Canadian classical composer John Beckwith has a hit on his hands. It might have something to do with the fact that the piece of music is called "Blurred Lines." It shares a name with Robin Thicke's summer chart-topper.
The rules for performance these days are onerous in Iran. Women can't appear before male audiences. It's hard to remember that before the 1979 revolution, anyone could make music there. Including a gay academic.
Scholars and the OED have cited Shakespeare as the originator of more than 1600 words. While he was the first to write down many words, new research fueled by computer analysis indicates he didn't invent as many words as once thought.
Maracatu is a musical and performance style from the northeastern part of Brazil. It's experiencing a resurgence these days thanks in part to a collaboration between a Brazilian group and a Brooklyn-based band.
You don't have to be all that fit to enjoy the TV soap opera that millions of people are watching right now in Colombia. Although, it is about sports. Sort of. "La Seleccion" is a TV series about some star Colombian soccer players.
Olivier Libaux, one the founding members of the French cover band has remade songs by the California rock group, Queens of the Stone Age. Anchor Aaron Schachter speaks with Libaux about his latest album 'Uncovered Queens of the Stone Age.'
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.
Four years ago this month at age thirty-nine, Playboy model, reality star and tabloid fixture Anna Nicole Smith died. A new opera called 'Anna Nicole' premiered last night at the Royal Opera House in London.
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.
The World's April Peavey tells us about the all-female choir Scala. Based in Belgium, they've performed throughout Europe. After one of their songs appeared in a trailer for the movie "The Social Network," their own social network has grown worldwide.