Taylor Swift’s new album is on track to sell a million copies in its first week, a milestone that will make it the only record this year to go platinum. Jeffrey Brown looks at how the young singer mastered marketing and social media, and why some stars still sell big despite a changing music industry. Continue reading
One of the most legendary bands in rock ‘n’ roll took the stage for the last time Tuesday. Founded by Gregg Allman and his late brother Duane, the Allman Brothers Band has been synonymous with Southern rock and musicianship since the 1970s. Jeffrey Brown takes a look back at how they endured tragedy and multiple lineups to put their mark on musical history. Continue reading
For every American musician who makes it big, there are many, many more who eke out a living to be able to afford new guitar strings. The Music Maker Foundation, based in North Carolina, helps struggling blues artists meet their basic needs, record their music and book tours. Jeffrey Brown reports on their efforts to preserve American culture and keep the music coming. Continue reading
75-year-old Sammie Moore, aka “Ironing Board Sam,” has been playing and singing the blues for 55 years. Listen to him sing “Over the Rainbow.” Continue reading
Legendary singer Tony Bennett found an unlikely collaborator in shape-shifting pop superstar Lady Gaga. The two have united for a jazzy album of popular American standards called “Cheek to Cheek.” Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bennett to discuss their hit album and keeping jazz alive. Continue reading
San Francisco radio stations KOIT-FM and KFOG-FM have pledged to remove the signature chart-topping song “Royals” from their airwaves until the end of Major League Baseball’s World Series.
A superstar of classical music might normally draw a huge crowd, but that wasn’t the case when violin virtuoso Joshua Bell held an impromptu recital in a Metro station in 2007 — largely ignored by a few thousand commuters. On Tuesday, Bell returned to give a performance at Washington’s Union Station, and this time people paid attention. Jeffrey Brown sits down with Bell for an interview. Continue reading
Marketing professor Wahyd Vannoni reacts to the presence of a new album in his iTunes library — an album he never bought. Continue reading
In the spring of 1967, Bob Dylan was on societal retreat near Woodstock, New York, following a motorcycle accident months before. With the “Blonde on Blonde” tour cancelled, the Band joined him there, and in the garage of a house known as Big Pink, the group created what would become the acclaimed “Basement Tapes.” Continue reading
Learning to sing or play a musical instrument can improve language and reading skills of disadvantaged children, according to a new study released Friday.