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Surviving R. Kelly and the Problem With Modern Fan Culture

Many of the biggest success stories of the last year in music involved men with volatile histories.
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Sharon Van Etten Gets Free

On Remind Me Tomorrow the artist ditches guitars and finds bold new ways to write about love.
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Wait, Is Maggie Rogers a Pop Star Now?

“When I’m joking around I’ll say I’m a pop star because it’s silly. I graduated from college, I got a job, and that job was … pop star.”
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  6. music
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  7. music
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  8. r. kelly
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  9. sexual abuse
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  31. the industry
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  37. the law
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