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Best Music Of 2012
10:50 am
Mon December 24, 2012

The Year In Pop Charts: Return Of The Monoculture

Originally published on Sat January 5, 2013 8:44 am

To capture the year in pop, let's think back to some of its most memorable songs:

  • A left-field hit sung almost entirely in a foreign language, whose throbbing dance beat masked lyrics that were more political than one might suspect.
  • A rock-pop crossover smash about holding onto youth into your thirties, even when your head is throbbing from self-reflection and encroaching decrepitude.
  • A fluttery, buttery pop classic about a girl fretting over — yet exulting in — not knowing where that boy's head is at or where he thinks he's going.
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Music Interviews
10:30 am
Mon December 24, 2012

La Havas Brings Her Soulful Songs Across The Pond

Originally published on Mon December 24, 2012 12:56 pm

London-based soul singer Lianne La Havas has already made a huge splash in the United Kingdom. Now, she hopes to make an impact on this side of the pond. Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks with La Havas about what's at the root of her creative process.

Best Music Of 2012
10:03 am
Mon December 24, 2012

In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

Whitney Houston performs in 1988.
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Originally published on Thu April 25, 2013 1:26 pm

NPR Music remembers the singers, instrumentalists, songwriters and personalities who died in 2012. Explore their musical legacies by launching our musical interactive here or by clicking on the image.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

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The Record
4:16 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

The Week In Music: What To Stay In From The Cold And Read Now

Bundle up like Ghostface (right) and Styles P and you'll be fine. Their group Wu Block played New York City on Wednesday.
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There are long reads and then there are long reads. And now that the winter solstice has passed, we have more daylight to read them by. Slate indulges big time with its annual Music Club.

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Alt.Latino
4:13 pm
Sun December 23, 2012

Songs That Rocked 2012: Alt.Latino's Listener Picks

Alt.Latino listeners named Mexican singer Carla Morrison one of 2012's best Latin Alternative musicians.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Sun December 30, 2012 11:45 am

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