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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