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Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis perform "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" in September.
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December 23, 2013 At the end of a year in which pop songs were a constant, provocative part of the national conversation, NPR Music critic Ann Powers sifts through the 100 most popular songs of the year to highlight 10 pure pop pleasures worth remembering.
Scottish producer Calvin Harris presents the fruits of a prolific year and a half on the new album 18 Months.
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December 7, 2012 The Scottish producer behind Rihanna's "We Found Love" is one of a few European electronic artists to infiltrate American pop in the past several years. His new album, 18 Months, collects the fruits of a prolific year and a half.
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Wye Oak's Civilian, known now and forever as Stephen Thompson's third favorite record of 2011.
December 7, 2011 A list of albums showcasing the stormy elegance, big ideas and transporting melodies of 2011.
Rihanna's new video is the target of a lawsuit from photographer David LaChapelle.
February 17, 2011 The promo clip for the pop star's latest single, "S&M," has made her the target of a copyright infringement lawsuit.
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A still from the video for Rihanna's "Rude Boy," co-written by Makeba Riddick.
December 2, 2010 Songwriter Makeba Riddick explains the delicate art of writing songs for teens and their parents.
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August 6, 2010 The video is a literal depiction of a couple who can't escape a violent relationship.
Katy Perry (left) and Snoop Dogg perform at the 2010 MTV Movie Awards in June.
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August 4, 2010 Recent hits suggest that there's an imbalance of power between men and women on pop duets.
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The summer jam of 2007 can be summarized in seven syllables: "ella, ella, ay, ay, ay."
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November 18, 2009 All alien-science synthesizers, crispy hi-hats and galvanizing delivery, "Umbrella" is what happens when an unclassifiable singer meets an ineffable song. It turned out to be the summer jam of 2007, echoing across the world to an indelible refrain: "ella, ella / ay, ay, ay."
Are Rihanna and Chris Brown sending each other notes over the airwaves?
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November 4, 2009 Back in February, Rihanna and her boyfriend, fellow pop star Chris Brown, got into an altercation as they were heading to perform at the Grammy Awards. In late August, he was sentenced to five years' probation for felony assault. Today, it might be possible to pick up on how Brown and Rihanna are doing via their music.
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September 5, 2007 The time between original hit and cover song has become more compressed these days. R&B star Rihanna's "Umbrella" has set a new standard, with versions by pop star Mandy Moore and YouTube star Marie Digby emerging even as Rihanna's original (along with a remixed duet) continues to get airplay.
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