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Friday

Faye Webster's latest album, Underdressed at the Symphony, is out March 1, 2024. Michael Tyrone Delaney/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best albums out March 1

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Thursday

Bad Boy Records founder Sean "Diddy" Combs has been accused of sexual misconduct by five different people since November 2023. Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images for Sean "Diddy" Combs hide caption

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Friday

Super Bowl LVIII is Usher's show

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Brittany Howard is back. Bobbi Rich/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: Brittany Howard and a new era of musical masters

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Thursday

Usher performs at the grand opening for his Las Vegas residency, "My Way," on July 15, 2022, at the Dolby Live amphitheater at the Park MGM Hotel and Casino. Denise Truscello/Getty Images for Dolby Live at Park MGM hide caption

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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 Billy Joel single is actually great, and other songs we had to share this week

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Friday

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New Music Friday: 21 Savage's 'American Dream'

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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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ATLANTA, GEORGIA - AUGUST 26: Sean "Diddy" Combs attends Day 1 of 2023 Invest Fest at Georgia World Congress Center on August 26, 2023 in Atlanta, Georgia. Paras Griffin/Getty Images hide caption

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Friday

Billie Eilish is nominated for six Grammys at the 2024 awards ceremony. Five of those nominations are for her song "What Was I Made For," from the soundtrack to the film Barbie. Michael Tran/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

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Tupac murder case is delayed again

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Tuesday

The investigation into the murder of Tupac Shakur (on stage here in 1994) has long evaded closure. But in the last month, an arrest in connection with his shooting on Sept. 7, 1996, has brought the case back into the spotlight. Raymond Boyd/Getty Images hide caption

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Saturday

With all of this condemnation swirling, it's worth wondering what about enduring monuments like the Rock Hall keeps stirring people up. Duane Prokop/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

NewJeans released a new EP titled Get Up earlier this summer. ADOR hide caption

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Friday

Burna Boy's I Told Them... tops our shortlist for the best new albums out on Aug. 25. Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for Coachella hide caption

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New Music Friday: The best releases out on Aug. 25

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Friday

Hip-hop's first 50 years have yielded expansion across the globe and domination of digital spaces. As the internet has collapsed physical gaps, major artists from outside the United States, like (clockwise from top left) Little Simz, Drake, Bad Bunny, Blackpink and Rema, have been able to communicate with American rap culture in real time. Paul Bergen / Amy Sussman / Frazer Harrison / Emma McIntyre / Torben Christensen/Getty Images hide caption

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Thursday

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Saturday

Denzel Curry, City Girls, 2 Live Crew and Trina. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Sipa USA via AP / Bennett Raglin / Michael Ochs Archives / Erika Goldring/Getty Images / AP hide caption

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Friday

Jibbs, Nelly, Smino & Chingy. Collage by Jackie Lay / NPR. Evan Agostini / Scott Gries / Suzanne Cordeiro / Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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