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'Like A Virgin' Lives On, A Winking Anthem For Women Getting Married

Madonna at the 1984 MTV Video Music Awards, where her racy performance of "Like a Virgin" caused an uproar.New York Daily News Archive/Getty Imageshide caption

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'Like A Virgin' Lives On, A Winking Anthem For Women Getting Married

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Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

Aretha Franklin, pictured in 1968, has died. Known as the Queen of Soul, she recorded 17 top 10 singles.Express Newspapers/Getty Imageshide caption

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Aretha Franklin, The 'Queen Of Soul,' Dies At 76

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Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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Jukebox The Ghost On World Cafe

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Encore Episode: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire
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Encore Episode: Hallelujah! The Songs We Should Retire

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Jake Shears Strikes Out On His Own

"Every five years or so, there's just a transformation I kind of need to constantly be going under," Jake Shears says.Greg Gorman/Courtesy of the artisthide caption

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Jake Shears Strikes Out On His Own

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serpentwithfeet On World Cafe

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serpentwithfeet On World Cafe

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Amanda Shires Won't 'Give Away The Secrets' Of Her Songs

"The beauty of songs, I think, is if you do it right a lot of people can relate to it in their own way," Amanda Shires says.Elissa Nadworny/NPRhide caption

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Amanda Shires Won't 'Give Away The Secrets' Of Her Songs

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New Music Friday For July 27: Six Albums You Should Hear Now

Phantastic Ferniture's self-titled debut is on our shortlist for the best albums out on July 27.Nick Mckk/Courtesy of the artisthide caption

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New Music Friday For July 27: Six Albums You Should Hear Now

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Watch Live Performances From XPoNential Music Festival This Weekend

Josh Ritter (top left, credit: Laura Wilson), Lukas Nelson & The Promise Of The Real (top right, credit: Jacob Blickenstaff), Femi Kuti & The Positive Force (bottom left, credit: Optimus Danny), Bermuda Triangle (bottom right, credit: Harvey Hale)Courtesy of the artistshide caption

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Reaction To Demi Lovato's Alleged Overdose Shows Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction

Demi Lovato's fans have been tweeting their support to Lovato as the singer recovers from an alleged drug overdose.Chris Pizzello/APhide caption

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Reaction To Demi Lovato's Alleged Overdose Shows Changing Attitudes Toward Addiction

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