The room of Samantha Alejandra, 18, in Mexico City, doubles as a shrine to her favorite K-Pop boy band, Super Junior.
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December 15, 2013 Thanks to YouTube, the high-gloss music from East Asia is making an unlikely crossover. "K-Pop really changed my life," says Mexico City teen Samantha Alejandra. "I'm addicted to it."
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December 13, 2013 The sudden release of Beyonce's new album felt like a gift, but it was also a remarkably deft orchestration of the recording industry at the tail end of 2013.
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Researchers could not find a link between exposure to music and improved IQs in preschoolers.
December 12, 2013 Harvard graduate students testing preschoolers who got music training said they could not establish a link between the exposure and improved IQs.
Jim Hall performs with his trio and fellow guitarist Julian Lage at the 2013 Newport Jazz Festival.
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December 11, 2013 The guitarist said he didn't "really have all that much technique anyway," but it was clearly enough to influence half a century of jazz musicians. Peers and proteges like Sonny Rollins, Julian Lage and John Scofield reflect on one of the finest ever on his instrument.
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Ryan Lewis, left, and Macklemore pose backstage at the Grammy Nominations Concert Live! on Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles.
December 7, 2013 Jay Z easily led Grammy Award nominations announced Friday with nine, but left-of-center rappers Macklemore & Ryan Lewis and Kendrick Lamar were among a group of new stars who took many of the major nominations.
Lorde performs in Sydney, Australia, in October.
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December 5, 2013 The story of 2013's wild-haired teenage pop phenomenon has more than a few parallels with the 1991 emergence of grunge kingpins Nirvana, but recast for the millennial age.
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Tabu Ley Rochereau performing at a 2003 festival in Hertme, Netherlands.
December 2, 2013 The honey-voiced singer, bandleader, songwriter, and impresario Tabu Ley Rochereau ruled dance floors across Africa. He died in Belgium Saturday.
Djuro Zivkovic's On the Guarding of the Heart has won the Grawemeyer award for music composition.
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December 1, 2013 Hear On the Guarding of the Heart, an ethereal work for chamber orchestra that earned the award for the 38-year-old Serbian-born composer. He thinks of this music as a discourse about inner transformation.
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November 26, 2013 A linchpin of "cool" jazz in the 1950s and '60s, he assembled bands that came to be described as chamber jazz, full of unusual textures and future star talent. Hamilton, who continued performing into his ninth decade, was 92.
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Edgar Quintero of the band Los Bukanas de Culiacan likens what he does in the narcocorrido genre to gangster rap.
November 26, 2013 The new documentary Narco Cultura looks at violence by Mexico's drug cartels and the popular culture it has inspired.
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Bruce Springsteen's new album is due out in January.
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November 25, 2013 The Boss is back with his 18th studio album, which is due out Jan. 14. Listen to the title track right now.
Singer and songwriter Bob Schneider invented "The Song Game" a decade ago, inviting a closed group of fellow musicians to submit a new song every week.
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November 24, 2013 Bob Schneider, a songwriter from Texas, has challenged fellow musicians to a game for 12 years: Every Friday, a closed email group submits a new song of the week. Ben Folds, Jason Mraz and Patty Griffin have all answered the call, and Schneider says the game has gotten him through five albums.
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John Digweed, shown here performing in August at Electric Zoo, was one of the biggest names at the Brooklyn Electronic Music Festival last weekend.
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November 14, 2013 Underground dance music is retreating from the EDM juggernaut by moving toward tastefulness. But in dance music, as in life, the line between polite and tedious is perilously thin.
John Tavener's ethereal music was influenced by the Russian Orthodox traditions.
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November 12, 2013 British composer Sir John Tavener — whose music was beloved by many far outside the usual classical sphere — died Tuesday at age 69. We look back at a career that took him from being signed by The Beatles' Apple label to a performance of his music as part of Princess Diana's funeral.
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November 12, 2013 The duo from Huntsville, Ala. parted ways last fall but say now that they've had some time to grow as men, they're ready to clock back in.
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