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What Is The Song Of The Summer?

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Rare Essence On World Cafe

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Why The Contradictions Of XXXTentacion Are 'Difficult To Square'

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It's Impossible To Reconcile XXXTentacion's Art With His Violent Life

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Atticus Ross (left) and Trent Reznor (right) of Nine Inch Nails, whose new album Bad Witch is on our short list for the best releases of June 22. Corinne Schiavone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: June 22

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Listen to a conversation about 'Everything Is Love'

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Your Favorite New Artists Of 2018 (So Far)

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé shook up the music world with past weekend with a surprise release of their first collaborative album Everything Is Love. Christopher Polk/Getty Images hide caption

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Jay-Z and Beyoncé's 'Everything Is Love' Shakes Up Summer Music

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