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Aretha Franklin Is Looking For The Next Great Star ... Of Opera

The Queen of Soul is looking for a prince or princess of Puccini in a new competition for opera singers. And she's the one judging.
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Double-Blind Violin Test: Can You Pick The Strad?

Researchers presented a group of professional violinists with a set of violins and asked them to play and then determine — based on sound alone — which were made by the famed Italian violin-maker Stradivari and Guarneri. The results surprised everyone, including the pros themselves.
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Seth MacFarlane: A 'Family Guy' Sings Out

MacFarlane is best known for creating the animated TV shows Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. But he's also a singer whose new album features songs from the Great American Songbook.
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New 'Clear Day' A Test For Harry Connick Jr.

Connick is starring in a new Broadway production of the musical On a Clear Day You Can See Forever. He says a twist on the original premise drew him to the role — but has also presented one of the biggest challenges of his career.
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Ryan Adams: Up From The 'Ashes'

The prolific country-rocker recently took a break from an otherwise sleepless career. He discusses returning to the studio for the new album Ashes & Fire, and performs three songs live — including an unlikely metal cover.
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The Year In Pop — From Iceland And Lebanon

Whether you wanted to or not, you probably heard songs that ruled the charts in the U.S. this year. But how about what was popular on the other side of the globe? Critics from Reykjavik and Beirut pick tracks by the artists who stood out in their home countries.

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