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The Recording Academy changed its rules this year to make streaming-only albums eligible for Grammy Awards. Chance the Rapper, who released his mixtape, Coloring Book, on Apple Music in May, is up for seven awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Rihanna poses at the album artwork reveal for ANTI in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for Westbury Road Entertainment LLC hide caption

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Just What Is An Album? In 2016, That Was An Open Question

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A day after getting a phone call from Kanye West's camp, Vincent Desiderio was in Los Angeles for the premiere of the rapper's video "Famous," which Desiderio's painting Sleep partly inspired. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Chat With The Painter Whose Work Inspired Kanye West's 'Famous'

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"There had never even been a Canadian DJ that made it to the finals, period," says Alain Macklovitch, aka A-Trak. "And I came in and I won." Kenneth Cappello/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Before Leaping Onto Kanye's Records, A-Trak Forged A Career From Scratch

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Kanye West and Jay Z onstage at Tidal's March 2015 launch event in New York. Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images hide caption

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Kanye West And The Streaming Arms Race

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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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Summer Music Preview: Kanye, Neko Case, No Age, More

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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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Discussion: The Year in Music, 2013

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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

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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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16 Number One Songs From Our First 16 Years

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Kanye West at a laptop during his Yeezy Season 3 fashion show and album debut at Madison Square Garden in New York Feb. 11. Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images hide caption

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Is Tidal Changing How Fans Talk About Music?

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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

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Listeners Pick Their Favorite Albums Of 2011

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