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24 Dec 2013 

The album has appeared on countless year-end lists but the placements feel halting and apologetic: apologetic for putting it on at all, apologetic for ranking it first, apologetic for putting it on but not ranking it first. Many years from now, when people talk about Kanye West-and oh, they will-2013 will loom large in their tales. This year West commanded the cultural conversation to a degree rare for a pop artist and unprecedented for a hip-hop artist. Yeezus was the most widely download Kim Kardashian tape discussed album of the year, the most widely discussed album since West's last album, and the work and its maker sparked conversations about the place of hip-hop in the cultural hierarchy, the complex interplay of race, class, and social capital, whether something like a poly-artist might exist in contemporary culture, whether only something like a poly-artist might exist in contemporary culture. Yeezus also probably inspired more far-ranging and necessary discussion of misogyny in hip-hop than any album before it, although still probably not enough, nor soon enough. (For all Yeezus' sins, the self-pitying woman-bashing of 2008's 808s and Heartbreak, dressed up as emo truth-telling, seems perhaps more insidious and probably more influential.) Through it all West has emerged, unmistakably, as the first hip-hop star to be widely spoken of in the terms of genius. Whether or not we agree with this is beside the point (I think the mantle is deserved, but find it deeply unjust that he's the first to receive it): It has happened, and it is hugely significant. His ascendance is evidenced by the amount and diversity of attention his work attracts, the extreme critical and cultural benefit-of-the-doubt extended to him, preciously rare for any artist in any form.
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03 Dec 2013 

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-... The search engine Bing is looking back on the year 2013. On Monday (Dec 2nd) Bing released a list of the most searched celebrities in the US of 2013, naming American singer Beyonce No.1. The 32 year-old beat 2012's winner, this website reality TV star Kim Kardashian, who came in second place. 2013 saw the return of Beyonce to the top of the music industry after taking some time away from the spotlight to care for her and husband Jay Z's daughter, Blue Ivy. The 'Halo' singer began the year by singing the twitter national anthem at Barack Obama's second presidential inauguration in January.
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