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This Week in Music: A Year in Review

By Lori Alamia,

With a new year almost here, it is a good time to take a look back on the year in music for 2012.

In February, we lost the musical gift of Whitney Houston. At the time, it was determined that her death was accidental however, there are now claims that she was murdered.

Here is her timeless song “I Will Always Love You”:

We also lost jazz singer Etta James, who left us with the equally timeless “At Last.”

Davy Jones of the Monkees also passed away this year, leaving behind many memories for “Daydream Believers.”

Superstorm Sandy wrecked havoc in the Northeast and the music world stepped up to show their support such as the 12 12 12 benefit concert, which is now distributing the $50 million that they earned.

After the tragedy in Newtown Connecticut, Ke$ha’s song “Die Young” was pulled from the radio. She claimed she was forced to sing the lyrics, but later clarified her statement. Meanwhile, Demi Lovato created a song in honor of the victims.

Here is the video from “Angels Among Us”

Adele had an exciting year. She became a mom, giving birth to a baby boy. Adele was also named Billboard artist of the year.

With all the challenges this year, the lyrics for her song “Skyfall” have a greater impact:

One Direction moved up throughout the year also holding a top spot on the billboard charts.

The winners of 2012’s singing competitions will help us ring in the New Year. The X Factor winner Tate Stevens will be performing for Fox’s New Years special.

Meanwhile, Cassadee Pope, who won The Voice, will be performing for NBC’s special.

Though we lost the legendary Dick Clark this year, he will be remembered during ABC’s New Year’s Rockin Eve. It will be hosted by Ryan Seacrest and headlined by Taylor Swift.

Swift closes out the year on top of the billboard charts.

Here is her video for “Begin Again”:

Wishing you all bright new beginnings for the new year.

 
 

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