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Ester Dean arrives for the premiere of Pitch Perfect 3 in Hollywood, Calif. in 2017. Dean's songs give you a three-minute escape from the daily grind. Mark Ralston/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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The Women Behind The Songs: Ester Dean

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Only Ariana Grande And The Beatles Have Accomplished This Musical Feat

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Stephen Stills (left) performs with Buffalo Springfield on The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in 1967. CBS Photo Archive/CBS via Getty Images hide caption

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A Thousand People In The Street: 'For What It's Worth' Captured Youth In Revolt

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Wim Janssen, one of the musicians involved in the recording project, plays a viola made by master luthier Girolamo Amati in 1615. Courtesy of Native Instruments hide caption

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Singer-Songwriter Ryan Adams Faces Allegations Of Emotional Abuse And Harassment

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"There was no way I was letting anybody know I wanted to do music, but I just kept getting pushed in musical directions," TeaMarrr says. Tryen Redd/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Michelle Obama Didn't Give Her Mom A Heads Up About Her TV Appearance

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Dutch superstar DJ Tiesto (seen here performing in Miami in February 2019) released a massively popular electronic reworking of Samuel Barber's Adagio for Strings in 2005. Paras Griffin/Getty Images for E11EVEN Miami hide caption

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From Funerals To Festivals, The Curious Journey Of The 'Adagio For Strings'

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Songwriter Holly Knight is known for pushing hitmakers to new heights and depicting female empowerment in her songs. Matthew Beard/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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The Women Behind The Songs: Holly Knight

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David Rawlings and Gillian Welch wrote "When A Cowboy Trades His Spurs For Wings" for the Joel and Ethan Cohen Film The Ballad of Buster Scruggs. Henry Diltz/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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DJ Marshmello's 'Fornite' Concert Has The Music World Buzzing

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Kacey Musgraves And Childish Gambino Win Top Awards At Grammys

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