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April 21, 2021

How Questlove and Oscars Producer Jesse Collins Are Changing Music at the 2021 Academy Awards

Oscars musical director Questlove and producer Jesse Collins on why the show's music will work for film geeks as well as hip-hop heads.

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Casey Wasserman Completes Paradigm Purchase, Unveils Wasserman Music Agency

Casey Wasserman has unveiled his Wasserman Music banner after completing the acquisition of Paradigm's music assets.

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ILoveMakonnen on Breaking Free of 'Industry Politics,' Being Gay in Hip-Hop and When Things 'Soured' With Drake

ILoveMakonnen talks breaking free of "industry politics," coming out, bonding with the late Lil Peep and when things "soured" with Drake.

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YouTube Head of Music Lyor Cohen Talks Tech-Creative Divide, Signing DMX, Cardi B's 'WAP' and Who Should Run Def Jam

On the 'Strictly Business' podcast, YouTube global head of music Lyor Cohen talks about the tech-creative divide, DMX and Cardi B's 'WAP.'

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Kacey Musgraves' Next Album to Be Released Via Interscope, UMG Nashville Partnership (EXCLUSIVE)

Kacey Musgraves' fall album will be released via a partnership between Interscope and UMG Nashville, reflecting her broadening reach.

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Taylor Swift's 'Fearless (Taylor's Version)' Debuts Huge: What It Means for Replicating Oldies, Weaponizing Fans

Taylor Swift's "Fearless (Taylor's Version)" had 2021's biggest debut. What does it mean for artist self-duplication, and fan weaponization?

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Oscars Predictions: Best Original Song - Leslie Odom Jr Could Become the First Male Double Nominee to Win for Song

2021 Oscars Best Original Song predictions include "Judas and the Black Messiah," "The Life Ahead,""One Night in Miami" and "Minari."

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Oscars Predictions: Best Original Score - The Composing Trio of 'Soul' Are Looking Strong

2021 Oscars Best Original Score Predictions include "Blizzard of Souls," "The Midnight Sky," "Minari," "News of the World" and "Soul"

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Lil Nas X's 'Montero' Video Director on Making the Wild Video, Where Bosch and Lap Dances Collide

Tanu Muino, who's worked largely in Ukraine, is the music video director of the moment, thanks to Lil Nas X's "Montero" and Cardi B's "Up."

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Meet the Singing Voice of 'Ma Rainey's Black Bottom'

Meet singer and songwriter, Maxayn Lewis, the singing voice behind Viola Davis in "Ma Rainey's Black Bottom."

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From Cypress Hill to Dr. Greenthumb's, B-Real Combines Cannabis and Hip-Hop Into a Potent Blend

Cypress Hill's B-Real talks about the significance of 4/20 in light of recent strides to legalize and normalize cannabis use.

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White Dave Breaks Down His Tracks From 'Judas and the Black Messiah,' 'Black Panther' and 'Creed'

White Dave, director Ryan Coogler's brother, breaks down his track placements in "Judas and the Black Messiah," "Black Panther" and more.

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Moment House Adds Seven Key Execs as the Livestream Boom Looks Like It's Here to Stay, Post-Pandemic

Livestream platform Moment House has made seven executive hires, reflecting a belief that tonight's Tame Impala show represents the future.

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Avant-Pop Singer Rina Sawayama Talks Elton John Duet, and Kicking Against the Brits

Japanese-British pop singer Rina Sawayama talked about her recent duet with Elton John and getting the Brit Awards to change their rules.

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Mike Dean and Shepard Fairey Team for NFT Offering 'OBEY 4:22' (EXCLUSIVE)

Hip-hop hitmaker Mike Dean and noted street artist Shepard Fairey have teamed for "OBEY 4:22," a series of open edition NFTs.

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Polo G's 'Rapstar' Debuts as No. 1 Song; Several DMX Records Rejoin Album Chart, as Taylor Swift's 'Fearless' Takes Top Spot

Polo G is No. 1 on the song chart. Taylor Swift's "Fearless" remake leads the album chart. Several DMX albums came back on after his death.

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A Complex Honor: An Immigrant Artist Reflects on Her Grammy Nomination (Guest Column)

Indian singer/songwriter Priya Darshini reflects on the complexity of getting a Grammy nomination as an immigrant artist.

                                                           

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