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7:50 am
Sun January 11, 2015

The More, The Better: Repetition Propels Songs Up The Charts

Originally published on Thu February 12, 2015 12:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

What makes a song a hit? Is it a catchy beat, an amazing voice? Let's use this song as an example.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SHAKE IT OFF")

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All Songs Considered
8:03 am
Sat January 10, 2015

Bob Boilen's Favorite Concert Photos Of 2014

Ty Segall on stage at the 9:30 Club in Washington, D.C.
Bob Boilen NPR

I go to so many shows, and for years I've been taking photos with my phone and posting them on my Instagram account @tinydesk. But a few months into 2014 I bought one of those tiny little mirrorless cameras by Sony. Then I caught the photo bug pretty bad (or good).

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Remembrances
7:50 am
Sat January 10, 2015

An Evangelist Who Spread The Gospel Of The Accordion

Originally published on Sat January 10, 2015 11:31 am

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

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All Songs TV
3:03 am
Fri January 9, 2015

Childish Gambino, 'Sober'

Childish Gambino, aka actor, singer and rapper Donald Glover, in a scene from his new video for the song, "Sober."
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:04 am

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Music
12:05 am
Fri January 9, 2015

On the Next Galactic Travels 2015-01-15

On the next Galactic Travels...
Credit Bill Fox / WDS Productions

On the next Galactic Travels, the month-long Special Focus on Neuronium continues.  The Featured CD at Midnight will be "ExoSomnia" on Neuronium Records.

The previous show's playlist (show #927) is available for your inspection.

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Music News
5:01 am
Thu January 8, 2015

The Tabla Master Who Jammed With The Grateful Dead

Zakir Hussain learned from the best — his father, Allah Rakha, was a tabla legend. But Hussain's career really took off when he started working with the rock musicians he grew up admiring.
Jim McGuire Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu January 8, 2015 12:32 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the fourth installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a master of an ancient tradition who has played with some of the world's most famous musicians.


Zakir Hussain can pinpoint the beginning of his musical life. It began one day in India in 1951, when he was 2 days old.

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Jazz Night In America: Wednesday Night Webcasts
2:02 am
Thu January 8, 2015

Remembering Marian McPartland: A Celebration

Marian McPartland.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Fri March 20, 2015 11:39 am

As a pianist and bandleader, Marian McPartland was a decorated jazz artist, recording and performing for well over half a century. At the same time, she was one of the music's great champions, as host of NPR's Piano Jazz for 33 years.

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The Record
3:59 am
Tue January 6, 2015

With Downloads In Decline, Can iTunes Adapt?

Former Apple CEO Steve Jobs stands in front of a projection of iTunes at a presentation in 2004.
Ian Waldie Getty Images

Originally published on Tue January 6, 2015 12:44 pm

Apple's innovative iTunes music service is still the market leader in music downloads, but after more than a decade of growth, sales of music tracks on iTunes have been declining. Last year saw the largest drop in sales — 14 percent. The drop is attributed to the increasing popularity of streaming music services such as Spotify, Pandora and YouTube. These services give fans access to millions of tracks from any Internet-connected device for a monthly fee or in return for listening to commercials.

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Music
2:10 pm
Mon January 5, 2015

At The Peak Of Her Powers: Barbara Lynn's 'Complete Atlantic Recordings'

Barbara Lynn wrote her own material, played stinging left-handed guitar, and recorded scores of wonderful records for a number of labels. With The Complete Atlantic Recordings released by Real Gone Music, Fresh Air rock historian Ed Ward has a look in to a vital part of her career.

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Music News
7:57 am
Mon January 5, 2015

The Original Funky Drummers On Life With James Brown

John "Jabo" Starks (left) and Clyde Stubblefield laid the grooves on many of James Brown's biggest hits. Here, they clown around on the cover of their joint DVD, Soul of the Funky Drummers.
Rittor Music

Originally published on Mon January 5, 2015 5:05 pm

All this week, Morning Edition is talking about drums and drummers. For the first installment in "Beat Week," David Greene spoke with a duo who shared drumming duties for the hardest working man in show business.

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