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Dance Music And The Grammys; London Grammar Plays Live; Radio V. Spotify

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Thursday, January 23, 2014

London Grammar performs in the Soundcheck studio. London Grammar performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

In this episode: Daft Punk is no stranger to the Grammys. Since 1998, the French electronic duo has been nominated 13 times, and, five years ago, they won the awards for Best Dance Recording and Best Electronic/Dance Album. But this year, Daft Punk has managed to break into what’s known as the “Big Four” categories -- and has become the first group ever to be nominated for both Best Dance/Electronica Album and Album of the Year. Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone explains why this is matters for dance music. 

Then, the moody and lovely British pop group London Grammar performs songs from its new album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

And: Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads -- that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

Guests:

Hannah Karp and Chris Weingarten

The Grammys And Dance Music: A Long, Awkward Pas De Deux

Chris Weingarten, music editor at Rolling Stone, joins us to explain why it's a big deal that Daft Punk -- an electronic music group -- was nominated for two Grammys in the "Big Four" categories this year. Plus, he walks us through the Grammys' long and rather awkward history with dance music -- from the ill-fated 1980 "Best Disco Recording" category, to the nomination of a song from the Space Jam soundtrack for "Best Dance Recording" in 1998, to Skrillex's non-televised acceptances of three awards last year.

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Fewer Songs, More Often! How Top 40 Radio Keeps You Listening

Radio programmers at Top 40 stations are desperate to keep you tuned in and listening to ads; that’s how they pay the rent. So they’ve done some homework, and they think they might have a way of competing with music streamers like Spotify: Play fewer hit songs, more often.

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Watch: London Grammar, Live On Soundcheck

Watch the moody and transportive British trio London Grammar perform from its 2013 album, If You Wait, in the Soundcheck studio.

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