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December 31, 2008 Hear an interview and performance by the eclectic, genre-bending vocalist and producer.

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Interviews & Profiles

M.I.A.'s fourth album, Matangi, is out now.

November 5, 2013 The singer-rapper goes long on fame, war and controversy with NPR's David Greene.

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October 15, 2008 Urban desi blends South Asian pop culture and American hip-hop.

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May 10, 2005 Hear a profile of Philadelphia producer and DJ Diplo.

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Discover Songs

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July 6, 2010 The All Songs Considered gang previews some of the summer's most anticipated new albums.

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November 13, 2009 The decade's 50 most important recordings continues, from Norah Jones to Jason Moran.

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October 15, 2008 Urban desi blends South Asian pop culture and American hip-hop.

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June 5, 2008 Jazz, rock, hip-hop, and grunge have defined past generations. What's the sound of Generation Y?

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December 20, 2007 Tens of thousands of listeners voted for the year's best CDs, with Radiohead coming out on top.

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December 20, 2007 Writer and reviewer Will Hermes shares his favorite albums of the past year.

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December 13, 2007 The year's best music, as chosen by David Dye, includes a plethora of reliable favorites.

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December 6, 2007 All Songs reviewers parley the year's biggest surprises, letdowns and best new music.

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December 31, 2005 Public radio host and author Nic Harcourt runs down good music you might have missed.

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December 27, 2004 Below are the 20 most mentioned songs from both listeners and reviewers with randomly selected c...

News

Madonna (center), flanked by Nicki Minaj and M.I.A., during a performance of her new single "Give Me All Your Luvin'" during the Bridgestone Super Bowl XLVI Halftime Show in Indianapolis.

February 6, 2012 For the last decade, Madonna has been writing her own legacy in collaborations with younger stars.

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July 16, 2010 You can tell a lot about the rapper from the cover of her new album.

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May 28, 2010 Lady Gaga and M.I.A. are among the artists continuing the tradition of shock value in music.

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December 17, 2007 Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z place well in the magazine's list of 2007's top 50 records.

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Reviews

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July 13, 2010 Producer Oliver Wang says the pop star's third album, Maya, is hard-edged and well-produced.

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December 20, 2007 Writer and reviewer Will Hermes shares his favorite albums of the past year.

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December 17, 2007 Kanye West, Arcade Fire and Jay-Z place well in the magazine's list of 2007's top 50 records.

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August 21, 2007 The acclaimed Sri Lanka-born performer has a new album, and it's more explosive than ever.

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December 17, 2005 Will Hermes' picks include the "wonderfully strange" world of Animal Collective and Sigur Ros.

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March 17, 2005 Sri Lanka-born hip-hop artist M.I.A bridges the gap between her war-torn past and her urban present.

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Clockwise from upper left: Anna Calvi, M.I.A., Poliça, members of Los Campesinos!, Deltron 3030 and Phil Elverum of Mount Eerie

September 24, 2013 Hear All Songs Considered's massive 2013 fall preview with new music from M.I.A., Poliça, and more.

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December 24, 2007 The best hip-hop CDs of 2007 helped push the boundaries of the genre.

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Emerson String Quartet

Emerson String Quartet

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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan

NPR Music explores the life and voice of the passionate Qawwali singer.

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