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The Story Behind Mark Ronson's Hit Song 'Uptown Funk'

The producer says there was a moment when his co-writers thought, "Maybe this song wasn't meant to be." He also describes working with Amy Winehouse and Bruno Mars.

Review: Razia Said, 'Akory'

Imagine a country where most of the people are under 14 years old. Madagascar singer Razia Said lives in the U.S., but her songs tackle the challenges the African island nation faces.

Soul Singer Percy Sledge Dies

Sledge is perhaps best known for his hit "When A Man Loves A Woman." He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005.

How Asian-Americans Found A Home In The World Of K-Pop

For all the unique "Asian-ness" of K-pop, many of its stars are American-born and raised. And now that K-pop's gone global, Asian-American artists are more at home than ever.

'It Was Such A Knock On The Head': Laura Marling On Empathy

"I think I was overwhelmed by the vastness of the world and, more particularly, America," the English singer-songwriter says of Short Movie, an album inspired by her stay in L.A.

Manatee Commune: A Solo Violist Hears Symphonies In Wires

Electronic musician Grant Eadie was one of the many Tiny Desk Contest entries that caught our attention. He tells NPR's Rachel Martin, "I feel like I could play with a symphony if I really wanted to."

This Date In History: Wham! (Awkwardly) Opens Doors In China

30 years ago this month, Wham! became the first Western band to perform in communist China. NPR's Rachel Martin reflects on the anniversary.

In 'Snowy Egret,' A Fierce New Band Takes Flight

Inspired by a Uruguayan author's three-volume history of the Americas, jazz pianist and composer Myra Melford has written a suite for her new quintet.

From Ballrooms To Concert Halls, Mexico Kept This Cuban Style Alive

Born in Cuba in the late 1800s, danzón had couples gliding in a kind of formal square dance a century later.

A Young Jazz Saxophonist Wants You To 'Get Up And Move'

"I wanted to show another side of my passion," says 25-year-old Hailey Niswanger, whose new album PDX Soul is a departure from her previous straight-ahead jazz albums.