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From couch-surfing in London to being named No.6 on Billboard's Top Artists of the 2010s, soulful singer-songwriter Ed Sheeran has earned his reputation as one of the most successful artists in the current pop scene.

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  • Learn about some of the most prolific Black artists who changed music as we know it

  • Ed Sheeran ranked 6th top artist of 2010’s by Billboard

  • Australia is a mixture of Western influence and home-grown originality

  • “Isn’t She Lovely” is a Stevie Wonder classic

  • Mythbuster: Has a piano always had 88 keys?

Activity plans for this month’s features

The Music of Australia Influenced by both Western music and the music of its Indigenous people, Australia’s music scene has come into its own.

Historic Achievements To celebrate black history month, Music Alive! spotlights the central role Black artists played in the development of American popular music.

Listening Guide Stevie Wonder’s “Isn’t She Lovely”

Song of the Month
Ed Sheeran’s “Perfect”


Hear the Music: This monthly playlist accompanies every issue of Music Alive!

  1. Perfect Ed Sheeran 4:23
  2. Isn't She Lovely Stevie Wonder 3:19
  3. Treaty Yothu Yindi 3:38
  4. Wiyathul Gurrumul 5:53
  5. Down Under Men At Work 3:41
  6. Waltzing Matilda 3:26
  7. Old Man Emu 3:11
  8. The Peppermint Twist 2:03
  9. For Those About to Rock (We Salute You) 5:44
  10. Never Tear Us Apart 3:07
  11. Beds Are Burning 4:16
  12. Somebody Like You 5:23
  13. Locomotion 3:13
  14. Together 3:25
  15. Respect 2:28
  16. Georgia On My Mind (Live) 6:13
  17. I Got You (I Feel Good) 2:49
  18. The Thrill Is Gone (feat. Tracy Chapman) 5:01
  19. So What 9:08
  20. Take the A Train (feat. Duke Ellington and His Orchestra) 6:43

Also in this month's Music Alive:


Music Notes: Google Lets You Create a "Blob Opera," A Round of a Paws, Radio Disney Calls It Quits, and more!...

Musical Mythbusters: The piano has always had 88 keys. (Fiction)

Cool Careers: Mike Miltimore, Founder, Riversong Guitars