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In this Aug. 20, 2013, photo, Tina Caruso, left, smiles as Percy Sledge signs a poster for her in Florence, Ala. Sledge, who soared from part-time singer and hospital orderly to lasting fame with his aching, forlorn performance on the classic "When a Man Loves a Woman," died Tuesday, April 14, 2015, in Louisiana. He was 74. (Allison Carter/The TimesDaily via AP) MANDATORY CREDIT

‘When a Man Loves a Woman’ Has Staying Power

Thursday, April 16, 2015

The great Percy Sledge record When a Man Loves a Woman was released 49 years ago on Thursday. Credited to songwriters Andrew Wright and Calvin Lewis, it was recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound Studio in Sheffield, Ala., and featured some of the era’s great R&B instrumentalists. It was the only song the two ever wrote together, though Sledge long insisted …

Musicians Blast Tidal Streaming

Thursday, April 16, 2015

For an allegedly artist-friendly take on streaming services, a lot of artists sure seem to hate Tidal. Over the last few days, several high-profile acts have been outspoken about their problems with Tidal’s optics and messaging, going so far as to hope for its downfall. One of the first was British pop singer Lily Allen, who predicted on Twitter that under Tidal’s relatively …

Ben Gibbard’s New Sound

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Ben Gibbard never thought he’d find himself where he did at the end of 2012. The boyish frontman of Seattle’s Death Cab for Cutie had spent the previous decade and a half establishing a reputation as one of the most sensitive — and hardest-working — figures in American indie rock. The band’s music, …

Sam Smith Wins Song, Record of the Year

Monday, February 9, 2015

A partial list of winners from the 57th Grammy Awards: ∎ Album of the year: Morning Phase, Beck. ∎ Song of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ Record of the year: Stay With Me, Sam Smith. ∎ New artist: Sam …

Holy Grail or Just a Really Cool Guitar?

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Les Paul was a musician, inventor and obsessive tinkerer. His signature six-string became the instrument of choice for a Mount Rushmore of guitar heroes: Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page. But there is something else Paul was …

Suge Knight Hasn’t Been Able to Shake Gangsta Rap’s Violent Origins

Thursday, February 5, 2015

In the 2½ decades since Marion “Suge” Knight founded his volatile label Death Row Records, its artists and crew have moved beyond gangsta rap and onto more peaceful projects. Andre “Dr. Dre” Young co-founded Beats Electronics, the headphone …

With ‘Empire,’ Diversity Becomes the Watchword on TV

Monday, February 2, 2015

The 2014-15 TV season was already shaping up to be a watershed year for diversity on the major networks, thanks to the success of ABC’s black-ish and How to Get Away With Murder. The most-watched new comedy and …

Picture These Bands in Their Prime

Sunday, February 1, 2015

A shirtless Mick Jagger, relaxing poolside in Clearwater, Fla., in 1965, intently studies the back cover of Bob Dylan’s then-new Bringing It All Back Home album, still in the shrink wrap. John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr gaze with delight as George Harrison tosses a yellow balloon …

Old Meets New in Planned Grammy Duets

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Young will meet old — again — at this year’s Grammy Awards. In keeping with longstanding tradition, the Recording Academy has arranged several May-December duets for the Feb. 8 ceremony, organizers announced Wednesday, including planned performances by Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett, Hozier and Annie Lennox, and Jessie …

‘Stay With Me’ Credits Expand

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

In a surprise backstage maneuver involving British crooner Sam Smith’s Grammy-nominated breakout hit, Stay with Me, both Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne’s names have been added to the song’s writing credits. Despite never having officially collaborated, Smith, Petty and Lynne now share credit with two others due to …

Still Rockin’ the Road at 81

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Las Vegas — Another Saturday night on Earth. How is this one different? “Honestly, nothing is distinct after a while,” Willie Nelson confesses. He’s talking about life on the road at 81, when wisdom makes the totality of …

If Elvis Were Still Alive ...

Sunday, January 18, 2015

What if Elvis Presley had lived? In August 1977, the singer was found unconscious in his Graceland home and later pronounced dead at age 42. But what if the King of Rock ’n’ Roll had in fact been …

With Interest Down, Piano Stores Close

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Washington — For months, Nick Margaritas has been reading stories of his coming demise. His intention, when he set up the alert for any news articles about “piano sales,” was to keep tabs on his world. What he …