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    Is Releasing an Album a Painful Breakup or a Beautiful Link to the World?Sylvan Esso’s Amelia Meath talks to Maggie Rogers, Jeff Tweedy, Bartees Strange, and Katie Gavin about the emotional difficulty of releasing a record.
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    Santigold Was Combusting From the Pressures of LifeCreating her new album, Spirituals, was “my way to escape and create some beauty and light to grasp onto and move toward.”
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    Pop Music Is Regurgitating Itself Faster Than EverPublishers are pumping up the value of their expansive — and expensive — catalogues by feeding artists old hits to regurgitate as new ones.
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    Blackpink Knows You Gon’ Like That Song (and That-That-That-That One Too)The group’s new single slides right into the summer’s soundtrack of big samples and reinterpretations.
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    Harry’s House Is Powered by Harry’s HornsHarry Styles’s recent album taps into the 1980s and the percussive, full-bodied horn sections of that era.
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    The House Music That Beyoncé BuiltHer new single, “Break My Soul,” taps into the genre’s long, vibrant history.
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    The Point Guard of Winning Time’s Score Sees Jazz in BasketballNicholas Britell brought charts to record the show’s score. Robert Glasper, his co-composer, doesn’t get down like that: “I was like, ‘Hell no.’”
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    Will Ukraine Win Eurovision This Year?Its entry, written before the Russian invasion, has become a beacon of national pride and is the odds-on favorite to take home the glass microphone.
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    Batman Isn’t the Only Person Brooding to ’90s AlternativeNirvana’s “Something In The Way” recently hit the Hot 100 alongside songs that are clearly borrowing grunge-era sounds.
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    The Vocal Turbulence of Britney’s ‘Gimme More’The thick manipulation of her singing matched what was happening in her personal life.
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    ‘I’m a Big Fan of Uncomfortable Space on Records’Khruangbin and Leon Bridges took a less-is-more approach when making their latest EP, Texas Moon.
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    Enjoying Emotional Overload With Sylvan EssoThe Grammy-nominated duo discuss their intoxicating, body-moving sound.
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    We Just Had to Talk About ‘Bruno’Figuring out why everyone loves the doomy-gloomy Encanto song that became Disney’s first chart-topper in 19 years.
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    The Weeknd’s Dawn FM Is a Dirge, a Mirror, and an Echo, Echo, EchoThe pop star compellingly regurgitates past hits to soundtrack the grim present and future of celebrity.
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    Which New-Gen Christmas Songs Have Us Shouting Out With Glee?Making a list of recent holiday tracks and checking it twice to find out what we’ll be singing in December for years to come.
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    Tai Verdes Started From the Bottom (of His Building, Literally the Basement)Now the TikTok star is here, selling out a tour and performing at Lollapalooza.
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    How Many Let It Be Reissues Does It Take for the Beatles to Get the Vibe Right?Fifty years and two documentaries later, it looks like the answer is “at least four.”
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    The Escapist Male Fantasy of the James Bond Theme SongExploring the superspy’s musical underpinnings as the Daniel Craig era draws to a close.
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    James Blake Has Come to Terms With His Underrated InfluenceTherapy and reaching his 30s have helped the artist-producer focus on simply having fun.
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    Why Does Olivia Rodrigo Keep Giving Up Songwriting Credits?Copyright lawsuits are making musical interpretation an increasingly costly endeavor.
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    John Carpenter’s Influence Is Inescapable on Chvrches’ Screen ViolenceThe synthpop revivalists even got the horror master to remix one of the songs on their new album, which prods the dark depths of online abuse.
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    What’s Your Best Music-Festival Moment? Switched on Pop Listeners Swap Stories“Suddenly everything coalesces and ratchets up, and everyone’s kind of flying.”
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