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Patti Page — known for such songs as "Tennessee Waltz" and "How Much Is That Doggie in the Window?" — is seen here in 1958. Page died Tuesday at age 85.

Watch Patti Page, Who Dominated The '50s Pop Charts, Dies

January 3, 2013 – Page had one of the biggest-selling singles ever with her version of "The Tennessee Waltz."

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Natalie Maines performing in April.

Read Hearing A Mother's Song After Tragedy

January 1, 2013 – In her cover of the song, Natalie Maines takes the sting out of Pink Floyd's accusatory "Mother."

Pakistanis welcome Muhammad Shahid Nazir, center, the singer of "One Pound Fish," at Lahore's airport Thursday.

Watch 'One Pound Fish': A Pakistani Man's Passport To Fame

January 1, 2013 – A Pakistani man who went to London to sell fish has become an unlikely YouTube music star.

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In Minneapolis, the locked-out musicians of the Minnesota Orchestra are appealing for public support.

Read Was 2012 The Year That American Orchestras Hit The Wall? MPR

January 1, 2013 – Contentious negotiations and financial woes have plagued many American orchestras this year. MPR

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Classical music lost many fine artists in 2012.

Read Fond Farewells: Classical Musicians We Lost In 2012

December 31, 2012 – Hear and see the artistry of fine classical musicians who passed away in 2012.

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.

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Read The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

December 30, 2012 – NPR's Elizabeth Blair has the story of Abel Meeropol, a man with two extraordinary life stories.

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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.

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The real Joyce Hatto, pre-scandal, with condutor Martin Fogel and composer Walter Gaze Cooper at the piano in 1954.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

December 28, 2012 – Classical fraud on the small screen, maybe the best classical app ever and much more.

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.

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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.

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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.

Storied Cajun Record Shop Is Going Out Of Business

December 24, 2012 – Floyd's Record Shop in Ville Platte, La., is closing for good Christmas Eve.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

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