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So long, 2010. You were a good kid.
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December 31, 2010 In case you missed it, a look back at our look back at the best of 2010's music.
Explore NPR Music's interactive memorial to the musicians, songwriters and producers who died in 2010.
December 31, 2010 Morning Edition offers a musical tribute to the artists we lost in 2010.
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"Grim" Kim Kelly offers some practical advice for the young women who always wanted to venture into the pit.
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December 30, 2010 Metal demands epic interpreters. Here are a few who depicted the music as a living, breathing animal.
Day 2 of the Electric Daisy Carnival electronic music festival at the L.A. Coliseum on June 26, 2010, in Los Angeles.
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December 30, 2010 The U.K.-based style of dance music has branched into two genres, and fans of one are rarely fond of the other.
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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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Joanna Newsom released a three-disc album called Have One On Me in February.
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December 27, 2010 Critically acclaimed artists released albums of staggering scope this year.
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December 22, 2010 Amazon sold hundreds of albums for $3.99, pushing the question of music's value into the spotlight.
December 21, 2010 While the music industry struggled this year, a few artists used social media in innovative ways.
Singers Gladys Knight, Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, Toni Braxton, Usher, Wyclef Jean and others perform at the "We Are The World 25 Years for Haiti" recording session in February.
December 21, 2010 Why did this year's update of one of the biggest charity singles ever, "We Are The World," tank?
Lil Wayne performing the song "6'7'" on stage at "Saturday Night Live" just days after it was released on iTunes.
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December 20, 2010 More music ignored traditional release dates, and fans and musicians alike reaped plenty of rewards.
December 20, 2010 Apple doesn't want to share, so the company's music-focused social network is floundering.
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