2021's Most Anticipated Albums; Ariel Pink Dropped by Label After Trump Controversy; Mike Dean Looks Ahead; David Bowie's Archival Best

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January 08, 2021

The Most Anticipated Albums of 2021

Variety picks the most anticipated albums of the coming year, including expected releases from Adele, Rihanna and Ed Sheeran.

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Pro-Trump Rocker Ariel Pink's Label Drops Him Following Controversy Over Rally Attendance

Mexican Summer, the label of indie rocker Ariel Pink, announced it had dropped him after he ratcheted up his support of Donald J. Trump.

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The Best David Bowie Archival Recordings, From 'Space Oddity' to 'Lazarus'

In honor of David Bowie's birthday, we're analyzing the best of the many archival recordings that have been released since his death.

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Hip-Hop Heavy Mike Dean Looks Future Forward With Solo Projects, Reveals Surprising Past With Selena Quintanilla

Mike Dean is one of hip-hop's most in-demand producers. Surprisingly, he got his start in music playing keyboards in Selena y Los Dinos.

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Grammy Chief Harvey Mason, jr. Talks Postponement, and What the Rescheduled Show Might Look Like

Grammy chief Harvey Mason jr. talked about the Covid-related decision to postpone, and what the rescheduled March 14 show might look like,

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Clive Davis' Virtual Pre-Grammy Party Will Be a Two-Night Affair

The virtual version of Clive Davis' pre-Grammy party will take place as two separate events to benefit Musicares and the Grammy Museum.

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The Music of 'Bridgerton': Kris Bowers on Composing the Series' Score and Incorporating Modern Pop Flourishes

Composer Kris Bowers talks about composing the music to "Bridgerton" and incorporating modern pop flourishes like Billie Eilish's "Bad Guy."

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Report Shows Music Streaming Set New Record in 2020, With 17% U.S. Increase Led by Huge Lil Baby Tally

A report on 2020 music shows that streaming set a new record despite the pandemic, after initially being down, with Lil Baby ending on top.

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Nicki Minaj Agrees to Pay Tracy Chapman $450,000 in Settlement Over Unauthorized Sample

A trial over an unauthorized sample of a Tracy Chapman song in a Nicki Minaj track as been averted, as Minaj agreed to pay Chapman $450,000.

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TikTok Adds David Bowie Full Music Catalog on Iconic Artist's Birthday

TikTok has added David Bowie's full music catalog to its app on what would have been the iconic British artist's 74th birthday.

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SiriusXM Plans to Write Down Pandora by $1 Billion

SiriusXM plans to write down its Pandora streaming service by around $1 billion, down 40% from the $3.5 billion it paid for the company.

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'American Idol' Alum Haley Reinhart Reimagines David Bowie's 'Heroes' for Robert Rodriguez Film

'American Idol' alum Haley Reinhart is celebrating what would've been David Bowie's 74th birthday with a powerful cover of 1977's "Heroes."

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Grammy Execs Agree That Best Children's Album Nominees Are Not Diverse

Top Recording Academy execs agreed with Grammy nominees for best children’s album that the 2021 nominations for the category are not d …

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Jamie O'Hara, Grammy Winner for Judds' 'Grandpa' and Member of 1980s Country Duo the O'Kanes, Dies at 70

Country singer-songwriter Jamie O'Hara, who won a Grammy for writing the Judds' "Grandpa (Tell Me 'Bout the Good Old Days)," has died.

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Ed Bruce, Writer of Country Classic 'Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys,' Dies at 81

Ed Bruce, who co-starred on "Bret Maverick" and co-wrote country classic "Mammas, Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Cowboys," has died.

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Barry Gibb Finds His Country Calling With Duet-Filled 'Greenfields' Project: Album Review

Barry Gibb's "solo" album has him triumphing in his naturally harmonic mien with guests like Brandi Carlile, Dolly Parton and Alison Krauss.

                                                           

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