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Welcome to Wikipedia's portal for music. Music consists of sound heard over time. It can be used to evoke emotion or thought in the listener. Music is often described as an art form that involves organized sounds and silence. It is considered by some cultures to be a language in and of itself. Music is also used as an accompaniment to dance, as a part of some religious rituals and a means to communicate with spirits. Within the arts, music can be classified as a performing art, a fine art, and an auditory art form though the definitions of music vary according to culture and social context.


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Elvis Aaron Presley was an American singer and actor. A cultural icon, he is commonly known by the single name Elvis. One of the most popular musicians of the 20th century, he is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King".

Accompanied by guitarist Scotty Moore and bassist Bill Black, Presley was the most important popularizer of rockabilly, an uptempo, backbeat-driven fusion of country and rhythm and blues. Presley's first RCA single, "Heartbreak Hotel", released in January 1956, was a number-one hit. He became the leading figure of the newly popular sound of rock and roll with a series of network television appearances and chart-topping records. His energized interpretations of songs, many from African-American sources, and his uninhibited performance style made him enormously popular—and controversial. In November 1956, he made his film debut in Love Me Tender.

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  • February 9: Poet, lyricist, and digital activist John Perry Barlow dies, aged 70
  • January 18: Irish rock band The Cranberries' lead singer Dolores O'Riordan dies at 46
  • December 13: Apple, Inc. confirms acquisition of Shazam
  • October 24: Five United States ex-presidents raise relief funds at hurricane event
  • October 5: US rock artist Tom Petty dies at 66
  • July 30: British dancer and talent show winner Robert Anker dies in car accident aged 27
  • July 25: Linkin Park's lead singer Chester Bennington dies at 41
  • June 5: Conductor Jeffrey Tate dies aged 74
  • May 27: British counterterrorism agents say many of Manchester arena suicide bomber's confederates in custody
  • May 15: Salvador Sobral wins Eurovision for Portugal

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