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Brad Paisley's 'Wheelhouse' Of Good Songs — And Intentions

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Kacey Musgraves' "Merry Go 'Round" was one of NPR Music's favorite songs of 2012. Kelly Christine Musgraves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Kacey Musgraves: Country's Blunt And Poetic New Voice

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The 20/20 Experience is Justin Timberlake's first album since 2006. Tom Monro/ RCA hide caption

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Justin Timberlake Returns To Music With Enthusiasm And 'Experience'

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Twin sisters Tegan and Sara Quin have been writing songs since they were 15 and independently released their first full-length album in 1999. Since then, they've produced seven studio albums. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tegan And Sara Reach Out To New Audiences With 'Heartthrob'

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After a 10-year hiatus, David Bowie has just returned with The Next Day. /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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David Bowie Awakens To 'The Next Day' Of His Career

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Ashley Monroe Is 'Like A Rose,' Briars And All

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Guards just released its debut album, In Guards We Trust. Olivia Malone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Guards: Anthems With Gravitas

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Richard Thompson's new album is titled Electric. Pamela Littky/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Richard Thompson's New Album Examines 'Electric' Love

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Singer-songwriter and actress Paloma Faith's new album is titled Fall to Grace. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Paloma Faith's 'Fall To Grace' Is A Keeper

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Connie Britton (pictured) and Hayden Panetierre star as country singers of different generations on the ABC series Nashville. Courtesy of ABC hide caption

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'Nashville' Soundtrack Stands On Its Own

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Ke$ha's new album is titled Warrior. Yu Tsai /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy

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Ken Tucker's Top 10 Albums Of 2012

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Tracey Thorn, famous for her work in Everything but the Girl, has a new solo album of seasonal tunes called Tinsel and Lights. Edward Bishop/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracey Thorn: 'Secular Carols' For The Holidays

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Musicians and friends Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale team up on a new album of country duets called Buddy and Jim. Michael Wilson photo/Paul Moore design/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Buddy And Jim': Friends In Life And Songwriting

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Jamey Johnson's new album pays tribute to songwriter Hank Cochran. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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An Unlikely Tribute: Jamey Johnson Covers Hank Cochran

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