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5 Amazing Pop Anthems Of Summer 2013

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Pop has come back full force this summer with the emergence of mega-hits from everyone from Gaga to Miley. Pop as a genre seems to be experiencing a fantastic period of cyclical pleasure. Whatever your pop allegiance, there’s no denying that everyone’s been enjoying some of the best tunes this summer.

However, some songs have been woefully ignored, and relegated to being a popular album track or have even been left out without a proper release date for fans to scramble at desperately in order for the tune to become a central part of their essential pop summer soundtrack.

So, without further ado, here are five amazing pop anthems of summer 2013, varying from the hugely successful to the largely unrecognised…

5. Jason Derulo – “The Other Side”

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Returning after a serious neck injury with a barnstorming new single, Jason Derulo’s new single ‘The Other Side’ at first seems like any of the other kinds of EDM/dance-pop currently sitting happy in the charts but not really proving to be anything revolutionay or worth mentioning. Derulo is, after all, quite adept at these dance-pop ditties but after a year or so out of the game, his return is a pleasant treat.

However, the song quickly grows on you with a sweet and danceable chorus about changing from friends into lovers that’s found its way on the dancefloor very quickly. The fact that this was written about Derulo’s current beau, the sweet and lovely R&B singer Jordin Sparks, makes this song go down better than ice cold lemonade on a hot summer’s day and is all the more enjoyable for that. After all, everyone loves a couple genuinely in love.

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Throwback Thursday: That Time Britney Spears and Snoop Played Ball

Thank you, Miley Cyrus. If it were not for your Throwback Thursday (tweeted on Wednesday, but never mind that), Britney Spears‘ “Outrageous” music video featuring Snoop Dogg may have just continued to collect dust as a forgotten artifact in the pop culture attic.

Here is Britney and Snoop back in summer 2004, on the Queens, N.Y., on set of the Dave Meyers-directed music video for “Outrageous,” the final single – written by none other than R. Kelly – off Brit’s fourth album, In the Zone.

What they made is pure pop gold. The clip shows Snoop and a group of guys casually playing pick-up on a street basketball court. And up walks Britney, ready to ball in her hi-tops, basketball shorts, sheer jersey (push-up bra peeking out, logically), and sideways trucker hat (remember those?).

After a few half-hearted dribbles, Brit passes the ball, walks straight to Snoop, and jumps up to straddle his waist, as she seductively sings:

“I just want to be happy/ In a place where love is free/ Can you take me there/ Somebody, ooh/ And when you mention my name/ Make sure you know the truth, yeah/ Until I vow to keep it forever.”

What that means, even the lyrical gods wouldn’t know. But it doesn’t matter, because you are not listening. You are just watching, waiting, for that magical, moment when Britney licks Snoop’s face. Yes, licks.

Press play, above, and enjoy the stomach-turning show.

Then see what other old-school snaps stars – from Beyonc to One Direction – shared in this week’s Throwback Thursday: Hollywood Edition.

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Britney Spears Joins Smurf Village in Her ‘Ooh La La’ Music Video

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It seems so innocent at first: Britney Spears watching The Smurfs 2 with her sons Sean, 7, and Jayden, 6, in theaters. “Check this out,” she warmly whispers to them. “This is the best part right here.”

But then with one whip of a magician’s wand, Spears is struck by blue electricity. And poof: she vanishes from the theater seat, only to miraculously materialize on the silver screen. But her boys are not the least bit fazed by their mom’s disappearing act. “Cool,” one says. “Hi mom,” the other waves.

So begins Spears’ below-par music video for “Ooh La La,” her new sugary-sweet, pop song featured on the soundtrack for animated sequel The Smurfs 2.

The clip goes on to spotlight a Spears, smiling wide and bright-eyed, lip-syncing as she towers over smurf village. Throughout, there’s a sprinkling of snippets – starring Neil Patrick Harris! – from the movie, which hits theaters July 31.

Spears awkwardly sways with her hands on her hips, she bounces and spins, she flashes some jazz hands, and she moves her arms all too much, but let’s be clear: there’s no real dancing. Her “I’m A Slave 4 U” snake-charming moves are, sadly, a thing of the past.

Eventually, Spears is reunited with her sons when they, mysteriously, pop up on screen by her side. But it’s the blas looks on their faces that truly sums up how one feels at the end of these bewildering four minutes and 21 seconds.

Go on, see for yourself – press play. Learn the words for “Ooh La La” on Directlyrics.

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Claire Danes Brings Son Cyrus to ‘Homeland’s’ Set

Break out the scrapbook – it’s baby’s first set visit!

Claire Danes brought her six-month-old baby boy, Cyrus, along for a day of filming the third season of her hit TV drama Homeland in Charlotte, North Carolina, on Wednesday.

Taking a breather between shots, Danes, 34, doted on and kissed her chubby-cheeked little man, who is her first child with husband Hugh Dancy, 38. Later, the little one laid in the arms of a pal as Danes dedicated some time to an embroidery project.

When the cameras were rolling, Danes was back in character as Homeland‘s Carrie Mathison, the bipolar but brilliant CIA agent who’s committed her life to fighting terrorism. The critically acclaimed Showtime series took home three Golden Globes earlier this year, including a second best actress in a drama series trophy for Danes.

In her acceptance speech, she thanked her then-newborn son, who was in utero throughout the filming of Homeland‘s second season.

“I have to thank our son Cyrus, who’s upstairs with my parents,” she gushed. “Thank you for joining me throughout this whole process and being so game in fighting this war against terrorism.”

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Jeffrey Dahmer is Rap’s Favorite Serial Killer

Jeffrey Dahmer is frequently name-checked in rap songs.

Katy Perry‘s latest release, “Dark Horse,” contained several surprises. First there was the trap beat, something of a surprise coming from Perry. Then there was Juicy J‘s reference to Jeffrey Dahmer in his verse of the song. Perry’s song isn’t the first time a song has name-dropped the man who raped, killed, dismembered and ate at least 17 men and boys over a 13 year period. Ke$ha caught some flack with the release of “Cannibal” for a similar reference to Dahmer. These references aren’t isolated cases, in fact, name-checking one of America’s most notorious serial killers is downright commonplace.

Here is just a sample of the dozens of songs which have evoked the name of the Milwaukee Cannibal.

“Dark Horse” Katy Perry (feat. Juicy J)

“She’s a beast / I call her karma / She’ll eat your heart out / Like Jeffrey Dahmer”

“Cannibal” Ke$ha

“Whenever you tell me I’m pretty / That’s when the hunger really hits me / Your little heart goes pitter patter / I want your liver on a platter / Use your finger to stir my tea / And for dessert I’ll suck your teeth / Be too sweet and you’ll be a goner / Yep, I’ll pull a Jeffrey Dahmer”

“Eat You Alive” Lil Wayne (feat. Ludacris)

“Let me out my cage, I’ll eat these beats / I’m hip hop’s Jeffrey Dahmer”

“The Cypher” Chris Brown, Tyga, Kevin McCall and Ace Hood

“Killing for survival / Jeffrey Dahmer, I’mma slaughter every beat that I’m on”

“You’re Gonna Love This” 3OH!3

“Yeah I don’t know what’s happening / And I swear to your honor that in my car that girl was biting on my lips like Jeffrey Dahmer”

“Must Be the Ganja” Eminem

“Faced with a dilemma, I can be a Dalai Lama and be calmer / Bring drama, I step beyond a Jeffrey Dahmer”

“Things Get Worse” Eminem (feat. B.o.B)

“They can’t even get Jeffrey Dahmer to pet the cougar”

“Fubba U Cubba Cubba” Eminem

“You think I’m the new Osama, press thinks I’m the new Madonna / Jeffrey Dahmer left me with his legacy to carry on”

“Black Friday” Lil Kim

“I smell a massacre / I’m Charles Manson, you don’t stand a chance with her / Jeffrey Dahmer and you lookin’ like lunch to me / ‘Bout to kill all you bitches like Ted Bundy”

“Clique/Fuckin’ Problem” Tyga

“Told my girl, Jeffrey Dahmer, and eat her out”

“Pretty Boy Swag (Remix)” Tyga

“Eat your heart out bitch, I’m Jeffrey / Dahmer, Damier my luggage”

“Natural Born Killaz” Dr. Dre (feat. Ice Cube)

“So I’mma pull a fucking Jeffrey Dahmer / Now I’m suicidal, just like Nirvana”

“Gingerbread Man” Gucci Mane

“Eat rappers like Jeffrey Dahmer / Dope color Sinead O’Connor”

“Dancin’ Dirty” Ludacris (feat. Chris Brown)

“She nasty with a nice persona, she bitin’ me like piranha / The modern day Jeffrey Dahmer, she must get it from her mama”

“I’m On It” J. Cole

“Don’t fight the feeling mama / Not Jeffrey Dahmer, but your body is a killer mama”

“Body Parts” Three 6 Mafia

“Could it be another Jeffrey Dahmer / I’m sneakin’ / And creepin’ / And blowin’ up shit like the Unabomber”

“Electric City” Black Eyed Peas

“La dee dee dee, dee dee dee dee, la dee dah / Killer on the loose, like I’m Jeffrey Dahmer”

“Benz or Beemer” OutKast

“My gat is in my lap, so what you wanna be startin’ now? / I’m pissin’ up on Jeffrey’s Dahmer grave, that cracker was foul”

Leave it to OutKast to always speak the truth.

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Madonna and Sean Penn Totally Got Back Together Last Night

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Madonna premiered her short film secretprojectrevolution last night at the Gagosian Gallery in Manhattan and it was a cornucopia of awesome. Lindsay Lohan was there looking great and chatting with Anderson Cooper, Madonna’s son Rocco performed with her and .. SEAN PENN WAS THERE.

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Rihanna Goes Goth Down Under

‘Bad Girl’ Riri arrived in Adelaide, Australia today channeling her inner Marilyn Manson in an all-black ensemble, vampy lipstick and oversized cross earrings. The songstress has come under fire during her Diamonds World Tour for showing up late to her concerts and possibly lip synching while maybe being on drugs.

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