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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out On Nov. 27

NPR Music's pick for the best new albums out this holiday week include an epic return for The Smashing Pumpkins, Three 6 Mafia rapper Juicy J, a previously unreleased Bill Evans concert and more.Featured Albums:1. The Smashing Pumpkins — CyrFeatured Song: "Save Your Tears"2. Juicy J — The Hustle ContinuesFeatured Song: "1995"3. Ane Brun — How Beauty Holds The Hand Of SorrowFeatured Song:… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Nov. 20

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums includes the debut, studio full-length from rapper Megan Thee Stallion, the first all-Spanish album from Kali Uchis, U.K. dub artist The Bug and more.Featured Albums:1. Megan Thee Stallion — Good NewsFeatured Song: "Savage Remix"2. Mamalarky — MamalarkyFeatured Song: "Drug Store Model"3. The Bug (feat. Dis Fig) — In BlueFeatured Song: "Take"4.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 13

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the long-awaited So Help Me God from 2 Chainz, country singer Chris Stapleton, the Afrobeats of Davido, Gillian Welch rarities and more.Featured Albums:1. Chris Stapleton — Starting OverFeatured Song: "Starting Over"2. Davido — A Better TimeFeatured Song: "I Got A Friend"3. Quakers — II: The Next WaveFeatured Song: "Gun Control"4. Hachiku… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Nov. 6

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include pure escapism from Kylie Minogue's Disco, the "destructive" pop-rap of Bree Runway, Argentinian bandoneon master Dino Saluzzi and more.Featured Albums:1. Kylie Minogue — DiscoFeatured Song: "Magic"2. Bree Runway — 2000AND4EVAFeatured Song: "ATM (feat. Missy Elliott)"3. Little Mix — ConfettiFeatured Song: "Sweet Melody"4. Fred Hersch… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 30

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 30 include a surprise release from Common, the return of rapper Busta Rhymes, singer Sam Smith, the country artist Cam, Ane Brun and more.Featured Albums:1. Outkast — Stankonia 20th Anniversary EditionFeatured Songs: "So Fresh, So Clean" and "B.O.B. (A Cappella version)"2. Sam Smith — Love GoesFeatured Song: "Love Goes (feat. Labrinth"3.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 23

NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out on Oct. 23 includes Bruce Springsteen's Letter to You, a new concept record from Gorillaz, the electronic artist known as Actress and more.Featured Albums:1. Gorillaz — Song Machine, Season One: Strange TimezFeatured Song: "The Valley of the Pagans"2. Actress — Karma & DesireFeatured Song: "VVY"3. Songhoy Blues — OptimismeFeatured Song:… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 16

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include rapper Black Thought's stunning Streams of Thought Vol. 3, a solo debut from The National's Matt Berninger, Beabadoobee and more.Featured Albums: 1. Black Thought — Streams Of Thought Vol. 3: Cane & AbelFeatured Song: "State Prisoner"2. Autechre — SignFeatured Song: "M4 Lema"3. SPAZA — Uprize!Featured Song: "Bantu Education" 4.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Oct. 9

NPR Music's shortlist of the best new albums out this week includes the soaring synth-pop of Future Islands, the country duo Brothers Osborne, remixed classics from John Lennon and more.Featured Albums:1. Future Islands — As Long As You AreFeatured Song: "Waking"2. Carla Bruni — Carla BruniFeatured Song: "Partir dans la nuit"3. The Budos Band — Long in the ToothFeatured Song: "Long in the Tooth"… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On Oct. 2

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Oct. 2 include the latest from West Coast rapper YG, the K-pop group BLACKPINK, Icelandic singer Jónsi and more.Featured Albums:1. BLACKPINK — The AlbumFeatured Song: "Pretty Savage"2. YG — My Life 4HunnidFeatured Song: "Laugh Now, Kry Later"3. Laura Jane Grace — Stay AliveFeatured Song: "Old Friend (Stay Alive)"4. Eartheater — Phoenix: Flames Are… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out On Sept. 25

NPR Music's picks for the best albums out on Sept. 25 include a long-awaited release from Sufjan Stevens, a searing new work from Public Enemy, the pop singer Joji and more.Featured Albums:1. Sufjan Stevens — The AscensionFeatured Song: "Lamentations"2. Public Enemy — What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down?Featured Song: "Grid"3. Nappy Roots — 40rtyFeatured Song: "Do Better"4. Joji —… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On Sept. 18

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out on Sep. 18 include a long-awaited, self-titled release from Alicia Keys, PC Music's A.G. Cook, a rediscovered Thelonious Monk recording and more.Featured Albums:1. Alicia Keys — ALICIAFeatured Song: "Me x 7"2. A.G. Cook — AppleFeatured Song: "Airhead"3. Anjimile — Giver TakerFeatured Song: "To Meet You There"4. Butcher Brown — #kingbutchFeatured… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 21

NPR Music's shortlist for the best new albums out this week includes the first full-length from Bright Eyes in nearly a decade, the rapper Lecrae, U.K. jazz wonder Nubya Garcia and more.Featured Albums:1. The Killers — Imploding the MirageFeatured Song: "Dying Breed"2. The Mavericks — En EspañolFeatured Song: "Recuerdos"3. Nubya Garcia — SourceFeatured Song: "Before Us In Demerara & Caura"4.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On August 14

NPR Music's picks for the best new albums out this week include the latest from Afro-fusion singer Burna Boy, Fantastic Negrito, Jacob Collier, the queer country of Orville Peck and more.Featured Albums: 1. Burna Boy — Twice As TallFeatured Song: "Monsters You Made"2. Jacob Collier — Djesse Vol. 3Featured Song: "In My Bones"3. Fantastic Negrito — Have You Lost Your Mind Yet?Featured Song: "I'm… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On August 7

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new albums include the latest from Portland rapper Aminé, Mary Chapin Carpenter, a posthumous release from Jason Molina, saxophonist Immanuel Wilkins and more.Featured Albums:1. Aminé — LimboFeatured Song: "Can't Decide"2. Mary Chapin Carpenter — The Dirt and the StarsFeatured Song: "All Broken Hearts Break Differently"3. Jordan Lehning — Little… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 9 Albums Out On July 31

NPR Music's picks for the week's best new releases include Brandy's first new album in eight years, a stunning debut from rapper and singer Dominic Fike, retro-country from Charley Crockett and more.Featured Albums:1. Brandy — B7Featured Song: "Say Something"2. Alanis Morissette — Such Pretty Forks in the RoadFeatured Song: "Smiling"3. Charley Crockett — Welcome to Hard TimesFeatured Song:… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 10 Albums Out July 24

Taylor Swift's surprise new album, Folklore tops our list of the week's best releases, along with new ones from Lupe Fiasco, a 50th anniversary edition of Roberta Flack's debut album and more.Featured Albums:1. Taylor Swift — FolkloreFeatured Song: "Seven"2. Lupe Fiasco and Kaelin Ellis — HouseFeatured Song: "Shoes"3. Lord Finesse — Motown State of MindFeatured Song: "I Wanna Be Where You Are"4.… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out On July 17

The week's best new albums include old-school hip-hop from Blu & Exile, a transformative record from singer Lianne La Havas, the existential rock of Protomartyr, pop singer Ellie Goulding and more.Featured Albums:1. The Chicks — GaslighterFeatured Song: "Sleep at Night"2. Lianne La Havas — Lianne La HavasFeatured Song: "Seven Times"3. Blu & Exile — Miles: From an Interlude Called LifeFeatured… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top Ten Albums Out July 10

The best new albums out this week include the first posthumous full-length from the late rapper Juice Wrld, singer Margo Price's best record yet, the return of Rufus Wainwright and more.Featured Albums:1. Juice WRLD — Legends Never DieFeatured Song: "Life's A Mess"2. Rufus Wainwright — Unfollow the RulesFeatured Song: "Damsel In Distress"3. Apollo Brown & Ché Noir — As God IntendedFeatured Song:… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 6 Albums Out July 3

The best new albums out this week include the posthumous debut studio release from the rapper Pop Smoke, Willie Nelson's 70th solo album, a surprise release from the Japanese experimental band Boris and more.Featured Albums:1. Keleketla! — Keleketla!Featured Songs: "Future Toyi Toyi" and "Freedom Groove"2. Denai Moore — Modern DreadFeatured Song: "Don't Close the Door"3. Willie Nelson — First… → Read More

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New Music Friday: The Top 8 Albums Out June 26

This week's "best new albums" shortlist includes the genre-defying sounds of Arca, Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson's transporting improvisations, HAIM, sacred soul and more.Featured Albums:1. Bad Moves — Untenable Featured Song: "Local Radio"2. Arca — KiCk iFeatured Song: "Riquiqui"3. Becca Mancari — The Greatest PartFeatured Song: "The First Time"4. Carlos Niño & Miguel Atwood-Ferguson —… → Read More