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Stopped By 'No One,' A Nun Wins Italy's 'The Voice'

The TV talent show ended with a surprise breakout star, 25-year-old Sister Cristina Scuccia. She became a favorite after her first-round performance of Alicia Keys' "No One" went viral.
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Chart-Topping 'Chapel Of Love' Turns 50

In 1964, a teenage girl group from New Orleans proved to be The Beatles' biggest competition, knocking the Fab Four out of the No. 1 spot on the charts.
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Well, All Right, Starchild, The Mothership Is Back

The Smithsonian is bringing back the funk. Parliament-Funkadelic's iconic stage prop, which would descend to the stage in a blaze of flashing lights, will anchor a new exhibit.
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Bob Mould's Beautiful, Ruinous Life In Punk

With Hüsker Dü, Mould helped invent alt-rock, and he's kept innovating ever since. "For so many years, I ran away from my own sound," he says. At 53, he's caught up to himself.
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The Confounding, Enigmatic 'Ode To Billie Joe'

Tuesday is June 3, a date memorialized in a 1967 hit by singer-songwriter Bobbie Gentry. Even with a suicide in the first verse, the song helped Gentry bump the Beatles off the top of the charts.
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From A Band On The Border, The Stories That Shape 'South Of Nowhere'

Spanish Gold is a band out of South Texas, and the band's debut album, South of Nowhere, draws inspiration from life on the U.S.-Mexico border. Singer Dante Schwebel discusses the band's sound and the meanings behind the lyrics.
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John Fullbright's Uneven 'Songs' Finds A Way To Fascinate

Songs feels like the work of an artist who's still figuring out who he is, where he wants to go, and what he wants to elaborate upon — or invent anew.
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The Silence And Awe Of Arvo Pärt

The Estonian composer's contemplative yet powerful music has found popularity beyond the borders of classical music. He's making a rare appearance in the U.S. to attend a festival of his music.
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Meshell Ndegeocello Trades Songs And Stories, Live In L.A.

The bassist and songwriter gave a secret show in Los Angeles this weekend, and NPR's Arun Rath was there. Hear their conversation and selections from the concert.
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In Perfect Movie Music, Filling Space Is An Art

If Brian Reitzell does his job right, you'll enjoy the movie you're watching a lot more — without knowing why. He speaks with NPR's Rachel Martin about being a music supervisor for Hollywood films.

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