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Madonna's Tumble At Brit Awards Lights up Twitter, Stirs Ageism Debate

The 56-year-old singer fell off the steps next to the stage while performing her song "Living for Love." But she picked herself up and continued her performance.
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Mavericks' Singer Raul Malo Restlessly Explores Genres

In the band's latest album Mono, Malo demonstrates how he likes to make music that confounds the usual expectations of what a country hit-maker can do.
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Statik Selektah On Boom Bap And His Mom's Favorite Rapper

The DJ and producer spoke to Microphone Check about his fifth album and giving his childhood to hip-hop.
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Cormega: 'I Just Want To Be A Soldier For My Culture'

The New York rapper on the music industry — from sitting on the shelf, to refusing deals, posthumous releases to sales expectations — music journalism and taking risks, personal and professional.
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Podium Diplomacy: Conductor Takes Chinese Music West And Vice Versa

5 years, 40 works: Long Yu wants China and the West to know each other's contemporary music better. He's launching a big project to accomplish just that.
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Music Review: 'Rise And Fall Of Paramount Records Volume 2'

For a decade, Paramount Records was one the most influential labels in the country. Now, a two box set collection tracks its rise and fall in the early 20th century.
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Kate Pierson Says Going Solo Is Like 'Having Wings'

"There's nobody like The B-52s," Pierson says. "But doing stuff on my own, I can also express more personal songs."
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Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon On Marriage, Music And Moving On

Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore were indie rock's power couple — until their marriage, and their band, ended in 2011. Gordon looks back on the experience in a new memoir called Girl in a Band.
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Clark Terry, Ebullient Jazz Trumpeter, Has Died

A member of the Count Basie and Duke Ellington Orchestras, Terry also enjoyed a long freelance career which included jazz education and a featured slot in NBC's Tonight Show band. He was 94.
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In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

The distinctive music in the movie Birdman will not win an Oscar — in fact, it wasn't even nominated. Like other acclaimed film scores from years past, it didn't comply with Academy rules.

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