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Dress Up, Get Down: 47 Songs About Fashion and Style

"Suit & Tie," the hit track off Justin Timberlake's long-awaited album 20/20 Experience is only the latest sartorial salute to the art of getting dressed. From Elvis' tried and true "Blue Suede Shoes," to Prince's "Raspberry Beret," and Bob Dylan's "Boots of Spanish Leather," artists have been singing about their wardrobe for decades. see more  
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A New Breed of Female Rappers Emerges at SXSW

Female rappers have been sharing their side of the story for decades, but there's a sense, especially after seeing some of the performances at this year's SXSW shows, that a new kind of lady emcee is emerging. Four rappers in particular captivated crowds with their earnest storytelling and down-to-earth lyrics. Instead of trying to prove that they're as hard as their male counterparts or staking their reputation in their abilities to seduce them, these ladies found a way to get in touch with their feminine sides in a way that's universally relatable and not-at-all-cheesy, even when they're rapping about a see more  
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David Bowie's "The Next Day": 10 Years in the Making and Totally Worth the Wait

Aging rock stars usually have two options: cling to their past or wildly reinvent themselves in a bid for relevance. David Bowie, who's releasing his 27th studio album at age 66, does neither. Instead, The Next Day sounds both true to his musical roots and remarkably contemporary, not unlike the trajectory taken by another seventies rock icon, David Byrne, who, like Bowie, seems renewed by his relationships with modern indie-rock acts such as Arcade Fire. see more  
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2013 Grammy Predictions: Who Should Win vs. Who Will Win

The big story at the 55th Annual Grammy Awards is Frank Ocean, who received a total of six nominations. But that doesn't mean he's a lock to win. Remember in 2004, when Kanye West burst onto the scene with seven nominations, only to lose repeatedly to Maroon 5? Here, we break down this year's nominees into who deserves a statue and who will actually win one. see more  
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Justin Timberlake Ends His Recording Hiatus With a Song About . . . Menswear?

"When are you going to start making music again?" That's the question reporters have been asking Justin Timberlake ever since he released his last album, FutureSex/LoveSounds, back in 2006. This week, JT had a big announcement: The wait is over. see more  
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5 Hottest January 2013 Albums: A$AP Rocky, Ra Ra Riot, and More

This month one of hip-hop's rising stars as well as several acts from the opposite end of the musical spectrum will put out albums meant to make you dance, while a legendary indie band keeps going strong after nearly 30 years. Yeah, it looks like 2013 is going to be an amazing year for new music. see more  
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4 New Holiday Albums That Don't Suck

If there's anything worse than cloying Christmas carols it's listening to Justin Bieber's renditions of cloying Christmas carols—not that all celebrity holiday albums are terrible. Take Silver & Gold, Sufjan Stevens' newly released follow up to his 2006 Songs For Christmas. It's only the most recent example of serious musicians taking a break from their normal routine to produce an album that won't make people wince at your next holiday party. see more  
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Solange Knowles and the New Faces of Female Pop

In the days of Britney and Christina, pop songs hit you over the head with high-pitched hooks and big club beats—repeated ad nauseam on MTV in videos featuring armies of dancers with washboard abs. But Solange Knowles, heir to that pop tradition via her sister, Beyoncé, doesn't have back-up dancers. In her video for "Losing You," she bounces in place dressed in a variety of wild prints and vintage pantsuits accompanied by smiling Sapeurs, the colorful dandies of the Congo. The track, a cool arrangement of dreamy synths and vocals off her newly released EP, True, comes courtesy of see more  
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The Only Wireless Speaker You Need to Own

When your wireless speaker comes suited in Italian wool, you know to expect a marriage of form and function. And sure enough, aside from having dapper style the Libratone Zipp does something remarkable: It streams wirelessly via AirPlay even without an Internet connection. see more  
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5 Things You Should Know About The Weeknd

Armed with lush compositions, louche lyrics and a ton of talent, Abel Tesfaye, better known as The Weeknd, has energized R&B fans tired of the genre's usual bump-and-grind party jams. How did the 22-year-old skyrocket to fame before even officially releasing an album? In advance of the November 13 release of Trilogy, his major-label debut, here are five things you should know about The Weeknd. see more  
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