Studio 360

Best of 2018, Part 1

Some of our favorite stories from the past year, including library music, the Noid, and Angélique Kidjo.

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Some of our favorite stories from the past year. First, the musical equivalent of stock art: library music, where composers anonymously churned out some of the strangest, funkiest, and most recognizable music of the ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. The Domino’s Pizza mascot, the Noid, was just part of a whimsical advertising campaign—until it became part of a really dark story. And Kurt Andersen talks with Angélique Kidjo, a superstar of African music, about her recent album: a song-by-song cover of the 1980 Talking Heads classic, Remain in Light.

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