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Each track on Rina Sawayama's Hold The Girl is extremely, outlandishly major, proceeding at an exhausting intensity. Thurstan Redding/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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2020 Was The Year Of Dancing By Ourselves

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On her first album, Rina Sawayama blends metal and pop and tackles serious issues."It was such a risk to be a musician that I didn't want to do fluffy pop songs and hope it cut through," she says. Hendrik Schneider /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rina Sawayama Wants Her Success To Make Space For Asian Women In Pop Music

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On her self-titled debut album, Rina Sawayama borrows from all corners of the pop world to explore depression, her fight to preserve her Japanese heritage and the legacy of family strife. Hendrik Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rina Sawayama Embraces The Pain On Her Beautifully Messy Debut

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