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Tracee Ellis Ross stars in The High Note as a legendary singer who is running out of ideas. Meanwhile, her personal assistant, played by Dakota Johnson, has too many. Maarten de Boer/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tracee Ellis Ross Can Hit The High Notes, Too

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Margo Price Sings About The Heartache And Beauty Of Small-Town America

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The Airborne Toxic Event On World Cafe

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West Virginia Mining Disaster Told Through Steve Earle's Songs

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Noah Cyrus' new EP The End of Everything incorporates contemporary pop, country, the gospel music of her grandfather and is inspired by a YouTube video about the end of the universe. Brian Ziff/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Noah Cyrus On Growing Up In Public And 'The End Of Everything'

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Woods' album Strange To Explain was inspired by sleepless nights after singer Jeremy Earl became a father. "Those first few months of having a newborn kind of put me in a dreamlike state," he says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Inspired By Sleepless Nights, The New Woods Album Is 'Strange To Explain'

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Damien Jurado released What's New, Tomboy? at the start of May, and says he's already written three new albums while stuck at home over the past two months. Cary Norton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Stuck At Home, Damien Jurado Says He's Written 3 New Albums

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Rachel Portman was the first woman to win an Academy Award for best original score. Her latest album ask the river is her first not written for a film or stage production. Benjamin Ealovega/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rachel Portman Steps Away From The Screen With 'Ask The River'

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The War On Drugs On World Cafe

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Moses Sumney moved from LA to Asheville, N.C. ahead of writing his latest album, grae. "Lyrically and thematically, I was able to channel something bigger than me in a much clearer way," he says. Francis Kokoroko/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Moses Sumney Puts The Industry Behind Him And Explores The In-Between On 'Grae'

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Andrew Watt is one of the most in-demand pop songwriters and producers of the moment, with a client list that includes Post Malone, Miley Cyrus and Ozzy Osbourne. Alex McDonnell/The Young Astronauts/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Andrew Watt, Producer In Demand, On Living His Rock Fantasies

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Janelle Monáe's film roles include Moonlight and Hidden Figures. Her most recent album is Dirty Computer. Gabriel Olsen/Getty Images for Absolut Elyx hide caption

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Janelle Monáe Wants To Represent The Underdog — In Music And Onscreen

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When COVID-19 Took Away Performances, Musician Launched Quaranchella

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After recording as "Kidepo," Jonah Mutono's switch to his real name coincided with his decision to come out. His debut album GERG is about reconciling that identity with his Ugandan upbringing. Forest Aragon/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On His Debut Album, Jonah Mutono Embraces His Identity And His Name

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