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Gaga track born to succeed

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It’s almost odd to talk about “Born This Way” in terms of being Lady Gaga’s comeback song because, well, she hasn’t been anywhere. An unbroken streak of hit singles, her coast-to-coast sell-out Monster Ball tour and a string of red carpet appearances and performances at one awards show after another have kept her in the public’s unblinking eye for two solid years.

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A great leap of ‘Faith’

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These days, George Michael seems more lost than Gilligan, Hurley and the kids from “Dr. Shrinker” combined. But, in the closing years of the ‘80s, he was a pop music juggernaut. Actually, that’s too limiting because he enjoyed unprecedented success on the R&B charts as well. It’s more accurate to say Michael was a music juggernaut.

Odds and ends of 2010

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Overall, it was a down year for music, but I found enough bright spots to get me through with a minimum of complaints. Here’s a rundown of 10 things that kept me listening throughout 2010.

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Gift Guide 2010: Music is a gift, so give it

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Back to Gift Guide I love to give and receive music for Christmas. It feels thoughtful and personal to me. Yuletide shopping for the Gleeks on my gift list — which is pretty much everyone on the list — will be easy as pie this year because “Glee: The Music – The Christmas Album” comes …

Green Children play and sing

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The debut release from European duo The Green Children is out now and I’ve been playing it on repeat since it arrived. I’m a sucker for atmospheric dream-pop when it’s done right and “Encounter” is the gauzy goods.

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A closer look at VH1’s greatest artists

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VH1 polled 200 artists and “music experts” earlier this year to assemble a list of the “100 Greatest Artists of All Time.” This updates their first such list, which was similarly compiled in 1998.

Ibiza keeping DJ tradition alive

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In the early days of my nightclubbing it was common for the dance palaces to bring in guest DJs. Sometimes they were nationally known, sometimes they worked in clubs in neighboring cities and had a reputation for turnin’ the party at their home bar. Either way, it was always exciting to be on the dancefloor …

Hookin’ up with Scissor Sisters

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More times than I care to remember I’ve read back over an article or review I’ve just written and found it to be…off. Not what I’d intended and certainly not what I’d hoped for. It usually happens with pieces I’ve had to labor over — which only makes it more frustrating, of course. Most times, …

The welcome return of Lilith Fair

After an 11-year hiatus, Lilith Fair, the groundbreaking festival that celebrates women in music, is back for a 36-city North American summer tour. The festival boasts an impressive rotating slate of 80 acts from which 11 will be assembled for each show. Only one act is performing at every stop: Lilith co-founder Sarah McLachlan is …