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  1. vmas 2018
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  2. How Veggie Burgers Helped Gang Gang Dance Make a Record Seriously.
  3. billboard charts
    Drake’s ‘In My Feelings’ Becomes His Third No. 1 Song of the Year Okay, but how does KiKi feel about this?
  4. new music
    Mandy Moore Announces Her Glorious Return to Music “It’s time.”
  5. videology
    Ariana Grande’s Wild New Video Has Madonna Quoting Pulp Fiction There is a lot going on here.
  6. Rick Ross and Dave East Really Love The Fresh Prince “Shout out to Will. Shout out to 215.”
  7. close reads
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  8. right-click
    Listen to Ariana Grande’s New Song ‘God Is a Woman’ Lay us down and pray.
  9. here we go again
    Dear God, There’s Another Scamming Music Festival Fyre 2.0.
  10. #inmyfeelings
    The ‘In My Feelings’ Challenge Can Die Now, Will Smith Just Won It RIP to this challenge.
  11. music review
    The Feel Good Mutant Soul of Dirty Projectors’ Lamp Lit Prose It’s all upbeat ruminations on affection and excitement, where the last album fixated almost exhaustingly on rot.
  12. songs of the week
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  13. right-click
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  14. babies
    Cardi B’s Baby Is Here and Her Name Is for the Kulture The Migos brand synergy here is truly something.
  15. song of the summer
    Donald Glover Just Dropped Two New Song of Summer Contenders And they’re not nearly as heavy as “This Is America,” phew!
  16. rape
    Yet Another Woman Accuses Russell Simmons of Rape The granddaughter of publisher W.W. Norton alleges Simmons raped her in 1990.
  17. backstories
    What Does Nicki Minaj’s Promo Art Say About Her Upcoming Album? Kind of a lot, actually.
  18. billboart charts
    Drake Just Broke a Historic Record Set by the Beatles Let’s break down the history he just made.
  19. protests
    Campaign to Taunt Trump With ‘American Idiot’ Ahead of U.K. Visit Is Working Now can you hear the sound of hysteria?!
  20. records
    Drake’s Scorpion Set a New Global Record in Just One Week The word “billion” is involved.
  21. aubrey
    Drake Raps Behind Barz Freestyle, Because 25 Songs Just Wasn’t Enough “I got way too big off Views / Back to the basics, I won’t lose.”
  22. music
    Jaden Smith Just Released His New Electric Album on Instagram Drake must be kicking himself.
  23. $$$
    XXXTentacion Signed Massive Record Deal Prior to His Death $10 million, to be exact.
  24. music review
    On Beast Mode 2, Future Hits Another Hot Streak At his peak, it feels like melodies are just jumping out of his face.
  25. right clck
    Nicki Minaj and Ariana Grande Return to the Sea Whence They Came in ‘Bed’ Video Do mermaids even have beds? Oh, the seabed. Duh.
  26. fact check
    Trump Crowds Have Definitely Not Broken ‘Elton John Records’ Let’s take a look at the numbers.
  27. How a Young Lower East Side Jazz Group Became Cult Favorites Everyone from Virgil Abloh to André 3000 loves them.
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    Panic! At the Disco’s Brendon Urie Comes Out As Pansexual “To me, I like a person.”
  29. where's the beef?
    Who Is Demi Lovato Shading in This Incredible Tweet? Engrave it on a headstone.
  30. remember the taymerica slide
    Taylor Swift Spent a Low-Key Fourth of July With Joe Alwyn, RIP Her Parties Seems the era of extravagant July Fourth parties is over.
  31. music
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  32. music
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  33. music
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  36. best of 2018
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  37. best of 2018
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  38. music
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  39. right click
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  42. album review
    Drake Fails to Grow on Scorpion Both sides of Scorpion needed to drop three or four songs and get a grip.
  43. billboard charts
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  44. families belong together march
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  45. doin it for the gram
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  46. vulture guides
    Everything You Need to Know About Drake’s New Album, Scorpion From sampling Aayliah, Atlanta, Maury, and more, to featuring Michael Jackson, to who really wrote it.
  47. it's charli baby
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  49. everything we learned
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