New On The Hot 100 This Week: Taylor Swift's "Ronan," PSY's "Gangnam Style," And More

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This week's Hot 100 debuts include big names and the viral video of the year—and, surprisingly, a nearly year-old track by BeyoncĂ©. "Dance For You" was released on the deluxe version of 4 a little less than year ago and has been on the Hot R&B Songs chart since April; for a good but nowhere near great record, it's showed remarkable staying power.

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F2K Presents: The Nine Worst September 11 Response Songs

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Today is the 11th anniversary of the September 11 attacks, a moment in American history that was pretty horrifying for reasons that have been enumerated countless times. Their effects on pop music weren't as tragic, to be sure, but they were pretty unfortunate—artists on both sides of the aisle manned their battlestations and put forth musical invective and sloganeering pap that diminished everyone involved, and turned the radio into a potential lightning rod for angry disagreements about the state of American politics. Even Aaron Carter got into the fray, which probably gives you an idea of how dire things got. Our nine picks for the most offensive pieces of music brought forth by the attacks below.

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VOTE NOW For The Elite Eight: Coltrane vs. Keys; Blondie vs. Diamond; SY vs. VU; Wu-Tang vs. Rakim

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After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalized—you can peruse the bracket here—and it's time for you to vote. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 14 seed Alicia Keys; No. 12 seed Blondie will have it out with No. 3 seed Neil Diamond in Queens; No. 5 seed Sonic Youth will match Downtown bona fides with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground (No. 3); and No. 6 seed Rakim will take on No. 4 seed Wu-Tang Clan in Brooklyn.

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Presenting The Elite Eight: John Coltrane, Alicia Keys, Blondie, Neil Diamond, Sonic Youth, Velvet Underground, Wu-Tang Clan, And Rakim

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After three weeks of feverish clicking and arguing, the final eight contenders in our search for the quintessential New York musician have been finalized. Representing the Uptown division are No. 1 seed John Coltrane and No. 14 seed Alicia Keys; No. 12 seed Blondie will have it out with No. 3 seed Neil Diamond in Queens; No. 5 seed Sonic Youth will match Downtown bona fides with Lou Reed and the Velvet Underground (No. 3); and No. 6 seed Rakim will take on No. 4 seed Wu-Tang Clan in Brooklyn. The polls will roll out at noon and close at midnight.

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SOTC's March Madness: Welcome To The Lightning Round Of 16

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John Coltrane is the only No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament.
This week, our search for New York's quintessential post-1955 musician is about to get hectic, with the winner crowned as the calendar flips to April on Saturday night. (A rundown of all the matches so far is here.) So for the Round of 16 matchups—four of which will happen today, four tomorrow—we're going to dispense with the punditry and get to the voting. The combatants, which hail from the Uptown and Brooklyn quadrants: John Coltrane and Bette Midler; Alicia Keys and Laura Nyro; A Tribe Called Quest and Wu-Tang Clan; and Rakim and Norah Jones. Ballot below. Please note that you have to vote in all four races in order for your vote to count.

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Leiber & Stoller (11) Take Alicia Keys (14) To School In The Second Round Of SOTC's March Madness

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Sound of the City's search for the quintessential New York City musician enters Round Two this week. Keep up with all the action here.

Both these acts scored upset victories in the first round of the Uptown bracket, with pioneering rock'n'roll songwriters Leiber & Stoller trouncing the sixth-seeded Yoko Ono and contemporary soul superstar Alicia Keys toppling the third-seeded Tito Puente. The former's reign of hits ended decades ago—lyricist Jerry Leiber passed away last August—while Mrs. Swizz Beatz is still in her prime, though she's taken a break of late to focus on motherhood. So who will win, the pair of men whose dustiest classics still set the standard for snotty youth culture anthems (yakety yak!), or the serious young lady who tries so hard to convince us she's an old soul?

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Alicia Keys (14) Takes On Tito Puente (3) In Sound Of The City's Search For The Quintessential New York Musician

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The Round of 64 for Sound of the City's own version of March Madness—in which you, the Sound of the City voting public, help determine the quintessential New York musician—is under way, and you get to help choose who makes it to Round Two. Today's first match pits "Empire State Of Mind" hook girl Alicia Keys against Latin jazz king Tito Puente. Check out the arguments in favor of each contestant below, then cast your ballot at the bottom of the page.

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Live: Jay-Z Takes Over Carnegie Hall

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Monday, February 6

Better than: Slacking off.

The age-old question about how one might get to Carnegie Hall rattled in my brain as I headed uptown last night, en route to Jay-Z's first of two performances at the hallowed Midtown space. "Practice" is the cheeky answer that people give, but as Jay showed last night with his benefit for the United Way of New York City and the Shawn Carter Scholarship Foundation—Carnegie Hall's first concert where a hip-hop artist topped the bill—ambition is just as key.

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