Recognizing the significance of American music in popular culture around the globe, the U.S. Postal Service proudly announces the launch of the exciting new Music Icons stamp series in 2013. The performers selected for the series can include solo artists or groups, and will represent diverse eras and types of music. All panes will feature the Music Icons logo, branding each release like a record label would. Additionally, panes will resemble the sleeve of a 45 rpm single, with the sliver of a record seeming to peek out the top of one side, and an enlarged version of the stamp art on the other. A pane honoring Lydia Mendoza, one of the first and greatest stars of Tejano music, inaugurates the series, with panes honoring Johnny Cash and Ray Charles following later in the year.