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Our alternate headline: Why Nobody Will Ever Top Mariah Carey's "All I Want For Christmas Is You."

Watch A Rational Conversation: Darren Davis Of Clear Channel On New Christmas Songs

December 24, 2013 – An interview with Clear Channel about the science behind creating all-holiday playlists.

Rubab master Homayoun Sakhi and legendary Afghan singer Mahwash perform together as members of the group Voices of Afghanistan.

Read After Hard Times At Home, Afghan Musicians Seek U.S. Ears

December 23, 2013 – Some of Afghanistan's top musicians have found a new home in Fremont, Calif.

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Carlos Santana, left, and Marcus Malone when they reunited in Oakland. Malone was part of Santana's band in the late '60s, then spent the past four decades or so living on the streets or in prison.

Watch VIDEO: Carlos Santana Reunites With Homeless Ex-bandmate

December 23, 2013 – Marcus "Magnificent" Malone was a percussionist in Santana's band before it hit big in 1969.

Bard Ylvisaker (L) and Vegard Ylvisaker of Ylvis perform "The Fox (What Does The Fox Say?)" in September.

Read Top 10 Top 40 Of 2013

December 23, 2013 – The NPR Music critic sifts through the most popular songs of the year to find 10 worth remembering.

Maria Alyokhina, after her release from prison on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod, Russia.

Read Their Release Is Just A 'PR Stunt,' Pussy Riot Member Says

December 23, 2013 – President Vladimir Putin is just trying to improve his nation's image before the Olympics, she says.

Ernie "Ghoulardi" Anderson on the set of his show at WJW-TV.

Read 50 Years Later, TV's Ghoulardi Lives — In Punk Rock WKSU

December 28, 2013 – For a generation of Ohio musicians, a short-lived Cleveland TV show remains hugely influential. WKSU

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Read At Christmas, The Tubas Finally Get The Melody

December 21, 2013 – In more than 270 cities all around the world, special concerts will present a "Tuba Christmas."

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Released November 2013

Watch A Jew And A Latino Walk Into A Recording Studio...

December 21, 2013 – It's an era of music that has faded from memory: Latin-Jewish collaboration in the mid-20th century.

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The audience at Beyonce's Dec. 3 performance at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.

Read Feminists Everywhere React To Beyonce's Latest

December 19, 2013 – The album is capping off a year in which we frequently grappled with the boundaries of feminism.

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Wayne Shorter, who turned 80 in 2013, won the NPR Music Jazz Critics Poll by a large margin.

Read Wayne Shorter And The Year's Other Passing Scenery

December 18, 2013 – In a year of '60s retrospection, jazz critics lauded an 80-year-old who first recorded in 1959.

Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain in 1993. He took his own life in 1994.

Read Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt And KISS Are In The Rock Hall

December 17, 2013 – Also in the 2014 class of inductees: Cat Stevens, Peter Gabriel, and Hall and Oates.

Ray Price on the Dean Martin Comedy Hour in 1973.

Watch Remembering Ray Price, Voice Of The Nashville Sound

December 17, 2013 – Price, who helped change the sound of country music twice, died Monday afternoon at age 87.

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Some Steinway company representatives and employees — like Wally Boot, pictured here — have been working for the company for decades. Boot is the last person to touch every piano that leaves the factory in Queens, N.Y.

Read New Owner Promises Handmade Steinways For Years To Come

December 17, 2013 – When billionaire John Paulson first bought the company, it struck fear in the hearts of musicians.

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Ray Price performs during Stagecoach: California's Country Music Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 24, 2010 in Indio, California.

Read Country Singer, Bandleader Ray Price Dies At 87

December 16, 2013 – He was a Grammy winner and an inductee into the Country Music Hall of Fame.

The room of Samantha Alejandra, 18, in Mexico City, doubles as a shrine to her favorite K-Pop boy band, Super Junior.

Watch Meet Latin America's Teenage Korean Pop Fanatics

December 15, 2013 – "K-Pop really changed my life," says Samantha Alejandra, 18. "I'm addicted to it."

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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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