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Once A Hard Sell, Wal-Mart's Patti LaBelle Pies Fly Off Shelves

NPR | Nov. 18, 2015 6:58 a.m.

The sweet potato pie, sold in boxes bearing LaBelle's face, was a ho-hum seller until a video singing its praises went viral last week. Why pie fever? Partly, it's about celebrating black culture.

World | Music

Brother Of Man Who Died At Bataclan: 'I Want Rock And Roll' For Him

NPR | Nov. 17, 2015 6:19 a.m.

Matthieu Mauduit is hoping to bring The Rolling Stones and David Bowie to the funeral of his brother, Cedric Mauduit, 41, an avid rock fan who was killed at a concert during the attacks in Paris.


The Thistle & Shamrock: Tales For All Hallow's Eve

NPR | Nov. 13, 2015 9:47 a.m.

This week, supernatural stories mark the ancient calendar's transition from the old year to the new.

Entertainment | Music | Elections | Arts

Meet The Man Behind The Ben Carson Rap

NPR | Nov. 7, 2015 3:34 p.m.

The Carson campaign recently dropped a rap ad aimed at young black voters. Aspiring Mogul, the rapper behind the track, explains his inspiration — and his reaction to harsh responses on social media.

World | Music

Will Colombia Honor A Beloved Musician Who Was Also A Convicted Killer?

NPR | Nov. 7, 2015 8:49 a.m.

Colombian views on violence against women are under scrutiny as lawmakers consider honoring a popular deceased folk musician — one who was convicted of murdering his girlfriend in 1997.

Elections | Music | Nation

'Ballad For Americans' Sent 'Message Of Unity' In 1940 Presidential Race

NPR | Nov. 5, 2015 4:57 p.m.

In the 1940 presidential campaign, one song reached across party lines and had everyone cheering. It was an unlikely hit: "The Ballad for Americans," an operatic folk cantata that ran 10 minutes.

Music | Environment | Science | Nation

#NPRreads: White Privilege, FBI Director's Remarks On Policing, And Oyster Farming

NPR | Oct. 30, 2015 1 p.m.

Also this week: A story from an NPR Music reporter about the "lost art of listening."

Music | World | Arts

Watch: 'Hotline Bling' Reaches A New (Odd) Apex In Video Mashup

NPR | Oct. 27, 2015 12:49 p.m.

In the past week, a video for Drake's song "Hotline Bling" has inspired both memes and jokes. A new entry has its roots in a fictional Australian high school with a gung-ho drama teacher.

World | Music

As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

NPR | Oct. 27, 2015 10:21 a.m.

A U.S. economist is also a key figure nurturing a distinct American sound in Beijing's music scene.

Music | Nation

VIDEO: 'Watch Me Whip,' Says House Decked Out For Halloween

NPR | Oct. 22, 2015 9:03 a.m.

For several years, the owners of a Maryland house have synchronized lights to to music, from Halloween favorites like Michael Jackson's "Thriller" to more recent hits.