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The Record

How Much Does Crowd Funding Cost Musicians?

Two bands, Los Angeles-based A House For Lions and Maine's The Mallett Brothers, add up what they've spent while asking you for money.

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Steven Tyler, Jimmy Fallon, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel participate in NBCUniversal's Hurricane Sandy: Coming Together Relief Benefit on Friday in New York City. Mary J. Blige, Christina Aguilera, Jon Bon Jovi and Sting also performed. And now we're done talking about that. Heidi Gutman/NBCUniversal/Getty Images hide caption

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Song Premiere: How To Dress Well, '& It Was U'

Joyful though it sounds, this is a solitary song, a one-man operation. Download it here.

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Essence In New Orleans: A Festival That Knows Its Audience

Gospel, R&B, politics, family and commerce (and 400,000 fans) all merge at a music festival in New Orleans.

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