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2015 In Album Sales: Adele, Adele, Adele

According to Nielsen Music, the singer's stratospheric success with 25 made her the year's top-selling artist by far -- even though 25 was available in only the last six weeks of 2015. And it was another year of growth for vinyl.

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Singer Natalie Cole Dead At 65

Natalie Cole: Underappreciated But Never Forgotten She who ended Aretha's eight-year Grammy-winning streak deserves more credit than she's usually afforded: she was influential and flexible and a phenomenal singer.

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Derrick Stevens lends his talents to coaching kids at FAIR School

Along with Classical MPR's Tesfa Wondemagegnehu, The Current's Production Manager Derrick Stevens lent his skills and stories to a rehearsal of the vocal-music students at the FAIR School in Minneapolis. The students will soon be performing 'Glory,' the Oscar-winning song by John Legend and Common.

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Transmission celebrates 'Star Wars' at First Avenue

Jake Rudh has previously celebrated the genius of John Hughes at First Avenue, but would people show up for a few hours of sci-fi action? It turns out they did. Jake provides a recap of a 'Star Wars' party at First Avenue that drew nearly 1,200 people and raised money for a good cause.

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Mac Wilson examines the major Grammy races

Following yesterday's Grammy nominations, The Current's Mac Wilson provides in-depth analysis and predictions in this year's major Grammy races. 'With the Grammys, what seems obvious is often obvious,' Mac writes, 'except for when they leave you reeling with a curveball.'

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Scott Weiland was 'one of the most fascinating frontmen'

The Current's Program Director, Jim McGuinn, shares his thoughts about the late Stone Temple Pilots frontman, who died in Bloomington, Minn., on Dec. 3, 2015. 'STP were one of the great bands of the '90s,' McGuinn writes. 'The songs and Weiland's vocal performances totally hold up. ... Through recordings, we are always able to return to the artist at the moment of their greatness.'

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