Pop Music's Winners and Losers of 2013

Pop Music's Winners and Losers of 2013
Is this the look of a winner or a total loser?

You win some, you lose some, and this year in music saw it all.

There were some unexpected hits and some downright drown-outs. Some old favorites came back around, some tried and true experts continued their reign of glory, and some classic moves fell off the face of the planet.

Surely, your mind is already racing with favorite memories and walking implosions. But how does your list match up against ours?

The Winners

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Kendrick Lamar

The Compton rapper's breakthrough album good kid, m.A.A.d. city came out in 2012, but it was still one of the most talked-about records in 2013. That kind of lasting relevancy already makes one a winner, but coupled with his killer verse on Big Sean's "Control," his opening slot for Kanye West, the announcement that he'll be opening for Eminem's tour, and his recent sweep of the Grammy nominations all add up to one serious takeover. If he doesn't win Album of the Year, we may never watch the Grammys again.

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