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Tyler, The Creator: Flower Boy

All the imperfections and risk-taking of Tyler’s past efforts bloom into fruition now on his most beautiful and open record to date.

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A New Spin on No.1 Records: In Streaming Era, Crowning a Chart-topper Requires a Formula

So what exactly, is an equivalent album? It’s a complicated mash-up of streaming and sales data, where 10 digital-track downloads sold and 1,500 songs streamed are equal to one album.

Randall Roberts
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Frank Ocean and a Short History of Spite Albums

Frank Ocean's Endless, the decidedly less commercial of his two recent releases, might just be a victory for artists who've been forced to release music to fulfill contractual obligations. Here's a look at some of history's more significant spite albums.

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Frank Ocean: Blonde (take 2)

Blonde is the sound of an artist urging his listener to be patient, and in this age of instant gratification, it is a refreshing, rewarding triumph.

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James Blake: The Colour in Anything

James Blake had it in him to release a great album here. He just chose not to.

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Covering Cover Songs

Cover songs don't have to be all that bad. Just listen to what Becca Stevens and Jason Moran have been doing lately, and you'll see.

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Live Footage - "Lost (Frank Ocean cover)" (video) (Premiere)

The minimalist funk of Frank Ocean's "Lost" gets a unique treatment in the hands of the cello/drums duo Live Footage, all of it captured on a GoPro camera.

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Diplo and His "Hero"es

The man who sampled the Clash's "Straight to Hell" for M.I.A. teams up with his heroes and Frank Ocean to bring summer to your speakers a few months early.

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Counterbalance No. 125a: Frank Ocean's 'channel ORANGE'

Too many bottles of this wine we can't pronounce. Too many bowls of that green no lucky charms. Super rich kids -- and the guys from Counterbalance -- listening to the (new) 125th most acclaimed album of all time. Frank Ocean’s surprisingly recent album is next.

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The 2013 Grammys: Rating the Performances (video collection)

See all the night’s performances in order from best to worst.

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Hashtag Everything: The 2013 Grammy Awards

LL Cool J constantly implored us to Tweet about everything ("hashtag Bruno Mars!"), a majority of the performances left us bored and disinterested, and the most charming person in the room turned out to be Kelly Clarkson. It was a very odd Grammy Awards broadcast this year, and was a very poor one, to boot.

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Guessing the 2013 Grammys

It’s the Super Bowl of music, and we’re guessing who will be the MVPs.

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The Best New Artists of 2012

The best new artists of 2012 have remade R&B for the new century, pushed eclectic art-rock in new directions, and kept indie rock and hip-hop strong.

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The Artists of the Year: 2012 Edition

The 2012 artists of the year range from urgent political punk and hip-hop challenging the establishment -- whether political or economic -- to the rise of a new generation of pop divas and forward-looking indie and R&B.

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The Indie Rock Trends of 2012

This year saw a number of interesting developments in the indie rock world, all reflective of the genre's ever-expanding palate.

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Critical Watchdog: Handicapping the 2012 "Album of the Year" Lists

In the past few days, Uncut, Mojo, and Paste have released their Album of the Year lists, and AllMusic is dropping theirs throughout the week. Some quick analysis shows that it's pretty obvious what the #1 record of the year is going to be for a lot of publications...

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All Tomorrow's Parties: I'll Be Your Mirror - Day One (Frank Ocean)

Frank Ocean's unfortunately abbreviated set was likely the main draw for the first night of All Tomorrow's Parties in NYC.

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Flash Points: Making the Bus Monitor Cry, Frank Ocean's Watershed Moment & Louie CK's "Rape"

This week we critically examine the 'Make the Bus Monitor Cry' video, look at the watershed moment of Frank Ocean's coming out, and laugh with tears at the "rape" of Louie CK.

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Frank Ocean: channel ORANGE

It's hard to both live up to hype and craft something distinct in a young career already brimming with excellent releases, but channel ORANGE finds Frank Ocean doing so with a class unlike anyone in music these days.

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Coachella 2012: Pulp + M83 + Frank Ocean

Coachella is streaming live all weekend and here you can catch entire sets from perennial Britpop faves Pulp, as well as M83 and Frank Ocean.

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Odd Future: The OF Tape Vol. 2

The OF Tape Vol. 2 sees OFWGKTA continue to do all the things weird kids like them do, haters be damned.

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The Best Hopes to Break Out in 2012

The year ahead looks to be an exciting one with the emergence of wealth of great new music waiting in the wings. Will Alabama Shakes be the toast of 2012? Will 2012 be a banner year for forward-thinking hip-hop and R&B? And let's not forget all the great new bands expected to break big in 2012.

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The R&B Renaissance

A clutch of new artists are bringing the rhythm, the blues, and, perhaps most importantly, the soul back to R&B. And they're doing it without rehashing sounds of bygones eras.

Dean Van Nguyen
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