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Adele at the MTV Video Music Awards in August.
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September 5, 2011 Adele's monster hit came out in November, but once summer hit, it found huge success as the raw material at the root of countless remixes, and DJs played versions of the song for festival crowds for the entire season.
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Rustie, a.k.a. Russell Whyte, is one of Glasgow's leading producers.
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September 1, 2011 Electronic music across the pond evolves at fantastic speed. Hear this summer's sound — U.K. bass.
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Music writers from New Orleans to New Jersey wrote about everyone from King Louie to William DeVaughn to Beyonce.
September 1, 2011 We asked music writers from New Orleans to New Jersey to tell us about their summer jam.
Musicians from San Francisco to Nashville picked songs by everyone from Erykah Badu to My Bloody Valentine.
August 31, 2011 We asked musicians from San Francisco to London to tell us their summer jam.
Miguel, who says he wrote "Sure Thing" to get back the girlfriend he had cheated on. It worked.
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August 30, 2011 Miguel wrote this perfectly textured summer song to win back a girlfriend he cheated on. It worked.
Summer songs: best if played outside before September 21.
August 30, 2011 Ann Powers lays out three ways of thinking about the perfect summer song.
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LMFAO (Redfoo on the left, SkyBlu on the right), so named because the response of SkyBlu's grandmother to their original name, Sexy Dudes, was, "LMFAO. Are you serious?"
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August 25, 2011 The year's biggest hit exists for a single purpose: to embed its big dumb hook deep in your brain.
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All These Kids: Mark Foster of Foster the People onstage during the 2011 VH1 Do Something Awards on August 14, 2011 in Hollywood, California.
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August 24, 2011 Catchy but unsettled, Foster the People's tune is the accidental anthem of this messed up summer.
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