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What's That Sound? The Rhythm That Ruled 2011

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Nicki Minaj's "Super Bass" was huge this year. Howard Huang/Courtesy of Universal Motown hide caption

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It Was A Good Year For Women In Music

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Discussion: The Year In Music, 2011

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Swag: Hip-Hop's Word Of The Year

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Skylar Grey: And The Hits Keep Coming

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The Music Stories We Missed This Year

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K-Pop Blows Up: Korean Music Finds Fans Worldwide

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