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Friday Rewind: 9 EDM Essentials For Your Rotation

The hottest electronic dance music to kickoff your weekend starts here:

1. Disclosure - “January” (Kaytranada Edition)
Montreal’s Kaytranada reworks January to create a reverberating twinkling beat.

2. Luniz - “I Got 5 On It” (WHIIITE & ETC!ETC! Remix)
WHIITE and ETC!ETC! hook us up with THE weekend jam, a hot new twist on the classic Luniz jam “I Got 5 On It”. Cop it (free).

3. The Game vs. Cro - “Easy” (Wekeed Boot)
Wekeed celebrates one million soundcloud plays with a free download titled, “Easy.” Taken from their MEEXTAPE #1, the French duo slap on vocal stylings over a classic 50 Cent favorite, et voilà!

4. FIGHT CLVB - Sticks And Stones Volume 1
FIGHT CLVB pack a hell of a punch. In a fierce round-one, the New York trio knock us out with new and unreleased tunes; an energetic combination just in time to rally this weekend.

5. Sander van Doorn - “Neon” (Ummet Ozcan Remix)
Sugar and spice and everything nice. The always-smiling Sander van Doorn mixed in all the best ingredients for “Neon.” Now, Ummet Ozcan transforms the Spinnin’ single, plentiful of a sweeping orchestra of chello, flutes, and echoing synths into a full-blown electro banger.

6. Yolanda Be Cool feat. SYF & Fritz Helder - “All That She Wants”
The Australian duo Yolanda Be Cool take on Ace of Base’s dance classic and reimagine it in an unlikely fashion. Featuring vocals by SYF & Fritz Helder (formerly of Azarii & III), the updated tune emanates a cool and brooding vibe and will be released via Dim Mak in February as part of a remix EP. Sneak a peek.

7. Cedric Gervais & CID - “Never Come Close”
Cedric Gervais and CID collaborate for their festival-sized banger “Never Come Close”. Think major impact with a deep dark kick drum, bouncing accompanying synth lines, and fat electro production. Cop it.

8. David Dallas feat. Jim Jones - “Runnin” (Remix)
Taken from Dallas’ Falling Into Place album, the chilled-out “Runnin” gets the remix treatment compliments of Fire and Ice. Burn one and play loud.

9. DJ Jounce Mix Episode 06
LA-based DJ Jounce electrifies with a brightly lit December Episode 06.

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Taraji P. Henson performs onstage for the 2020 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on November 22, 2020 in Los Angeles, California.
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Watch Taraji P. Henson Bring The Party To The 2020 American Music Awards

What can't Taraji P. Henson do? The actress, philanthropist, and new podcast series host kicked off the American Music Awards 2020 with an energetic opening number many of us didn't know we needed. Live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Henson hit the stage with The Wiz's "A Brand New Day" and danced through other classics like Prince's "Let's Go Crazy," Jay-Z's "Dirt Off Your Shoulder, and Megan Thee Stallion's "Savage."

By the end of Cardi B's "W.A.P.," Henson's outfit changes a gold bodysuit and a slew of masked dancers by her side, let's just say Ms. Henson did that as this year's host of the annual music award show. After completing her performance before America (and a small socially distanced audience), she got powdered up and got right into it. Alright, Taraji!

You betta @tarajiphenson! #AMAsWithUs #AMAs pic.twitter.com/tVEH4bpHvC

— LaTonya Holmes (@LaTonyaHolmes) November 23, 2020

ICONIC: @tarajiphenson dancing "WAP" to open up the 2020 #AMAs. pic.twitter.com/co5EylXJ2n

— Cardi B Stats (@CardiStats) November 23, 2020

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— YA FAV ♓️ (@Yafav_Petty) November 23, 2020

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— American Music Awards (@AMAs) November 23, 2020

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The Weeknd To Headline Super Bowl LV Halftime Show

The Weeknd just reached a career milestone. The Canadian singer will headline the Super Bowl LV halftime show, it was announced on Thursday (Nov. 12).

"We all grow up watching the world's biggest acts playing the Super Bowl and one can only dream of being in that position,” said The Weeknd. “I’m humbled, honored and ecstatic to be the center of that infamous stage.”

performing on the iconic stage. see you 02/07/21 @pepsi #pepsihalftime #SBLV pic.twitter.com/oYlQyvKRwh

— The Weeknd (@theweeknd) November 12, 2020

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“The Weeknd has ushered in a sound all his own. His soulful uniqueness has defined a new generation of greatness in music and artistry,” JAY-Z said. “This is an extraordinary moment in time and the Pepsi Super Bowl LV Halftime Show is going to be an extraordinary experience with an extraordinary performer.”

The “Blinding Lights” singer joins Beyoncé, Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, Prince, Katy Perry, Madonna, and other music stars who have performed at halftime.

Super Bowl LV will live on CBS on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

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Sizzla Sings From The Heart In His "Without You" Music Video

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Today, VIBE and Boomshots proudly premiere the new music video from the album "Without You." Big Up Kalonji every time.

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