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How The Hot 100 Became America's Hit Barometer

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

After 55 years, the voracious creature, built to absorb whatever medium is delivering music to the masses at any given time, is complicated and imperfect — any chart where Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Missy Elliott peak only at No. 2 is — but it's still the best benchmark we have to measure the bigness of hits.


First Listen: Typhoon, 'White Lighter'

Tuesday, August 06, 2013

Underneath Typhoon's booming sound and dark lyrics lies a sincere appreciation for the gift of life. After spending his childhood battling a serious illness, Kyle Morton writes songs for the band as if they were the last works he might ever create.


Video: Relive The Newport Folk Festival Performances

Friday, July 26, 2013

Watch a live stream of the Newport Folk Festival - featuring Feist, Beck, The Lumineers, Jim James, Andrew Bird and more!

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Robin Thicke, Beyond His Breakout Hit

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Morning Edition host Renee Montagne speaks with NPR music critic Ann Powers about singer Robin Thicke, who spent a decade recording smooth, sexy R&B before hitting the top of the pop charts with his current single, "Blurred Lines."

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Whose MP3s Are They, Anyway?

Thursday, April 11, 2013

If you have a CD or book you don't want anymore, you can sell it. The law says that's perfectly legal. But what about an MP3 or an e-book? Can you legally resell your digital goods?


Brad Paisley's 'Accidental Racist' Sparks At Least One Dialogue

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

The song was an instant hit all over the Internet, though not (perhaps) the way its creators intended.

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The Wu-Tang Clan's 20-Year Plan

Monday, April 08, 2013

The group's 1993 debut was the opening shot of an audacious plan to open the music industry to hip-hop made way outside the mainstream.

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Cyndi Lauper on the Freedom of Broadway

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

“I like to study music and I like visuals. I think that there’s nothing better than telling a story that’s authentic about the real human condition, about people who are trying,” she said.


Punk, Shoes and Videos Take Museums This Spring

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Music video enthusiasts, fashion lovers, and punk rock aficionados: This spring season of museum offerings has something for each of you, from a shoe show, to a punk exhibition, to a retrospective that pays homage to the art of the music video.


Stockhausen Music, in a Lunar Setting

Monday, March 25, 2013


The work of one of the visionaries of 20th-century music is being presented in an unusual setting in New York City.

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One NY Artist: Emeline Michel

Saturday, March 09, 2013

There are thousands of artists in New York City perfecting their craft in studios, basements and on stage. WNYC is bringing some of them to the spotlight, in their own voices.

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Brooklyn Meets the Balkans at the Zlatne Uste Golden Festival

Friday, January 18, 2013

Brooklyn is getting a taste of the Balkans this weekend. The Zlatne Uste Golden Festival, New York’s largest Balkan music event, is celebrating its 28th year of regional music, food, drink and arts starting Friday evening. 

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Ravi Shankar, Who Brought Eastern Music To Western Legends, Dies

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

When he was just 10 years old, Shankar began performing in Europe and the US with his family's Indian dance troupe. But at age 18, Shankar gave up all the glitter to study with a guru who taught him the sitar. He became a master, and introduced the West to his country's music.


Rush Is In! The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, That Is

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

The Canadian trio was among the bands that many fans thought had been unfairly excluded. Now, though, Rush is being inducted along with Heart, Public Enemy, Randy Newman, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones and Lou Adler.


Never Enough 'Gangnam': K-Pop Video Is YouTube's Most-Viewed

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Gangnam Style, by Korean pop star PSY, is now the site's most-viewed video of all time. With more than 810 million views and numerous spoofs, "the velocity of popularity for PSY's outlandish video is unprecedented," YouTube said.


Five Reasons To Visit Your Local Record Store On Black Friday

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

This Friday, independent record stores will offer new, reissued and limited-edition vinyl. We pick some of the best, including a collaboration between My Morning Jacket and Brittany Howard of Alabama Shakes.


Elliott Carter, Giant Of American Music, Dies At 103

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

The composer, who was born in 1908 and won two Pulitzer Prizes for music that could be challenging and adventurously modern, died in New York.


Rocker Gary Glitter Arrested In Connection With U.K. Sex Abuse Investigation

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Glitter, born Paul Gadd, is the first person to be arrested in connection with the Jimmy Savile abuse inquiry that has rocked Britain and its publicly funded broadcaster, the BBC. Glitter was released on bail until mid-December after being questioned.


Banned In China: Ai Weiwei's 'Gangnam Style' Video

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Chinese dissident and artist Ai Weiwei is pushing authorities' buttons again, this time with a spoof that was quickly blocked from Chinese websites. He's mocking government censorship.


Barbra Streisand Live: Brooklyn Girl, Still Making Good

Thursday, October 18, 2012

This past week Barbra Streisand, born and raised in Brooklyn, played there for the first time since she was eight years old. She followed Jay-Z, making her the second performer ever at a new arena.