This could be you.
March 29, 2011 How it works, what it will cost you and the fight it will start between Amazon and record labels.
Tyler at rest.
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February 22, 2011 The group is doing two things really well: making music and freaking people out. Which matters more?
Two Beatles fans welcome the group as they arrive in New York in February 1964.
February 15, 2011 Given all the options for supporting a band, what's the best, most helpful way to be a fan?
Adele's new album is 21.
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February 6, 2011 On her second album, the stories the 22-year-old British singer tells are average, familiar, normal. But the voice she uses to tell them feels like a force of nature — brawny, syrupy and flashy at the same time. Hear 21 in its entirety until its release on Feb. 22.
Rye Rye on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C. in October 2010.
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February 3, 2011 Rapper Rye Rye's tour manager says his job is all about flexibility and keeping it business.
The writer's workspace -- baby toys, baby clothes, keyboards and jams.
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January 13, 2011 The Baltimore writer says staying focused on a scene and a few styles has made him happier.
January 5, 2011 Gyptian, who'd already conquered radio from Kingston to French Guyana and London with his song "Hold You," won hearts at NPR Music's Washington, D.C., office within moments of walking in the door.
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In "NatGeo," the inventive Alabama hip-hop duo G-Side works with a Norwegian and rhymes over Enya samples.
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December 29, 2010 In "NatGeo," the inventive Alabama hip-hop duo works with a Norwegian, employs waves of New Agey chords and fantasizes about making real-life money — enough to buy a nice imported car, not a Murcielago.
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For Your Sorrows: Big Boi's label balked at releasing his album, so he leaked tracks via his own Twitter feed.
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December 29, 2010 Hearing a song before its release used to be thrilling. This year it was all part of the plan.
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December 9, 2010 For decades, there was a gold standard for identifying hits, but now the calculus has changed.
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Our other idea for a tribute to the Technics was to bake a cake -- but someone beat us to the punch.
November 18, 2010 A tribute to the Technic 1200s — a few of our favorite rap lyrics that name check the turntables.
November 9, 2010 We found 16 Michaels and images from Moonwalk to Captain EO. We need your help to source the rest.
Big Daddy Kane -- Anderson's favorite in print -- in New York City in 1988.
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November 4, 2010 A book critic reviewed 788 pages of rap lyrics. We wondered what he'd think once he heard the songs.
November 3, 2010 'Speak Now' has sold 1,047,000 copies, giving it the biggest first week in 2 1/2 years.
Soulja Boy at the BET Hip Hop Awards in October.
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November 2, 2010 The youngest person to ever hit number one on the Billboard Hot 100 spills his secrets to success.
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