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How the Grammys Work
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Hear the Highest Note Ever Sung at the Metropolitan Opera
Billions of dollars' worth of CDs and digital downloads are sold each year and the Grammy Awards recognize the people who create all this music. How are winners picked and who have been some of the most controversial?
By Tracy V. Wilson & Alia Hoyt
Soprano Audrey Luna sings an A over high C, the highest note ever achieved onstage at the Metropolitan Opera.
By Patrick J. Kiger Nov 27, 2017
Hot on the heels of the vinyl revival comes a mini-boom for cassette sales. But who's really buying them?
By Chris Opfer Oct 26, 2017
Will subscription music services – and the unlikely comeback of vinyl – save the music album from extinction?
By Dave Roos Sep 25, 2017
The renowned string quartet will improvise live music to accompany 'space sounds' created by sonification of the total solar eclipse.
By Robert Lamb Aug 17, 2017
A computer programmer used data analysis to crunch the numbers for six decades of pop music's hottest hits.
By Chris Opfer May 23, 2017
Where else can you find an instrument that can be played with a mallet, a violin bow or a hair comb?
By Melanie Radzicki McManus Mar 15, 2017
Emancipate yourself from mental slavery by learning more about this reggae superstar.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Feb 3, 2017
Nearly four decades after the Village People anthem hit the discos, the song's namesake still isn't really ready to fully embrace it.
By Chris Opfer Jan 31, 2017
When the Clash started working on their third album, they had no idea it would be so influential.
By Kathryn Whitbourne Dec 14, 2016
Which other famous rock star inspired the Lizard King's persona?
By Kathryn Whitbourne Dec 8, 2016
The copyright infringement lawsuits didn't kill off sampling. Musicians just figured out how to hide it better so artists often can't tell they're being sampled.
By David Dennis Dec 6, 2016
Not everyone agrees that as you age, you only want to hear the oldies.
By Dave Roos Sep 23, 2016
Whether you love cheery pop tunes or melodramatic ballads has a lot to do with your age and gender, right? Actually, your musical taste depends more on your personality.
By Jonathan Strickland Aug 11, 2016
Ludovico Einaudi's 'Elegy for the Arctic' is part of a Greenpeace campaign to draw attention to the region's rapidly melting ice.
By Christopher Hassiotis Jun 21, 2016
A musicologist uncovers a surprising link between the musical cultures of ancient Europe and India.
By Christopher Hassiotis May 16, 2016
You want to wear the cool T-shirt the day after the concert; the band wants your cash to fuel life on the road. The Merch Cat app is geared at making both things happen.
By Jason Hoch Apr 1, 2016
Music executive Shanti Das and rapper Killer Mike have a conversation about Atlanta, music and social justice.
By Yves Jeffcoat Mar 26, 2016
But does name-checking a product in a song always mean a big sales bump?
By Dave Roos Feb 24, 2016
Here's a riddle: If a musician creates an artificial intelligence that composes music, then who actually wrote the concerto?
By Julia Layton Feb 3, 2016
Reenactments of the 'Wuthering Heights' video are happening all over the world in July.
By Alia Hoyt Jan 26, 2016
Overt religious themes? Canine-human hybrids? Gender-bending marionettes? Yep, David Bowie did it all, and often faced censorship because of it.
By Chris Opfer Jan 12, 2016
From fleek to bling to hood, hip-hop and teen culture influence the evolution of American and global English.
By Chris Opfer Dec 31, 2015
Protest music? What's that? Maybe musicians today are too concerned about getting paid. Or maybe there are ones who care, but industry forces make it tough to get heard.
By Chris Opfer Dec 17, 2015
Now that "Happy Birthday to You" is free to use, people everywhere will publicly sing it, right? Most likely. But the answer's not so clear.
By Laurie L. Dove Dec 14, 2015
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