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Meghan Trainor's Confidence Got A Boost From 'That Bass'

The singer's hit, "All About That Bass," was viewed on YouTube almost half a billion times. She talks to NPR's Scott Simon about her debut album, Title, and her ode to female empowerment.

A 'Down-To-Earth Diva' Confronts Her Flaws And Good Fortune

In a frank new memoir, soprano Deborah Voigt reveals her troubles with obesity, alcohol and bad relationships, along with her many triumphs in opera houses the world over.
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How Paul Reed Smith Built a Guitar Empire on Maryland's Eastern Shore

Famed guitar maker Paul Reed Smith is celebrating his 30th anniversary of building instruments on Maryland's Eastern Shore.

'Everything Is Cyclical': Christian McBride Looks At 2015 In Jazz

The bassist, host of NPR's new program Jazz Night In America, talks to Audie Cornish about two exciting new jazz records, as well as two birthdays he says he can't wait to celebrate.

Country Quartet Little Big Town Finds Fun In Being A Foursome

The Nashville country pop band doesn't have a single lead singer; they take turns, which opens artistic and emotional possibilities. The band recently released its sixth studio album, Pain Killer.

The More, The Better: Repetition Propels Songs Up The Charts

It's an age-old question: What makes a hit song? NPR's Rachel Martin turns to USC professor Joseph Nunes for the answer. He says the secret formula may not be as complicated as we think.

Uptown Boy: Mark Ronson And The Producer As Rock Star

A studio tinkerer with a perfectionist streak, Ronson himself admits he can't sing. Instead, he built a reputation on instinct and good taste.
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The Bounce: This Week In Music News From WAMU's Bandwidth

From Kanye and Sir Paul to D.C.'s own U.S. Royalty, the first week of the new year brought new sounds and fresh controversies.


You Know Exactly What These 6 Country Songs Have In Common

A Nashville songwriter mashed up tunes by the likes of Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Luke Bryan so you don't have to.

Andraé Crouch, Who Moved Gospel Into The 21st Century, Has Died

The singer and songwriter played a major role in creating a contemporary, conservative gospel sound.