Marina Diamandis of Marina and The Diamonds performs live at the Reading Festival on August 27, 2010 in Reading, England. Simone Joyner/Getty Images hide caption

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Hey Ladies: Pop Stars Vs. Role Models

Is it possible to sell a bunch of records and be an iconic female musician in 2010?

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Nick Hornby (right), the author of High Fidelity, provides the lyrical framework for Ben Folds' music on Lonely Avenue. Eamonn McCabe hide caption

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Iran's Mohammad Reza Shajarian, a superstar of Persian classical music, walks onstage to perform with his son Homayoun and the Ava Ensemble to a largely Iranian audience at the Orpheum Theater in Vancouver, British Columbia, in 2008. Heinz Ruckemann/UPI Photo / Landov hide caption

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50 Great Voices

Mohammad Reza Shajarian: Protest Through Poetry

The Iranian singer is the country's most famous protest singer — even though, strictly speaking, his songs don't directly denounce the government at all.

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Music Articles

Kenny Chesney: Hemingway And Country Music

If you could sit and pick the brain of one person with one person, living or dead, who would it be? For country star Kenny Chesney, the answer may surprise you.

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Mandalit del Barco repeats tradition by placing a lit cigarette in the hand of legendary tango vocalist Carlos Gardel in Buenos Aires. Mandalit del Barco hide caption

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Carlos Gardel: Tango's Dashing Legend Featured On NPR

His romantic yet provocative lyrics captivated a generation. Today, Gardel still represents the charming yet street smart spirit of tango.

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