Jay-Z's previous albums include Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint. He collaborated with Kanye West for Watch the Throne. Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Personal Record is the second solo album by Eleanor Friedberger of The Fiery Furnaces. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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

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Slaid Cleaves' music is influenced by singer-songwriters such as Woody Guthrie, Bruce Springsteen, Hank Williams and Johnny Cash. Karen Cleaves/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Jason Isbell's latest album, Southeastern, is personal and intimate. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Vampire Weekend (left to right: Chris Tomson, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, Ezra Koenig) met while they were all students at Columbia University. Alex John Beck /XL Recordings hide caption

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Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter are the two men behind Daft Punk. David Black/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Natalie Maines, former singer for the Dixie Chicks, placed the group at the center of controversy in 2003, when she publicly criticized George W. Bush's decision to invade Iraq. Danny Clinch/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Caitlin Rose knows it takes an assured performer to sell the notion of vulnerability over the long haul. AP Childs/PA Photos/Landov hide caption

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Brad Paisley's new album is titled Wheelhouse. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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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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