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The Big Book

Thoughts on creativity from lyrical powerhouse Rakim

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Sep 27, 2019
The influential emcee reflects on his life, his creativity and his career.
"I loved every aspect of the culture and tried my hand at all of it," Rakim says of growing up with hip-hop.
Photo courtesy Rakim & Associates
By The Numbers

The Boss: Bruce Springsteen, by the numbers

by Danielle Chiriguayo Aug 16, 2019
It’s safe to say the New Jersey native is no longer dancing in the dark.
Bruce Springsteen performs, on October 10, 1988 during an Amnesty International concert Abidjan.
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Shelf Life

Ben Folds worries about becoming uncool (not really)

by Kai Ryssdal and Bridget Bodnar Aug 7, 2019
"As satisfying and safe as it can feel to have mastered a craft, it also can be a sign that it’s time to learn a new trick," the musician writes.
"I cannot grow artistically if I am beholden to the opinions of an industry I’ve outgrown," Ben Folds writes in his memoir.
Joe Vaughn

Song lyrics are a big business online. Here's how it works.

by Andy Uhler Jul 9, 2019
Once upon a time, lyrics were extras. If you were lucky they were stuffed inside the sleeve of an LP. Now, they’re all over the place.
The original handwritten lyric sheet for the song "Royals" by New Zealand musician Lorde.
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My Economy

This musician's violin is the best partner she's ever had

by Liz Sanchez and Sean McHenry Jun 18, 2019
Aside from her spouse, that is.
For violinist Keiko Tokunaga, her instrument is more than just a tool for work. "It is a part of me," she says.
Arthur Moeller

Billboard takes a closer look at bundling

by Erika Beras Jun 11, 2019
A recent spat with DJ Khaled is making the music industry question what really counts as a sold copy of an album.
Records sit inside a store at the 2017 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio, California.
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Taylor Swift proves that, on YouTube, it's all about "ME!"

by Marielle Segarra Apr 29, 2019
The artist used a new feature of YouTube's to launch her latest single.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during The 58th GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 15, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.
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The business of being Taylor Swift

by Danielle Chiriguayo Apr 26, 2019
Let’s do the numbers on the 29-year-old star.
Taylor Swift performs onstage during the 2018 American Music Awards at Microsoft Theater on October 9, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. 
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By The Numbers

Beyoncé and her brand, by the numbers

by Danielle Chiriguayo and Kimberly Adams Apr 17, 2019
Who run the world? Queen B, probably.
Beyonce performs onstage during The 59th GRAMMY Awards in February 2017
Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images for NARAS

MC Hammer embarks on "nostalgia" tour

by Marielle Segarra Apr 5, 2019
Guess what time it is?
MC Hammer speaks onstage during a Capitol Music Group event in Los Angeles, California in 2018.
Rich Polk/Getty Images for Capitol Music Group

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