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Pop music's most important revolution? That would be hip-hop
Pop music's most important revolution? That would be hip-hop

Forget the Beach Boys, Michael Jackson and Madonna. The most important cultural shift in American pop music began with the explosion of rap in the early 1990s. The Beatles and the Rolling Stones didn’t spark the British Invasion of the 1960s, but they did fan its flames. And don’t buy snobs' complaints about the homogenization of pop. With the exception of a brief period in the 1980s, there’s been plenty of diversity in the charts.   These are the conclusions of engineers and biologists who analyzed 17,000 digitized songs from Billboard’s Hot 100 to produce an evolutionary history of American popular music — no listening required. Their results...

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