Run the Jewels perform in 2017.
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June 3, 2020 Killer Mike and El-P drop their fourth full-length album two days ahead of its scheduled release date and days after Killer Mike addressed protests in his hometown of Atlanta in a televised speech.
Elmo, left, and Lil Nas X perform on The Not-Too-Late Show.
May 28, 2020 Two of the biggest pop stars in the world performed some beloved children's songs in the inaugural episode of the Sesame Street character's new HBO Max talk show.
Ariana Grande and Lady Gaga in the video for "Rain On Me."
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May 22, 2020 Lady Gaga shared her second single ahead of Chromatica, including a first-time feature from Ariana Grande — and of course, a video to boot.
Carly Rae Jepsen released Dedicated Side B Thursday morning.
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May 21, 2020 After hinting at a new "B-side" collection over the weekend, the Canadian pop star released the album Thursday morning.
After re-releasing three of his earlier mixtapes to streaming services last month, Future released High Off Life, his first new album of 2020, Friday.
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May 15, 2020 After adding three mid-2010s mixtapes to streaming services for the first time last month, the trap superstar released his first full-length project of the year on Friday.
The Bengsons entered the song "Pulls Out" to the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest.
May 14, 2020 While our judges search for the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest winner, we're sharing even more entries we love. This week's selection includes songs perfect for reflection, daydreaming and solo dance parties.
Ariana Grande released "Stuck With U," a new song with Justin Bieber, as a COVID-19 relief fundraiser Friday.
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May 8, 2020 Proceeds from the song will go to a charity that gives grants and scholarships to children of emergency medical technicians, healthcare workers, firefighters and police officers.
Darling Din entered the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest with the song "Velvet."
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May 7, 2020 The 2020 Tiny Desk Contest closed for entries on April 27. As our judges comb through entries to find a winner, we're sharing some of the best entries we saw in the Contest's final weeks.
Drake released a new mixtape Dark Lane Demo Tapes at midnight Friday and teased a new album to come in an Instagram post.
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May 1, 2020 The Toronto rapper and reigning TikTok champion released Dark Lane Demo Tapes at midnight, alongside an Instagram post teasing a full album over the summer
Beastie Boys' Michael Diamond, Adam Yauch and Adam Horovitz in 1993. Diamond and Horovitz lead a live history session on the group in Spike Jonze's new Apple TV+ documentary, Beastie Boys Story.
May 1, 2020 With Beastie Boys Story now streaming and Damien Chazelle's The Eddy on the way, here are 20 television series or specials to pass the time at home — or inspire your next playlist.
April 28, 2020 The company generated $4.3 million for artists when it paused the collection of a percentage of sales for a day in March — which it will repeat on May 1, June 5 and July 3.
April 24, 2020 The Bronx-based rapper made the XXL freshman class of 2011 on the strength of his 2010 mixtape, Armageddon. Fred had been hospitalized earlier this month with the coronavirus.
Danielle Ponder submitted the song "Poor Man's Pain" to the 2020 Tiny Desk Contest.
April 23, 2020 This week's entries include a call for justice, an urge to reconcile our differences and an invitation to dance. If you want to send us your song, don't delay: There's less than a week left to enter.
Kacey Musgraves released "Oh, What A World 2.0" Wednesday morning, an Earth Day fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund.
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April 22, 2020 The country star released a remix of the Golden Hour track to celebrate Earth Day and raise money for the World Wildlife Fund.
Matthew Seligman performs with Thomas Dolby and his band at a 2010 concert in London.
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April 20, 2020 Seligman played on The Soft Boys' influential 1980 album Underwater Moonlight and in Bowie's backing band at Live Aid. He died Friday of complications from COVID-19.