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Hazel Cills

Hazel Cills

Editor, NPR Music

Hazel Cills is an editor at NPR Music. Before coming to NPR in 2021, Cills was a culture reporter at Jezebel, where she wrote about music and popular culture. She was also a writer for MTV News and a founding staff writer for the teen publication Rookie magazine.

Her music journalism and criticism have appeared in outlets including The New York Times Magazine, the Los Angeles Times, Pitchfork and more. She graduated from New York University with a degree in art history and cultural criticism.

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Friday

Diving into Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets Department'

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Taylor Swift's new album, The Tortured Poets Department, immediately became one of the most anticipated releases of 2024 when she announced it on stage at the Grammy Awards in February. Beth Garrabrant/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Taylor Swift's 'Tortured Poets' and the best albums out April 19

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Image from the cover to Laraaji's 2023 album, Segue to Infinity. Illustration by Jackie Lay/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Relax: Songs to calm the nerves

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Kim Gordon's new album, The Collective, is out March 8. Danielle Neu/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Mix messages: Listeners share the songs that say 'I've got a crush on you'

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Tuesday

"Crowded Roomz," the latest single from Nia Archives, is one of the tracks we can't stop playing this week. Lola Banet/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Contenders, Vol. 2: Our running list of the year's best songs

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Monday

Taylor Swift accepts the best pop vocal album award for Midnights onstage during the 66th Grammy Awards. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Taylor Swift won two awards at the 66th Grammys, including album of the year. She received that prize for a record fourth time. Earlier in the night, during her acceptance speech for the best pop vocal album Grammy for her album Midnights, Swift announced the release of her next album, The Tortured Poets Department. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Tuesday

GRIP, the upcoming album from serpentwithfeet, is one NPR Music's most anticipated albums of 2024. Denzel Golatt/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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2024 Preview: The year's most anticipated albums

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Tuesday

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The best songs of 2023

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L'Rain's new album, I Killed Your Dog, is one of our favorite releases of the week. Tonje Thilesen/Courtest of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out Oct. 13

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Tuesday

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New Mix: Olivia Rodrigo, Sufjan Stevens, Katie Von Schleicher, more

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Speedy Ortiz's Rabbit Rabbit tops this week's shortlist of the best albums out on Sept. 1. Chris Carreon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Sept. 1

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Ayo Edebiri stars as Josie and Rachel Sennott as PJ in Bottoms. Orion Pictures Inc. hide caption

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