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Casey Kasem was the original host American Top 40, which premiered 50 years ago this week. Gary Friedman/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Ago, Casey Kasem Began Counting Down The Hits On American Top 40

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Neil Young's newly released album, Homegrown, arrives at the same moment as two other veteran songwriters, Bob Dylan and Willie Nelson, put out projects of their own. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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With New Albums, Bob Dylan, Neil Young And Willie Nelson Are As Relevant As Ever

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Beyoncé, who voiced the character of Nala in last year's animated remake of The Lion King, is releasing a visual album based off the music from its accompanying soundtrack. Black Is King will premiere on Disney+ at the end of July. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP hide caption

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Soul singer and songwriter William Bell — one of Stax Records' earliest stars — is one of this year's recipients of an NEA National Heritage Fellowship. Tony Knuppel/Courtesy of the National Endowment for the Arts hide caption

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Teyana Taylor's third musical project, simply titled The Album, is a sprawling work of 23 tracks that sends a clear message: She's done compromising her creative vision. Daniel Sannwald/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Teyana Taylor On 'The Album' And Asserting Her Creative Vision

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A previously unreleased concert recording of Thelonious Monk from 1968 will be released next month as the album Palo Alto. Larry Fink/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Previously Unreleased Thelonious Monk Concert Is Coming Next Month

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Bandcamp has pledged to donate its cut of sales made on this and every subsequent Juneteenth holiday to the NAACP Legal Defense Fund. Guillaume Payen/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images hide caption

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The musicians on Not Our First Goat Rodeo, from left to right: Yo-Yo Ma, Chris Thile, Stuart Duncan and Edgar Meyer. Josh Goleman/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Yo-Yo Ma: Goats, Rodeos And The Power Of Music

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The term "urban" has been used for decades as a catch-all term for Black music — but it is now quickly falling out of favor in the music industry in the midst of a growing new civil rights movement. Jasper James/Getty Images hide caption

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Allison Loggins-Hull and Nathalie Joachim are two of the artists featured in the Library of Congress' Boccaccio Project, a collection of songs inspired by the coronavirus pandemic. Erin Patrice O'Brien/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A New Library Of Congress Project Commissions Music Of The Coronavirus Pandemic

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