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Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

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Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

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Third Time's The Charm: J-Lo And Pitbull 'Dance Again'

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And it's time now for Summer Jamz. We're streaming summer songs of the last 50 years, at nprmusic.org. Here on MORNING EDITION, we're hearing what tunes are topping the charts. Today, two hot tracks to dance to.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "DANCE AGAIN")

JENNIFER LOPEZ: (Singing) I want to dance, and love, and dance...

MONTAGNE: "Dance Again" is the third collaboration between J.Lo and the rapper Pitbull. It's been on the Billboard Dance Club Chart for 10 weeks.

DANYEL SMITH: "Dance Again" is a big record. It's very savvy for Ms. Lopez.

MONTAGNE: That's our guide to the charts, Danyel Smith, who's been an editor of Billboard and also, editor-in-chief of Vibe. She says it's smart for J.Lo to pair with Pitbull because together, they represent the two biggest Latin superstars in the world right now.

SMITH: Pitbull was kind of an OK rap artist. No one was rushing him into the non-existent hip-hop hall of fame. But somehow, he has reinvented himself as sort of a Latin dance superstar. And now he drops like, two or three verses on a song - and it's on its way to the top of the charts.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG "DANCE AGAIN")

PITBULL: (Singing) Modern day Hugh Hef, uh, yes. Playboy to the death, uh, yes. Is he really worldwide? Uh, yes. Mami let me open your treasure chest. Play dates, we playmates, I'm the king snatching queens, checkmate. What you think? It's a rumor. I'm really out of this world. Moon, luna. Make woman comfortable. Call me bloomer. Can't even show love 'cause they'll sue ya.

MONTAGNE: Another hit playing at the clubs comes from the electro-pop duo LMFAO.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SEXY AND I KNOW IT)

LMFAO: (Singing) I'm sexy and I know it. I'm sexy and I know it...

MONTAGNE: "Sexy and I Know It" has been all over the charts since it came out last fall. And after all these months, it's just hit number one on the Billboard Ringtones Chart.

SMITH: Even when songs fall off of either a genre chart or a pop chart, it'll still be really popular on the ringtone chart - because it's just struck that particular kind of nerve.

MONTAGNE: And, says Danyel Smith, hit a nerve is exactly what LMFAO has done - particularly with those still too young to drive.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SEXY AND I KNOW IT")

LMFAO: (Singing) Yeah. When I'm at the mall, security just can't fight them off. And when I'm at the beach, I'm in a Speedo trying to tan my cheeks - what? This is how I roll, come on ladies, it's time to go. We headed to the bar, baby, don't be nervous, no shoes, no shirt, and I still get serviced - what?

SMITH: These guys are about partying; it's very - sort of European. And they wear crazy clothes, and they talk about dancing and partying all night. And if you're 14 and you haven't done any of that yet, these guys are your heroes.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SEXY AND I KNOW IT")

LMFAO: (Singing) I work out.

MONTAGNE: That's music journalist Danyel Smith. She's our guide to the songs topping the different music charts this summer.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SEXY AND I KNOW IT")

LMFAO: (Singing) Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah. Wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle, wiggle yeah. Wiggle ...

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