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Lana Del Rey: Just Another Pop Star

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Seal's new album of classic 1970s soul songs is called Soul 2. Nabil/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Seal: Finding The 'Soul' Behind The Song

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"Eighth Avenue" highlights Hospitality's greatest skill: offsetting serious notions with bouncy arrangements. Kyle Dean Reinford hide caption

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Hospitality

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Ryan Tedder: A Hit-Maker With A Golden Touch

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Kelly Clarkson's new album is Stronger. Harper Smith/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kelly Clarkson: A Pop Star Survives

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The Icelandic singer-songwriter Mugison performs in Los Angeles. Mugison had one of the most popular songs in his home country this year with "Stingum Af." Michael Tullberg/Getty Images hide caption

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"Party Rock Anthem" by LMFAO was one of the dozens of pop hits this year to use the same hammering disco beat. YouTube hide caption

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What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011

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Rihanna performing in Zurich last month. This year the pop star tried to move beyond the fallout from her very public encounter with domestic abuse by taking on the role of risk-taking erotic outlaw — she was still faulted as superficial. The Image Gate/Getty Images hide caption

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Adam Levine (center) and the rest of Maroon 5. Matt Beard hide caption

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'Moves Like Jagger': The Making Of Maroon 5's Megahit

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