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The Cash family house today.

Read Johnny Cash's Boyhood Home Tells The Story Of A Town

December 29, 2012 – With guidance from Cash's siblings, the tiny, dilapidated house is being painstakingly restored.


Solange and her Sapeur co-stars in the video for "Losing You."

Watch The Most Stylish Music Videos Of 2012

December 28, 2012 – Some of the year's best videos included great looks, from high fashion to offbeat personal style.

Ruben Albarran is the frontman for Cafe Tacvba.

Read Cafe Tacvba: A Legendary Mexican Rock Band Stays Fresh

December 28, 2012 – The group's vital sound fuses Mexican rock with universal lyrics and music from around the world.


In 2012, writing about music showed the influence of the sophisticated ways we track readers habits online — not always for the better.

Read What Happened To Music Writing This Year?

December 27, 2012 – The question "what do readers want?" has hovered for years, but in 2012, it took on more urgency.

An image provided by Spotify shows music artwork displayed on its mobile app.  Spotify began offering a free radio service for mobile devices in the U.S. in June. Before that, customers had to pay $10 per month to use its mobile app.

Read Music-Streaming Services Hunt For Paying Customers

December 27, 2012 – Pandora and Spotify have found it slow going as they wait for listening habits to shift.


Rye Rye.

Watch Rye Rye Just Wants To Be 'Young And Playful'

December 27, 2012 – Rye Rye's debut album was all set to be released in 2009, but then her life got in the way.


The Killers perform on the season finale of NBC's The Voice last week.

Watch The Killers Return, Guitar-Rock Holdouts In A Pop World

December 26, 2012 – One of few stadium-rock acts left on the radio, the band emerged from a five-year hiatus this fall.


Ellie Goulding

Read Top 10 Top 40 Of 2012

December 26, 2012 – Ann Powers picks her favorite chart-topping, radio-dominating songs of 2012.


Perfume Genius.

Watch Perfume Genius: A 'Creepy, Beautiful Mix'

December 26, 2012 – The songwriter covers unsettling topics, like suicide and his mother's experience with sexual abuse.


The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy.

Read The Year In Pop Charts: Return Of The Monoculture

December 25, 2012 – Two things make for great years in pop: variety and shared pleasure. 2012 had both.

2 Chainz performing in London in November.

Watch 2 Chainz: A Pop Star For All Of Us

December 25, 2012 – He laces his bouncy, terse rhymes with a charisma reminiscent of another musician — Ringo Starr.

Killer Mike performing at Moogfest in October.

Watch The Best Rap Of 2012: A Conversation

December 25, 2012 – Microphone Check hosts Ali Shaheed Muhammad and Frannie Kelley remember the year in hip-hop.

E.T.A. Hoffmann's original story, "Nutcracker and Mouse King," is darker and spookier than the ballet version most people know.

Read No Sugar Plums Here: The Dark, Romantic Roots Of 'The Nutcracker'

December 25, 2012 – Few people remember E.T.A. Hoffmann, but many are aware of his famous creation: The Nutcracker.


The Chipmunks, left to right: Simon, Theodore, Alvin.

Watch Another Year, Another 'Christmas With The Chipmunks'

December 24, 2012 – Some of the most frequently reissued holiday music of all time comes from three animated rodents.


A sampling of one listener's cherished classical Christmas albums from a few years back.

Read Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?

December 25, 2012 – The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.


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