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1. The year got off to a sad start when this singer announced they were performing their most popular song for the last time at a New Year's concert.
Rebecca Black
Carly Rae Jepsen
2. It's a tale as old as time. A boy band falls apart. This group apparently can't stand to be in the same room together, canceling a tour in October. Which band are we talking about?
The Backstreet Boys
Big Time Rush
The Jonas Brothers
One Direction
By way of explanation.....
Hopefully the family reunions will go better for them.
3. Justin Bieber committed a faux pas so egregious that he got reamed on ESPN talk show Pardon the Interruption for it. What was it?
He drew a mustache on the Phil Knight images in the women's bathrooms at the University of Oregon
He sang the wrong national anthem at the NBA finals
He stood on the Chicago Blackhawks logo
He thought the Boston baseball team was called the Bruins
By way of explanation.....
How *dare* he!
4. What inspired Lorde to write the song "Royals"?
A conversation with Kate Middleton
An episode of Game of Thrones
A photo of Kansas City Royals third baseman George Brett
A viewing of the movie Marie Antoinette
5. Avril Lavigne got married (again)! This time around, she married the lead singer of which oft-maligned band?
Limp Bizkit
6. Alas, rock 'n' roll romance can be fickle. One Direction front man Harry Styles famously broke up with this singer.
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
Taylor Swift
7. This band reunited for an appearance at the Superbowl halftime show.
The Black-Eyed Peas
Destiny's Child
The Fugees
The White Stripes
8. While her song wasn't an immediate top 10 hit, this thespian saw a song from her 2012 movie hit the charts in March of 2013 and peak at #6 in its 32nd week of release.
Anne Hathaway
Julianne Hough
Anna Kendrick
Queen Latifah
9. In addition to having the top trending video of 2013, this group also became the highest charting Norwegian artist on Billboard's Hot 100 since a-ha's "Take on Me" hit #1 in 1985.
Kaizers Orchestra
By way of explanation.....
What does the fox say, anyway?
10. This artist's video was pulled off YouTube because it had waaaaaaaaaaaaay too much nudity?
Miley Cyrus
Robin Thicke
By way of explanation.....
"Blurred Lines" didn't, uh, blur.
11. This rapper released a continuation of his most acclaimed studio effort, an album that was released back in 2000. It was also his first album in three years.
Flo Rida
Kanye West
Lil Wayne
By way of explanation.....
The Marshall Mathers LP 2 didn't receive nearly the glowing reception of its predecessor.
12. Pink found herself with a big hit when she performed a duet titled "Just Give Me a Reason" with the lead singer of this band.
Maroon 5
13. This artist shocked the music world when she released an album on iTunes without warning, causing a social media sensation.
Katy Perry
Lady Gaga
14. In September, this artist/band was announced as the halftime performer for the 2014 Super Bowl.
Bruno Mars
Pearl Jam
The Police
15. What was Billboard's #1 song for all of 2013?
Roar, by Katy Perry
Story of My Life, by One Direction
Thrift Shop, by Macklemore
Wrecking Ball, by Miley Cyrus
16. Genre switch! Darius Rucker (of Hootie and the Blowfish) covered a bluegrass song that was co-credited to this rock icon.
Ray Davies
Bob Dylan
Paul McCartney
Bruce Springsteen
17. "We Can't Stop", "Wrecking Ball" and "Adore You" are all singles from Miley Cyrus's newest album, which is titled...
Can't Be Tamed
Twerkin' in the U.S.A.
Wrecking Ball
18. Deftones, Divinyls, Slayer, and Velvet Underground all have an unfortunate similarity. What is it?
A band member passed away in 2013.
They broke up in 2013.
They had concert tours that had to be cancelled due to lack of attendance.
They released albums that only sold a few hundred copies.
By way of explanation.....
Sadly, we lost Chi Cheng, Chrissy Amphlett, Jeff Hanneman and the great Lou Reed in 2013.
19. More commonalities! What similarity did Black Flag, The Calling, and Fall Out Boy share in 2013?
They all fired producer Daniel Lanois.
They all had a song titled "The Phoenix".
They broke up.
They reunited.
20. Who was crowned as the winner of Season 12 of American Idol?
Candice Glover
Kree Harrison
Phillip Phillips
Scotty McCreery
21. You may remember that Scott Weiland was fired as the lead singer of Stone Temple Pilots, but who did they bring on as their new lead singer?
Blink-182's Tom DeLonge
Korn's Jonathan Davis
Linkin Park's Chester Bennington
My Chemical Romance's Gerard Way
22. According to Billboard, who had the top grossing concert tour in 2013?
Bon Jovi
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
One Direction
Taylor Swift
23. After they cancelled an appearance on his show at the very last minute, Stephen Colbert stripped them of their title of "Song of the Summer" and gave it instead to Robin Thicke. Who was the band?
Arcade Fire
The Band Perry
Daft Punk
The Lumineers
24. Thom Yorke, David Byrne and Beck all decried this music-related service as being bad for musicians.
25. Who replaced Faith Hill as the singer of the opening song for Sunday Night Football?
Kelly Clarkson
Miranda Lambert
Icona Pop
Carrie Underwood

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