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WEEKLY DIGEST | 12/21/2017
News, Research, & Opinion


It’s the time of the year when it seems that everyone likes to celebrate artists, recordings, albums, and videos of the year.  We bring some of them to you in this, our last issue of 2017.


The 25 Best Classical Music Recordings of 2017
NY Times
By Anthony Tommasini, James R. Oestreich, David Allen, Seth Colter Walls, and Joshua Barone.

5th Annual NPR / Francis Davis Jazz Critics Poll Ballot
NPR Music
Your choices for this year’s 10 best New Releases (albums released between last Thanksgiving and this, give or take) listed in descending order one-through-ten. 

The Best Classical Music Performances of 2017
NY Times
The collection includes best Opera and Vocal Performances

The 50 Best Albums of 2017
NPR Music
NPR spent our year tracking down new sounds that gave voice to struggles and breakthroughs, a search for joy and a need for release. When it was time for our staff and member station partners to come together at the year's end, they found there was plenty to celebrate.

10 Best Albums of the Year
People Magazine
Pop stars grew up, rappers got personal, a new R&B star emerged — and Taylor Swift returned with a vengeance

The 50 Best Albums of 2017

From Fever Ray to Kendrick to King Krule, the album as an art form took on new resonance this year. These are the best of the best.

The 100 Best Songs of 2017

NPR Music
The best songs this year reflected a deep sense of collective need. For safety, for respect, for self-definition. For money or sex or revolution. It seemed that musicians in 2017 were facing down eternity or the possibility of annihilation.

20 best EDM and Electronic Albums of 2017

Rolling Stone | Christopher R. Weingarten, Charles Aaron, Andy Beta, Mike Rubin, and Arielle Castillo
This year, the artistic action was not about bigness. With ever-splintering global scenes and styles, there was no dominant trend and that was a very good thing. The amount of fascinating electronic and/or dance music in 2017 was staggering.

Best Music Docs of 2017

Rolling Stone
Deadheads, jazzbos and punk rockers unite! We've got our picks for the year's best music documentaries – from a look at the Grateful Dead's long, strange trip of a career to the four-hour, definitive portrait of 50 years of Rolling Stone.

50 of the Top 50 SoundCloud Artists are Rappers

Digital Music News: Paul Resnikoff
SoundCloud has been struggling to differentiate itself.  Maybe rappers are doing it for them. Even SoundCloud’s ‘New & Hot’ ranking is stuffed with rappers. Are rappers driving the streaming revolution? Here’s a look at the current top 50 tracks on SoundCloud (US).

Best wishes for a happy and safe holiday from all of us in the OECD!


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