Cole Porter was out of the musical theater scene during the 1930s, as American mores grew looser and more risqué. But instead of getting stodgy, he wrote the classic celebration of freedom from social constraints.
Amir Darabi was a child prodigy. He started playing the piano when he was 3 years old. Later, he felt there wasn't enough competition in Iran. But for an Iranian, getting to the US is a Herculean task.
On Valentine's Day, we're going to be joined by the high priests of the top forty love song: Air Supply, also known as Graham Russell and Russell Hitchcock. Tell us: what love song do you love (or hate) the most?
Egyptian-Anglo singer Natacha Atlas had already recorded a subversive political song. Then the uprising in Egypt gave her the chance to adapt that song. The World's Marco Werman speaks with Atlas about the new track, called "Egypt: Rise to Freedom."
Indian singer-songwriter Sona wanted her label Sony, to record more of her songs. Sony said wait. Sona went to Nokia. The World's Marco Werman tells us about Sona's attempts to market her music differently in a country dominated by Bollywood.
Radiohead is famous for pushing the envelope in music. But in recent years the group has also taken a hard look at the music industry itself, and made some very public bids for new ways for major bands to interact with fans in the music marketplace.
Protestors from Tahrir Square feel they could have used a bit more star-power support. One singer they're not happy with is Amr Diab. He recorded a song supportive of Mubarak. During the protests, he was nowhere to be found. Marco Werman has more.
Two CDs from Zambia are featured in today's Global Hit. One is a re-issue of "Zam-Rock" recorded in the 1970s, the other is newer material recorded last year. DJ music critic Mannasseh Phiri tells us more.