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Musicians react to Brussels attacks


People gather to leave tributes at the Place de la Bourse following today's attacks on March 22, 2016, in Brussels, Belgium. At least 31 people are thought to have been killed after Brussels airport and a Metro station were targeted by explosions.

Bombs exploded at the Brussels airport and one of the city's metro stations Tuesday, killing at least 31 people and wounding dozens. Following news of the attacks, several in the music world shared their thoughts via social media. View a collection of some of those messages.

Glenn Frey, Guitarist And Songwriter For The Eagles, Dies At 67


Glenn Frey (left) and Don Henley perform in May 2014 during a concert by The Eagles at the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.

Glenn Frey, Guitarist For The Eagles, Dead At 67 A founding member of one of the best-selling rock bands of all time, Frey was remembered by bandmate Don Henley as "funny, bullheaded, mercurial, generous, deeply talented and driven."

2015 In Album Sales: Adele, Adele, Adele


Adele's 25 was (by far) the biggest album of 2015, selling more than 6 million copies in less than two months.

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.

Singer Natalie Cole Dead At 65


Singer Natalie Cole performs onstage during the SeriousFun Children's Network 2015 Los Angeles Gala celebrating the legacy of Paul Newman on May 14 in Hollywood, Calif.

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.

Derrick Stevens lends his talents to coaching kids at FAIR School


Derrick Stevens with the choir students at FAIR School in Minneapolis.

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.

Transmission celebrates 'Star Wars' at First Avenue


Nearly 1,200 Star Wars fans gathered at First Avenue for Transmission presents "The Cantina: a Star Wars Dance Party".

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.

Mac Wilson examines the major Grammy races


Grammy Award statuette for Simon Gogerly, engineer on 2006 Album of the Year, U2's 'How to Dismantle an Atomic Bomb'.

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.'