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Musician David Lowery of Camper Van Beethoven and Cracker says Spotify streamed his songs without his permission. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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Spotify Faces Class Action For Copyright Infringement

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Listen to this clip of Beethoven's Sonata No. 23

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Nikia Cliff II, 6, throws paper airplanes with his Major Chords for Minors piano instructor Bruce Leaman after Cliff's lesson. "I had a lesson cancellation," Leaman explained. "So we're killing time until Nikia's older brother is done with his drum lesson." Brittney Lohmiller for NPR hide caption

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Free Music Lessons Strike A Chord For At-Risk Kids

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After the funeral in 2013 for popular folk music star Diomedes Diaz, fellow musicians including accordionist Andres Gil performed in homage to him. Now Colombia's Congress is considering a bill to honor Diaz. Ricardo Mazalan/AP hide caption

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Will Colombia Honor A Beloved Musician Who Was Also A Convicted Killer?

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"When I was in New York, I wanted to hang out with all these amazing musicians that I really admired," says nightclub D-22 owner Michael Pettis. "But I wasn't cool enough. So I figured, well, if I create a club and they all play there, then I get to hang out with them." Nelson Ching/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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As China Cracks Down On Cultural Fringe, Indie Rock Finds A Home In Beijing

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Mohamed Hashem, one of Saudi Arabia's best known musicians, plays the oud, a Middle Eastern lute. Leila Fadel/NPR hide caption

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An Art Scene Flourishes Behind Closed Doors In Saudi Arabia

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Doudou N'Diaye Rose was a brilliant musician and a brilliant dresser as well, with a custom-made wardrobe of vivid, billowing outfits. Above, wearing Senegal's national colors, he sets the beat at a concert in Dakar on Dec. 10, 2010. Seyllou Diallo/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Members of the Syrian band Khebez Dawle include (from left to right) Hekmat Qassar on guitar and keyboards, lead guitarist Bashar Darwish, bassist Muhammad Bazz and lead singer Anas Maghrebi. Half the band members are now in Turkey, and are strongly considering seeking asylum in Europe. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Syrian Rockers, Fleeing War, Find Safety And New Fans In Beirut

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The rapper V-Sita (at right) had a No. 1 hit in Kenya with the song "Hivo Ndio Kunaendaga." YouTube hide caption

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Stop The Foreign Music! African Pop Stars Ask For Government Help

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We all get by better with a little help from our tunes. iStockphoto hide caption

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Sutures With A Soundtrack: Music Can Ease Pain, Anxiety Of Surgery

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Grace Jerry performs her original single "E Go Happen" at a gathering of young African leaders at Montpelier, James Madison's home. The lyrics say: "Yes we can, sure we can change the world." YouTube hide caption

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Iraqi Kurdish singer Helly Luv sings in support of Kurdish fighters, called the peshmerga, who are battling the Islamic State. Her songs are popular among Kurds in northern Iraq, though some critics say her outfits and dancing are un-Islamic. Safin Hamed/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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In Iraq, A Kurdish Warrior-Diva Sings Against ISIS, Despite Threats

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