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Whitney Houston performs in 1988.

Read In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Explore the musical legacies of the singers, instrumentalists and personalities who died this year.


Radiohead's Thom Yorke leads Atoms for Peace, his supergroup with Flea, Nigel Godrich, Joey Waronker and Mauro Refosco.

Watch It's Never Early To Think About 2013's Best Music

December 30, 2012 – Hear about anticipated albums for 2013 by Atoms for Peace, Aaron Neville, Rhye and more.


The crowd at Orbital's performance at Moogfest in October.

Read IMHO: A Survey About The Year In Music

December 30, 2012 – We asked musicians, the music industry and writers to tell us how they saw 2012 in music.

Musician Kristina Olsen says Tibetan prayer flags flying over porches near her home in Venice, Calif., became the inspiration for a song.

Read 'Prayer Flags,' A Song About Waiting On Heavenly Help

December 29, 2012 – Inspired by Tibetan prayer flags flying near her home, Kristina Olsen spun a theological riddle.


Beck's newest album, Song Reader, is a collection of sheet music intended to be arranged and recorded by his fans.

Read Beck Explains 'Song Reader,' An Album Fans Perform Themselves

December 29, 2012 – The shape-shifting musician's latest release is less an album than a blueprint.


The London headquarters of EMI, whose sale this year brought the number of major labels from four to three.

Watch Reflecting On EMI, An Industry Giant Felled In 2012

December 29, 2012 – The label's demise raises big questions about a business now dominated by just a few players.


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.


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