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Sunday, 2 January 2011


Singer Ne-Yo attends a promotion event for his new album Libra Scale in Tokyo, Japan on October 28, 2010. UPI/Keizo Mori Photo via Newscom

We could of gone even deeper with this list, but deadlines are deadlines. In a great year of albums Plan B. showed he could undergo a major change in personality with 'The Deflamation Of Strickland Banks'...Nas & Damien Marley also joined forces for some world music with 'Distant Relatives'...Big Boi also proved he could do it on his own with the Outkast's brilliant 'Sir Luscious Left Foot: The Son Of Chico Dust'...Mos Def had a top classic this year but his Black Star partner Talib Kweli just missed out with Hi-Tek for their Reflection Eternal classic 'Revolutions Per Minute'...from dark rock to summertime anthems both The Dead Weather ('Horehound') and The Gaslight Anthem ('American Slang') proved they had more in the tank for a storm of releases...R. Kelly ('Love Letter') and Usher ('Raymond vs Raymond') also made triumphant comebacks as the king and prince of R&B respecively.....while Prince himself extend his genorosity with the giant '20TEN' which he released for free in British newspapers...Ne-Yo wasn't far behind however channelling and paying homage to Michael Jackson with 'Libra Scale'....Lil' Wayne was pregnant with out of this world music with 'Rebirth' and 'I Am Not A Human Being'...B.O.B debuted his 'Adventures Of Bobby Ray' while his new best friend, Bruno Mars gave us a complete set with 'Doo Wops & Hooligans'...while Rumer unveiled the 'Seasons Of My Soul'...Linkin Park saw 'A Thousand Suns'... Cee-Lo Green showed us the 'Bright Lights, Big City'...and Kid Cudi took us on a second trip out of this musical space with 'Man On The Moon II: The Legend Of MR. Rager'...while Bruce Springsteen made brilliant on his 'Promise' of some classics from the vault...while Ben Harper gave us a Fistful Of Mercy and his new groups debut 'As I Call You Down'...T.I. showed 'No Mercy'...while Nicki Minaj gave us a 'Pink Friday'...and Jamie Foxx offered up the 'Best Night Of My Life' if that wasn't enough before the year ended Ghostface Killah took us back to a classic with 'Apollo Kids' while Diddy Dirty Money just managed to catch the 'Last Train To Paris' for a great journey.

Special shout out, thanks and appreciation to Tank, who gave our site some love on Twitter and also released more brilliant music, really showing us it's 'Now Or Never'. TIM DAVID HARVEY.

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