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The Secret Genius Of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift's new album sold more than a million copies in its first week — a rare feat these days. She did it by answering a surprisingly complex question: What's the best way to sell an album?

Ian Hunter On World Cafe

After the glam-rock band Mott the Hoople dissolved in 1974, Hunter became an outspoken solo artist.

Samuel Yirga Ushers In A Golden Age Of Ethiopian Music

Yirga finds his way into Ethiopian standards, displays his flair for jazz over solo and ensemble pieces, and performs effortless homages to vintage soul. He holds everything together with voracious talent that helps him savor each musical flavor.

Diana Krall: Old-Time Music, Rooted In Nostalgia

On the new album Glad Rag Doll, Krall reimagines Prohibition-era songs, which she first heard as a child on weekend visits to her grandparents' house.

Studying How — And What — We Download

Digital music sales are expected to reach record highs this year and legal streaming services continue to gain in popularity. But unauthorized music file sharing is still going strong.

Bloc Party On World Cafe

After a hiatus, the British band returns to its early post-punk sound on a new album, Four.