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To bolster the fun and success of her already chart-climbing 2020 single "Savage," Megan Thee Stallion manifested a remix from Beyoncé. Bob Levey/Getty Images for Spotify hide caption

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NPR Music's Top 14 Songs Of April

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Bernice was Glenn Copeland's choice of an artist he's thankful for in All Things Considered's series Play it Forward. In this edition, Bernice's lead singer Robin Dann chooses Georgia Anne Muldrow. Carter Hutton/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Play It Forward: Bernice's Robin Dann On Writing Music With A Sense Of Surprise

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Sheryl Crow won three Grammy awards in 1995, including record of the year for "All I Wanna Do" off her album, Tuesday Night Music Club. For this session, we revisit her 1993 interview about her debut. Mark J. Terrill/AP hide caption

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Classic World Cafe with Sheryl Crow

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Sweet Crude sings modern indie pop in Louisiana French, a centuries-old dialect. "We had this intention of giving this very old dialect a brand new set of clothes," band member Sam Craft says. Augusta Sagnelli/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Old Language, New Clothes: Sweet Crude On Singing Modern Pop In Louisiana French

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The title of Fiona Apple's Fetch the Bolt Cutters started as a line from a TV crime drama, but became the album's central message: "Fetch your tool of liberation. Set yourself free," Apple says. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'Fetch Your Tool Of Liberation': Fiona Apple On Setting Herself Free

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On her self-titled debut album, Rina Sawayama borrows from all corners of the pop world to explore depression, her fight to preserve her Japanese heritage and the legacy of family strife. Hendrik Schneider/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Rina Sawayama Embraces The Pain On Her Beautifully Messy Debut

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Stan Ridgway of Wall of Voodoo performs in the band's video for "Mexican Radio." YouTube/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Combining Film Scores And Pop Rock, Wall Of Voodoo Was Not Just A One-Hit Wonder

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