Live-Blogging The 2012 Video Music Awards: We Are Never Ever Ever Gonna Use Tonight As A Bellwether

How much Swiftian shock will we see tonight?
Has the live-blog been obliterated by Twitter? Let's find out on MTV's biggest night of the year, the Video Music Awards, which this year will feature Taylor Swift (in business casual on the double-decker red carpet right now), Frank Ocean, Rihanna, and Green Day, among others, as well as honors to various clips designed to big-up the biggest pop tracks of the year.

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EDC 2012: Calvin Harris Plays CDs of Himself Singing

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Calvin Harris.
Dance music is fighting for its soul. The charts are filled with tracks (Rihanna, Flo Rida) that borrow from the ecstatic trance and pulsing grooves of electronic dance music. The last time pop was so infatuated with the dance floor was 1979, the year disco died.

This time around fans are more savvy about what's real and what's just radio. But the flood of new fans and industry cash has pushed the scene to a new level of soul searching. There's so much demand for EDM that pop stars are now DJing. Consider ...

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The Top Six Contenders For 2012's Song Of The Summer

Now that the calendar has flipped to May, and the schedules for the area's big sheds have been announced, and the Hot 97 Summer Jam lineup is on the verge of being made public, it's time to think of other musical concerns related to the year's hottest months. Today, let's wonder about what song will be the year's official Song Of The Summer—that jam rendered inescapable by blaring bodega radios, cruising cars with the sound turned up, and people gleefully singing along to it when it comes on the sound systems at parties. Previous winners of the title: Foster The People's "Pumped Up Kicks" (2011); Katy Perry's "California Gurls" (2009—hey, I didn't say everyone had to like the song for it to count); Rihanna's "Umbrella" (2007-09). Six contenders for the imminent summer's top musical dog below.

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Rihanna Goes Back To The Club With Calvin Harris On "We Found Love"

Rihanna, looking for love in another hopeless place.

Earlier this morning, a radio rip of "We Found Love," the lead single off Rihanna's forthcoming (sixth!) album, made its way on to the internet. But 20 seconds into the track, when that first Ibiza build-up begins to anticipate the inevitable four-on-the-floor stomp, it becomes clear that neither the source nor the audio quality do the song much justice. The track, produced by the Scottish dance-music alchemist Calvin Harris, picks up where the beat-heavy Stargate tracks on last year's Loud—"S&M," "What's My Name," "Only Girl (In The World)"—left off; it's meant to be blared at the club, a place where the song's repetitive structure won't be much of a problem, and where I'll be able to dance along without getting the side-eye from my co-workers. Listen below.

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