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Songwriting State Of Mind: The Stories Behind Alicia Keys' Hits

15 years after her first single went to No. 1, Alicia Keys says her songwriting still relies on instinct. "I never know how it happens," she says. "And I kinda always wanna be like that."

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Watch R&B Singer Anthony Hamilton Return To His Gospel Roots

This summer, Hamilton met NPR Music in his hometown of Charlotte, N.C. for a tour of some of the places — from his boyhood church to the where he cut hair as a singing barber — that shaped his voice.

Dua Lipa Wants To 'Break America'

In Episode 3 of Noteworthy, go behind the scenes with one of Europe's fastest rising pop stars as she prepares for her introduction to the United States: a performance on The Tonight Show.

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Zooming In On The Creative Process, One Artist At A Time

Audie Cornish speaks with NPR's Jason King about the new documentary series Noteworthy, in which he profiles prominent musicians and reveals the secrets behind how they write, produce and record.

Zooming In On The Creative Process, One Artist At A Time

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Miguel, 'What's Normal Anyway' (Live)

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Watch the boundary-pushing R&B singer perform "What's Normal Anyway" live in the studio.

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After 7 Years, Maxwell Is Back At It With 'blackSUMMERS'night'

The R&B singer can work fast — he recorded two of the tracks on his new album totally off the cuff. So why did the album take so long to make? "Well, because you gotta live something," he says.