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John Legend and Kelly Clarkson, onstage during the 2018 Billboard Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on May 20, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Nat King Cole playing piano in the Capitol Records recording studio on May 23, 1945. Capitol Records Photo Archive/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Hittin' The Ramp' Traces Nat King Cole's Early Artistic Development

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Joel Anderson is the new host for season three of Slate's podcast Slow Burn. Lisa Larson-Walker/Slate hide caption

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'Slow Burn' Season 3 Turns Its Investigative Eye To The Murders Of Biggie And Tupac

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Trumpeter and composer Nicholas Payton drew controversy in 2011 with his rejection of the word "jazz." Now, he's reimagining black music with a new symphony. Jennifer Coombes/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Nicholas Payton Reimagines Musical Tradition With 'Black American Symphony'

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From Lawn Mowers To Rock Concerts, Our 'Deafening World' Is Hurting Our Ears

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Chilean singer-songwriter Víctor Jara is depicted on the guitar of a protester in Santiago. Jara's song, "El Derecho de Vivir en Paz" was sung by a crowd of demonstrators on October 25, 2019. Pablo Vera/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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'El Derecho De Vivir En Paz' Gives Voice To Protesters In Chile

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WNYC's new podcast, Dolly Parton's America, examines the role of the country icon in building social bridges in a divided country. Christine de Carvalho/WNYC hide caption

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Can Dolly Parton Heal America?

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'Mixtape Potluck' Is Inspired By Questlove's 'Food Salon' Dinner Parties

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Colorado was recorded in the titular state in a studio sitting at 9000 feet. DH Lovelife/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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A Legendary Collaboration Continues: Neil Young And Crazy Horse Reunite For 'Colorado'

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Fans and supporters of singer/actress Sulli flooded social media with posts celebrating her artistry, praising her outspoken and unapologetic stances on sexuality and feminism, and calling for an end to online harassment and bullying. Han Myung-Gu/WireImage/Getty Images hide caption

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"I'm naturally soft spoken," Laetitia Tamko says. "But when I sing, I'm not soft spoken." Kholood Eid for NPR hide caption

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'There Will Be No Darkness': Laetitia Tamko On The Making Of 'Vagabon'

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