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Justin Townes Earle On World Cafe

Listen to the singer perform his Memphis-inspired songs full of captivating storytelling.
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Everybody Wants To Be A K-Pop Star

Groups like Girls' Generation and 2NE1 have turned South Korea into a global pop hot spot. A look inside auditions at one of the country's biggest pop factories.
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Bonnie Raitt's 'Slipstream': A Barnstorming Good Time

Slipstream is Raitt's first album since 2005's Souls Alike, and she's produced most of the tracks herself. Rock critic Ken Tucker says that this return to recording and her renewed control over her music has resulted in one of Raitt's finest albums.
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M. Ward: Sounds Of A Different Time And Place

The singer-songwriter went to eight different studios to make his latest album, A Wasteland Companion. Ward drew inspiration not only from the different locations, but also from a variety of older production styles.
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Carole King, From Doo-Wopper To Chart Topper

Singer-songwriter Carole King started young: She was just 15 when she founded a doo-wop group with her classmates. The act never took off, but King eventually became one of the biggest-selling artists of all time. She tells the story of her career so far in a new memoir, A Natural Woman.
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How To Succeed In The Music Business (By Trying Really, Really Hard)

The new reality of the music industry offers more control for musicians alongside a sometimes crushing responsibility. Sometimes, living the dream means selling your belongings to pay your rent.

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