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Aretha Franklin blasts author of unauthorized bio

Books-Aretha Franklin

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The Queen of Soul says don't waste your money — or soul — on the recently released unauthorized biography about her. Read more

One Direction, Iggy Azalea shine at 2014 AMAs

42nd Annual American Music Awards - Show

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One Direction won three honors at the American Music Awards, including artist of the year over powerhouse acts like Beyonce and Luke Bryan, while breakthrough newcomer Iggy Azalea beat out heavyweights Eminem and Drake in the rap categories. Read more

Music lover soon to be record store owner

As a musician, owner of a live music venue and overall music junkie, the idea of owning a record store always appealed to Fayetteville's Wade Ogle. Read more

Sting tries to help his ailing Broadway musical

Sting is hoping his star power can plug up a leaky ship. Read more

Obama awards Presidential Medal of Freedom to 18

Obama Medal of Freedom

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President Barack Obama on Monday bestowed America's highest civilian honor on trailblazers in the arts, sports and politics, along with a couple of entertainers who are among his personal favorites. Read more

Arkansas nursing home resident still singing

A small crowd gathers around the piano in Greene Acres Nursing Home monthly as Sam Turpin and Lillian White perform together. Read more

In wake of Spotify pullout, music industry debates streaming

From board rooms in Japan to songwriter's rooms in Nashville, a debate is brewing in music industry circles about the financial and creative value of streaming music, even as its popularity and impact skyrocket. Read more

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Artists weigh in on music streaming services

While music fans largely embrace free streaming music services such as Spotify, musicians and artists from pop to country have expressed reservations about the impact on the financial and creative value of music. Here are some recent quotes from artists talking about the issue: Read more

Guitarist: Leon Russell band's instruments stolen

A guitarist in Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Leon Russell's band says San Antonio police are investigating the theft of about $4,000 worth of instruments from the group's tour bus. Read more

Stanley band, Bismarck Century chorale honored

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has selected high school groups from Stanley and Bismarck as the governor's official state band and chorus. Read more

Katy Perry to perform at Super Bowl halftime show

Katy Perry

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Will Katy Perry be a firework at the Super Bowl? Will she show them what she's worth? Will she let her colors burst? Read more

Ukulele enthusiasts strum happy tunes

Ukulele Club

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Hawaiian singer and musician Don Ho would be proud. Read more

UND to host holiday concert with Grand Forks band

The University of North Dakota Band is set to present a holiday concert with the Greater Grand Forks City Band. Read more

One Direction wins artist of the year at AMAs

42nd Annual American Music Awards - Arrivals

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One Direction has won the American Music Award for artist of the year. Read more

1D, Katy Perry win big at American Music Awards

42nd Annual American Music Awards - Show

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American girls love British boys: One Direction won artist of the year at the American Music Awards, taking home three honors and was the night's big winner next to Katy Perry, who didn't attend the show. Read more

List of winners of the American Music Awards

Winners of the 2014 American Music Awards, presented Sunday at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles: Read more

'Mad Men' creator to receive honorary Int'l Emmy

International Emmys

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"Mad Men" stars Christina Hendricks and John Slattery will be presenting a special award at the International Emmys Gala to the show's creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner who's preparing the final episodes of the 1960s Madison Avenue ad agency saga slated to air in spring 2015. Read more

Stanley, Bismarck Century picked as band, chorus

North Dakota Gov. Jack Dalrymple has picked the official state governor's band and chorus from high schools in Stanley and Bismarck. Read more

Violinist wants to push SPCO's musical envelope

Exchange Musical Envelope

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When Patricia Kopatchinskaja makes her debut this weekend as an artistic partner with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, she hopes to break new ground. Read more

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