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In Latest Album, Usher Takes To 'Looking 4' Himself

James Brown once remarked that singer Usher Raymond was "the Godson of Soul." With an accolade like that, it's no wonder that Usher is one of the bestselling artists in American music history. Usher's soon-to-be released seventh studio album is called Looking 4 Myself.
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'Call Me Maybe': Behind The Song Of The Summer

Pop singer Carly Rae Jepsen discusses life before and after the release of her ubiquitous single. The breakout single by the 26-year-old pop singer, is all about handing over one's digits to a crush.
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Kishi Bashi: Unique Performances In Time

The Japanese-American multi-instrumentalist creates sound from his voice, his violin and his looping machine. His loop-heavy debut album is named after a Japanese expression meaning "one time, one place."
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How 'The Queen Of British Ska' Wrestled With Race

One of few women in a musical movement dominated by men, Pauline Black helped lead the 1970s U.K. ska revival with her band The Selecter. She discusses her complicated family history in a new memoir, Black by Design.
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Edward Sharpe And The Magnetic Zeros On World Cafe

Singer Alex Ebert explains the origin of the band's name, which evolved from a childhood superhero fantasy.
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A Record Label With A Midas Touch

Tiny XL Recordings, the home of Adele, Vampire Weekend, the XX and just a few more, has become among the most relevant record labels in the world while releasing just a few albums each year.

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