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Lil Nas X released "Out Town Road" Dec. 8, but the song was disqualified from the Hot Country Songs chart last month.
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Why Lil Nas X's 'Old Town Road' doesn’t need the country charts

Nearly 16 years ago, OutKast released “Hey Ya!,” a single that stands as one of the biggest hits of the new millennium. For all its ubiquity today, though, “Hey Ya!” was deceptively revolutionary: Blending an acoustic guitar-driven hook with a funk bassline, rapped breakdowns and an atypical time signature, the song seemed to signal a new dawn for genre — or, rather, the lack thereof. 


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Shut up and play the hits

My first introduction to the album format came through three records that, to many people, don’t even qualify as “albums,” in the strictest sense of the word: The Beach Boys’ “The Greatest Hits – Volume 1: 20 Good Vibrations,” The Monkees’ “The Essentials” and Squeeze’s “Singles – 45’s and Under.”


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2019 was a strong year for pop and indie music. Clockwise from top left: Lil Nas X, David Berman of Purple Mountains, FKA twigs, Cate Le Bon and Bill Callahan.
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2019 was a strong year for pop and indie music. Clockwise from top left: Lil Nas X, David Berman of Purple Mountains, FKA twigs, Cate Le Bon and Bill Callahan.


WXDU’s series of record fairs has been running since 2005. Last year’s Fall Record Fair, pictured, was the first held in the Rubenstein Arts Center.
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WXDU’s series of record fairs has been running since 2005. Last year’s Fall Record Fair, pictured, was the first held in the Rubenstein Arts Center.


Deerhunter performs at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre as part of the Hopscotch Music Festival, Sept. 6.
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Deerhunter performs at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre as part of the Hopscotch Music Festival, Sept. 6.


Sophomore Ben Snow hopes to launch his app, which takes a user's friends' music tastes into account, exclusively at Duke in April. 
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Sophomore Ben Snow hopes to launch his app, which takes a user's friends' music tastes into account, exclusively at Duke in April. 


D.C. punk band Priests performs at The Pinhook in Durham, March 5. Their debut album “Nothing Feels Natural” was released in January.
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D.C. punk band Priests performs at The Pinhook in Durham, March 5. Their debut album “Nothing Feels Natural” was released in January.


Sandra Luz Barroso's photography exhibit "For Catalina's Time" is on display in the John Hope Franklin Center through Dec. 6.
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Sandra Luz Barroso's photography exhibit "For Catalina's Time" is on display in the John Hope Franklin Center through Dec. 6.


The 6,000-person town of Hillsborough is home to Yep Roc Records, which celebrates its 20th birthday Oct. 19 to 21.
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The 6,000-person town of Hillsborough is home to Yep Roc Records, which celebrates its 20th birthday Oct. 19 to 21.

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