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Kendrick Lamar performs onstage in June. His most recent album, To Pimp A Butterfly, runs nearly 80 minutes over 16 songs. Earl Gibson/Getty Images for BET hide caption

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Bob Dylan in the studio in the summer of 1965, while recording Highway 61 Revisited, which was mostly produced by Bob Johnston. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Sean Price onstage in New York City in September of 2014. Polina Yamshchikov for NPR hide caption

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Drake performs at Finsbury Park in London, England in June. Philadelphia rapper Meek Mill recently accused Drake of using ghostwriters, spurring the two to release diss tracks aimed at each other. John Phillips/Getty Images hide caption

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M'Lady's Records, a label based in Portland, Ore., has begun discounting sales to women to protest the gender-based wage gap. Photo by Morgan Walker/Illustration by Julian Ring/NPR hide caption

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A crowd gathers at Hollywood's Amoeba Music for a free weekday concert in 2007. A new shift to Friday album releases could spell logistical trouble for independent record stores like this one. Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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On Kacey Musgraves' second album, Pageant Material, she follows in the footsteps of several artists who expanded the sometimes binding roles of women in country music. Kelly Christine Sutton/Courtesy of Mercury Nashville hide caption

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