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Drake named world's most popular recording artist in 2016

Britain Global Music Sales

Photo by Charles Sykes

Drake was the world's most popular recording artist in 2016, as the growth of music streaming gave global music sales their biggest boost in 20 years. Read more

Mick Jagger avoids limelight as Charlie Watts wins award

Britain Rolling Stones

Photo by Evan Agostini

It's not often Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger tries to avoid the spotlight and shift attention to drummer Charlie Watts. Read more

Waco man shares love of art, music through band posters

Exchange Graphics Chef

Jerry Larson

Shay Scranton knows band posters and the walls of Baylor University-area coffeehouse Common Grounds are thankful. Read more

Kids spring forward, travel back in time in Massachusetts

Dressed in a black bi-fold hat, green coat and green britches that tied at the knee, John Coburn played the fife, humming along to the tune of "The White Cockade" as two boys drummed behind him. Read more

Excerpts from recent Wisconsin editorials

Wisconsin State Journal, April 21 Read more

Star teacher's success masked problems

In the summer of 2013, fourth-grade teacher Justin Ashley's career was taking off. Read more

Berlin opera to reopen Oct 3, then close until December

Berlin's Staatsoper opera house will reopen on Oct. 3 after years of delay-plagued renovations — but then close again for two months following what city officials are calling a "prelude." Read more

Texas Senate approves creating state music museum in Austin

The state Senate has approved creating a Texas music museum slated to be built near the state Capitol. Read more

German court orders trial over 2010 Love Parade deaths

Germany Love Parade Deaths

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A German court said Monday that 10 people indicted over a deadly mass panic at the Love Parade techno music festival in 2010 must stand trial, overturning a lower court's decision last year. Read more

Book Review: A parade of originals sings a country tune

"Johnny's Cash & Charley's Pride: Lasting Legends and Untold Adventures in Country Music" (Spring House Press), by Peter Cooper Read more

Charity con man can be asked to pay restitution, court rules

A Maryland saxophone player who was convicted of defrauding a Montana charity could be required to pay restitution to victims of similar schemes throughout the country, the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals has ruled. Read more

Gillespie, Monk, Ella celebrated at Chicago Jazz Festival

The 39th Annual Chicago Jazz Festival will celebrate the 100th birthdays of Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, and Ella Fitzgerald. Read more

Sting to play summer home of Boston Symphony Orchestra

Tanglewood-Sting

Photo by Matt Sayles

Sting will be making his debut at the summer home of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Read more

Bacterial infection forces Elton John to cancel May shows

People-Elton John

Photo by Jordan Strauss

Elton John has cancelled more than a month of upcoming shows after contracting an unusual bacterial infection during a South America tour that left him in intensive care for two nights. Read more

Restoration of South Dakota opera house making strides

In the Dirty '30s, Ki Caserio was a youngster hell-bent on finding something to do in this mile high town that didn't cost much, because coins were as rare as the elusive gold that miners were digging from the ground. Read more

South Dakota trombonist with only 2 fingers wins awards

The first three notes of the concerto ring out, and it's clear that Matthew Watt knows his way around a trombone. Read more

The Latest: Pence wraps up Aussie visit at famed opera house

Australia Pence

Peter Parks

The Latest on U.S. Vice President Mike Pence's trip to Asia and Australia (all times local): Read more

Predators rested, ready to face Blues in surprising semi

Music City Blues Hockey

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The Nashville Predators finally get a new opponent in the postseason after their surprising sweep of the Western Conference's No. 1 seed. Read more

Springsteen takes part in surprise show at film festival

2017 Asbury Park Music and Film Festival

Photo by Michael Zorn

Bruce Springsteen took part in a two-hour jam session during a surprise appearance at a film festival in his home state of New Jersey. Read more

University of Michigan's performing arts school receives $5M

University of Michigan's School of Music, Theatre & Dance has received a $5 million gift from two prolific philanthropists. Read more

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