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Good Charlotte Speaks To 'Generation Rx'

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Prince's posthumous release Piano and a Microphone, 1983 is on our list of the best albums out on Sep. 21. Mike Maloney/Mirrorpix/Getty Images hide caption

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New Music Friday For Sep. 21: Eight Albums You Should Hear Now

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Prince's first posthumous album, Piano & A Microphone 1983, is out now. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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The Gift Of Posthumous Prince Music

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Hayley Williams of Paramore performs onstage in Chicago, Ill. in 2013. Photo Illustration: Timothy Hiatt/Getty Images for Clear Channel and Angela Hsieh/NPR hide caption

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"Harper Valley P.T.A." was a sassy, country-pop song that captured the anger many women felt about double standards they faced in 1968. William Lovelace/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Of Sockin' It To The PTA

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Lyn Collins, pictured here in 1970, inspired the chorus to Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock's pioneering hip-hop hit "It Takes Two." Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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The Voice Behind One Of Hip-Hop's Most Famous Hooks

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Tony Bennett and Diana Krall share their love of George and Ira Gershwin with the new album, Love Is Here to Stay. Mike Coppola/Getty Images hide caption

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Tony Bennett And Diana Krall On Reincarnating Gershwin Classics: 'It Never Goes Out Of Style'

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Rapper Noname's Room 25 is our pick for one of the best albums out on Sep. 14. Chantal Anderson hide caption

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New Music Friday For Sep. 14: Seven Albums You Should Hear Now

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Mary Halsey of Rhode Island is joined by the rapper Missy Elliott in a surprise performance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. YouTube / TheEllenShow hide caption

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"It's one of the things which make me really happy, and if a musician offers me a beautiful melody I cannot resist," Françoise Hardy says. Benoit Peverelli/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Françoise Hardy Remains France's National Treasure

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Clockwise from upper left: Thom Yorke, Sylvan Esso, Buke & Gase, Amber Arcades, Theodore Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Thom Yorke, Sylvan Esso, Buke & Gase, More

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Paul McCartney's Egypt Station is on our shortlist for the week's best new albums, out on Sep. 7. Mary McCartney hide caption

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New Music Friday For Sep. 7: Eight Albums You Should Hear Now

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