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The 10 Most-Read Slant Articles of 2017

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The 10 Most-Read Slant Articles of 2017

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The 10 Most-Read Slant Articles of 2017

Determining Slant’s most popular articles of the year wasn’t easy. What’s the best measurement of what our readers are most interested in? Time spent on a page isn’t a reliable metric, as evidenced by the leader in that race: page two of the search results for “Visconti.” The articles with the most comments merely reflected the rabidity of a particular fanbase’s obsession with aggregated scores. Ultimately, the ratio between unique and absolute pageviews was relatively consistent, so we opted for the latter. Some of the results took us by surprise: An average star rating led to our most-read—err, looked at—article of the year. And our most popular TV recap was for a mid-season episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race (maybe it was the inclusion of the word “Kardashian” in the title, fodder for my long-ignored suggestion that Slant would be better off covering celebrity gossip). In the end, though, this list comprises most of what we do best: incisive critique of film, TV, and music, awards soothsaying, and—with one of our three-week-old 2017 lists eking its way into the Top 10—listology. Hell, maybe in the next 24 hours, this one will make the cut too. Now that would be meta! Alexa Camp

Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”

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Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”
Nicki Minaj & Nick Jonas Raise Eyebrows with Lyric Videos for “Only” & “Teacher”

Lyric videos, a relatively recent promotional tool, started out simply as a means to keep royalties-paying audio on YouTube in the days or weeks between a single’s release and the premiere of an official music video. But artists and record labels have become increasingly creative and enterprising, squeezing every last ounce of promo possibilities from what used to be a rather banal, straightforward text-on-solid-background format.

The Blender: J. Cole, Curren$y, Willie the Kid, Chris Brown, & The Weeknd

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The Blender: J. Cole, Curren$y, Willie the Kid, Chris Brown, & The Weeknd
The Blender: J. Cole, Curren$y, Willie the Kid, Chris Brown, & The Weeknd

[Editor’s Note: “The Blender” is a new series dedicated to highlighting notable new releases in the mixtape world.]

Next month, perennial rap-rookie-of-the-year contender J. Cole will finally drop his major label debut, Cole World: The Sideline Story. Cole has some big names in his corner, Jay-Z among them, many of them claiming that the upstart MC from “Fayettenam,” North Carolina is nothing less than the future of rap—unless, of course, the future of rap turns out to be Drake (probable), Curren (less so), or Wale (exceedingly unlikely). All the same, kid’s gone through hell trying to get his album finished and released, though as many times as Watch the Throne and Tha Carter IV got pushed back, you might conclude that a rapper hasn’t made it big until his album’s been delayed three or four times. The early singles from Cole World haven’t exactly been fire, though that’s not the only reason the album’s release will be anticlimactic. Label backing or no, Cole’s provided a generous stream of free music to his fans over the past couple of years, and production values aside, his album will mostly be distinguished from his mixtapes by the extent to which it hues to the rap-radio playbook (the perfunctory cameos from Drake and Trey Songz have already been confirmed).