All Songs Considered Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)
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Hosts/nerds Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton are your friendly music buddies with the week's best new music discoveries, including conversations with emerging artists, icons and more. Hear songs that can completely change your day, with humor, heart and (sometimes) a whole lot of noise. Directions for use: Morning commute, the gym, or alone time. (If rash persists, discontinue use.)

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Atlanta rapper Young Thug's second official studio album, Punk, is among our picks for the best new releases out on Oct. 15. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

Atlanta rapper Young Thug's Punk, Coldplay's Music of the Spheres, solo debuts from Finneas, Remi Wolf and more are among NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums.

New Music Friday: The top 6 albums out on Oct. 15

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Clockwise from upper left: Mitski, Shamir, Cate LeBon, Big Thief Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

All Songs Considered's Bob Boilen shares his favorite new music of the week, including a reflection on the cost of fame from Mitski, Shamir's "Gay Agenda," sweet "Change" from Big Thief and more.

New Mix: Mitski, Cate Le Bon, Big Thief, Shamir, more

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Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Reassessing Janet Jackson's 'Control' and legacy

This year marks the 35th anniversary of Janet Jackson's Control. That album was her first real commercial hit and, looking back, helped redefine all of pop music. In the late '80s and '90s, Jackson was one of the biggest stars of our time — right up there with her brother, Michael and Madonna. And yet, Jackson isn't always given her due. In this special episode from NPR's It's Been A Minute podcast, host Sam Sanders explores why that is, how she made the album Control, and the incident — that lasted all but a second — that changed the course of her career.

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': Reassessing Janet Jackson's 'Control' and legacy

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James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart tops our list of the best albums out on Oct. 8. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include James Blake's Friends That Break Your Heart, new ones from Cimafunk, the underground hip-hop duo Atmosphere, Reba McEntire, and more.

New Music Friday: The top 10 albums out on Oct. 8

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Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': The Lasting Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

Fifty years ago this month, the TV show Soul Train was first broadcast nationally. It brought Black music, dance, fashion and performance into viewers' homes every weekend and continued for more than 30 years. There was nothing like it on TV, and all these years later, there's been nothing like it since. On this special episode from the NPR podcast, It's Been A Minute with Sam Sanders, we look at the lasting impact of Soul Train and why it mattered.

Presenting 'It's Been A Minute': The Lasting Legacy Of 'Soul Train'

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Clockwise, from top left: Little Simz, MUNA, Sun-El Musician, Jon Hopkins, Mon Laferte, Ada Lea. Courtesy of the artists hide caption

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The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

Every month, we ask the NPR Music staff: What's the one song you couldn't escape? What's the one album to which you'll return all year?

The Best Music of September: NPR Staff Picks

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Race Records, the latest release from country singer Miko Marks, is on our shortlist of the best albums and EPs out on Oct. 1. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Oct. 1

NPR Music's picks for the best new releases out this week include the long-awaited studio album from Philly rapper Meek Mill, a stunning record from Brandi Carlile, country singer Miko Marks and more.

New Music Friday: The top 7 albums out on Oct. 1

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New Mix: Le Ren, Wet Leg, Ustad Saami, NoSo, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen's favorite new songs of the week include the funny, uplifting music of Wet Leg, a prayer for peace from 77-year-old Pakistani artist Ustad Saami and more.

New Mix: Le Ren, Wet Leg, Ustad Saami, NoSo, More

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Anthony Hamilton's Love is the New Black leads off this week's shortlist of the best new albums out Sept. 24. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 24

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out this week include new ones from R&B singer Anthony Hamilton, a Sufjan Stevens collaboration with Angelo De Augustine, country singer Mickey Guyton and more.

New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Sept. 24

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New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

All Songs Considered host Bob Boilen shares his favorite new songs of the week, including a new one from the Leeds rock band alt-J, Swedish singer-songwriter Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah and more.

New Mix: alt-J, Loney Dear, Amythyst Kiah, Bnny, More

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