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Dua Lipa released her second album, the glossy, pristine Future Nostalgia, in March, just weeks after COVID-19 locked the world into quarantine. The sure-footedness of her dance floor-inspired pop gained ironic resonance in the uncertainty of the moment that followed. Hugo Comte/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sarah Jarosz On World Cafe

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"This record is really about hopefulness. It's about resilience, it's about joy," says Katy Perry. "To me, it's not just about noise, it's about me walking through real hell." Christine Hahn/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Katy Perry On Expanding And Reframing Herself On 'Smile'

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Michael McDonald On World Cafe

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Kathleen Edwards On World Cafe

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Maria Sherman's new book gives critical consideration to a too-often maligned phenomenon within pop music: the boy band. Alex Fine/Courtesy of Black Dog & Leventhal hide caption

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A New Book Traces The History Of Boy Bands, The Pop Phenomenon 'Larger Than Life'

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