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"We proved to the world that a completely Spanish song can take over the world," J Balvin says. "This is just the beginning." Orli Arias/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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J Balvin Won't Settle For Anything Less Than World Domination

Saxophonist Coleman Hawkins and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie in concert with the Cannonball Adderley Quintet in November 1960. Express/Getty Images hide caption

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What Makes A Jazz Standard?

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Jade Bird backstage during 2018 Stagecoach Country Music Festival on April 27, 2018 in Indio, Calif. Jason Kempin/Getty Images hide caption

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All Bets Are On Jade Bird

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This Tiny Desk Contestant Braved The Elements Of Alaska To Pay Tribute To His Grandmother

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Saoirse Ronan plays newlywed Florence in On Chesil Beach, in theaters now. Bleecker Street hide caption

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Classical Music Captures A Young Wife's Anxiety In 'On Chesil Beach'

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Spotify's 'Hateful Conduct' Policy Drags The Music Industry Into The #MeToo Moment

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Noah Slee's 2017 debut, Otherland, fuses Tongan traditions with beats and R&B riffs he picked up in Berlin. WILK/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Noah Slee Reaches Back To His Tongan 'Otherland'

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Sweet Lizzy Project started five years ago as a producer-singer duo. It grew from there. Alejandro Menendez/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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Sweet Lizzy Project Brings The Sounds Of Havana To Nashville

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Donald Glover's 'This Is America' Holds Ugly Truths To Be Self-Evident

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