On January 12th, the Village Voice kicked offtheir 43rd annual Pazz & Jop issue release with a huge event at Webster Hall; Over 400 writers and attendees celebrated by enjoying a live performance from Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires as well as DJ Jonathan Toubin

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43rd ANNUAL PAZZ & JOP ISSUE ON STANDS NOW
 
POLL RESULTS REVEALED
 
SEE PHOTOS FROM THE PAZZ & JOP ISSUE RELEASE PARTY 
FEATURING CHARLES BRADLEY AND HIS EXTRAORDINARIES
AT WEBSTER HALL
 
CHECK OUT THE 2015 PAZZ & JOP POLL RESULTS HERE
 
READ A LETTER FROM MUSIC EDITOR HILARY HUGHES
JANUARY 14th, 2016 – NEW YORK, NY – On January 12th, the Village Voice kicked offtheir 43rd annual Pazz & Jop issue release with a huge event at Webster Hall. Over 400 writers and attendees celebrated by enjoying a live performance from Charles Bradley And His Extraordinaires as well as DJ Jonathan Toubin.  2015 Pazz & Jop poll winners were announced and are listed in the current issue of the Village Voice. #pazzandjop has also been a trending topic on twitter this week.
The event also joined forces with Little Kids Rock, a charity that helps disadvantaged communities have access to music education and its many benefits. In support of the program the Pazz & Jop event raised donations to help bring free instrumental music lessons to 40 additional kids that night.
The Pazz & Jop critic’s poll is an annual survey conducted by the paper and was completed by 483 music critics, who each awarded 100 points on their favorite music of the year. The results for the best of 2015 are listed below.
Top 10 Pazz & Jop Albums 2015
1. Kendrick Lamar, To Pimp a Butterfly
2. Courtney Barnett, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit
3. Carly Rae Jepsen, Emotion
4. Grimes, Art Angels
5. Sleater-Kinney, No Cities to Love
6. Sufjan Stevens, Carrie & Lowell
7. Vince Staples, Summertime ’06
8. Kamasi Washington, The Epic
9. Jamie xx, In Colour
10. Father John Misty, I Love You, Honeybear
 
Top 10 Pazz & Jop Songs 2015
1.  Hotline Bling, Drake
2.  King Kunta, Kendrick Lamar
3.  Can’t Feel My Face, The Weeknd
4.  Alright, Kendrick Lamar
5.  Pedestrian at Best, Courtney Barnett
6. WTF (Where They From) ft. Pharrell Williams, Missy Elliot
7. Trap Queen, Fetty Wap
8. Uptown Funk ft. Bruno Mars, Mark Ronson
9. (TIE) Hello, Adele
9. (TIE) I Know There’s Gonna Be (Good Times) ft. Young Thug & Popcaan, Jamie xx
Other incredible and in-depth features in this year’s music issue include:
Poptimism Isn’t the Problem by Claire Lobenfeld
 
David Bowie: A section dedicated to the late musician who left us with a profound and inspiring legacy. Alan Scherstul also takes a look at how Bowie’s record’s fared in Pazz & Jops past.
Check out photos from the issue release party, taken by photographer Farooq Alihassan, here: http://bit.ly/1njhMOC
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About The Village Voice
Founded by Dan Wolf, Ed Fancher, and Norman Mailer in 1955, the Village Voice introduced free-form, high-spirited, and passionate journalism into the public discourse. As the nation’s first alternative newsweekly, the Voice today carries on the same tradition of no-holds-barred reporting and criticism it embraced when it began publishing 60 years ago.The recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes, the National Press Foundation Award, and the George Polk Award, the Voice remains a vigilant investigative watchdog and a go-to source for coverage of New York’s vast cultural landscape. The Voice‘s unique mix of in-depth newswriting and reporting, incisive arts, culture, music, dance, film, and theater reviews, and comprehensive entertainment listings provides readers with an indispensable perspective on the inner workings of the world’s most vibrant city.
The Voice website, www.villagevoice.com, has twice been recognized as one of the nation’s premier online venues for quality journalism and local content. The site is a past winner of both the National Press Foundation’s Online Journalism Award and the Editor & Publisher EPPY Award for Best Overall U.S. Weekly Newspaper Online.
The paper’s 43rd annual Pazz & Jop music issue, a yearly poll voted on by nationally renowned music critics for the top album and single of the prior year is on stands now.
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