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On Taylor Swift's 11th album, The Tortured Poets Department, her artistry is tangled up in the details of her private life and her deployment of celebrity. But Swift's lack of concern about whether these songs speak to and for anyone but herself is audible throughout the album. Beth Garrabrant /Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Lizzie No on World Cafe

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Last week, James McCartney (left), the son of Beatle Paul McCartney, released a new song called "Primrose Hill" that he co-wrote with Sean Ono Lennon, the son of John Lennon. Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images; Lionel Hahn/Getty Images hide caption

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Maggie Rogers on World Cafe

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Lo Moon on World Cafe

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Tommy Emmanuel on World Cafe

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Beyoncé's voice is the real star of Cowboy Carter as she sets out to prove, once and for all, that she can hold it down in any genre she damn well pleases. Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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On this week's Alt.Latino, an assessment of Shakira's current career after Las Mujeres Ya No Lloran. Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images hide caption

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What do we really want from Shakira?

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Cowboy Carter is the hotly anticipated follow-up to to Beyoncé's 2022 album, Renaissance. Blair Caldwell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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10 takeaways from Beyoncé's new album, 'Cowboy Carter'

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z attend the 66th Grammy Awards at Los Angeles' Crypto.com Arena on Feb. 4, 2024. Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy hide caption

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Besides charting the course of her own pop stardom, Tyla's goals are to spread the pride of her country and keep the people who created amapiano at the forefront of the movement. Jeremy Soma/Epic Records hide caption

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Tyla is the new face of African pop. She's aiming to take over the whole world

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The Culture Corner on World Cafe

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Norah Jones on World Cafe

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Kacey Musgraves on World Cafe

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