspire-slash-provoke you, here are a few personal picks from EW’s own music staffers: Janelle Monae’s “Tightrope”; Robyn’s “Dancing On My Own”; the Black Keys’ “Tighten Up”;  Big Boi’s “Shutterbug,” Arcade Fire’s “Sprawl II”; Sky Ferreira’s “One”; Sugarland’s “Stuck Like Glue”; Against Me’s “I Was a Teenage Anarchist”; and Gyptian’s urban-irie “Hold Yuh.”

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Eminem leads Billboard Hot 100 chart again; Lil Wayne debuts big

lil-wayne-eminemImage Credit: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesEminem and Rihanna’s “Love The Way You Lie” leads the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for its sixth week,  leaving Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” waiting in the wings at No. 2 for its third straight week. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” rises two spots from No. 5 to No. 3. Her former No.1, “California Gurls,” drops five spots to No. 8.

Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It,” with Pitbull, holds its place at No. 4. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” moves up two spots to No. 5. Lil Wayne‘s “Right Above It,” featuring Drake, debuts at No. 6. It’s the incarcerated rhymer’s first major hit since entering Rikers Island last spring. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” slips a rung to No.7.

After producing and featuring on two of the summer’s biggest records, B.o.B’s “Nothin’ on You” and Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire,” Bruno Mars lands his first hit record of his own. “Just The Way You Are” leaps seven places up to No. 9. B.o.B rounds out the top 10 as his “Magic” moves up a spot to No. 10.

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Usher to perform at MTV Video Music Awards

usherImage Credit: Noel Vasquez/WireImage.comUsher has joined the list of performers at this year’s MTV Video Music Awards, reps for the network confirm to EW.

A “special performance” from Paramore has also been added to the performing roster. Artists including Travie McCoy, Jason Derulo, and Robyn will perform with the night’s “house band,” DJ/producer Deadmau5. Previously announced performances include Eminem, Kanye West, Justin Bieber, and Drake.

The VMAs air live from L.A.’s Nokia Theater on Sunday, Sept. 12 at 9 P.M.

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Eminem-Rihanna collab leads Billboard singles chart for fifth week

Love-the-Way-You-LieLooking for some major shake-ups on the music charts? Sorry to disappoint, but Eminem‘s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna leads the Hot 100 singles chart yet again. “Dynamite” by Taio Cruz holds steady at No. 2.

Katy Perry‘s “California Gurls” moves up a spot to No. 3, while her “Teenage Dream” leaps from No. 9 to. No 5. Perry is the tenth solo female in the Hot 100′s 52-year history to place two titles in the top five as a lead artist at the same time.

“I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias rises a place to No. 4. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” rises one a rung to No. 6. Usher‘s “DJ Got Us Falling in Love” does the same and lands at No. 7. Taylor Swift’s “Mine” drops five spots to No. 8.

B.o.B‘s “Airplanes” drops from No. 6 to No. 9. and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10, holding at No. 10.

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Eminem tops Billboard hot 100 for fourth straight week, Taylor Swift's 'Mine' debuts big

eminem_swiftImage Credit: Swift: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty ImagesFor the fourth week in a row, Eminem’s Rihanna-featuring “Love they Way You Lie” holds the No. 1 spot on the Billboard hot 100. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” reaches it’s highest point yet, rising a spot to No. 2. Taylor Swift’s first single from her forthcoming album Speak Now, “Mine,” snatches the No. 3 spot in its opening week.

Katy Perry’s “California Gurls” falls two rungs to No. 4, and her “Teenage Dream” does the same, sliding two spots to No. 9. Enrique Iglesias’ Pitbull-assisted “I Like It,” remains at No. 5. “Airplanes” by B.o.B. steps back to places to No. 6. Slipping one spot to No. 7 is Mike Posner’s “Cooler than Me.” Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ In Love” moves up one spot to No. 8,  and Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10.

Okay, prediction time. How long do you think it will take for Taylor Swift to reach No. 1? Or will Eminem and Rihanna’s collaboration continue its reign for weeks to come? Let us know.

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Katy Perry's 'Teenage Dream' makes a splash on the Hot 100; Eminem still at No. 1

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Nigel Parry; Ari MichelsonEminem may not have the No. 1 album in the country anymore, but he’s still got the top single. His Rihanna-featuring “Love the Way You Lie” reigns supreme at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, while Katie Perry’s “California Gurls” hangs tight at No. 2. Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” maintains its No. 3 ranking, and B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 4. Enrique Iglesias’ “I Like It” moves up a spot to No. 5. “Cooler Than Me” by Mike Posner does the same, rising a rung to No. 6. Katy Perry‘s “Teenage Dream” splashes into the top 10 in its second week on the chart. After debuting at No. 20 last week, it’s currently No. 7.

Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” falls back three spots to No. 8. Usher rounds out the top 10. His new single from him upcoming Versus album, “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love,” climbs  three spots to No. 9, while his summer banger “OMG” closes the list at No. 10.

Will Katy Perry’s “Teenage Dream” cruise to the top spot? What about Usher’s new one? Let us  know what you think.

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Eminem's 'Love The Way You Lie' pushes Katy Perry's 'Gurls' to No. 2 on Billboard Hot 100 chart

eminem-katy-perryImage Credit: Karin Catt; Ari MichelsonKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” reigned at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for six weeks. But it’s over now. When the entire chart is released tomorrow, Eminem‘s Rihanna-assisted “Love The Way You Lie” will be No. 1 and Perry No. 2. This is the Detroit rapper’s fourth Hot 100 No. 1. single, and the second from his latest, Recovery. His first single from this album, “Not Afraid,” debuted at No. 1. Em’s having an amazing day; this morning we reported that he’s also got the No. 1 album in the country again.

No one new entered the top 10 this week. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” stays at No. 3, Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” moves from No. 6 to No. 4. Usher’s former No. 1, “OMG,” drops one place to No. 5. Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” moves up one to No. 6. While “Billionaire” by Travie McCoy falls two places to No. 7. “I Like It” by Enrique Iglesias holds at No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” stays at No. 9. And Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” remains at No. 10.

What do you think of Eminem’s run? Are you a fan of Recovery and it’s singles? Think Katy can regain her No. 1 spot? Let us know.

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Usher's 'Behind the Music': Why we can't wait to watch

UsherTonight VH1 airs the season finale of Behind the Music with R&B titan Usher. It chronicles the 31-year-old’s climb from choir boy to pop-music icon. VH1 just released a 10-minute preview, and there’s loads of debauchery, which started with hip-hop impresario Diddy (then Puff Daddy) in the early ’90s. When Usher was a young teen, he was sent to Diddy’s Flavor Camp in New York to sharpen his swagger. There he says he was surrounded by “sex, drugs, orgies…” and presumably more. The story builds to the ugly breakup with TLC’s Chili that set the tone for his  R&B opus Confessions. He’d later marry Tameka Foster, proclaiming his love for her and his grown up ways on Here I Stand. Then he’d follow up with his latest effort Raymond V Raymond after divorcing her. This guy’s life has been a trip. Check out the preview after the jump. READ FULL STORY

Katy Perry‘s 'California Gurls' still on top of Billboard Hot 100 chart; Enrique Iglesias hits the top 10

katy-perry-Enrique-IglesiasKaty Perry‘s “California Gurls” tops the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week. Surprise! Well, not really. This is its sixth straight week at No. 1. At this point, it’ll be news when it’s not there anymore. Eminem’s “Love the Way You Lie” featuring Rihanna is No. 2 for the third week in a row. B.o.B’s “Airplanes” switches places with  Usher‘s “OMG,”  moving to No. 3 while Usher drops a spot to No. 4.  Travie McCoy’s “Billionaire” stays at No. 5.

Taio Cruz’s “Dynamite” jumps up a slot to No. 6. Newcomer Mike Posner slips one to No. 7 with “Cooler Than Me.” Enrique Iglesias‘ Pitbull-assisted “I Like It” makes its entrance into the top 10, leaping 10 spots to No. 8. Drake’s “Find Your Love” continues to step back, dropping one place to No. 9. Jason Derulo’s “Ridin’ Solo” rounds out the top 10 at No. 10.

How much longer do you think Katy Perry has at No. 1? And are you a fan of Enrique Iglesias’ new song? Let us know.

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Usher puts his lady to bed in 'There Goes My Baby' video: Watch here

there-goes-my-babyUsher‘s way more than a day late and a dollar short with this video from his latest album, Raymond vs. Raymond. “There Goes My Baby” has been on the radio since even before the album dropped last March. It’s been on Billboard‘s R&B/Hip-Hop chart for 26 weeks. Lucky for him, his fans love the mid-tempo R&B record. It’s currently No. 2 behind Alicia Keys’ “Un-Thinkable.” I don’t think this sexy, yet restrained video is going to take it to No. 1, though.

In it a mostly shirtless Usher coolly seduces a vixen with model beauty to submit to his wishes. In turn she teases him until finally giving up and finds a comfy mattress for them to lie. It eventually gets a bit racier. She rubs his abs. He pulls down her stockings. They bites each other’s lips. This is far from new territory for Usher. I would of preferred he take it all the way there, like he did in Here I Stand‘s “Trading Places” video. Now that looked like fun. Check out Usher’s “Baby” video after the jump and let us know what you think.

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