Best of 2013: Top 30 Albums

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I am but one person – with a taste in music that’s my own.

These albums are albums that I listened to in 2013 and placed into a best-of list that best represents what I liked this year. My music tastes have moved more in line with mainstream pop recently so there is an abundance of pop music but I believe 2013 to be the most varied year in “pop music” in quite some time.

Here are the 30 albums that I select as my picks of 2013.

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Beyoncé has changed the game

Minutes before midnight Thursday night, BeyoncĂ© released an entire new album exclusively to iTunes consisting of 14 songs, each with its own music video (plus several bonus videos), in a move that sets a new benchmark for pop music marketing and promotion – because prior to its release, nobody saw it coming.

The move has the potential to completely reset how album eras by major pop stars are promoted. In pop music, marketing and promotion are huge for albums, where the two to three months leading up to its release date is the most important period for the entire project. Interviews and performances are lined up, at least two singles are released, music videos, ad campaigns, partnerships and endorsements, an entire strategy planned in order to ensure the greatest chance at a successful project.

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My Grammy Nomination Predictions (2014)

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Tomorrow night, the nominations for the biggest music awards of the year will be unveiled as part of a live broadcast on CBS. The hourlong broadcast will feature Lorde, Katy Perry, Taylor Swift and others performing and is once again hosted by LL Cool J.

Just like last year and the year before, I’m making my guesses on what will be nominated Grammy’s “Big 4” – the main categories of Record, Song, Album and Best New Artist.

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