Posted: 2020-08-07 03:31:47
Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar's movie-length music video — and to criticism from other Africans....
Posted: 2020-08-05 09:03:27
Woods played in the International Sweethearts of Rhythm, a history-making all-female big band. She was 96....
Neil Young Sues To Stop Trump Campaign From U...

Neil Young Sues To Stop Trump Campaign From Using His Songs


The singer and songwriter has filed a copyright infringement complaint over the use of "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" at numerous rallies and campaign events....
Posted: 2020-08-04 08:20:17
Neil Young Sues To Stop Trump Campaign From Using His Songs
The singer and songwriter has filed a copyright infringement complaint over the use of "Rockin' in the Free World" and "Devil's Sidewalk" at numerous rallies and campaign events....
Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Is ...

Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Is A Sumptuous Search For Divine Identity


The film project, released Friday on Disney's new streaming service, finds the star seeking out a shared history of Black excellence....
Posted: 2020-08-04 01:33:16
Beyoncé's 'Black Is King' Is A Sumptuous Search For Divine Identity
The film project, released Friday on Disney's new streaming service, finds the star seeking out a shared history of Black excellence....
Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's &...

Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'


That song can get an entire bar or stadium singing along. "Sweet Caroline" was banned because of fear aggressive singing creates droplets that linger in the air and help spread the coronavir...
Posted: 2020-08-04 10:54:00
Irish Pub In Spain Bans Neil Diamond's 'Sweet Caroline'
That song can get an entire bar or stadium singing along. "Sweet Caroline" was banned because of fear aggressive singing creates droplets that linger in the air and help spread the coronavir...

Posted: 2020-08-04 09:53:00
This year's Tiny Desk Contest was truly like no other. Our winner stood out from the over 6,000 entries with a song about slowing down and enjoying life that captivated our judges....
Posted: 2020-08-03 02:07:08
The beloved pianist was a young lion of his generation until a hand injury forced him to rethink his relationship to music....
The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler On ...

The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler On The Band's First New Album In 29 Years


Singer Richard Butler talks about the power of '80s nostalgia, the state of rock and roll today and the freedom of making the band's new record, Made of Rain, on its own terms....
Posted: 2020-07-31 09:00:00
The Psychedelic Furs' Richard Butler On The Band's First New Album In 29 Years
Singer Richard Butler talks about the power of '80s nostalgia, the state of rock and roll today and the freedom of making the band's new record, Made of Rain, on its own terms....
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is Kin...

Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives


The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
Posted: 2020-07-31 07:00:56
Beyonce's Visual Ode, 'Black Is King,' Arrives
The project leapfrogged from last year's Bey-curated soundtrack to The Lion King to now arriving on Disney's new streaming service....
The Most Popular High School Plays And Musica...

The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals


Mary Poppins is out and Matilda is in, according to the new high school theater rankings from the Educational Theatre Association. The organization has been publishing its list since 1938....
Posted: 2020-07-30 01:05:00
The Most Popular High School Plays And Musicals
Mary Poppins is out and Matilda is in, according to the new high school theater rankings from the Educational Theatre Association. The organization has been publishing its list since 1938....

Posted: 2020-07-30 09:03:00
The jazz drummer records live performances and then manipulates those recordings in creative ways. His new album pulls from the pool of recordings that shaped his 2018 work, Universal Beings...
Posted: 2020-07-29 08:07:31
The Philadelphia rapper was part of the band's first four albums....
Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism ...

Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media


Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and ...
Posted: 2020-07-29 04:01:43
Classical Music Tries To Reckon With Racism — On Social Media
Pianist Yuja Wang, violinist Leonidas Kavakos and several prominent academics have been accused this week of making anti-Black comments. Ensuing debates have been playing out on Twitter and ...
Remembering Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green...

Remembering Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green, The Soulful Voice Of British Blues


The guitarist and singer, whose distinctive guitar and soulful voice propelled the band's early success, died over the weekend at the age of 73....
Posted: 2020-07-29 03:38:30
Remembering Fleetwood Mac Founder Peter Green, The Soulful Voice Of British Blues
The guitarist and singer, whose distinctive guitar and soulful voice propelled the band's early success, died over the weekend at the age of 73....
Grand Ole Opry Announcer, Eddie Stubbs, To Re...

Grand Ole Opry Announcer, Eddie Stubbs, To Retire


After a 25-year career as the announcer of the Grand Ole Opry, Eddie Stubbs is leaving after Tuesday night's show. He says he has seen one amazing performance after another....
Posted: 2020-07-29 09:04:00
Grand Ole Opry Announcer, Eddie Stubbs, To Retire
After a 25-year career as the announcer of the Grand Ole Opry, Eddie Stubbs is leaving after Tuesday night's show. He says he has seen one amazing performance after another....

Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
For more than 40 years, 96.3 WHUR-FM broadcast Patrick Ellis's beloved and popular radio show Gospel Spirit Sunday mornings, filling the homes and cars of Washington, D.C., with the sound of...
Posted: 2020-07-26 11:45:00
Musician Ella Vos has been through a lot lately: postpartum depression, cancer and divorce. NPR's Sarah McCammon talks Vos, who's real name is Lauren Salamone, about her second album....
Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fl...

Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fleetwood Mac, Dies At 73


Green's blues guitar sound was well recognized before he formed Fleetwood Mac. During the band's early years, Green was behind hits such as "Albatross," "Man of the World," and "Black Magic ...
Posted: 2020-07-25 10:56:02
Blues Guitarist Peter Green, Co-Founder Of Fleetwood Mac, Dies At 73
Green's blues guitar sound was well recognized before he formed Fleetwood Mac. During the band's early years, Green was behind hits such as "Albatross," "Man of the World," and "Black Magic ...
A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Kn...

A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America


Women rarely received credit for their creative work in Colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....
Posted: 2020-07-24 08:58:00
A New Album Re-Creates The Work Of The 1st Known Female Composers In America
Women rarely received credit for their creative work in Colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....
A New Album Recreates The Work Of The First K...

A New Album Recreates The Work Of The First Known Women Composers In America


Women rarely received credit for their creative work in colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....
Posted: 2020-07-24 08:58:00
A New Album Recreates The Work Of The First Known Women Composers In America
Women rarely received credit for their creative work in colonial America. But with a new album, one scholar is reviving the works of the women who lived and composed at the Ephrata Cloister....

Posted: 2020-07-24 04:08:29
Swift's eighth studio album — recorded in isolation and announced just a day before it was released — features collaborations with members of The National and Bon Iver....
Posted: 2020-07-22 04:26:22
Ross was recognized as a natural performer from an early age. She essentially never stopped....
Independent Venues Face Bleak Future Without ...

Independent Venues Face Bleak Future Without Aid


Small music venues in the US are looking for a lifeline — and a new bill in Congress called the Restart Act might be it. Advocates say the future of independent clubs relies on government ...
Posted: 2020-07-21 03:11:16
Independent Venues Face Bleak Future Without Aid
Small music venues in the US are looking for a lifeline — and a new bill in Congress called the Restart Act might be it. Advocates say the future of independent clubs relies on government ...
Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of Hi...

Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of His Family's Concern — And More


West has announced he's running for president. Following an apparent campaign rally on Sunday, the rapper said in a string of now-deleted tweets that his wife was trying to "lock me up with ...
Posted: 2020-07-21 02:24:16
Kanye West Tweets, Then Deletes, Claims Of His Family's Concern — And More
West has announced he's running for president. Following an apparent campaign rally on Sunday, the rapper said in a string of now-deleted tweets that his wife was trying to "lock me up with ...
Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is ...

Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is 'Perfectly Good'


Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel recently saw a piano left on a sidewalk in Long Island, and just had to stop to tickle the ivories. He said it would be a shame to throw it away....
Posted: 2020-07-20 10:36:00
Piano Man Billy Joel Says Discarded Piano Is 'Perfectly Good'
Five-time Grammy winner Billy Joel recently saw a piano left on a sidewalk in Long Island, and just had to stop to tickle the ivories. He said it would be a shame to throw it away....

Posted: 2020-07-20 10:00:29
Nashville has rigid hierarchy of success — particularly when it comes to artists promoting themselves and ascending the city's ladder. And then came a virus....
Posted: 2020-07-19 08:45:11
NPR's Michel Martin speaks with Rina Sawayama about her self-titled debut album, everyday racism against Asian women and going from a Cambridge student to a rising pop star....
Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy...

Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years


July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of ...
Posted: 2020-07-19 11:58:00
Legendary Violinist Isaac Stern's Legacy Lives On After 100 Years
July 21 marks the centennial of the birth of violinist Isaac Stern. He was not only an acclaimed musician and advocate for the arts, but a devoted teacher who was a mentor to generations of ...
Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre'...

Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning


Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important ...
Posted: 2020-07-18 09:06:00
Singing In The Dark Times: Eric Whitacre's Virtual Choir Takes On New Meaning
Even before the age of social-distancing, composer and conductor Eric Whitacre had been leading an online chorus for a decade. Choir members say the connection they foster is more important ...
The Chicks Look Back And Laugh...

The Chicks Look Back And Laugh


Gaslighter is country trio The Chicks' (formerly Dixie Chicks) first new album in 14 years. In some ways, the world has finally caught up to the band since it fell out of public favor in 200...
Posted: 2020-07-17 09:00:00
The Chicks Look Back And Laugh
Gaslighter is country trio The Chicks' (formerly Dixie Chicks) first new album in 14 years. In some ways, the world has finally caught up to the band since it fell out of public favor in 200...

Posted: 2020-07-17 07:49:00
New South Wales will restrict "high-risk activities" as neighboring Victoria state reports a record single-day increase of 428 new cases....
Posted: 2020-07-16 09:02:00
Ten artists from Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean recorded tracks using birdsong from their country, with all profits of the vinyl and digital release going to bird conservation pro...
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot ...

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot On Sunday


The popular Houston rapper and singer said on Wednesday that she had been shot "as a result of a crime that was committed against me" over the weekend. She did not identify the shooter....
Posted: 2020-07-15 08:30:29
Rapper Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot On Sunday
The popular Houston rapper and singer said on Wednesday that she had been shot "as a result of a crime that was committed against me" over the weekend. She did not identify the shooter....
The Galaxy-Expanding, Peace-Loving Trumpet Of...

The Galaxy-Expanding, Peace-Loving Trumpet Of Eddie Gale: Hear The Essentials


The trumpeter, who died last week at the age of 78, was at the vanguard of jazz's midcentury development and is regarded as a legend by his peers....
Posted: 2020-07-15 02:32:11
The Galaxy-Expanding, Peace-Loving Trumpet Of Eddie Gale: Hear The Essentials
The trumpeter, who died last week at the age of 78, was at the vanguard of jazz's midcentury development and is regarded as a legend by his peers....
Lianne La Havas Will Join NPR Music's Li...

Lianne La Havas Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Lianne La Havas'


Friday at 2 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Lianne La Havas' new album, featuring a conversation with the London singer-songwriter herself....
Posted: 2020-07-15 10:00:30
Lianne La Havas Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'Lianne La Havas'
Friday at 2 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Lianne La Havas' new album, featuring a conversation with the London singer-songwriter herself....

Posted: 2020-07-13 08:56:21
Robert Speker wanted to keep spirits up while visitors and outside entertainment were banned due to COVID-19. His ingenious idea: cast the residents as rock stars....
Posted: 2020-07-09 06:00:54
Three men and two juvenile males have been arrested in connection with the rapper's death in February, the Los Angeles Police Department announced....
Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer...

Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer


The country trio changed its name from Lady Antebellum in June, saying it was "regretful and embarrassed" by the term's racist history. Now it's in a legal fight with a Black artist over the...
Posted: 2020-07-09 04:01:12
Lady A The Band Sues Lady A The Singer
The country trio changed its name from Lady Antebellum in June, saying it was "regretful and embarrassed" by the term's racist history. Now it's in a legal fight with a Black artist over the...
Margo Price Will Join NPR Music's Listen...

Margo Price Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'That's How Rumors Get Started'


Friday at 3 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Margo Price's new album, featuring a conversation with the singer-songwriter herself....
Posted: 2020-07-08 10:01:11
Margo Price Will Join NPR Music's Listening Party For 'That's How Rumors Get Started'
Friday at 3 p.m. ET, NPR Music will host an online listening party for Margo Price's new album, featuring a conversation with the singer-songwriter herself....
Arthur Jafa's Glorious Vision And Kanye ...

Arthur Jafa's Glorious Vision And Kanye West's Gilded Faith


Arthur Jafa, the celebrated artist, translates a new song from West into his own film-visual language, both elevating and transcending it....
Posted: 2020-07-07 07:11:49
Arthur Jafa's Glorious Vision And Kanye West's Gilded Faith
Arthur Jafa, the celebrated artist, translates a new song from West into his own film-visual language, both elevating and transcending it....

Posted: 2020-07-06 06:20:06
The country music star who linked to pop artists and singer-songwriters died Monday at age 83. He was best known for his mainstream hit "The Devil Went Down to Georgia."...
Posted: 2020-07-06 09:48:00
The iconic Italian composer, who scored The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and more than 500 other films, died Monday in Rome....
50 Years Ago, Casey Kasem Began Counting Down...

50 Years Ago, Casey Kasem Began Counting Down The Hits On American Top 40


Casey Kasem started counting down the top 40 hits 50 years ago this weekend. The radio program "American Top 40" would become an enduring cultural document of the country's listening habits....
Posted: 2020-07-03 09:00:57
50 Years Ago, Casey Kasem Began Counting Down The Hits On American Top 40
Casey Kasem started counting down the top 40 hits 50 years ago this weekend. The radio program "American Top 40" would become an enduring cultural document of the country's listening habits....
With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Wi...

With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Willie Nelson Are As Relevant As Ever


At 79, 74 and 87 years old, respectively, these three veteran songwriters prove that it's possible to release poignant and powerful work late in an artist's career....
Posted: 2020-06-30 07:50:00
With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Willie Nelson Are As Relevant As Ever
At 79, 74 and 87 years old, respectively, these three veteran songwriters prove that it's possible to release poignant and powerful work late in an artist's career....
Sufjan Stevens Announces New Solo Album '...

Sufjan Stevens Announces New Solo Album 'The Ascension'


Stevens' eighth solo studio album will be released September 25, with its first single coming on Friday....
Posted: 2020-06-30 01:36:54
Sufjan Stevens Announces New Solo Album 'The Ascension'
Stevens' eighth solo studio album will be released September 25, with its first single coming on Friday....

Posted: 2020-06-30 09:05:00
With his latest recording, Bob Dylan has become the first artist to have an album in the Billboard Top 40 in every decade since the sixties. The album Rough and Rowdy Ways came out this mont...
Posted: 2020-06-29 08:00:00
Kanye West announced a new clothing line partnership with Gap last Friday, causing the retailer's stock to skyrocket....
CDC Says Singers Could Be Virus Superspreader...

CDC Says Singers Could Be Virus Superspreaders — But 100 Sang Unmasked With Pence


At a campaign rally in Dallas that featured Vice President Pence, a choir of about 100 people sang unmasked. Epidemiologists worry that singers are particularly likely to spread the coronavi...
Posted: 2020-06-29 05:16:21
CDC Says Singers Could Be Virus Superspreaders — But 100 Sang Unmasked With Pence
At a campaign rally in Dallas that featured Vice President Pence, a choir of about 100 people sang unmasked. Epidemiologists worry that singers are particularly likely to spread the coronavi...
Beyoncé To Drop Visual Album, 'Black Is...

Beyoncé To Drop Visual Album, 'Black Is King,' On Disney+ In July


Beyoncé's upcoming visual album, Black Is King, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. A press release calls it "a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experi...
Posted: 2020-06-28 09:08:18
Beyoncé To Drop Visual Album, 'Black Is King,' On Disney+ In July
Beyoncé's upcoming visual album, Black Is King, is based on the music of The Lion King: The Gift soundtrack. A press release calls it "a celebratory memoir for the world on the Black experi...
Freddy Cole, Distinguished Jazz Artist And Un...

Freddy Cole, Distinguished Jazz Artist And Unassuming Vocalist, Dead At 88


Freddy Cole died on Saturday at his home in Atlanta. With his charming, easeful baritone and a crisp, efficient touch at the piano, Cole carved out a professional career of more than 65 year...
Posted: 2020-06-28 05:15:00
Freddy Cole, Distinguished Jazz Artist And Unassuming Vocalist, Dead At 88
Freddy Cole died on Saturday at his home in Atlanta. With his charming, easeful baritone and a crisp, efficient touch at the piano, Cole carved out a professional career of more than 65 year...