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Pharrell Williams On Juxtaposition And Seeing Sounds

The songwriter and producer — up for Grammys and an Oscar — breaks down his three-step writing process, recalls his history in Virginia Beach with Chad Hugo and Teddy Riley, and says anybody can do what he does.
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In Memoriam: 2013

Follow along as NPR Music remembers some of the great musicians who died this year.
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Another Fleetwood Mac Album That's 'Worth A Damn'

This year saw a much-ballyhooed reissue of Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Virtually ignored was a reissue of the 1969 album Then Play On, Peter Green's last LP with the band. The recording signaled a spiritual quest already in progress.
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Muslim Pop Star Yuna Climbs The U.S. Charts

The indie-pop singer, already a star in her native Malaysia, also owns a fashion boutique and wears chic headscarves while performing. She says she's not compromising her style or her religion.
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20 Years Ago, De La Soul Refused To Go Pop

De La's third album, Buhloone Mindstate, challenged the music industry — an industry then obsessed with hip-hop's crossover success — and went on to become a classic.
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From Rodeo To Radio: Ryan Bingham's Wild Ride

The alt-country artist had been living in his truck when he began working on the song that would win him an Oscar. "You just can't muscle your way through some things in life," he says. "You just have to keep your head on your shoulders and dance with it as you go."
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Giorgio Moroder On Dance Music's Present And Future

One of the most influential electronic producers in the world, Moroder spent 2013 back in the spotlight. Here, he discusses his work with Daft Punk and Donna Summer, the return of disco and the rise of the DJ.
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Jamaica's Hottest New-School Reggae Artists Return To Roots

A new generation is looking to dominate Jamaica's music scene with a fresh take on an old-school sound. NPR's Baz Dreisinger looks further into the musical resurgence and the artists leading the charge.
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Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Bandmate

Carlos Santana was recently reunited with one of the original members of his band. Conga player Marcus "The Magnificent" Malone was discovered homeless on the streets of Oakland by KRON-TV reporter Stanley Roberts. NPR's Jennifer Ludden speaks with Roberts about how he came upon Malone and facilitated a reunion with Santana.
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As The Year Closes, A Concert Hall Remains Empty

By the time 2013 ends, the Minnesota Orchestra will not have played a single note in its own concert hall due to a labor dispute between musicians and management. It's an emblem of the problems facing non-profit arts institutions around the country.

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