Clockwise from upper left: Spoon, Sharon Van Etten, St. Vincent, Future Islands, Flying Lotus. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Elizabeth Grant is better known by her stage name, Lana Del Rey. Neil Krug/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Top row: Weezer; Middle row: Run The Jewels, Beyonce; Bottom row: St. Vincent, FKA Twigs, Beck Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Some things actually are surprising: Taylor Swift, performing on ABC's Good Morning America in New York City on Oct. 30, sold over a million copies of her new album, 1989, in its first week. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Taylor Swift's new album is titled 1989. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift's Red challenges her diehard fans while inviting naysayers to give her music another try. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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