Kanye West, pictured at the 2020 Vanity Fair Oscar Party in Beverly Hills, California. His long-awaited album, DONDA is on NPR Music's shortlist of the best releases out on July 23.
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Marie Ulven, who writes and records as girl in red. Her debut full-length, If I Could Make It Go Quiet, is on our shortlist of the best albums out on April 30.
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Miko Marks' latest album is Our Country. Throughout her career, she's deepened her connection to her ancestors while elaborating on the possibilities of all the styles that speak to her.
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In the past year, Joy Oladokun has been tapped for visibility-boosting initiatives, performed on late-night shows and had her songs placed on primetime TV.
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"I'm a person who spends a lot of time in my songwriting and in my daily life having an internal freakout about specifically which terminology I'm using for any conversation," Julien Baker tells NPR.
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