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Mississippi rapper Big K.R.I.T. His latest project K.R.I.T. IZ HERE is on our shortlist of the best albums out on July 12. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums For July 12

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Jenny Hval's new album, The Practice of Love, also features the voices of Vivian Wang, Laura Jean Englert and Félicia Atkinson. Lasse Marhaug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nadia Tehran's debut album, Dozakh: All Lovers Hell, is out now. Joakim Eklöf/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Rootless And Ruthless': Nadia Tehran Invokes Life In The Diaspora

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During a civil rights demonstration, folk singer Pete Seeger sings on the steps of the New York State Capitol Building. James Marshall/Corbis via Getty Images hide caption

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The Songs That Define Us, From NPR's 'American Anthem' Series

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From left: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, Taylor Swift and Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, photographed in 2016 in Los Angeles. Lester Cohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Taylor Swift's Former Label Big Machine Is Sold, Rankling The Star

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Rapper Freddie Gibbs and Madlib. Their latest project, Bandana is on our short list of the best albums out on June 28. Nick Walker/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On June 28

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Lesley Gore and producer Quincy Jones at work in the studio. The two collaborated on "You Don't Own Me" and a handful of other 1960s hits. Donaldson Collection/Getty Images hide caption

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'You Don't Own Me,' A Feminist Anthem With Civil Rights Roots, Is All About Empathy

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Lil Nas X. His debut EP 7 is on our shortlist for the best releases out on June 21. Tanima Mehrotra/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums For June 21

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Clockwise from upper left: Billie Eilish, Maggie Rogers, Nilüfer Yanya, Better Oblivion Community Center, Lil Nas X Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Poll Results: Your Favorite New Artists Of 2019 (So Far)

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The rapper Goldlink. His new album, Diaspora, is on our shortlist for the best new releases of the week. Joyce Ng/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out June 14

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"Honesty is a commodity right now, because if you tell the truth, you might offend people. People don't like to hear the truth," Madonna says. Steven Klein/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Madonna Introduces 'Madame X': 'Honesty Is A Commodity Right Now'

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Chuck Berry in the Chess Records recording studio. The New York Times reports that originals of Berry's Chess catalog were burned in the 2008 Universal fire. Gilles Petard/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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From Chuck Berry To Tupac Shakur: Taking Stock Of The 2008 Universal Fire

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Lizzo performing live at The TLA in Philadelphia. Lissa Alicia/WXPN hide caption

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Lizzo On World Cafe

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