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"I sort of became this cocktail party version of myself where I felt like I had to play the role of 'happy girl'," Maggie Rogers says. Cameron Pollack/NPR hide caption

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Maggie Rogers Reintroduces Herself

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Hundreds of singers joined MILCK and the Canadian choral group Choir! Choir! Choir! to perform "Quiet" at Toronto's Phoenix Concert Theatre in early 2017. Andrew Williamson/Courtesy of Choir! Choir! Choir! hide caption

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A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing

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"These songs, they just kind of pop up in my head and I feel like I have to write them down," Mike Posner says. Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Beginnings Always Hide Themselves In The End': Mike Posner On Grieving And Growth

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Members of Las Cafeteras perform an updated version of "La Bamba." NPR hide caption

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Alt.Latino's American Anthems: An Exploration Of Songs That Unite

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A World Cafe Holiday

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Janelle Monae attends the Hollywood premiere of Black Panther in January 2018. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images hide caption

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Janelle Monáe On Her Dirty, World-Dominating Year

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A statue of George M. Cohan, prolific Broadway composer and performer, stands in New York's Times Square. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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George M. Cohan, 'The Man Who Created Broadway,' Was An Anthem Machine

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Though he is best-known for his auteur work, composer, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda says it was his dream to be offered a part in someone else's musical. Elias Williams for NPR hide caption

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Lin-Manuel Miranda On 'Mary Poppins Returns' And Writing His Way Onstage

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"At the and of the day, I feel like your purpose can come from making one person feel like they're not alone," Alessia Cara says. supadupabrick/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It's A Learning Curve': Alessia Cara On Growing Up, The Grammys And More

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"I think what makes a song good is, for a listener, there always has to be something new happening," Benny Blanco says. Matt Adam/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Continuous Work Ethic Of Benny Blanco

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Childish Gambino (left) performs onstage during the 2018 iHeartRadio Music Festival. Rosalía speaks onstage during the 19th annual Latin GRAMMY Awards. Janelle Monae performs in Los Angeles in June and Kacey Musgraves performs at the 2018 Stagecoach Festival in April. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia; David Becker/Getty Images for LARAS; Kevin Winter/Getty Images; Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Stagecoach hide caption

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All Songs Considered: The Year In Music 2018

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Alessia Cara, performing live earlier this month in Spain, released one of our must-hear albums for Nov. 30, The Pains Of Growing. Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic hide caption

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New Music Friday For Nov. 30: The 5 Albums You Should Hear Now

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After releasing collaborations with Janelle Monáe, Poppy and Loona, "We Appreciate Power" is Grimes' first new track since 2015's Art Angels. Eli Russell Linnetz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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