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an album s worth of stellar tracks added to including nazz dealing lyrics like a deck of cards on taped magic
An album's worth of stellar tracks added to #TheNewNow including...

- Nazz (@bitsofnaaz) dealing lyrics like a deck of cards on "Taped"
- "Magic Loop," a midnight banger from DJDS (@DJDODGERSTADIUM)
- Gospel-rap reflection "Black Boy" from @Calebstph

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spotify updated their app this week with several organizational changes that affect visibility of playlists an
Spotify updated their app this week with several organizational changes that affect visibility of playlists and accessibility of artists.

And I think the verdict is in...
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drake s likeness is being cast in wax as part of a recreation of hotline bling at madame tussauds in las vegas
Drake's likeness is being cast in wax as part of a recreation of "Hotline Bling" at Madame Tussauds in Las Vegas.

The details:
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it s not so much that we re fractured it s that we re challenged leadership at pride organizations are under p
"It's not so much that we're fractured, it's that we're challenged."

Leadership at Pride organizations are under pressure as LGBTQ communities across Canada confront questions about inclusivity.

A look at how unity is being tested amid social change:
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canadian composer stephan moccio who co wrote miley cyrus wrecking ball and celine dion s a new day has come i
Canadian composer Stephan Moccio, who co-wrote Miley Cyrus' "Wrecking Ball" and Celine Dion's "A New Day Has Come," is apologizing for his convocation speech at Western University.

The university's president called the remarks “unacceptable." The details:
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netflix axes the horror series chambers starring uma thurman after one season the series received a muted rece
Netflix axes the horror series "Chambers," starring Uma Thurman, after one season.

The series received a muted reception from critics. (Variety)
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netflix continues to make tv renewal announcements for shows it quietly renewed ages ago queer eye is getting
Netflix continues to make TV renewal announcements for shows it quietly renewed ages ago.

"Queer Eye" is getting a fourth season that debuts in July, as well as a fifth season headed to screens next year. (Variety)
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pose renewed for season 3 at fx after only one episode from the latest season has aired variety
"Pose" renewed for Season 3 at FX after only one episode from the latest season has aired (Variety)
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drake celebrates in the toronto raptors championship parade with kawhi leonard and his mother kim robertson an
Drake celebrates in the Toronto Raptors Championship parade with Kawhi Leonard and his mother Kim Robertson and @FredVanVleet.

A look at how Toronto is marking the occasion via @ploriggio and @AlannaRizza:
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we were just having fun its something for the city general genius aka bob turner thought up raptor foot as a c
“We were just having fun... It’s something for the city.”

General Genius (aka. Bob Turner) thought up "Raptor Foot " as a chant to get the Toronto Raptors ahead. Now it's an unofficial NBA anthem

A look at its breakout popularity in a matter of weeks:

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taylor swift long criticized for keeping her political views private comes out against republican rep marsha b
Taylor Swift, long criticized for keeping her political views private, comes out against Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn ahead of the U.S. midterms.

"Her voting record in Congress appalls and terrifies me." (The Fader)
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madonna closes her performance of future with a political statement two dancers wearing israel and palestine f
Madonna closes her #Eurovision performance of "Future " with a political statement.

Two dancers wearing Israel and Palestine flags walk with their arms around each other into the distance.
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those pictures of drake watching a plane get decorated with his name turns out it s a partnership he s signed
Those pictures of Drake watching a plane get decorated with his name?

Turns out it's a partnership he's signed with a Canadian overnight air cargo company...
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chatting it up with singer kris wu mmvas
Chatting it up with singer Kris Wu. #MMVAs
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niall horan niallofficial gets the crowd going wild on the red carpet at the mmvas
Niall Horan (@NiallOfficial) gets the crowd going wild on the red carpet at the #MMVAs.
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the three season curse or strategy strikes again at netflix drew barrymore zombie comedy santa clarita diet is
The three-season curse (or strategy?) strikes again at Netflix.

Drew Barrymore zombie comedy "Santa Clarita Diet" is the latest to be cancelled by the streaming service. (Variety)
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taking a break from the nbaallstarto celebrity game action for a little justinbieber s sorry
Taking a break from the #NBAAllStarTO celebrity game action for a little @justinbieber's 'Sorry.'
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the canadian press will not be carrying any concert pictures from thetragicallyhip s kingston show here s why
The Canadian Press will not be carrying any concert pictures from #theTragicallyHip's Kingston show. Here's why:
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4 kris wu is a former member of south korean chinese boy band exo but he s also an experienced model clearly h
4. Kris Wu is a former member of South Korean-Chinese boy band EXO, but he's also an experienced model. Clearly he's accustomed to serving intensity realness. (📷 )
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celine dion instructs sony music to pull her r kelly duet i m your angel from streaming music platforms
Celine Dion instructs Sony Music to pull her R. Kelly duet "I'm Your Angel" from streaming music platforms:
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