The challenges of today’s record business are on full display in the latest Village Voice Pazz & Jop Critics Poll. The annual list compiles music critics’ votes for the year’s best releases... One takeaway is that attention spans are short. Also, music critic and pop culture writer Chuck Klosterman weighs in on the winner of the Pazz & Jop poll, “WHOKILL” by Tune-Yards (aka Merrill Garbus). And, if the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) and PROTECT IP Act (PIPA) aren’t good solutions for dealing with foreign-based copyright infringement, what kind of bill might their critics support?
"American Idol" winner Scotty McCreery makes history as his debut album, "Clear as Day," bows at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 197,000 sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan. McCreery is the first country act to debut at No. 1 with a debut studio album -- and at 18 years old, he's the youngest man to open at the top of the chart with his debut release.