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Dolly Parton in a scene from the 1980 comedy 9 to 5. The film's theme song, performed by Parton, took on a life of its own. 20th Century Fox/Getty Images hide caption

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A Cup Of Ambition And Endurance: '9 To 5' Unites Workers Across Decades

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Clockwise from left: Lizzo, Gary Clark Jr., Maggie Rogers Lizzo (Lissa Alicia/WXPN), Gary Clark Jr. (Frank Maddocks/Courtesy of the artist), Maggie Rogers (Olivia Bee/Courtesy of the artist) hide caption

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Gary Clark Jr. On World Cafe

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Willie Nelson's Ride Me Back Home is out today. Pamela Springsteen/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Willie Nelson On World Cafe

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Breakdown on 20th Ave. South is Buddy & Julie Miller's first album together in nearly a decade. Kate York/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Missed For A Decade, Roots Icons Buddy And Julie Miller Return To A Shared Spotlight

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Orville Peck (left) performs live at Public Radio's NON-COMMvention 2019 at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia. John Vettese/WXPN hide caption

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Orville Peck On World Cafe

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Sam Bush On World Cafe

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Since coming out as gay in 2014, Ty Herndon has changed all female pronouns in his song "What Mattered Most" to male pronouns. Jeremy Ryan/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'It Starts With Me': Ty Herndon On Re-Releasing His Country Hit With Male Pronouns

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Jason Moran and Alicia Hall Moran think deeply about how the past is preserved and kept vital through music and culture. Dawound Bey/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Two Wings: The Music Of Black America In Migration' Celebrates Journey Millions Took

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Kix Brooks (left) and Ronnie Dunn (right) of Brooks & Dunn perform with Luke Combs (center) during the Academy Of Country Music Awards in April. Combs appears on Brooks & Dunn's new album, Reboot, which features contemporary country stars collaborating with the duo on a dozen of its classic songs. Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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"I never want my name to be more hot because of controversy than my music," Lil Nas X says. "It's like a blessing and a curse." Eric Lang/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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