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Voice critics' poll

PAZZ & JOP CHANGES ITS tUnE: The Village Voice critics’ poll is online, and though it’s far removed from its heyday under first-gen rockcrit Robert Christgau, Pazz & Jop 2011 does provide an illuminating reflection of today’s blog- and Pitchfork-dominated universe of music journalists. As one of the essays points out, winning album tUnE-yArDs’ w h o k i l l, which has sold 47k, is likely the lowest-selling and lowest-charting winner in the poll’s history—it peaked at #148 on the BB Top 200. Here, courtesy of Pazz & Jop, are the Top 10 albums in the poll, along with their total sales according to SoundScan:

1. tUnE-yArDs w h o k i l l 47,000
2. PJ Harvey Let England Shake 70,000
3. Jay-Z and Kanye West Watch the Throne 1,232,000
4. Wild Flag 33,000
5. Tom Waits Bad As Me 156,000
6. Adele 21 5,824,000
7. Destroyer Kaputt 32,000
8. Drake Take Care 1,248,000
9. Bon Iver 347,000
10. Shabazz Palaces Black Up 17,000

Adele’s “Rolling in the Deep” was voted the top single, followed by Beyonce’s “Countdown,” Nicki Minaj’s “Super Bass,” M83’s “Midnight City” and Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Niggas in Paris." The whole shbang can be found at http://www.villagevoice.com/pazznjop/. (1/18a)

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