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Rare, Selena Gomez's first new album in over four years, is out now. "When you take that long of a break, it is pretty nerve-wracking," she says. Rich Fury/Getty Images hide caption

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Selena Gomez On Recapturing Her Public Image, Mental Health And Her No. 1 Album

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After hit song "At Seventeen," singer-songwriter Janis Ian stepped away from her musical success for over 10 years, which is why Ann Powers thinks she's a bit forgotten. Shawn Baldwin/AP hide caption

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Janis Ian Was More Than Just A Teenager

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From left to right: John Cleese, Neil Innes, Michael Palin and Eric Idle dressed as Arthurian knights on the set of Monty Python and the Holy Grail in 1974. John Downing/Getty Images hide caption

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2012's song of the summer, Carly Rae Jepsen's "Call Me Maybe," inspired the popular music podcast Switched on Pop. Now, the co-hosts have authored a new book. Barry Brecheisen/AP hide caption

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'Switched On Pop' Podcast Turns Accessible Music Analysis Into A New Book

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Jamila Woods' 2019 album LEGACY! LEGACY! was made up of songs that draw inspiration from earlier artists. Her songs were among many this year that sent NPR Music's critic Ann Powers seeking out historical partners. Bradley Murray/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Thousands of new holiday songs have been released since 1994, but none have become standards in the way pop songs about Christmas routinely did in the '60s, '70s and '80s. What's the challenge of cracking the tiny yuletide canon? Eugene Gologursky/Getty Images hide caption

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Why Are There No New Christmas Songs?

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