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Apr 22, 2016

Prince and the King of Pop: 1980s rivals

Prince and Michael Jackson were two of the biggest names of the 1980s, musical superstars jostling for supremacy in a golden age of pop. Loyal fans around the world delighted in debating whether Jackson’s “Thriller” bested Prince’s “1999” and “Purple Rain,” and the media ...

A day with Prince at Paisley Park

Apr 22, 2016

A day with Prince at Paisley Park

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In September 2014, Associated Press Global Entertainment Editor Nekesa Mumbi Moody spent a day with Prince at Paisley Park. The following story was originally published on Sept. 29, 2014: Nightfall is fast approaching at Paisley Park. There are few lights on in the cavernous ...

Project blends jazz, art for a new work

Apr 22, 2016

Project blends jazz, art for a new work

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Pianist Vijay Iyer has an unlikely backstory for a musician who’s been voted jazz artist of the year in Downbeat magazine’s critics’ poll, received a MacArthur Foundation genius grant, and is a professor in Harvard’s music department. Largely self-taught on piano, he majored in ...

Pop visionary Prince, 57, found dead at his Minnesota home

Apr 22, 2016

Pop visionary Prince, 57, found dead at his Minnesota home

Prince, one of the most inventive and influential musicians of modern times with hits including “Little Red Corvette,” “Let’s Go Crazy” and “When Doves Cry,” was found dead at his home on Thursday in suburban Minneapolis. He was 57. His publicist, Yvette Noel-Schure, told ...

Digging for gold on Record Store Day

Apr 14, 2016

Digging for gold on Record Store Day

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No longer the territory of purists and DJs alone, records have once again started to be recognized as a perfectly legitimate medium through which to collect and consume music. Of course, as soon as global fashion brands like Urban Outfitters and supermarket chains such ...

Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

| Apr 13, 2016

Resistance is futile to Babymetal's ascent

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Babymetal — “Metal Resistance” (Toy’s Factory) Ever since Western metalheads got word of the existence of metal-idol trio Babymetal, questions regarding the group’s authenticity have come up. To anyone familiar with Japanese pop music, this isn’t an issue; like all idols, the trio is ...