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Friday, Dec. 14, 2007

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Hitting the right notes in 2007 were (back row): Arctic Monkeys, whose ``Favourite Worst Nightmare'' album sold a ton; the reissued Ornette Coleman Trio; Radiohead, who let fans decide how much to pay for their new album online; singer/songwriter Miranda Lambert; (center): indefatigable J-pop idol Kumi Koda; Miles Davis, who got the box set treatment; M.I.A., whose ``Kala'' album was one of 2007's most acclaimed; Yui, who lent J-pop a grungy edge; pianist Kazuko Nagatomi; Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, whose MTV Unplugged performance was made available on DVD; (front row): Amy Winehouse, who was rarely out of the headlines; Joy Division; violinist Hilary Hahn; rapper Kanye West; and Bob Dylan, who released a three-CD retrospective and the ``Live at the Newport Folk Festival'' DVD. AP PHOTOS/COURTESY OF SONY JAPAN INTERNATIONAL INC.

Wrapping up the music of 2007

Stuck for what musical goodies you should get this festive season? The Japan Timess called upon some industry experts, and our own elves, to pick the year's best entertainment.

■ Best of 2007 index ■

Beikoku Ongaku recommends . . .

Ornette hits Blue Note Tokyo's spot

From Nashville, Okinawa and L.A.

Miles Davis is now complete, Michael Brecker's journey ends

Winehouse stays in trouble on DVD

Longhaired freaks read this

Sincere approach to Mozart's sonatas

Drum for your life and bring the noise

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Win a big bag of booty from the JT office

Let The Japan Times do your seasonal shopping for you! We have three copies of the double-DVD music documentary "Glastonbury" (distributed by Pony Canyon), directed by Julien Temple and featuring performances by Bjork, Radiohead, Coldplay, Primal Scream, The Chemical Brothers and David Bowie. We're also giving away an M.I.A. T-shirt and a pile of this year's best CDs (from Arctic Monkeys, Animal Collective, HiGE, UA, and more). To apply, send a postcard stating your name, address, telephone number, age and a comment on The Japan Times' RE:MUSIC page to: Gakugei-bu, The Japan Times, 4-5-4 Shibaura, Minato-ku, Tokyo 108-0023. The deadline is Dec. 28.

Find even more gift-giving ideas in our Holiday Shopping Hints store where JT writers and staff choose the best and most noteworthy books, CDs and DVDs of 2007.

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