2012’s Best (And Worst) Trends

Oh boy, there was some stuff in 2012. And lots of that stuff can stay the hell in 2012. Ubiquitous four to the floor tracks, annoygin vocal ticks and Emeli Sande got on our writers' nerves this year. But as ever we liked a lot, too. In fact, 2012 was a bumper year for trends. R&B's landscape was redefined, artists returned second albums that didn't suck (easier said than … [Read more...]

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2012 Countdown: Our Videos Of The Year

Videos continued to grow in importance in 2012 thanks to the ever-growing reliance on the internet as a means of distribution. And if that sounds like a lazy way for artists to hawk their music, it's not. Every video on this list is on a creative par with the song upon which it's based. There'll always be lazy tie-ins - 'hey, we made a video so like it and buy the record … [Read more...]

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2012 Countdown: Our Artists Of The Year

Where's an artist's place in the music industry of 2012? Increasingly, pop-stars, indie bands and rappers are filtered through Twitter feeds, Instagram feeds and Facebook feeds so it's hard to know just how candid everything is. Do they take that many drugs? Are they having that much sex? Do we really care that much? The answer to all three of these questions is probably yes … [Read more...]

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2012 Countdown: Our Albums Of The Year

Consensus on the website is divided about the quality of this year's albums. And it's not that hard to see why. Plenty of big name acts have released albums that - even if some of us rather liked them - weren't exciting in a way that sophomore albums should be. You don't always have to re-define your sounds and expansion is a goal; the worst thing to feel about an album is that … [Read more...]

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2012 Countdown: Our Songs Of The Year

2012 has been framed by three major singles. In the fresh days of spring, "Call Me Maybe" phoned its friend, Justin Bieber, and took over ... everything. Then when we had had enough of chanting Cary Rae's ode to tech-flirting, we moved onto something way, way different. PSY's "Gangnam Style" came, pretty ladied all over the place and cowboy danced out of town. But gloriously … [Read more...]

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