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Best Music Of 2012
1:39 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

What Happened To Music Writing This Year?

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The question "what do readers want?" has hovered over any media business worth its advertising revenue for years, but in 2012, it took on more urgency. Any item worth its pixels this year was built for sharing, for posting on Twitter or in friends' Facebook newsfeeds and multiplexing from there. Sometimes these shareable pieces would dig deeply into a topic with a new perspective; more often they would play off already-existing biases, asserting them or proudly acting the contrarian.

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Music
12:14 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Former PM Edward Seaga Heralds Jamaica's Music

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 12:33 pm

Former prime minister and music producer, Edward Seaga, compiled an album to mark Jamaica's 50th anniversary of independence. It's called, Reggae Golden Jubilee: Origins of Jamaican Music. Host Michel Martin speaks to Mr. Seaga about what he sees as the 100 most significant songs to emerge from the country.

Alt.Latino
9:03 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Lo Que Mas Les Gustó: Listeners Pick The Best Music Of 2012

Natalia Lafourcade.
Eric Jamison Getty Images

Originally published on Mon June 17, 2013 11:20 am

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Music Interviews
3:28 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

Rye Rye.
Meeno Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:58 am

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Technology
3:28 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 8:58 am

2012 has been a strange year for content creators — authors, producers, musicians. It was a year when the very idea of physical ownership of a book or CD or even a song file became almost passe.

It was also the year in which music-streaming services like Spotify and Pandora launched major efforts to convince people to pay for something they didn't own. But it's been slow going.

Music-streaming services have been trying to win over two types of customers: a younger generation that doesn't buy at all and an older generation that still likes owning physical albums.

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World Cafe
5:11 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

John Mayer On World Cafe

John Mayer.
Courtesy of the artist

Becoming a rock star has major implications — just ask John Mayer. The singer-songwriter's personal history and relationships are all public knowledge, thanks to the enormous media attention that the 34-year-old attracts. The attention in turn attracts trouble, but Mayer, who has just released his fifth solo studio album, tries to take it all in stride.

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Music News
3:54 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.
NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images

Originally published on Thu December 27, 2012 1:39 pm

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Best Music Of 2012
2:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Top Five Slept-On R&B Songs Of 2012

Robin Thicke performs in Feburary. His song, "Another Life" leaked on the Internet this summer, but didn't land on the charts.
Jamie McCarthy Getty Images

Originally published on Sat December 29, 2012 9:33 am

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Mountain Stage
1:03 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

Matraca Berg On Mountain Stage

Matraca Berg.
Brian Blauser Mountain Stage

Originally published on Wed June 18, 2014 2:10 pm

Country singer-songwriter Matraca Berg makes her second appearance on Mountain Stage, recorded live in Charleston, W.Va..

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Music
11:47 am
Wed December 26, 2012

Baltimore Singer's Big Voice Touches Siberia

MJ Smets Lea Gilmore

"My Mom said, 'life isn't either, or, it's and.' And I think that's why I do so much, maybe too much."

Lea Gilmore was pregnant and married at 18. She describes herself as a "statistic." But, she tells NPR's Celeste Headlee, lessons learned from a family of "very strong Southern women" meant that she did not allow that to dictate her circumstances.

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