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Voice Poll

HOW DEEP IS THE OCEAN? To the surprise of absolutely no one who’s been paying attention to the musical conversation in recent months, Frank Ocean’s Channel Orange has run away with the 2012 Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll, topping his homie Kendrick Lamar. Other critical darlings including Fiona Apple, Tame Impala, Grimes, Beach House, #11 Jack White and #20 Alabama Shakes also racked up the expected votes—and Taylor Swift finally got some acknowledgment, as Red finished #17. The P&J Top 10 is immediately below; you can check out the Top 40 albums here.

1. Frank OceanChannel Orange (Def Jam/IDJ)
2. Kendrick Lamargood kid, m.A.A.d city (Top Dawg/Aftermath/Interscope
3. Fiona AppleThe Idler Wheel… (Epic
4. JapandroidsCelebration Rock (Polyvinyl
5. MiguelKaleidoscope Dream (RCA)
6. Tame ImpalaLonerism (Modular
7. SwansThe Seer (Young God)
8. Killer MikeR.A.P. Music (Williams Street
9. GrimesVisions (4AD
10. Beach House Bloom (Sub Pop

Miguel double-dipped as Kaleidoscope Dream came in at #5, while “Adorn” was the #2 single, behind only—you guessed it—Carly Rae’s “Call Me Maybe.” Take a gander at the Top 40 singles here. The Voice poll may be a shadow of its former self, but it’s still as close to a definitive snapshot of critical tastes as you can find these days. (1/17a)

HITS LIST, YUP
IMAX version available (8/12a)
SURPRISE MEGAN DROP—"LET'S RUN THIS LAST ONE UP"
That's that, all of a sudden. (8/12a)
NEW & DEVELOPING
ARTISTS: Q3 EDITION
The stars of tomorrow—and one star of the moment (8/12a)
TOP 20: THE RACE
FOR #1 IS ON
It's neck and neck at the turn. (8/10a)
WE'RE SORRY TO BOTHER YOU, BUT WE JUST HAD TO TELL YOU
Oh, no, not again. (8/12a)
RISE OF THE INDIES
How they're reshuffling the biz deck.
THE LATIN-MUSIC MARKETPLACE
Thoughts on a changing landscape.
KETCHUP
It's everywhere.
THE NEXT HUGE CATALOG STORY
Another stunning return.
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