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The Archies is not only the first fictitious band to reach No. 1 on the Billboard charts in the U.S., but is also the only group to reach such heights without ever performing the song live onstage. GAB Archive/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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50 Years Later, The Archies' 'Sugar, Sugar' Is Still 'Really Sweet'

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"Making this record definitely was just a declaration of who I find myself being," Brittany Howard says. Danny Clinch /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Brittany Howard Makes Her Declaration As A Solo Star

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mxmtoon's debut album, the masquerade, straddles whimsy and earnest depth. Nicole Busch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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mxmtoon Leaps From Online To Make Her Debut

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Charli XCX. Her latest release, Charli, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Sept. 13. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 13

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Clockwise from upper left: Arthur Moon, Overcoats, Wynton Marsalis, Thom Yorke, Ride Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Thom Yorke, Wynton Marsalis, Ride, Overcoats, More

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British R&B singer Mahalia. Her debut full-length Love and Compromise is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Sep. 6. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 8 Albums Out Sep. 6

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On her new album, Lana Del Rey (shown here in 2018) is at her most instantly compelling, fully committed to the messy alignments upon which her art is built. Darren Gerrish/BFC/Getty Images hide caption

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(L-R) Naomi McPherson, Katie Gavin and Josette Maskin of MUNA. Isaac Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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MUNA Might Just Save The World

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Clockwise from upper left: Jenny Hval, Sudan Archives, Anna Meredith, Mellotron Variations (Robby Grant, Jonathan Kirkscey, John Medeski, Pat Sansone) Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Pinegrove, Sudan Archives, Anna Meredith And 4 Mellotrons

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Lana Del Rey. Her latest release, Norman F****** Rockwell, is on our shortlist for the best new albums out on Aug. 30. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Our Top 7 Albums Out Aug. 30

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"It's almost a dying art form in that people cherry-pick songs and put them on playlists and so, I don't know that the listening audience really ever gets the sense of the full artistic statement," Sheryl Crow says. Dove Shore/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sheryl Crow Says 'Threads' Is Her Last Album. And She's OK With That

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Nile Rodgers speaks onstage during the 2019 SXSW Conference and Festivals in Austin, Texas. The soul and disco legend spoke with World Cafe host Talia Schlanger while in London. Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for SXSW hide caption

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Nile Rodgers On World Cafe

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Roséwave defies easy definition; it's meant to be felt, not understood. Samantha Clark & Eslah Attar/NPR hide caption

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All Songs Rewind: This Summer, Think Pink

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