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Maria Sherman's new book gives critical consideration to a too-often maligned phenomenon within pop music: the boy band. Alex Fine/Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal hide caption

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A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, The Pop Phenomenon 'Larger Than Life'

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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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"I think it's important to talk about all chapters of history and from all perspectives — meaning not just from the perspective of the victors," Angelica Garcia says. Caitlyn Krone/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On Her New Song 'Horsemen,' Angelica Garcia Imagines The Apocalypse

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A fan of K-pop band BTS poses for photos against a backdrop featuring an image of the group's members in Seoul, South Korea, on Oct. 29, 2019. Ed Jones/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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K-Pop's Digital 'Army' Musters To Meet The Moment, Baggage In Tow

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Christine and the Queens on World Cafe

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Lady Gaga performs in Miami in February. Following a turn to traditional pop and roots rock on recent projects, the singles from her forthcoming sixth album, Chromatica, have indicated a return to the maximalist dance pop that first made her famous. Theo Wargo/Getty Images hide caption

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