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

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Kelly Clarkson's Vocals Keep Getting 'Stronger'

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Justin Timberlake arrives at the premiere of In Time on October 20.

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Justin Timberlake On Music, Comedy And Wearing Out His NPR T-Shirt

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Coldplay's new album, Mylo Xyloto, is out this week.

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Coldplay's 'Mylo Xyloto' Has Mass Appeal

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Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga perform "The Lady Is a Tramp" together on Bennett's new album, Duets II, out Sept. 20. Courtesy of the artist. hide caption

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Lady Antebellum's new album is titled Own the Night. Left to right: Charles Kelley, Hilary Scott, Dave Haywood. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lady Antebellum: The Kings (And Queen) Of Country Pop

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