Over 40 Broadway performers gathered to sing "What The World Needs Now Is Love" at the Democratic National Convention on Wednesday night. Nicholas Kamm/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Jacob Collier's multi-tracked YouTube covers, recorded and filmed in his room, showed musical sophistication and adventurousness. On his debut album, In My Room, he brings the same qualities to original songs. Retts Wood/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Cam's debut album, Untamed, featuring the hit "Burning House," was released in December. "There's this fear that if you are who you are, it's not gonna work out," she says of Nashville's tendency to iron out imperfection. Ninelle Efremova/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Keith Urban's ninth album, Ripcord, out on May 6, continues to integrate programmed drum tracks into Urban's signature pop-country. Russ Harrington /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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North Carolinian Rhiannon Giddens, who opposes HB2, says she struggled with whether to speak out against the bill from stage: "How can I use my platform for good without jeopardizing everything so that I don't have that platform anymore?" Erika Goldring/Getty Images for Americana Music hide caption

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01Maximum Bum Ride

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01Methadone Blues

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Tony Conrad had been a SUNY-Buffalo professor since 1976, but beyond his academic duties, he was open and free giving of his knowledge and wisdom. Bettina Herzner/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Merle Haggard, shown performing in 1985, was a country music fixture for 50 years. He died Wednesday, on his 79th birthday. Ebet Roberts/Redferns/Getty Images hide caption

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Country Legend Merle Haggard Dies At 79

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07As You Were

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