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A selection of long-form pieces about music we’ve featured in our newsletter this year. Subscribe to Stack to get one each week.

The Problem with Muzak

Spotify’s bid to remodel an industry
The Baffler

The Fascinating Rise of YouTube Music Reaction Videos

Popular music reaction channels are racking up millions of views, forcing the rest of the industry to pay attention.
Pigeons & Planes

Inside the Booming Business of Turning Hit Songs into Lullabies

There is not one, nor two, but at least three albums of Tool songs transposed into lullabies.

How 88rising Is Making a Place for Asians in Hip-Hop

With artists like Rich Brian and Higher Brothers, Sean Miyashiro’s company is an authority on how to create pop-culture crossovers.
The New Yorker

What ever happened to the mashup artist?

You weren’t supposed to sculpt dance music out of pop star outtakes and lo-fi EPs of garage rock
The A.V. Club

When Critics Could Kill

What was it like when a review could end a career? Most musicians still don’t want to talk about it.

Toward an expanded canon of dad rock

Dad rock usually means music for straight, white, American dads, even though there are so many other kinds.
The Outline

Prince And The Power of Women

Prince wrote about women in a way that most contemporary male artists still can't.

How Smart Speakers Are Changing the Way We Listen to Music

With everyone trying to get us to talk to their speakers, should listeners be excited, or worried?

The definitive oral history of Korn’s “Freak On A Leash”

The story of the unlikely hit that made the Nu metal pioneers into a household name.

Missy Elliott’s “Supa Dupa Fly”

The 1997 album that defined a new hip-hop aesthetic and expanded the definition of rap.
The New Yorker

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