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The Two-Way
9:08 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Andy Williams Dies; Crooner Was Known For 'Moon River,' Christmas TV Specials

Singer Andy Williams in 1970.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 9:24 am

  • A bit of Andy Williams singing 'Moon River'

Singer Andy Williams, best known for his rendition of Moon River, his Christmas TV specials and his long-running show in Branson, Mo., has died.

He was 84.

Williams' publicist, Paul Shefrin, says in a statement sent to reporters that the singer "passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Mo, following a year long battle with bladder cancer. ... Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, Calif., is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian."

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Deceptive Cadence
8:31 am
Wed September 26, 2012

A Young Pianist Triumphs In Music From The Young 20th Century

Another solid album from Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz shows he's an artist of distinction.
Felix Broede DG

Originally published on Thu October 11, 2012 12:08 pm

Polish pianist Rafał Blechacz was just 20 years old when he swept all five top prizes at the 2005 Chopin Competition in Warsaw. His domination was so thorough the judges declined to award a runner-up.

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Wednesdays Become Eclectic
8:27 am
Wed September 26, 2012

KCRW Presents: Yuna

KCRW

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 11:17 am

Malaysian singer Yuna, who's been writing and recording music since she was a teenager, released her first U.S. album this year. On the self-titled record, producer Pharrell Williams lends a hand to her single "Live Your Life," a shimmering gem of good vibes and positivity that only sparkles more when she performs it live. Between her eye-catching attire and her soulful performance, Yuna is something special, both in this studio session and beyond.

Watch Yuna's entire performance at KCRW.com.

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First Listen
8:18 am
Wed September 26, 2012

First Listen: Ultraísta, 'Ultraísta'

Ultraísta's self-titled debut comes out Oct. 2.
Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Mon October 8, 2012 3:55 pm

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The Record
2:28 am
Wed September 26, 2012

How Musicians Make Money (By The Fraction Of A Cent) On Spotify

Erin McKeown is currently recording her ninth studio album, to be released this fall.
Michael Weintrob Courtesy of the artist

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 4:23 pm

The streaming music service Spotify has garnered some 2 million users in the U.S. since its introduction a little over a year ago. The service includes many big acts like Katy Perry, but many musicians have mixed feelings about it. Some, like Adele and Coldplay, resisted putting new albums on Spotify, citing the service's low royalty payments to musicians. Others, like the Black Keys, won't allow full albums on the service at all.

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