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Next Out of Prince’s Vaults: The Hits He Gave Away - The New York Times

“Originals,” a collection of 15 demos for songs recorded by the Bangles, Kenny Rogers and Sinead O’Connor, is a rough draft of pop genius.

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Here's How Much Coachella Has Changed Over The Years

A lot has changed since the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival got its start in 1999!

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Ultra Rare Beatles Demo Found in U.K. Charity Store Expected to Fetch $20,000 at Auction

Staff at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) were stunned when a plastic bag left at their local fundraising store included a super-rare demo cut of The Beatles first ever single, "Love Me Do"

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Michael Jackson's 'Thriller' is no longer the best-selling album of all time in the US

New data has revealed the best-selling album of all time in America, with an unexpected artist taking the title.

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With ticket sales in the tank, Taylor Swift makes unprecedented move

With the curtain rising on her “Reputation” tour, Taylor Swift blinked. She buckled by having Ticketmaster turn off resale ticket listings on its interactive venue charts for the first leg of her N…

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Taylor Swift’s Return To Spotify Is Outperforming Katy Perry’s New Album ‘Witness’

Katy Perry's new album just dropped, but it's Taylor Swift's back catalogue that's making more noise on Spotify.

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The Unoriginal Originality of Led Zeppelin - The New Yorker

Legal cases involving claims of musical plagiarism often lead to strange eruptions of musicological discourse in the halls of justice. Not long ago, the heirs of Marvin Gaye alleged that Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams’s song “Blurred Lines” infringed upon the copyright of Gaye’s “Got to Give It Up.”

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The revival and hidden treasure of Aretha Franklin

The ascent and influence of the greatest singer in the history of postwar popular music.

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Cracking the Mystery of the Missing iTunes Files - The New York Times

Apple’s iTunes software cannot play song files that have been moved or deleted, but the program tells you where to look for the lost tracks.

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Paul McCartney on George Martin: 'I'm so sad...' - LA Times

Paul McCartney posted the following reflection on his official website on Beatles producer George Martin, who died Tuesday at the age of 90.

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Why those who were teenagers in the 70s will feel the loss of David Bowie the most 

I am making toast for my 13-year-old when the 7.30am news comes on the radio. Oh! Oh no. David Bowie is dead. I hear the words but I don’t understand. How can this be? How can this be allowed?

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An Outsider Remakes Nashville's Traditional Sound

After making acclaimed albums with Jason Isbell, Sturgill Simpson and Chris Stapleton, producer Dave Cobb has quietly staked out territory as the man behind country music's roots revolution.

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Gillian Reynolds: John Lennon and a look beneath the surface of a flawed hero

Gillian Reynolds reviews Radio 2 and Radio 4's profiles of John Lennon to mark what have been his 75 birthday, plus Bliss Was It in that Dawn and Book of the Week: Everything She Wants

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When John Lennon Was Starting Over - The New York Times

A month before he was murdered, a reflective John Lennon spoke about the demands of making music versus the demands of a family.

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John Lennon: what would he be like at 75?

Receding silver hair tied back in a stringy pony-tail; thick glasses perched on his thin nose, a wiry old man steps creakily into the spotlight, blinking into the vast space where an audience roar their love.

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All our “Yesterday”s, from The Beatles to Jimmy Fallon · Version Tracker · The A.V. Club

Version Tracker examines how different artists have performed the same song over the years, adapting it to suit their own needs and times.

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Reckless: Chrissie Hynde's Meandering Journey to Rock Stardom | Candy Leonard

The girl we meet in the early pages of Chrissie Hynde's heartfelt and beautifully written memoir, Reckless, is like millions of other cool kids in the sixties who were obsessed with music, became very adept at lying to their parents, and did a lot of drug

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14 of Taylor Swift's Most Seemingly Random Concert Guests, Explained

How, for example, does she know Julia Roberts? And why was Chris Rock there?

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Bono performs with a Bono impersonator at L.A. show | EW.com

Impersonators are a consequence of mass stardom. They come with the territory. But it’s not every day that you see a star take the stage next to his doppelganger—which Bono did at a Los Angeles U2 show Tuesday night. The singer invited a fan, decked o

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Steve Smith: Madonna breaks George Strait’s Billboard chart record and more music news

Many people wondered if George Strait’s record of 44 No. 1 hits on Billboard’s country singles chart — the most on any of the music magazine’s lists of genres — would ever be broken. Well, it has.With her sing

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Jack Bruce, Ann Wilson Feature on Beatles Tribute Comp | Rolling Stone

The Beatles' classic ballads will be the focus of an upcoming tribute album featuring acoustic Fab Four covers by artists like Jack Bruce, Heart's Ann Wilson, Todd Rundgren and more. Keep Calm and Salute the Beatles, due out April 28th, will feature Bruce's cover of "Eleanor Rigby," recorded just prior to the Cream bassist's death last October.

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The Beatles make “A Day In The Life” flash before your eyes · Hear This · The A.V. Club

In the interview for my first real job in journalism—a general-assignment beat for the features section of my college newspaper—I was asked to name the greatest pop song ever written.

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The Man Who Wrote an Album in His Sleep | Mental Floss

Dion McGregor's true talent emerged each morning just before he woke up.

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Beyoncé Writes Tribute to Michael Jackson on Five-Year Anniversary of His Death

Today marks five years since Michael Jackson died. In tribute to the late King of Pop, Beyoncé has shared a note on her website. "Michael Jackson changed me, and helped me to become the artist I am," she wrote. Read the full thing below via MissInfo.tv.

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Blondie: Hear three tracks from their new album Ghosts of Download

Every day this week, we're rolling out the new album from Blondie, three tracks at a time. Here are the first three …

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Arcade Fire blasts Coachella’s VIP policy, joined by Debbie Harry on stage

Canadian alternative-rock group Arcade Fire closed the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival on Sunday with special guest Debbie Harry but deplored the festival's growing amenities reserved for VIPs only.

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A Strad? Violinists Can’t Tell

In a blind test, more than half of the accomplished musicians chose newer instruments over older ones like the prized Stradivarius.

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    Meet the Women Leading a New Movement In R&B

    If there's one trend in music we've been consistently impressed with, it's indie's R&B moment. (Or maybe that's R&B's indie moment.) Guys like The Weeknd, Frank Ocean and How to Dress Well and DJs and producers like Sango, Kaytranada and Ta-Ku are bringing '90s sounds back to the future with innovative beats, arrangements and lyrics.

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      4 Crazy, Early Foreign Language Versions of Beatles Songs

      It was 50 years ago this week that the Beatles first landed in the U.S. and set off a wave of Beatlemania from coast to coast with their historic appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. By the end of the 1960s, their music had spread worldwide, not only in th

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        The 25 Albums Found at the Bottom of Every Used CD Bin | NOISEY

        If you’ve ever spent any time flipping through used CDs at a record store, first of all, cut that shit out, it’s 2014. What are you, Amish? Secondly, you know that used CD bins are a Saturday afternoon-killing adventure box where occasional treasures are to be found. But for the most part, they are just wastelands of sad rejection in jewel case form.

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          13 things musicians are sick of hearing at the holiday dinner table

          this post is a little serious tongue in cheek. take it for what it’s worth. seeing as though we are embarking on the holiday season, which for most, means also entering into a barrage of holiday di...

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              167 Theremin Players Perform Beethoven

              It's Sunday. It's hot. Why not watch 167 theremin players perform variations on Beethoven's Symphony No. 9???

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                  Justin Timberlake to perform at the Grammys

                  After that hesitant, dramatic semi-announcement that he was returning to music, you might expect Justin Timberlake to play it low-key. You know, release a single here, perform at a private charity Super Bowl party there.

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                    How the Internet Killed Carly Rae Jepsen | MTV Hive

                    The Canadian singer's new record is the best pop album of the year, and nobody is listening.

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                      Mick Boogie Pulls Together ‘Brooklyn Originals’ | MTV Hive

                      Rugged beats and smooth rhymes. We expect nothing less from Brooklyn.