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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.

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.

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.

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."

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.

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.

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.

A Sister Act Taps A Ghostly, Afro-Cuban Groove

As Ibeyi, Lisa-Kainde and Naomi Diaz make soulful, percussive music rooted in their Yoruba heritage.

Taylor Swift, Savvy Trademark Titan

Thinking of putting "speak now" on a T-shirt or bed linens? You'll have to ask Taylor Swift first. NPR's Rachel Martin speaks to intellectual property lawyer Mark Lemley about Swift's branding empire.

To Set The Mood In Period Drama, A Composer Paints Around The Emotions

Gary Yershon is up for an Oscar for the score of Mr. Turner, his fourth collaboration with director Mike Leigh. The two men share a philosophy: Never tell the audience exactly how to feel.