Hit Parade: The Def Jams Edition

Listen to Episode 10 of Slate’s Hit Parade: Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. Watching this year’s Grammy Awards, it’s clear hip-hop is the dominant genre in popular music. But back in the 1980s, it was an influential but still underground style looking for a place on the charts—and some mainstream respect. That is, […]

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Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition 

Live from Brooklyn’s Bell House, it’s a very special Hit Parade about B-sides that improbably became classics, or even No. 1 hits. Listen to Episode 9 of Slate’s Hit Parade: Slate Plus members: Get your ad-free podcast feed. Sometimes record executives and even musicians—from the Beatles to Beyoncé—get it totally, completely wrong, thinking that throwaway, […]

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