Ten Reasons Why New York Ruled the Music Scene in 2013

Thursday, December 19, 2013

It was a year when Beyonce surprised fans with an unexpected new album. And she made history becoming the first woman to hit number 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with her five studio albums. Her husband Jay-Z and pop star Lady Gaga also had new records out. And a teenager from New Zealand, Lorde, became a hit. But John Schaefer, host of WNYC's Soundcheck, says it was New York that ruled the music scene in 2013, and he has a list of ten reasons why.

In this interview, Schaefer said New York is home of big music stars, like Lady Gaga and Jay-Z, but the local music acts go beyond headlines. "In 2013 the New York music scene, or scenes, the multiple scenes that make up New York, went from strength to strength," he said.

Schaefer explained that the "scene" includes the youngest composer to win the Pulitzer prize, Caroline Shaw, several new Brooklyn bands like Lucius, a new album by another Brooklyn favorite, The National, and new music by older talent, such as Sharon Jones. She survived a cancer battle this year and released a new single with her band, the Dap-Kings. They promise a new album for next year.


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