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Carole King’s Broadway Musical 'Beautiful'; Economist Paul Krugman Talks About 'Billie Jean'; Beats Music

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Thursday, January 30, 2014

Jessie Mueller as Carole King in 'Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.' Jessie Mueller as Carole King in 'Beautiful: the Carole King Musical.' (Joan Marcus)

In this episode: Actress Jessie Mueller plays a very convincing Carole King in the new Broadway musical Beautiful. The young star talks about her one and only meeting with the legendary songwriter and s she performs songs from the show live in the Soundcheck studio.

Then, Nobel Prize-winning Princeton economist and New York Times columnist Paul Krugman also happens to be a diehard music fan. He shares a few favorite songs as part of Soundcheck's series Pick Three.

And: Beats Music is the latest entry in an already over-crowded market of streaming music services market that includes Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and others. So how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.

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Eliot Van Buskirk, Paul Krugman and Jessie Mueller

Jessie Mueller: Playing Carole King On Broadway

Hear Jessie Mueller, appearing now as Carole King in the Broadway show Beautiful, perform in the Soundcheck studio.

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Pick Three: Paul Krugman

For today’s Pick Three, we’re joined by the Nobel Prize-winning economist, op-ed columnist for The New York Times, author, professor and self-described “60-year-old wannabe hipster” Paul Krugman. He talks about why he stopped listening to new music years ago – and shares three tracks that convinced him to start listening again. 

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Beats Music: Changing The Game, Or More Of The Same?

In a market crowded by Spotify, Rdio, Pandora, and many other streaming services, how does Beats Music compare? Eliot Van Buskirk, editor at Evolver.fm, gives his first impressions after a week with the new service.

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Download This: Dum Dum Girls, 'Rimbaud Eyes'

After releasing a brand new album this week, the band plays at Mercury Lounge on Thursday night. Download their poet-inspired track "Rimbaud Eyes."

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