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Ethnomusicology – Study of People Making Music

Legendary reggae musician Bob Marley has been quoted as saying "One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain." Certainly, many would agree that music has enormous potential to influence emotions and behavior – and this has been the case for centuries. Defined as the study of social and cultural aspects of music and dance, both in a local and global context, the term ethnomusicology was created by Dutch scholar Jaap Kunst (1891-1960) as a more precise term for his research into the gamelan music of Indonesia. Taken from the Greek words for "nation" and "music", ethnomusicology is, in a nutshell, the study of "people making music" – as noted by Brown University professor of music, Jeff Todd Titon. Although originally referring to non-Western music, ethnomusicology has expanded to include the anthropological and sociological aspects of Western music traditions.

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2012 Juno Awards Nominees

The 2012 Juno Awards are set to take place on April 1st at Scotiabank Place in Ottawa - with the legendary William Shatner as its host. The lineup for the evening includes City and Colour, deadmau5, Hedley, Blue Rodeo, Feist and Nickelback, with Hey Rosetta! and Sarah McLachlan being the latest additions to what promises to be an exciting and entertaining event.

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Nominees for 54th Grammy Awards

With the prestigious Grammy Awards taking place this upcoming weekend, there is little doubt that Adele will be walking off with a number of the coveted awards. With six Grammy nominations – Records of the Year; Album of the Year; Song of the Year; Best Pop Solo Performance; Best Pop Vocal Album; and Best Short Form Music Video - Adele appears set to become one of the most successful British singers in history. Producers Paul Epworth (Rolling in the Deep and I'll be Waiting) and Ryan Tedder (Rumor Has It) have both been nominated for Producer of the Year, Non-Classical.

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Ne-Yo Takes on Challenge to "Revitalize" Motown

The legendary music label Motown Records has announced that American R&B singer-songwriter Ne-Yo has been appointed as the new Senior Vice President of A&R – Artists and Repertoire – at the Universal Music Group. Currently signed with Def Jam Recordings, the singer will move his work over to Motown, bringing his New-York based imprint Compound Entertainment with him. His new position will include talent-seeking and mentoring Motown label's artists. He will also continue with his own successful music career, with his fifth album due out this year.

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Adele Leads 2011 Top Sellers

According to data released by music sales tracking service Nielsen SoundScan, Adele's album 21 and her single from the album Rolling in the Deep were the number one sellers in the United States for 2011. The album reportedly sold 5.82 million copies, with the single hitting 5.81 million downloads. As the singer-songwriter's second album, 21 is the biggest selling album since Usher's album Confessions sold 7.98 million in 2004. Judging by the initial sales of 21 when it was released in March 2011, it was no surprise to fans that Adele's album took top honors. The album sold 352,000 copies in its first week and has remained in the Billboard 200 chart's top 10 for 44 weeks and counting.

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