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Beyonce Knowles, Kelly Clarkson and James Taylor will perform at President Barack Obama's inauguration as he officially begins his second term this month.

Obama was personally involved in selecting the performers.

  • Beyonce Red Carpet Picture
  • Kelly Clarkson Live

"Their music is often at the heart of the American story and speaks to folks across the country," said Obama, who won a second term in November.

Cuban-American Richard Blanco will become the youngest ever inaugural poet at the quadrennial event, held in Washington D.C. on the 21st of January.

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The teasing is over. The full-length cuteness has finally hit the Internet.

Following days' worth of brief online teases, One Direction has finally released the music video for "Kiss You."

It features the young British men driving a motorcycle and convertible, while also donning outfits in jail and staging a photoshoot in ski garb.

Does it make a great deal of sense? Not really. Will fans swoon over lyrics that include "if you don't wanna take this slow/if you just wanna take me home/let me say yeah a yeah a yeah yeah a yeah / and let me kiss you?" We'd imagine so...

NOTE: No word on whether or not Harry Styles penned this track specifically for Taylor Swift.

But those two are adorable together, don't you think?

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Rap duo Tweenchronic has a new single out that's BURNING up the Internet.

Tweenchronic is the latest creation of writer/producer Patrice Wilson, mastermind of Rebecca Black's "Friday" and later Nicole Westbrook's "It's Thanksgiving."

Listen to them teach foolz how to "Skip Rope" with a dubstep swagger now:

Will Tweenchronic's dance craze known as the "skip rope" catch on like wildfire?

Maybe, maybe not. But if Kate Upton does it a la the Cat Daddy, we're all for it.

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Adele has made more music history.

For the first time since Nielsen Soundscan began tracking album sales in 1990, the same record has repeated as the highest-selling CD in the country.

And that honor falls to Adele's unstoppable "21," which outsold Taylor Swift's "Red" by about 1.3 million units.

Adele at the Mic

"It's a sort of a once-in-a-lifetime album," Billboard's Director of Charts Keith Caulfield told Reuters. "Only a few of these albums come along in history ... It's really the right combination of artistry and hit singles ... because of its mixture of fans, she was able to sell it as well as she did."

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Lady Gaga will do anything for the sake of art. And pop.

Even give up marijuana to ensure perfect recordings.

Lady Gaga, Topless Weed

Never one to be shy about her obsession for pot (see video of Lady Gaga smoking weed onstage), she says ARTPOP will not be produced under its influence.

"No weed on Artpop. No," Gaga revealed in a chat with fans last week ... at least not in the studio. "Weed in the bathtub though. Hahaha," she joked.

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From "Call Me Maybe" to "Gangnam Style" and "Somebody That I Used to Know," 2012 was a great year for omnipresent pop music hits of all kinds.

It's also so last year.

Some of the biggest names in music are set to release new material in 2013. Famous industry veterans and youngsters alike will be back in full force.

Let's take a look at 13 of the biggest albums to come in '13:

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1. Lady Gaga's follow up to Born This Way is set to drop this spring. ARTPOP features two separate volumes, a documentary film and a "multimedia app."

Little Monsters, contain yourselves.

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It was a Times Square celebration filled with revelers, confetti, Kathy Griffin going down on Anderson Cooper and music.

A whole lot of music.

Justin Bieber went acoustic; Hammer and Psy went Gangnam Style; Taylor Swift went red; and a trio of other artists also took to the New York City stage.

Watch Carly Rae Jepsen, Brandy and Pitbull in action at the event now:

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As noted in our Les Miserables review, we weren't huge fans of this big screen adaption.

But Anne Hathaway deserves all the Oscar buzz circulating around Hollywood, thanks to her rendition of the classic track "I Dreamed a Dream."

Was it the best version we've heard of this single over the last few years, though?

Susan Boyle rose to fame by covering the song on Britain's Got Talent, while Lea Michele and Idina Menzel teamed up for a rendition on Glee.

Listen to all three now and vote on your favorite:

WHO SANG IT BEST?

 

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Man, 2012 was a great year for videos.

Long or short, highly produced or randomly amateur, political or sexual, musical or viral, these 12 videos spread like wildfire across the World Wide Internets.

What videos stand out as your favorites over the past 12 months? We've chosen a dozen that defined the year. Let's take a look back at 2012 in moving pictures:

12. Gotye, "Somebody That I Used to Know." Overplayed as it is dinky as it is catchy, Gotye's song may be one-hit wonder material, but that one hit was HUGE!

Cool video, too. Often imitated, never duplicated.

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Pia Toscano and Jared Lee are taking the advice of Buddy the Elf.

The former American Idol finalist and the singer/songwriter understand that the best way to spread holiday cheer is to sing loud for all to hear.

And with that in mind the talented twosome gathered this week to wish fans a very happy holiday season, mash-up style. Click Play now to hear the duo collaborate on "O Holy Night" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas."

We sincerely hope all readers really did have themselves a merry little Christmas!

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