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Top 12 Music Stories of 2012

From tragic deaths (Whitney Houston) to glorious births (baby Blue Ivy), global phenoms ("Gangnam Style") and local curiosities (Snoop Dogg's "Lion" persona), THR runs down the music headlines that had people talking.

Gwen Stefani’s ‘Glycerine’ Duet with Husband Gavin Rossdale Released on iTunes

The "Cool" singer joined the band Bush at the KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concert.

Bruno Mars’ ‘Unorthodox Jukebox’: What the Critics Are Saying

The "Locked Out of Heaven" singer releases his second studio album on Dec. 11.

Ke$ha’s ‘Warrior’: What the Critics Are Saying

The "Die Young" singer releases her second full-length album Dec. 4.

Alicia Keys’ ‘Girl on Fire’: What the Critics Are Saying

The soulful chanteuse releases her fifth studio album on Nov. 27.

Music Careers in 2012: Video Game Audio, Scoring, Conducting Pays; Teaching? Not So Much (Study)

Boston's Berklee College of Music releases a report analyzing pay rates for dozens of music business professions.

12 Christmas Albums to Know: A Break-Down of the Season’s New Offerings

As the holidays approach, Lady Antebellum, Colbie Caillat, Blake Shelton and more are releasing holiday-themed records.

Rihanna’s ‘Unapologetic’: What the Critics Are Saying

The pop star released her seventh studio album on Nov. 19 amid a controversial seven-day, seven-country tour.

AMAs 2012: 50 Cent, Hayden Panettiere, Phillip Phillips Among Presenters Announced

The 40th anniversary event will be broadcast live from Los Angeles' Nokia Theatre on Sunday, Nov. 18.

Taylor Swift Offers Relationship Advice in ‘Seventeen’ Magazine Column

The multi-tasking country-pop star proves that the topic of love is not just reserved for song lyrics.

Pink Rocks Cancer Benefit in Los Angeles

The pop diva performed a special acoustic event at Monday's Power of Pink event, which raised money for Santa Monica's Margie Petersen Breast Center at St. John's Health Center.

Christina Aguilera’s ‘Lotus’: What the Critics Are Saying

The Grammy-Award winning singer releases her seventh studio album out Nov. 13.