World | Music

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

NPR | Feb. 26, 2015 2:16 p.m.

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.


A Rational Conversation: Is EDM Easy Listening Now?

NPR | Feb. 25, 2015 5:41 a.m.

Shrewd economic calculation is probably behind the ever lighter sounds of dance in the mainstream.

Arts | Nation | Music

In Oscar Nominations For Best Score, Some Hear Sour Notes

NPR | Feb. 23, 2015 3:46 p.m.

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.

Nation | Music

Clark Terry, Acclaimed Jazz Trumpeter And Composer, Dies At 94

NPR | Feb. 22, 2015 11:27 a.m.

The famed musician was one of the most prolific recording artists in jazz and performed with such greats as Ella Fitzgerald and Quincy Jones in a career that spanned decades.

World | Music

Rapping The News In West Africa

NPR | Feb. 19, 2015 1:02 p.m.

In Dakar, Senegal, two rappers going by the names Keyti and Xuman offer a summary of the week's news in hip-hop format.

Nation | Music

Lesley Gore, Famous For Her Song 'It's My Party,' Has Died

NPR | Feb. 16, 2015 4:41 p.m.

Gore was most known for her anthem of teen angst, but her career had multiple hits, as well as an Oscar nomination.

Arts | World | Music

Australia To Compete In The 2015 Eurovision Song Contest

NPR | Feb. 11, 2015 9:53 a.m.

This is the first time an Australian will compete in the song competition that brings in nearly 200 million viewers. The big question is: who will represent Australia at the event in May?

Technology | Music | Nation | Science | Environment

Shake, Rattle And Toll: Berkeley's Bells Play Sounds Of Earth

NPR | Feb. 10, 2015 5:04 a.m.

In celebration of its 100th anniversary, the bells of UC Berkeley's Sather Tower, were programmed to play a score composed in real time by the data from seismic shifts happening under the campus.

Business | Music

Jay Z Close To Entering Streaming Music Business

NPR | Feb. 3, 2015 11:22 a.m.

The rapper turned businessman is set to acquire a Swedish streaming service that promises "HiFi quality audio." He'll be entering a crowded field.

World | Music

Singing The Blues, A U.S. Envoy Hopes To Boost Ties With Ecuador

NPR | Jan. 28, 2015 9:31 a.m.

In South America, left-wing governments hostile to the U.S. are tossing out diplomats or shunning them entirely. In Ecuador, U.S. Ambassador Adam Namm is using music to do something about it.