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Mac Miller’s death has been confirmed as an accidental overdose. According to TMZ, the toxicology report released by the L.A. County Coroner’s Office determined that Mac died from “mixed drug toxicity,” specifically fentanyl — the deadly substance that also claimed the life of Lil Peep last year — coke and alcohol.

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Ariana Grande has dealt with a lot over the past few months. First coping and mourning the death of her ex-boyfriend Mac Miller, where the stress lead to the break up with her fiance Pete Davidson. On Saturday (Nov. 3), the pint-sized diva took to Twitter to announce her upcoming fifth studio album will be titled Thank U, Next. The title is a saying Grande and her friend/singer Victoria Monét would say. The news comes after teasing new music in recent weeks, and TMZ reported earlier in the day that Ariana planned to drop a new single, named after her new album.

The record comes right before the start of this weekend’s Saturday Night Live episode. Not a coincidence, the move was made after reports had Grande’s ex-fiancé doing a skit on the new episode where he jokes about their past relationship. The skit was allegedly cut, but Grande’s new record does reference both Davidson and Mac Miller.

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Mariah Carey’s 15th studio album, Caution, is set to impact everywhere on November 16. Ahead of its release, the pop diva unveiled the album track list with the help of some fans on social media on Halloween night (Oct. 31). The ten-track LP is lead by the singles “The Distance” with Ty Dolla $ign and Skrillex, “GTFO” and her DJ Mustard collaboration “With You.”

Blood Orange, Slick Rick, and Gunna also make guest appearances on Caution, available for pre-order here. See the full tracklisting below.

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Weezy F. Baby is invading SNL next week. On Wednesday (Oct. 31), the late-night comedy sketch show announced Lil’ Wayne will serve as musical guest next week on November 10. That episode will be hosted by Ray Donovan actor Liev Schreiber. For the Young Money rapper, the Saturday Night Live appearance will be his second as a solo artist and fourth overall. Tunechi’s last visit to Studio 8H was back in 2010, where joined Eminem to perform a medley of “No Love” and “6 Foot 7 Foot.” Lil’ Wayne’s latest album Tha Carter V debuted at No. 1 on Billboard, producing the third biggest sales week of 2018 with 480,000 equivalent album units moved opening week.

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Today’s Kanye West headline comes from the man himself. On Tuesday (Oct. 30), the Chicago artist/designer took to Twitter to announce he’s taking a step back from politics, after many controversial statements and moves including his support of President Donald Trump. “My eyes are now wide open and now realize I’ve been used to spread messages I don’t believe in. I am distancing myself from politics and completely focusing on being creative !!!,” said Kanye in a tweet.

West also claims he “never wanted any association” with BLEXIT, the right-wing group founded by Candace Owens. Owens previously revealed Kanye as a designer for BLEXIT merchandise, later clarifying that ‘Ye only offered advice and referred an unnamed designer to help with the clothing. “I introduced Candace to the person who made the logo and they didn’t want their name on it so she used mine. I never wanted any association with Blexit. I have nothing to do with it,” he says. See the tweets below.

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Ice Cube’s long-awaited album Everythangs Corrupt finally has a release date — and we don’t have to wait long until it arrives. The West Coast OG announced today that his 10th solo album, which he’s been teasing since 2012, is dropping on December 7, a day, he promises, “that will live in infamy.”

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A$AP Rocky has (finally) announced a tour in support of his latest album TESTING. The Injured Generation Tour will take the Harlem rapper across North America early next year, kicking off in Minneapolis, MN on Jan. 8 and wrapping up in Kent, WA on Feb. 6. Pretty Flacko will also make stops in cities including Chicago, Toronto, Philadelphia, Houston and Inglewood. No word yet on who’ll be supporting.

Tickets go on sale this Friday (Nov. 2).

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Future and Juice WRLD’s collaborative album WRLD ON DRUGS debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 after selling 98,000 equivalent album units, with 8,000 coming from pure sales. The album came in behind Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack, which sold 109,000 in its third week on the chart.

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It turns out there’s more where “L.M.F.” came from. Shortly after blessing us with the aforementioned Sango-produced song, Smino has announced that he’s releasing a new album called Smino Noir on November 8. Rather than just sharing the news via a simple tweet, the St. Louis rapper uploaded a 90-second freestyle to give us a taste of what’s to come. “November I’m droppin’ on da eighth like a tre five, Smino Noir / Album sound like watchin’ Martin, thinkin’ Trayvon, new ice skates on, Smino Noir,” he raps.

Smino Noir is Smino’s sophomore album and serves as the follow up to 2017’s blkswn.

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Over the summer, Instagram and Spotify partnered for a new integration tool that allowed artists — and users in general — to share songs from Spotify straight to their Instagram story. The latest to join in on the easy-access tool is SoundCloud.

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With millions of their users sharing links and screenshots all over the popular social app, the streaming company decided to make it easier for everyone with the new “Share to Instagram Stories” option. From Instagram, a viewer then has the option to simply click on “Play On SoundCloud” right from the story.

With Instagram playing a huge role in how music is promoted and heard in today’s world, this definitely benefits both companies. Seeing how both Spotify and SoundCloud are available for free use to the public, it doesn’t seem Apple will be eager to jump on board for the new integration due to their pay-only subscription.

The feature launched this past Tuesday and is available on the latest versions of the SoundCloud and Instagram mobile apps on iOS and Android.

[via SoundCloud]

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