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Taylor Swift surprised fans with her eighth studio album, Folklore, released on July 24. Beth Garrabrant/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift's eighth album, Folklore, was surprise-released Friday. The record features production by The National's Aaron Dessner and a new set of songwriting tools. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Taylor Swift. Her surprise new album, Folklore tops our picks for the best new albums out on July 24. Beth Garrabrant/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out July 24

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2012's song of the summer, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," inspired the popular music podcast Switched on Pop. Now, the co-hosts have authored a new book. Barry Brecheisen/AP hide caption

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'Switched On Pop' Podcast Turns Accessible Music Analysis Into A New Book

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The All Songs Considered Holiday Extravaganza, 2019

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Clockwise from upper left: Lana Del Rey, Lizzo, Carly Rae Jepsen, FKA Twigs, The National, Brittany Howard Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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Poll Results: NPR Listeners Pick The Top Albums Of 2019

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Taylor Swift, performing in Shanghai, China on November 10, 2019. The pop star has been embroiled in a public dispute with the head of her former label and the company he sold it to over the right to perform her songs publicly. China News Service/VCG via Getty Images hide caption

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Taylor Swift, attending the 2019 MTV Video Music Awards in Newark, N.J. in August. Dia Dipasupil/Getty Images for MTV hide caption

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Taylor Swift's TV Drama: Pop Star Claims Former Label Won't Let Her Perform Hits

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From left: Big Machine Label Group founder Scott Borchetta, Taylor Swift and Universal Music Group chairman and CEO Lucian Grainge, photographed in 2016 in Los Angeles. Lester Cohen/Getty Images hide caption

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Taylor Swift's Former Label Big Machine Is Sold, Rankling The Star

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