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The 200 Hottest Summer Singles Of The Last 20 Years

With the first 24 hours of the fall season upon us the seal is not only on the 2014 summer season but its soundtrack as well. While the wave of summer 2013 was styled by rooftop soirees, hosted by Daft Punk, Robin Thicke and Pha-Real, this year’s equator saw unbridled young R&B dominate with day parties. To give the warm season a proper adieu we present to all the official VIBE 2014 Summer Soundtrack (the top 10 songs that we lived with over the most recent dog days).

An arduous exercise to narrow this list down (so sorry Young Thug & T.I.) but we’re tough…so tough that we’re a bit masochistic––we couldn’t serve you a measly Top 10 list and call it a day. Instead, to accompany our 2014 summer player, over the next couple days we’ll be gifting you the soundtrack to every summer from 2014 back to 1994. No joke. Go back and peep how Biggie’s crew ran 1997 and Murder Inc killed 2002. This all before a crunk south snap and trapped their way to the throne. It’s truly a gorgeously sunny stroll down memory lane. So throw on your Ray Bans one last time and bask the labor of our latest heat (we so bright!).

We’ll be over here napping.

––Bonsu Thompson

2014
1. 0-100 -Drake
2. 2 On –Tinashe Feat. Schoolboy Q
3. Anaconda –Nicki Minaj
4. Don’t Tell Em -Jeremih
5. Fancy –Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX
6. Hot Nigga –Bobby Shmurda
7. No Flex Zone –Rae Sremmurd
8. Na Na –Trey Songz
9. Paranoid –Ty Dollar $ign Feat. B.o.B
10. Who Do You Love –YG Feat. Drake

2013
1. Blurred Lines –Robin Thicke Feat. T.I. and Pharell
2. Can’t Hold Us –Macklemore & Ryan Lewis Feat. Ray Dalton
3. Control -Big Sean Feat. Kendrick and Jay Electronica
4. Get Lucky -Daft Punk Feat. Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers
5. Hold On We’re Going Home -Drake
6. Holy Grail –Jay-Z
7. How Many Drinks (Remix) –Miguel Feat. Kendrick Lamar
8. Lose Yourself To Dance –Daft Punk Feat. Pharell Williams and Nile Rodgers
9. Royals –Lorde
10. Wrecking Ball –Miley Cyrus

2012
1. 3 Kings –Rick Ross Feat. Dr. Dre and Jay-Z
2. Adorn -Miguel
3. Call Me Maybe –Carly Rae Jepson
4. Gangnam Style –Psy 6
5. Mercy – Big Sean, Kanye West, Pusha T and 2 Chainz
6. No Lie -2 Chainz Feat. Drake
7. Pop Dat –French Montana Feat. Rick Ross, Drake and Lil Wayne
8. Touch’N You –Rick Ross Feat. Usher
9. Where Have You Been –Rihanna
10. Whistle –Flo Rida

2011
1. Cheers –Rihanna
2. Headlines -Drake
3. How To Love –Lil Wayne
4. I’m On One –DJ Khaled Feat. Drake, Rick Ross and Lil Wayne
5. Marvin & Chardonnay –Big Sean Feat. Kanye West
6. Motivation –Kelly Rowland Feat. Lil Wayne
7. Niggas In Paris
8. Party Rock Anthem–LMFAO
9. She Ain’t You –Chris Brown
10. Super Bass –Nicki Minaj

2010
1. Bottoms Up –Trey Songz Feat. Nicki Minaj
2. DJ Got Us Fallin In Love -David Guetta Feat. Usher
3. Find Your Love -Drake
4. Fuck You –Cee-Lo
5. Just A Dream –Nelly Feat.
6. Like A G6 –Far East Movement
7. Love The Way You Lie –Eminem Feat. Rihanna
8. No Hands -Wacka Flocka Flame Feat. Rosco Dash & Wale
9. OMG –Usher Feat. Will.I.Am
10. Your Love –Nicki Minaj

2009
1. Best I Ever Had -Drake
2. Birthday Sex -Jeremih
3. Boom Boom Pow –Black Eyed Peas
4. Break Up –Mario Feat. Gucci Mane and Sean Garrett
5. Every Girl -Young Money
6. Forever –Drake Feat. Eminem, Kanye and Lil Wayne
7. I Got A Feeling –Black Eyed Peas
8. Run This Town –Jay-Z Feat. Kanye and Rihanna
9. Successful –Drake Feat. Trey Songz
10. Throw It In The Bag –Fabolous Feat. The Dream

2008
1. A Milli –Lil Wayne
2. Can’t Believe It –T-Pain Feat. Lil Wayne
3. Forever –Chris Brown
4. Got Money –Lil Wayne Feat. T-Pain
5. Green Light –John Legend Feat. Andre 3000
6. Let It Rock –Kevin Rudolf Feat. Lil Wayne
7. Lollipop –Lil Wayne Feat. Static Major
8. Put On –Young Jeezy Feat. Kanye West
9. The Way I Are –Timbaland Feat. Keri Hilson and D.O.E.
10. Whatever You Like –T.I.

2007
1. A Bay Bay –Hurricane Chris
2. Bartender –T-Pain
3. Beautiful Girls –Sean Kingston
4. Big Girls Don’t Cry -Fergie
5. Can’t Tell Me Nothing –Kanye West
6. Crank Dat (Souljah Boy) –Souljah Boy
7. Make Me Better –Fabolous Feat. Ne-Yo
8. Party Like A Rockstar –Shop Boyz
9. Stronger –Kanye West
10. Throw Some D’s –Rich Boy Feat. Polow Da Don

2006
1. Gimme Dat –Chris Brown Feat. Lil Wayne
2. Hustlin –Rick Ross
3. It’s Goin –Young Joc
4. London Bridge –Fergie
5. Money Maker –Ludacris Feat. Pharell
6. Say Goodbye –Chris Brown
7. SexyBack –Justin Timberlake Feat. Timbaland
8. Sexy Love –Ne-Yo
9. Shoulder Lean –Young Dro
10. Waiting On The World To Change –John Mayer

2005
1. Don’t Cha –The Pussycat Dolls Feat. Busta Rhymes
2. Feel Good Inc –Gorillaz Feat. De La Soul
3. Golddigger –Kanye West Feat. Jaimie Foxx
4. Grillz –Nelly Feat. Paul Wall and Ali & Gipp
5. I’m Sprung –T-Pain
6. Just A Lil Bit -50 Cent
7. Pon De Replay -Rihanna
8. Run It! –Chris Brown Feat. Juelz Santana
9. Soul Survivor –Young Jeezy Feat. Akon
10. Stay Fly –Three Six Mafia Feat. Young Buck and 8Ball & MJG

2004
1. Burn -Usher
2. Confessions II –Usher
3. Goodies –Ciara Feat. Petey Pablo
4. Headsprung –LL Cool J Feat. Timbaland
5. Jesus Walks –Kanye West
6. Lean Back –Terror Squad Feat. Fat Joe and Remy Ma
7. Let’s Get It Started –The Black Eyed Peas
8. Milkshake -Kelis
9. Sunshine –Lil Flip Feat. Lea
10. Why –Jadakiss Feat. Anthony Hamilton

 

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During her speech for the Rule Breaker award, singer-songwriter recalled today's climate, asking her peers and those watching at home for a little bit of peace.

"I'm sorry for the state of the world honestly, for everybody in this room and I pray that all of us just get through it a little bit easier and just try not to lash out at each other," she said.

The recurring theme of unity among women was also heard on the carpet from artists like Tierra Whack. In addition to her message of love, the "Broken Clocks" singer also thanked her TDE family for rocking with her creative process.

"I'm just so thankful for everybody having patience with me, " she said. Shouting out the key members of her family in attendance, the TDE affiliate gave praise to her mother, father, and grandma. In this brief speech centered around the artist's growth Solána Imani Rowe, known more commonly as her stage name, Rowe everyone for their trust in her.

"I'm grateful for everybody taking the time to have the patience to watch someone grow, it is painful and sometimes exciting but mostly boring. And I am thankful for Top (Top Dawg Entertainment's Anthony Tiffith) for not dropping me from that label. For Peter, who I change my ideas every day and he be like okay I like this," she continued.

Thanking the likes of musical powerhouses like Alicia Keys and Whack, "The Weekend" singer offered her appreciation and condolences to Ariana Grande.

Watch SZA accept the Rule Breaker award above.

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Beyoncé, Rihanna, And J. Lo Make Forbes’ Highest-Paid Women In Music List

As November comes to a close, many publications will be crafting their year-end lists for all things pop culture. Forbes released a ranking of the world's highest-paid women in music on Monday (Nov. 19), with Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, and Rihanna holding it down for women of color.

Beyoncé comes in at No. 3 on the list with an earning of $60 million as she made most of her money through her historical Coachella performance, the joint album with husband JAY-Z, Everything is Love, and the Carters' On The Run II Tour in support of its release.

Jennifer Lopez made No. 6 for earnings tallying of over $47 million thanks to her lucrative Las Vegas residency, endorsements, and shows including World of Dance where she serves as a judge.

Rihanna follows behind the "Love Don't Cost A Thing" diva at No. 7 with earnings of over $37.5 million. Although she hasn't toured since 2016—thanks to her cosmetics and lingerie lines, Fenty Beauty and Savage Lingerie—the Bajan pop star has been keeping herself busy.

Forbes' annual list (which factors in pretax earnings from June 1, 2017, through June 1, 2018) has placed Katy Perry at the top with over $83 million in profits due to her gig as an American Idol judge and her 80-date Witness: The Tour that brought in an estimated $1 million per night.

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Katy Perry ($83 million) Taylor Swift ($80 million) Beyoncé ($60 million) P!nk ($52 million) Lady Gaga ($50 million) Jennifer Lopez ($47 million) Rihanna ($37.5 million) Helene Fischer ($32 million) Celine Dion ($31 million) Britney Spears ($30 million)

 

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Kelly Rowland Hops In Her Bag With New Single "Kelly"

Kelly Rowland has it all and isn't afraid to brag about it on her new single, "Kelly."

Released Thursday (Nov. 22), the singer goes the clubby, confident route while rightfully dropping her attributes like her relationship with God, smoldering looks (a.k.a the drip) among other things. With "Kelly" being the first single since her 2013's Talk a Good Game, the singer comes out swinging, reminding everyone of her power in the game.

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“It’s about love, loss, and gain and whether it’s professional or with family or whatever, it’s just honest," she said. "I had no choice but to be honest and authentic with this record: it’s about friendship and marriage.”

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Glad to have you back, Ms. Kelly. Listen to the eponymous record up top.

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