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8 NSFW Music Moments of 2013

From Lady Gaga's topless art project to Robin Thicke's X-rated "Blurred Lines" video, to Danny Brown receiving oral sex onstage, these moments shocked, confused and titillated in 2013

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Lady Gaga Goes Completely Nude for Performance Art

You know that thing where you're suddenly walking through the woods completely naked with a mask over your eyes? No, it's not a dream—it's that thing you regularly do on the weekend.

Oh wait, you are not Lady Gaga. But she is, and fortunately for the rest of us, she's never shied away from sharing the stranger aspects of her life. This year she filmed herself increasing her "awareness of their physical and mental experience" through the meditation techniques of performance artist Marina Abramovic in upstate New York. 

So not only was this a huge moment for high art in pop culture (one of the music world's most prevalent trends in 2013), but it was a huge win for anyone who wanted to look at Gaga naked for two minutes. 

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Miley Releases Alternate Nude 'Bangerz' Album Cover

While Miley Cyrus' VMA twerkfest earned her the ire of parents nationwide, the former Hannah Montana star pushed the envelope even further for the vinyl release of her breakthrough album Bangerz. She went totally topless for the alternative cover photo, but in deference to the ghost of modesty in her life, she partially covered up with her right arm. Sorta.

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Robin Thicke Releases X-Rated Version of "Blurred Lines" Video

The video for Robin Thicke's ubiquitous summer hit "Blurred Lines" arrived in two incarnations: Dirty and dirtier. The latter video featured the same setup—Thicke, Pharrell & T.I. standing next to lovely lady models—but this time, only the men were allowed to wear clothes. 

The breast-heavy clip got some flak from critics who already found the song misogynistic, but it didn't bother one key demographic: Thicke's ever-supportive wife, Paula Patton. 

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Danny Brown Receives Oral Sex Onstage During Concert

GOTHENBURG, SWEDEN - AUGUST 10: Danny Brown performs on stage on day 3 of Way Out West Festival on August 10, 2013 in Gothenb
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Like the best people in history, Danny Brown gives as good as he gets. So it's no surprise that the year he delivered his best album yet (and arguably the year's finest rap album), he received oral sex onstage in Minneapolis. Although his opener Kitty Pryde characterized the unsolicited oral as "sexual assault," Brown himself didn't seem too fazed. In fact, when we spoke with him in October, he chose that fateful date as the one day he'd like to live over and over, Groundhog Day style. 

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Sky Ferreira's Topless Debut Album Cover

Gaspar Noé, the man behind the most disturbing movie ever (Irreversible), shot the cover photo for alt-pop diva-in-waiting Sky Ferreira's debut album, Night Time, My Time. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter took umbrage with those who lashed out at her nipple-baring cover art while speaking to MTV: "It was annoying that people say that it was a marketing-type scam, because it wasn't. It wasn't to sell records, because you don't sell records by being nude and looking crazy."

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Rihanna's Nipple-Freeing Fashion Line

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Obviously a student of the "less is more" school, Rihanna designed a line of NSFW clothes for River Island, which debuted at London Fashion Week earlier this year. The most family un-friendly design was the above fishnet top and bottom, and no, not because it's midriff-baring. Mostly because it does absolutely nothing to cover up one's nipples.  

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David Bowie Brings Priests & Prostitutes Together for Banned Video

David Bowie's religion-bashing music video for "The Next Day" earned the condemnation of the Catholic League and a YouTube ban (which was later reversed) for depicting a priest (played by Gary Oldman!) hanging out with prostitutes and beating the homeless. Throw in some stigmata and you've got one of the gorier videos from a major artist in 2013. 

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R. Kelly & Gaga Simulate Sex on 'SNL'

When not tromping through the woods in the buff, Gaga also spent 2013 performing at every awards/TV show known to humankind.  Her Saturday Night Live appearance with R. Kelly found the ARTPOP diva feigning oral sex on the Black Panties maestro as well as simulating missionary sex pretty explicitly. In this case, she lied on the floor while he lowered and raised his body over hers. Yeah, subtlety is not really Gaga's thing, as we've pointed out before

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