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Tiny Music Royalties Add Up, Unexpectedly

The Internet is full of music, but not all of it generates income for composers and songwriters. Services that specialize in "micro-licensing" are helping to fix that.

Ladysmith Black Mambazo to South Africans: Stop Attacking Immigrants

There's been a wave of violence against immigrant workers. Now the Grammy-winning singers have joined their voices with Mali's superstar Salif Keita. The message: "United we stand."

Prince Releases 'Baltimore'; Holds Concert In Troubled City

Prince performed in Baltimore Sunday night. It was billed as a "Rally 4 Peace" — just weeks after violence erupted following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Police officers are charged in his death.

Kamasi Washington's 3-Hour Jazz 'Epic,' Complete With Creation Myth

The Los Angeles jazz saxophonist ended up on the latest records by rapper Kendrick Lamar and electronic music producer Flying Lotus. His new three-CD recording is no less ambitious.
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Prince To Debut 'Baltimore' At 'Rally 4 Peace' Concert

Prince is getting political with his new track "Baltimore," which glitters with lyrics like: "Does anybody hear us pray for Michael Brown or Freddie Gray?"

At 70, Keith Jarrett Is Learning How To Bottle Inspiration

The jazz pianist is celebrating his birthday with a pair of new releases, one of which documents how his creative process plays out in front of live audiences.

Lecrae Makes Music Concerned With The Soul

The hip-hop artist tells NPR's Rachel Martin how his music incorporates his faith, and describes how "the brokenness of humanity" has fueled conflict in Baltimore and Ferguson.

Black Thought Made You A James Brown Mixtape

"Had it not been for all of the breaks, I wouldn't be here where I am today — nor would The Roots," Black Thought says.

Russian Band Pompeya Finds Safety In English-Language Lyrics

Yes there are other bands from Russia besides Pussy Riot. NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Daniil Brod, lead singer for Pompeya, who says they wanted to create music that's sunny, light and fun.

The Slants Frontman Fights Government To Register His Band's Name

Simon Tam, the founder and bassist of The Slants, has spent six years trying to register his group's name. The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office says the name disparages Asians.