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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)

LIVE NATION SET TO REBOUND—AND SCORE
Rapino predicts a robust future. (5/7a)
iHEART'S IN REVENUE RECOVERY MODE
Digital's drive time. (5/6a)
TRILLER, SOUNDCLOUD LAUNCH PLATFORM INTEGRATION
A heartwarming virtual hook-up (5/6a)
A ZHU-PHORIC NIGHT
Vaxxed and masked, Nicole ventures out. (5/6a)
BROADWAY REOPENS THE BOX OFFICE
The Great White Way begins to repopulate. (5/6a)
RHYTHM, BLUES AND THE FUTURE
The musical tapestry we know as R&B.
WHO'S NEXT?
Predicting the next big catalog deal.
JUST THE VAX, MA'AM
Once we all get vaccinated, how long before we can party?
WORLDWIDE GROOVE
How is globalization bringing far-flung territories into the musical mainstream?
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