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The stars of 2012, online and on air (from left): Nate Ruess of fun., Gotye, Carly Rae Jepsen and Psy. Matt Roberts/Getty Images, Tony Nelson/Corbis Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images, Kevin Winter/Getty Images hide caption

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Pink Martini On World Cafe

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Tracey Thorn On World Cafe

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Seeing Purple Rain as kids instilled a lifelong love for Prince in friends Maya Rudolph and Gretchen Liberum, who co-lead the cover band Princess. Album cover hide caption

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This Is What It Sounds Like When Two Women Cover Prince

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The Polyphonic Spree performs a Tiny Desk Concert. Lauren Rock/NPR hide caption

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The Polyphonic Spree: Tiny Desk Concert

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Nellie McKay On Mountain Stage

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All Songs Considered hosts Bob Boilen and Robin Hilton rented a cabin in the woods for a special holiday party, with Kishi Bashi, Dan Deacon, Carrie Brownstein, and more as guests. Mike Brinson/Getty Images hide caption

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Barry Manilow onstage during a tree lighting in Los Angeles in November. Paul A. Hebert/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Barry Manilow Loves Christmas Music

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Listen to "Let Us Move On" by Dido (featuring Kendrick Lamar)

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Ke$ha's new album is titled Warrior. Yu Tsai /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Ke$ha: A 'Warrior' In Search Of Legitimacy

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Colbie Caillat's new holiday album is called Christmas in the Sand. Andrew Southam/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Colbie Caillat: Songs For A Holiday In The Sun

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Susanna Hoffs On World Cafe

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Bruno Mars draws inspiration from across the pop landscape on his second album, Unorthodox Jukebox. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Bruno Mars Goes Anyplace And Everyplace On 'Jukebox'

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Jenni Rivera performs at the Lilith Fair in 2010 in San Diego. David Bergman/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering Banda Diva Jenni Rivera

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