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The Big Hurt: The 'best' of Digital Songs

Let's check out Billboard 's Digital Songs chart, which tracks the most-downloaded songs in all genres. Should make for some interesting diversity, right? No! Actually, it's all the same crap from the Hot 100 in a slightly different order.
Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  February 18, 2011
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Black Eyed Peas at the TD Garden


Some may be excited to hear that hip-pop guilty pleasure the Black Eyed Peas are bringing their "Boom Boom Pow" into town, though few fans...
By Ashley Rigazio  |  July 29, 2010
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Billboard's Rap Songs chart

In the immortal words of O.D.B., "Rappenin' is what's happenin'."
The Big Hurt: Who charted?
By DAVID THORPE  |  July 02, 2010
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Hearing voices

Don’t be fooled by its textbook appearance — How To Wreck a Nice Beach (Melville House/Stop Smiling) is hardly a dry anthropological study of “The Vocoder from World War II to Hip-Hop,” as the subtitle suggests.
Dave Tompkins chases the Vocoder
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 14, 2010
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Meme police

I just woke up from some sort of bizarre dream. I was at MIT. There was a weirdo painting nudes of President Obama on a unicorn. Several adults were dressed like domestic animals.
MIT’s ROFLcon, a gathering of the Web’s biggest names, decides what will make you laugh and cry.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  May 07, 2010
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The Big Hurt: Lightfoot lives!

Last week, the world was gripped in the terror of a GORDON LIGHTFOOT death scare when a realistic-looking Twitter obit was picked up by several Canadian papers.
Plus Weezy tweets and Mayer backpedals
By DAVID THORPE  |  March 05, 2010


Twitter Roundup of the 2010 Grammys: Jessica Simpson weeps over Pink, Pete Yorn moans for MGMT, and more

Twitter Roundup of the 2010 Grammys: Jessica Simpson weeps over Pink, Pete Yorn moans for MGMT, and more


Most of you were probably too busy personally livetweeting last night's Grammy Awards to actually watch the performances or pay attention to what pop stars...
By Carrie Battan  |  February 01, 2010
Burrito, Investigates, Porn, Auto-tune and WTF

Burrito, Investigates, Porn, Auto-tune and WTF


Info Burrito, Sandbox Investigates, relationship porn, Auto-tuned Ed and WTF all in today's The Sandbox Podcast! Listen here! Put us on your iPod.
By Charlie  |  September 23, 2009
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Minitel Rose | The French Machine

Not many people remember Bitter Moon , a fantastic, slept-on 1992 movie directed by Roman Polanski.
Futur (2009)
By GUSTAVO TURNER  |  June 26, 2009
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Cheer of a black planet

It's hip-hop week at Harvard University. And while that statement is far less ironic than it would have been 15 years ago, it's still relatively humorous.
Hip-Hop Worldwide: More Than a Nation conference
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  March 11, 2009
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2008 Listravaganza Part 2

Everything you wanted to know about the year in music, in tidy lists of 10.
The lighter side of music in 2008
By BOSTON PHOENIX MUSIC STAFF  |  January 05, 2009


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Y'all come back now . . .

I've always liked the idea of there being some weight to the "nines," meaning: if you're a year, and you're going to perch yourself at the very edge of a decade, you'd better be ready to represent.
Diminishing returns in 2009
By MICHAEL BRODEUR  |  December 30, 2008
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The Big Hurt: Pop 3000!

I'm sometimes pigeonholed as some kind of Negative Nelly: a pessimist, a cynic, a grouch , even.
At the dawn of a new millennium, pop cries out for innovation
By DAVID THORPE  |  December 29, 2008
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Smooth operators


The year in Auto-Tune
By RICHARD BECK  |  December 23, 2008
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T-Pain | Thr33 Ringz

T-Pain’s third studio album won’t surprise fans of the Tallahassee-based hip-hop maestro.
Jive (2008)
By MIKAEL WOOD  |  November 18, 2008
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Lil Wayne

All rappers ride on the claim that they’re the best, but on III Wayne makes his case.
Tha Carter III | Young Money/Cash Money/Universal
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  June 17, 2008


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Rick Ross

It’s easy to hate on Rick Ross for his sub-standard flow and tired materialism.
Trilla | Def Jam
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  March 25, 2008
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From ’Ye to mixtapes

To get the full taste of where hip-hop is at, you also have to seek out the unofficial releases, the mixtapes, which often have a bigger impact than the official albums.
Hip-hop: 2007 in review
By BEN WESTHOFF  |  December 17, 2007
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Fabolous

Maybe he should spend less time spelling out his name.
From Nothin' to Somethin' | Def Jam
By DOMINIQUE HENDELMAN  |  July 17, 2007
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You and your tech-chic

You must’ve already heard that you were named Time magazine’s 2006 Person of the Year.
 As of 2006, new media isn’t just for geeks anymore
By CAMILLE DODERO  |  December 20, 2006