J.D. Salinger, pictured in one of the few existing photographs of the author. The 1951 portrait was featured on the original dust jacket of The Catcher in the Rye. The Lotte Jacobi Collection/University of New Hampshire hide caption

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Kate McGarrigle came from one of those rare families that actually sing at home. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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TV host Ryan Seacrest has parlayed his American Idol fame into a raft of projects that have made him one of pop culture's most pervasive personalities. And there's no sign that he's slowing down. Michael Becker/Fox hide caption

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The Boys Choir of Harlem performs in 2005, in front of Lord & Taylor department store in New York City. Bryan Bedder/Getty Images hide caption

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How could this cute little kookaburra's song cause so much trouble? hans_s via Flickr hide caption

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Right now, only songwriters are paid royalties for radio airplay. Under a proposed performance royalty bill, performers like Beyonce would be paid, as well. AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Want to be a 'DJ Hero'? If you've ever dreamed of spinning records in front of a screaming crowd, here's your virtual chance. FreeStyle Games hide caption

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Green Acres songwriter Vic Mizzy is flanked by stars Eddie Albert and Eva Gabor. www.vicmizzy.com hide caption

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Katie (Katie Featherstone, left) and Micha (Micha Sloat) tempt fate — and fouler things — when they set up a video camera to capture the nighttime disturbances in their San Diego home. Paramount Pictures hide caption

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