Kanye West premiered The Life Of Pablo in only the way Kanye West could: at his Madison Square Garden fashion show. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Kanye West Plays Puppet Master With 'Life Of Pablo' Premiere

Maybe this is all part of some performance-art piece we've been unwittingly sucked into. But either way, it seems to be working.

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Clockwise from upper left: Cover art for Björk's Vespertine, Wilco's Yankee Hotel Foxtrot, Moby's Play, Kanye West's Late Registration, Sleigh Bells' Treats and Regina Spektor's Begin To Hope Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Best Music Of 2013

Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2013

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Jason Isbell's Southeastern, Kanye West's Yeezus and an assortment of remarkable women dominated the Fresh Air critic's year in listening.

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Vampire Weekend's Modern Vampires of the City was the most popular record in our listener poll for the best music of 2013. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Poll Results: Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums of 2013

See what albums NPR listeners picked in our year-end poll for the best music of 2013.

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Top row, left to right: Laura Marling, Lorde, Mike Milosh of Rhye; middle row: Ty Segall, James Blake, Valerie June; bottom row: Khaela Maricich and Melissa Dyne of The Blow, Earl Sweatshirt, Lou Reed. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Yeezus is Kanye West's seventh studio album. Guillaume Baptiste/Getty Images hide caption

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Clockwise from upper left: Neko Case, Kanye West, Shigeto, Schoolboy Q Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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