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Mya’s “Case Of The Ex”: At Your Request

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Mya's On The Case
On tap for today’s At Your Requestthe Soundbytes segment specifically designed to get you through your mid-week slump, is a pop star whose love is like wo. We’ve been instructed to pay our respects to the fierce diva known only as Mya. Grab a metal pipe and hike up that thong as we rewind to 2000 as we revisit a video that “epitomizes everything that was great about turn-of-the-millennium R&B”, “Case Of The Ex”. See if you still remember the early aughts choreography.

What video should we break down next? Tweet your requests @idolator using hashtag #AtYourRequest and you may see your name in lights in our next episode!

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Kanye West’s ‘Cruel Summer’, Carly Rae Jepsen’s ‘Kiss’ And Pink’s ‘The Truth About Love’: The Drop

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Carly, Kanye And Pink Get Dropped!
We’re back with The Drop, our Soundbytes segment where we rate the week’s hottest releases in pop. This Tuesday, however, we’re doing a super special, extended episode. For reasons still unknown, September 18 suddenly became the date virtually every artist under the sun decided to claim for their musical offerings.

Today’s releases include everything from first studio efforts like Kreayshawn‘s Somethin’ ‘Bout Kreay to long awaited returns from The KillersBattle Born, Nelly Furtado‘s The Spirit Indestructible and Ben Folds Five‘s  The Sound Of The Life Of The Mind. Carly Rae Jepsen delivers her sophomore effort in the form of a Kiss, while Pink and Kanye West return with follow up LPs with help from some major guest appearances. Above, watch as we preview these albums and let you know which is worth your hard-earned cash.

Agree/disagree with our reviews? Sound off in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook.

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M.I.A.’s “Bad Girls”: At Your Request

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Drift With M.I.A. On At Your Request
If you think you can hang on today’s Soundbytes with our latest installment of At Your Request, then slap on your seatbelt and please keep all arms and legs inside the vehicle. She may not have won Video Of The Year at the 2012 MTV VMAs, but we’re giving M.I.A.‘s mesmerizing music video it’s moment in the spotlight. Put on your keffiyeh, cause we’re headed to the desert of Morocco to celebrate the British rapper who always seems to find herself in the center of controversy.  Join us as we toast “Bad Girls”! And remember, kids, don’t try this at home.

What video should we break down next? Tweet your requests @idolator using hashtag #AtYourRequest and you may see your name in lights in our next episode!

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Pet Shop Boys’ ‘Elysium’, The XX’s ‘Coexist’ & Dave Matthews Band’s ‘Away From The World’ Get Reviewed: The Drop

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Pet Shop Boys, The XX And Dave Matthews Band Get Dropped
It’s Tuesday and we’re back with The Drop, our Soundbytes segment where we rate the week’s hottest pop releases. September is in full swing, and perhaps that’s why we’re experiencing a serious chill vibe on the music front. Pet Shop Boys team up with a new producer for their 11th album Elysium, while Dave Matthews Band returns to an old collaborator on Away From The World. The xx debut their second effort Coexist — but is it a sophomore slump for the Brit group? Find out as we preview these albums and let you know which is worth your hard-earned dollars above.

Agree/disagree with our reviews? Sound off in the comments below, or on Twitter and Facebook.

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Nicki Minaj’s Political Verse & The MTV Video Music Awards: The Hype Index

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The MTV Video Music Awards Get Ranked!
Welcome back to the Hype Index, our Soundbytes segment that manages to squeeze an entire week of music news into one very opinionated list. Stevie Wonder and Nicki Minaj started off September in hot water, while Madonna and Elton John reportedly hugged it out. The MTV Video Music Awards turned 28, but without Lady Gaga or Kanye West the show was seriously lacking in the water cooler moment department. Watch above to find out who earned our number one spot and who broke our hearts this week —  then read on to see exactly how these artists made the Hype Index.

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Hype Index 9.7.12

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The MTV Video Music Awards Get Ranked!

MTV Video Music Awards: The 5 Most Important Artists In VMA History

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It’s time once again for Extended Cut — our Soundbytes segment where we pull out our magnifying glass to examine the biggest pop story of the week. Today, we’ve only got one thing on our mind: the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards. With a jam-packed set list that includes just about everyone except your next-door neighbor, we’re sure this year will deliver mind-blowing performances (Rihanna and A$AP Rocky, anyone?), jaw-dropping outfits and a dazzling display of surprises (even if no one reveals their pregnancy).

But how will this year’s show stack up against the previous 27? Can the VMAs still deliver a shocking water-cooler moment? Watch as we tackle some of these questions — and honor the pop stars who really make the show memorable each year.

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Janet Jackson’s “That’s The Way Love Goes”: At Your Request

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Like A Moth To A Flame...
We’re taking you on an escapade on today’s Soundbytes with our latest installment of At Your Request. On the itenerary for our adventure is a sexy Janet Jackson hit from the mid-’90s. Let’s travel back to a time when Ms. Jackson had finally shed her bulky “Rhythm Nation” uniform in exchange for a midriff baring top and a choker, but long before anyone would associate her name with the words “wardrobe malfunction”. Join us as we break down “That’s The Way Love Goes”!

What video should we break down next? Tweet your requests @idolator using hashtag #AtYourRequest and you may see your name in lights in our next episode!

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Taylor Swift, One Direction & Will.i.am Reach For The Stars: The Hype Index

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See How We Rank One Direction
Welcome back to the Hype Index, our Soundbytes segment that condenses the week in pop into one very opinionated list. This week our favorite artists were pelted with boos (ahem, Madonna) and unfounded rumors (ahem, Adele). We also got wind of some exciting releases on the way from One Direction and Missy Elliott, but neither were exciting enough to earn our top spot. Watch the video to find out who did, and read on to see exactly how these artists made the Hype Index. More »

Jennifer Lopez’s 3D Movie & The Top 5 Concert Flicks: Extended Cut

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Welcome back to Extended Cut — our Soundbytes segment where we plunge into the depths of the biggest pop story of the week. Today, our focus is on one Ms. Jennifer Lopez. Now that the pesky American Idol gig is no longer taking up her schedule, how is J.Lo planning to rake in the dough (aside from shilling for Fiat and her Kohl’s clothing line)? The sultry siren recently unveiled plans to release a 3D concert movie, Dance Again. Hmm… a concert film, in three dimensions, where have we heard that idea before?

Should Jenny expect a blockbuster? What does it take to have a smash concert doc? Is the world prepared to see J.Lo’s glorious behind in 3D? Watch as we tackle some of these questions — and look back at pop music’s top earning concert films.