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Every Thursday, host Ray McDonald surveys the Top 20 pop singles and albums in the U.S. as ranked by Billboard magazine.

December 2012

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December 2012

Join VOA every Thursday for Top 20 Countdown - Ray McDonald's countdown of the hottest pop, rock, and R&B singles and albums in the United States, as determined by the editors at Billboard magazine. Ray also looks at the fastest-rising singles on the Hot 100 chart by spotlighting the week's Hot Shot Debut hit.

A music presenter and producer since 1984, Ray began his VOA career as host of the long-running shortwave favorite Now Music USA. He's covered the Grammy Awards, spoken with some of the most interesting figures in pop music, and seeks to unite fans through the international language of music.


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