VIBE Names T.I.'s "What You Know" As the Top Song of 2006T.I. edges Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Gnarls Barkley, Mary J. Blige, Chamillionaire, Jim Jones for top honors in VIBE's Top 60 Songs of 2006.

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T.I. edges Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Gnarls Barkley, Mary J. Blige, Chamillionaire, Jim Jones for top honors in VIBE's Top 60 Songs of 2006.

What we found out was this: diversity reigned. From snap to trap, old soul to new jacks, hip hop and R & B, and even rock, VIBE's list of The 60 Best Songs of 2006 has it all.

It's official: According to VIBE, 2006 was T.I.'s year. The Southern rap superstar's smash hit, "What You Know," was voted the best song of 2006 by VIBE Magazine, edging out "So Sick," by Ne-Yo, "Hustlin'," by Rick Ross, "My Love," from Justin Timberlake," "We Fly High," by Jim Jones and "Crazy," by Gnarls Barkley. You can see and hear and comment on VIBE's complete list of the Best Songs 60 of 2006 exclusively at VIBE.com.

"At VIBE, music is our passion. Determining the sounds that defined the year was no easy task - we assessed quality, popularity, impact, influence and innovation," says VIBE Editor-in-Chief Danyel Smith. "What we found out was this: diversity reigned. From snap to trap, old soul to new jacks, hip hop and R & B, and even rock, VIBE's list of The 60 Best Songs of 2006 has it all."

VIBE's Best 60 Songs of 2006 list comes out just in time for holiday shoppers, too. "Music is always a great gift," says John DeMarchi, General Manager of VIBE Digital Media. "On VIBE.com, people can listen to all of the top 60 songs of the year -- a buy them -- with a few clicks of a mouse. It's holiday shopping made simple - get great music, as chosen and verified by a trusted source (VIBE)."

VIBE.com is fast-becoming the home of urban culture online, with up-to-the-minute news, popular daily blogs like Vibe Confidential, VIBETV (with video from stars like Jay-Z, Eminem and Lil' Scrappy) and the recently launched VIBE Music Search (detailed bio, discography and information on over 10,000 artists). Last week, the site featured an exclusive, three-part interview with rap superstar The Game. Also last week, Lil' Scrappy's new video, "Gangsta Gangsta," debuted on VIBE.com, along with complete audio of new CD - before it hit stores (you can still see/hear it here). Next week, in its new V-Sessions channel, VIBE.com will feature a video performance by superstar Brian McKnight.

VIBE.com also offers an unmatched array of urban star slide shows and party pictures - including stars like Janet Jackson, Beyonce, Jay-Z, Mya, T.I., Chris Brown, Ne-Yo, Omarion, Melyssa Ford, Eva Pigford, Shawna, Tyra Banks, Rihanna, Usher, Danity Kane, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Prince, Lil' Kim, Ciara, Cassie and many more. New galleries are posted every day - often several times a day.

VIBE.com will top 1.5 million unique visitors in December (source: Deep Metrix) - nearly a five-fold increase since June 2006! "We're just getting started," says VIBE Editor-in-Chief Danyel Smith, "There's much, much more to come on VIBE.com in 2007."

VIBE.com is the official web site of VIBE Magazine, and chronicles the celebrities, sounds, fashion, lifestyle, new media, and business born of urban music. VIBE.com serves as a portal to a growing, young, trendsetting, multicultural audience.

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