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Postal rates for domestic first-class mail went up just a penny this week, but for businesses that ship packages internationally — like small record labels — the rate increases are much larger.

Read Rising Postal Rates Squeeze Small Record Labels

January 29, 2013 – Shipping CDs and LPs overseas just got more expensive. Labels say costs will trickle down to fans.

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Sun, sand and super cheap downloads.

Read Antigua: Land Of Sun, Sand, And Super Cheap Downloads

January 28, 2013 – As part of a trade dispute, the island nation won the right to use U.S. intellectual property.

Hugh Panaro is The Phantom and Sierra Boggess is Christine in the 25th anniversary cast of The Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

Read 25 Years Strong, 'Phantom Of The Opera' Kills And Kills Again

January 27, 2013 – Phantom on Saturday became the first show in Broadway history to run for a quarter century.

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Jimmy Van Heusen with Frank Sinatra in the 1950s. Van Heusen wrote dozens of songs for the crooner and became Sinatra's close friend and confidant.

Watch The Composer Who Tested Fighter Planes And Partied With Sinatra

January 26, 2013 – A cool ladies' man with a shaved head, Jimmy Van Heusen wrote dozens of hits and won four Oscars.

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In the operatic version of Doubt, Father Flynn (Matthew Worth) must defend his name after a suspicious Sister Aloysius (Christine Brewer) accuses him of sexually abusing an altar boy.

Watch New Opera Gets Benefit Of The 'Doubt'

January 25, 2013 – After a Pulitzer, a Tony and several Oscar nods, Doubt returns to the stage, this time as an opera.

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The Nazis imprisoned Czech composer Rudolf Karel (shown here in a sketch from 1945) for helping the resistance in Prague. He wrote his compositions down on toilet paper.

Read Honoring 'Our Will To Live': The Lost Music Of The Holocaust

January 25, 2013 – An Italian musicologist is resurrecting works written in World War II camps.

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Anne Akiko Meyers, holding the "Vieuxtemps" Guarneri del Gesu violin, which reportedly sold for a record price. She says the anonymous buyer has offered her use of the instrument for life.

Read Classical Crib Sheet: Top 5 Stories This Week

January 25, 2013 – Anne Akiko Meyer's newest super-pricey fiddle and leadership changes from Munich to New York.

On her new album, Petra Goes To The Movies, Petra Haden recreates movie themes using densely layered arrangements of her own voice.

Watch How Music Transforms The Silver Screen

January 24, 2013 – Recent films, and a new album by Petra Haden, show how music can help bond a movie to the audience.

A new study claims that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Read Back Off The Bach To Drive Safely

January 23, 2013 – A new study says that listening to classical music makes for unsafe driving.

Beyonce at the inauguration.

Watch Beyonce May Have Been Live And Pre-recorded

January 23, 2013 – Listen closely and you can hear two Beyonces, an audio engineer says.

Beyonce at the inauguration.

Watch Beyonce's National Anthem: Did She Sync Or Didn't She?

January 22, 2013 – The U.S. Marine Band was pre-recorded, but there's burning debate as to what Beyonce was doing.

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Recording Artist Lupe Fiasco performs in September 2012.

Read Rapper Lupe Fiasco Booted Off Inaugural Party Stage After Criticizing Obama

January 21, 2013 – The party organizers deny removing the Grammy-nominated rapper for political reasons.

The young musicians of Seguro Que Si will perform in this weekend's Inaugural Parade. Left to right: Daniel Chico (bass), Kevin Arguelles (piano), Maxwell Frost (timbales), Christopher Muriel (congas), Niyah Lowell (bongos), Annette Rodriguez (vocal), Sean Fernandez (trumpet), Robby Cruz (trumpet).

Read A High School Salsa Band In The Inaugural Parade? 'Of Course!'

January 20, 2013 – Seguro Que Si is nine young musicians from Florida who've found their way into this year's event.

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Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Why We Fight About Pop Music

Two music writers dig to the bottom of why other people's bad taste in music bothers us so much.

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral <em>Become Ocean</em>.

Alaskan Composer Wins Pulitzer For 'Become Ocean'

Alaska-based composer John Luther Adams won for his orchestral Become Ocean.

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

Reunited And It Feels A Little Awkward: OutKast At Coachella

The rap duo and its fans might not have the same expectations about this summer's reunion tour.

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

A Debut Symphony That Embraced The World

An action thriller of a symphony, Mahler's First is piled with desire, fear and self-reflection.

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