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Read The Year In Pop Charts: Return Of The Monoculture
Watch The Best Rap Of 2012: A Conversation
Watch 2 Chainz: A Pop Star For All Of Us
Listen 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.
Watch Whatever Happened To The Classical Christmas Album?
December 25, 2012 – The flow of classical Christmas albums has slowed, triggering a longing for past recordings.
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.
Read The Week In Music: What To Stay In From The Cold And Read Now
December 23, 2012 – A video, a year-end essay and one piece of local reporting that say more than their headlines imply.
Watch Ne-Yo On A Career Made Stronger By Missteps
Listen The Rise, Fall And Redemption Of New Orleans' 'R&B Emperor'
December 23, 2012 – Ernie K-Doe pierced the national consciousness in 1961 with the song "Mother-in-Law."
Listen This Is What It Sounds Like When Two Women Cover Prince
December 22, 2012 – SNL alumna Maya Rudolph and musician Gretchen Liberum co-lead the cover band Princess.
Listen NPR Music's 50 Favorite Albums Of 2012
Read NPR Music's 100 Favorite Songs Of 2012
Read Staff Picks: Our Favorite Music Books Of 2012
Listen Marin Alsop: A Utopian Musical Dream From South America
December 22, 2012 – The conductor of the Sao Paulo Symphony is inspired by Brazil's commitment to classical music.