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Read The Decade In Rap Mixtapes

January 14, 2010 – Andrew Noz, of the blog CBRap, looks back on a decade of important hip-hop mixes.

Listen Musicians We Lost, 2000-2009

January 1, 2010 – Hear remembrances of some of these legends from the NPR archives, using an interactive timeline.


Listen The Loudness Wars: Why Music Sounds Worse

December 31, 2009 – Recorded music in the past decade has gotten louder, and the ubiquity of MP3s changed what we hear.


In Memoriam: Musicians We Lost, 2000-2009

December 31, 2009 – Hear remembrances of some of the legendary artists we lost in the past decade.

Listen The Summer Jam And The Return Of The Single

December 31, 2009 – Nothing illustrates the importance of singles sales this decade more clearly than the summer hit.


Listen Obscure Music Finds An Outlet On The Web

December 30, 2009 – Fans are taking the lead in digitizing cherished, out-of-print records, though not always legally.


Listen 'In Rainbows': A Pragmatic Experiment

December 30, 2009 – Radiohead shocked the industry by letting fans pay the price they wanted to download In Rainbows.


Listen 2006 And The Death Of Tower Records

December 29, 2009 – Once, Tower Records was the place to go if you were searching for obscure music in any genre.


Listen YouTube: Online Fame For Everyone

December 28, 2009 – The video-sharing site has given us new shortcuts to fame, nostalgia and togetherness.


Listen The Decade In Classical Recordings

December 27, 2009 – NPR Music's Tom Huizenga and host Guy Raz spin some notable classical recordings of the past decade.


Listen 2004: The Year Of The Music Blog

December 25, 2009 – Blogs and Web sites have emerged over the past decade as important arbiters of musical taste.


Listen Beyond Country: Not Your Father's Nashville

December 24, 2009 – The sound of success coming from Music City has become much less predictable in the past decade.


Listen MySpace: Still The Musician's Friend

December 24, 2009 – The social networking site, launched in 2003, is still a place where musicians build a fan base.


Listen Nashville Reels To A Somber Tune

December 23, 2009 – Mainstream country was somewhat immune to music-industry trends this decade — at least for a while.


Listen 'American Idol' And The Making Of A Star

December 23, 2009 – NPR Music's Stephen Thompson looks at the show and describes his own brush with Idol glory.


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