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Lucinda Williams' new album, The Ghosts of Highway 20, shows off her Southern roots. David McClister/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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For Singer Ane Brun, 'Freedom Is Really An Absence Of Fear'

"Let your mind and body rest so it can heal." That's the mantra that inspired the Norwegian artist on her latest album, When I'm Free.

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Mr. MFN eXquire: 'I Evolved As A Man'

Crown Heights came to North Hollywood so we could talk about crossed signals on the highways between artist and industry.

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Gospel Star Kirk Franklin Wants To Help You Lose Your Religion

The gospel star is known for merging hip-hop and gospel. His new album has a controversial title; he says he hopes it will help make God famous.

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