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"It's almost a dying art form in that people cherry-pick songs and put them on playlists and so, I don't know that the listening audience really ever gets the sense of the full artistic statement," Sheryl Crow says. Dove Shore/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sheryl Crow Says 'Threads' Is Her Last Album. And She's OK With That

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Meek Mill addresses supporters outside of a Philadelphia courthouse on Aug. 27 following a hearing in which the 12-year-old criminal case against him was finally resolved. Gilbert Carrasquillo/Getty Images hide caption

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A luthier assembles the rosewood sides of a guitar at C.F. Martin & Co. in Nazareth, Pa. Instrument-makers and musicians will likely be able to transport instruments containing rosewood around the world without a burdensome permit process. Jacqueline Larma/AP hide caption

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Taylor Swift Wins Video Of The Year At MTV Video Music Awards

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Kendrick Lamar performs at the 2015 BET Awards in Los Angeles. Christopher Polk/Getty Images for BET hide caption

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Both Party And Protest, 'Alright' Is The Sound Of Black Life's Duality

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"I just feel like that kind of just followed me all throughout my life. I've always kind of been slept on a bit," Ari Lennox says. Laura Beltran Villamizar/NPR hide caption

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Ari Lennox Has Always Felt Slept On. That's What Motivates Her.

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John Williams (left) and Anne-Sophie Mutter at a recording session at Sony Pictures Studios for Across the Stars available via Deutsch Grammophon. Prashant Gupta/Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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John Williams And Anne-Sophie Mutter, 2 Geniuses For The Price Of One

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Tanya Tucker's While I'm Livin', out now, builds on her storied country legacy. Danny Clinch /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Tanya Tucker Is Back And Taking No Prisoners

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"I feel like people are not educated at a young age to know like, 'OK, you have a choice to go behind bars and become a number and for somebody to profit off you for free labor and it's enslaving your brain," Raphael Saadiq says. Aaron Rapoport/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Raphael Saadiq Sets His Dark Meditation To Music With 'Jimmy Lee'

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Cambridge Engineers Set Out To Break Piano Playing Record

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Turning The Tables: Drawing Inspiration From Billie Holiday

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