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The video for Chinese artist Ai Weiwei's newly released song starts by re-creating the conditions of his captivity during the 81 days he was held in police detention in 2011, and later dissolves into a dystopian nightmare.

Read China's Artist Provocateur Explores New Medium: Heavy Metal

May 22, 2013 – Ai Weiwei has created a protest song and video out of his 81 days in police detention.

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Ray Manzarek (far right) stands with fellow members of The Doors Jim Morrison (from right), Robby Krieger and John Densmore in 1968. Manzarek died Monday in Germany. He was 74.

Watch The Doors' Keyboard Counterpoint Goes Silent

May 21, 2013 – Manzarek brought Chicago sound to L.A.'s beaches with the trailblazing band. He died Monday at 74.

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Former bandmates Draco Rosa and Ricky Martin, seen here on stage at Univision's 2013 Premio Lo Nuestro awards celebration, reunite on Rosa's new album, Vida.

Watch Draco Rosa: A Pop Survivor Returns From The Brink, With Friends

May 18, 2013 – When the songwriter and former teen idol fell ill, Latin music's biggest names offered support.

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Watch Andris Nelsons Named Music Director Of The Boston Symphony

May 16, 2013 – The announcement puts an end to years of uncertainty at the storied orchestra.

Chris Yerga, engineering director for Android at Google Inc., speaks at the company's I/O Annual Developers Conference in San Francisco on Wednesday.

Read Google Launches A Streaming Music Service

May 15, 2013 – On Wednesday the company launched All Access, which will directly compete with Spotify and Pandora.

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Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield. The video of Commander Hadfield's performance of David Bowie's song "Space Oddity" has been viewed more than 11 million times since it was posted to YouTube.

Watch The Canadian Astronaut's Accompanist

May 15, 2013 – Canadian pop singer Emm Gryner worked with astronaut Chris Hadfield on his cover of "Space Oddity."

On May 21, Daft Punk will release Random Access Memories, the duo's first album since 2005.

Read Robots In Ecstasy: Daft Punk's 'Memories' Embraces The Pleasure Principle

May 14, 2013 – The long-awaited album from the Parisian dance music duo basks in the smooth sounds of the 1970s.

"Payphone" by Maroon 5 is one of the songs covered on YouTube.

Watch Covering Pop Hits On YouTube Is Starting To Pay TURNSTYLE

May 13, 2013 – Musicians, like Tyler Ward, who make videos performing covers are negotiating better revenue shares. TURNSTYLE

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Attendees at the 2012 show of the National Association of Music Merchants. MIDI was first demonstrated at the NAMM show in 1983; today, it's built into most of the gear at the show.

Watch The MIDI Revolution: Synthesizing Music For The Masses

May 12, 2013 – The technology used to translate sound into digital information celebrates its 30th anniversary.

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Metal vocalist Tim Lambesis performs at Club Nokia in Los Angeles in 2010.

Read Singer Tim Lambesis Arrested In Alleged Plot To Kill Wife

May 8, 2013 – Police say the vocalist for As I Lay Dying tried to hire an undercover detective to kill his wife.

Harry Connick, Jr. (center) with the final four contestants on season 12 of American Idol. From left: Angie Miller, Amber Holcomb, Candice Glover and Kree Harrison.

Watch Can You Define 'Good' Singing?

May 6, 2013 – Does perfect technique make a flawless song? Can emotion be learned?

Watch 20 Years Ago Biz Markie Got The Last Laugh

May 6, 2013 – After Biz lost a legal battle over sampling, the mere existence of All Samples Cleared! was a win.

Lauren Mayberry of Chvrches performs at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas, in March.

Watch Big Songs, Big Hype (Oh Yeah, They're Women)

May 4, 2013 – Three hyped new bands have little in common, except being led by women. How important is that?

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Little Freddie King at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, 2013, photographed by Skip Bolen.

Read At Jazz Fest, Photographers Have A Culture All Their Own WWNO

May 4, 2013 – Lensman Skip Bolen spends Jazz Fest dashing between stages. He calls it his "free gym membership." WWNO

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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.

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

God, Drugs And Lizard Aliens: Yep, It's Country Music

Listen closely to Sturgill Simpson's classic-sounding country and you'll hear plenty of surprises.

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.

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