June 14, 2011
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NPR MUSIC PICKS FAVORITE ALBUMS OF 2011 (SO FAR)

VOTE NOW FOR TOP RELEASE FROM JANUARY-JUNE

LISTEN TO 'ALL SONGS CONSIDERED' ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION WITH CRITIC ANN POWERS

After six months of offering new music discoveries through First Listens, live festival coverage, song mix streams and podcasts, NPR Music canít wait any longer to recap the "Favorite Albums of 2011 (So Far)." Chosen by the NPR Music staff and member stations around the country, the list is made up of 25 records released in the first half of 2011, and features both well-known and emerging artists in every major genre. Making the January-June grade are artists such as Adele, Bon Iver, E-40, Gretchen Parlato, Jill Scott and Krallice. The full list is available now online: www.npr.org/series/137082810/npr-musics-25-favorite-albums-of-2011-so-far

NPR Music is also polling listeners for the 2011 releases they keep on repeat in the "Best Music of The Year (So Far)" listener survey. Voting is open now. The top 25 results will be announced on Tuesday, June 21, at the All Songs Considered blog. Voting is open until Monday, June 20, at www.npr.org/blogs/allsongs/2011/06/07/137038730/vote-for-the-years-best-music-so-far

Also available today, the latest episode of All Songs Considered tracks the trends that have developed in music this year through a roundtable discussion with hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton, critic Ann Powers and NPR Music editor Stephen Thompson. Listen to the full show online at www.npr.org/2011/06/10/137110453/discussion-the-years-best-music-so-far

NPR Music celebrates great music in every genre and is an industry leader in music discovery. The multimedia site at www.npr.org/music offers new monthly features with an extensive archive, all thanks to NPR's newsmagazines, 12 public radio member stations and the passionate NPR community. NPR Music's multiple platforms allow it to share first listens of new albums, live performances, interviews, reviews and blogs with its audience across the web.