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    By Laura Ferreiro

    There's no denying that Beyoncé has been hard at work this year, what with her Mrs. Carter Show world tour in full swing, major ad campaigns for Pepsi and H&M, and her notorious Super Bowl performance.

    But now, on the eve of Beyonce's 32nd birthday, we find ourselves wondering, what's the deal with her forthcoming album? Fans and industry big-wigs have been waiting with baited breath to see what the self-managed superstar will deliver as the follow-up to 2011's "4."

    Sure we've been teased with the tune "Grown Woman," which appeared an a Pepsi commercial, as well as "Standing On the Sun," which debuted in an H&M ad featuring the bikini-clad star frolicking in the waves. But neither of these were singles, and rumors abound that the record's release date was pushed back due to an unfavorable response to initial tunes.

    Then there was "Rise Up" from the animated film "Epic" that popped up a few months ago, but it appears that the complete versions of that song that were

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  • By Laura Ferreiro

    Photo: Danny NorthThe first words Glasvegas frontman James Allan uses to describe his band's new album are "unsymmetrical" and "out of balance." These aren't words your average musician would use to describe their work, but Allan is no ordinary frontman.

    A former pro soccer player in his native Scotland, Allan is often referred to as "the people's poet" for writing bitingly honest and insightful lyrics that he delivers with raw, visceral emotion on hits such as "Daddy's Gone" and "Geraldine."

    The Scottish quartet's highly anticipated third album, Later… When the TV Turns to Static, which hits stores Tuesday, features a heartfelt collection of songs that tackle universal themes of loneliness and lost love amidst a screeching wash of guitars that create a Spector-esque wall of sound. Simultaneously challenging and accessible, the new album harkens back to Glasvegas' critically acclaimed 2008 self-titled debut, which received a nomination for the prestigious British Mercury Prize for its "bittersweet sounds of classic rock 'n' roll" and "gloriously elegiac anthems of contemporary life."

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  • Many bands from the '80s are seemingly content to play the nostalgia card. Get the band back together — with a few hired guns if necessary — sign onto a package tour with like-minded souls, and party like it's 1989. Dexys isn't one of those bands.

    You probably know them best as Dexys Midnight Runners, the British ensemble that topped the charts in several countries with the irresistible 1982 single "Come On Eileen" (it stalled at No. 6 in the States). While that was their sole U.S. hit, they had others in their homeland, including "Geno," their tribute to soul singer Geno Washington; "There, There, My Dear," and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)," as well as two top 10 albums, 1980's Searching for the Young Soul Rebels and 1982's Too-Rye-Ay. Following the release of their third effort, 1985's Don't Stand Me Down, which stalled at No. 22 on the U.K. album chart, but was considered an artistic triumph, they called it a day -- only it turned out to be 27 years.

    After

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  • Miley Cyrus at the MTV VMAs. (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic for MTV))

    Miley Cyrus has a message for all the haters knocking her twerk-tastic and controversial 2013 MTV Video Music Awards performance on August 25 with Robin Thicke: She's just being Miley.

    The "We Can't Stop" singer broke her silence in an interview with MTV.com three days after her polarizing number at Brooklyn's Barclays Center and said, "I don't pay attention to the negative because I've seen this play out so many times," she dished. "You're thinking about it more than I thought about it when I did it. Like, I didn't even think about it 'cause that's just me!"

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    How to describe one of the most consistently successful, influential, and beloved bands of the past half century? Not an easy task to take on, so we'll just make it simple: Earth Wind & Fire. The group, which has been active since 1969 and has spanned just about all popular music genres over its tenure, has not released a studio album of new material since 2005. This fall (September 10, to be exact), they're finally putting out a brand-new set, Now Then & Forever.

    Excited for the new music? We at Yahoo! Music are, too! What's more, we're delighted to offer fans the very first listen to the entire album a full week ahead of release. Check it out and get ready to groove!

    "The Now, Then & Forever album is really about the legacy of Earth, Wind & Fire," explains EWF co-founder Philip Bailey. "The spirit of the band has always been about uplifting the consciousness of humanity. There's a hope that this Earth, Wind & Fire music will go on forever."

    Meanwhile, co-founder Verdine White adds,

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  • "We've been havin' fun all summer long," the Beach Boys sang at the end of American Graffiti, waving a fond farewell to convertibles, bikinis, and carhops. In 2013, it's also time to say sayonara to summer... maybe with a little less sense of innocence, since we're basically getting sentimental over Miley Cyrus' foam finger, naked ladies in Robin Thicke videos, and download Jay-Z albums on dodgy phone apps.

    Here are a few of the pop music stories we'll remember most — or at least have the hardest time forgetting — from the summer of '13:

    1. Miley Cyrus twerking at the VMAs. There are some things you can't unsee, and Miley made sure her tongue was one of them, since she stuck it out about a hundred times between her red-carpet walk and ultimately appearance on the MTV telecast. Does that thing even go back in her mouth, or is there some kind of severed nerve thing going on? Her rear end and foam finger got just as much attention, if not more, of course, as she grinded against Robin

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    What do you get when you cross Kanye West's "I Am a God" with Jay Pharoah and a bit of dog-as-human comedy a la FX's "Wilfred"? Probably the best Kanye West parody ever.

    In the stark black-and-white clip, Pharoah gets down and dirty doggystyle with a delivery that's spot-on Kanye, only the lyrics have been changed to match the canine theme. The comedian sports a black dog nose and some floppy ears, making him look like Wilfred's dark cousin, while barking out such lyrical gems as, "I am a dog / Hurry up let me out of the garage / Hurry up give my balls a massage / Before I start barking like Nicki Minaj." Later in the track, Pharoah growls, "You want to neglect me / You want to neglect me / Well I'm gonna chew your shoes 'til they're nonexistent." If you have a dog and you've heard Kanye, you can relate.

    (The clip below contains some strong language)

    Produced by Above Average, Lorne Michael's production company's YouTube channel, don't be surprised if the clip turns up on "Saturday

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  • By Laura Ferreiro

    Long before Lady Gaga was shocking people with her chameleon-like image transformations, Cher was making jaws drop with her Mohawk inspired-head dresses and skimpy patent-leather getups. Now, the 67-year-old icon has done it again, going for a striking platinum-blond look on the cover of her latest album, "Closer to the Truth."

    On Thursday, the seemingly ageless star tweeted a link to the alluring photo that will grace the cover of her 26th (yup, 26th!) studio album. In the photo she gazes seductively into the camera while wearing a revealing off-white dress.

    She also sports some striking looks in her new video for the song "Woman's World," including a wig made of shredded newspapers, a strawberry-blond, frizzed out hairdo and skin-tight leopard-skin pants. It also features women of all shapes and sizes dancing and lip-syncing to her dance-pop number about empowering women.

    Speaking to ABC News earlier this year, Cher said she thinks her new solo album is one of her

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    By Laura Ferreiro

    Christina Aguilera is spreading the love. In the new video for her song "Let There Be Love," the 32-year-old pop star recruited her adorable 5-year-old son Max as well as her boyfriend Matthew Rutler and her gal pal Nicole Richie to help deliver feel-good messages to her fans.

    The video features people holding up signs with positive messages including "equality," "racism sucks" and "don't judge," and shows many people flashing an "L" sign at the camera with their fingers – shorthand for "love." It also features a dog kissing a baby, same-sex couples smooching, and people dancing, skipping and hugging. It's a feel-good bonanza!

    She kicks off the video holding a sign that says "Let there be love" while wearing a revealing one-piece bathing suit with the words "I love you" written all over it. It also shows off her impressive newly slim figure, which is reportedly a result of healthy eating and regular workouts.

    Aguilera's adorable young son steals the show, busting

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  • Moody Scots Glasvegas burst onto the indie scene in 2008 with their Mercury Prize-nominated self-titled album, and their much-anticipated third full-length release, Later…When the TV Turns to Static, comes out next Tuesday. But you can listen to one stellar full track from the album, "Youngblood," right now, exclusively on Yahoo Music.

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