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Minya Oh, who reviewed Illmatic in The Source in 1994 under the pen name Shortie and is now a radio personality on New York's Hot 97 who goes by Miss Info. Here she poses for a portrait backstage at a vitaminwater Fader uncapped event in 2012. Roger Kisby/Getty Images hide caption

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Faith Newman in late 1993 or early '94 at Sony Studios with, from left to right, DJ Premier, Large Professor, Nas, Q-Tip and L.E.S. — all the producers on Illmatic except for Pete Rock. Courtesy of Faith Newman hide caption

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American Idol winner Phillip Phillips, whose song, "Gone, Gone, Gone," went to No. 24 on the Billboard Hot 100. Each time it's played in public, the song's writers get a royalty, which is tracked and collected by ASCAP. Bigger hits usually translate into bigger checks. Buda Mendes/Getty Images hide caption

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Daft Punk won the Grammy for Album of the Year for Random Access Memories and for Record of the Year for "Get Lucky." Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Ebro Darden (left) with (from left to right) Young Guru, Bun B and DJ Premier in June 2012 in New York City. Johnny Nunez/WireImage hide caption

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Our alternate headline: Why Nobody Will Ever Top Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You." YouTube hide caption

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King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band in Chicago in 1923: Louis Armstrong is kneeling, from left to right behind him are Honore Dutrey, Baby Dodds, King Oliver, Lil Hardin, Bill Johnson and Johnny Dodds. Frank Driggs Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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Katy Perry (left) and Miley Cyrus at the Pre-Grammy Gala in February. Lester Cohen/WireImage hide caption

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Cookie Marenco records musicians on a small remote recording console live at the California Audio Show in August. She'll demonstrate the quality of DSD to the audience by playing back her recording. How close will it sound to the live performance? Very close, according to people present. Cindy Carpien hide caption

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On June 15, the day that Pandora became a publicly traded company, traders on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange wore the company's insignia. Spencer Platt/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry "Swamp Dogg" Williams, Jr. Charles Hughes quotes the songwriter and performer as saying, "Everything I write and sing comes out country, and that's why I have to take so much time in arrangements and instrumentation, because — if not — I'd just be cutting a bunch of country records with black people. And we know that black people are not makin' it in country." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Steinway Musical Instruments factory in Queens, N.Y. Ilya Marritz hide caption

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