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Google are set to challenge Spotify, Apple Music and Tidal with their new streaming service, YouTube Music, launching next week.

A revamped version of YouTube Red, YouTube Music offers music fans the usual bells and whistles of a streaming platform — “official songs, albums, thousands of playlists and artist radio” — with the added attraction of “YouTube’s tremendous catalog of remixes, live performances, covers and music videos that you can’t find anywhere else.”

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XO artist NAV will be wrapping up his “Freshman List” North American tour next week in Detroit. Before the road trek comes to an end, the Toronto artist is dropping a new project titled Reckless this Friday (May 18). The follow-up to Perfect Timing with Metro Boomin is 12 tracks, featuring appearances by Travi$ Scott, Quavo, Lil’ Uzi Vert and Gunna.

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After departing Atlantic Records earlier this year, Wale has found a new label home. Today the MMG rapper announced that he’s signed a new deal with Warner Bros. Records, joining a roster that includes Mac Miller, PARTYNEXTDOOR, Roy Wood$ and others.

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Beastie Boys’ long awaited memoir is finally dropping this year. Written by Mike D and Ad-Rock — the two surviving members of the group following MCA’s death in 2012 — the aptly titled Beastie Boys Book chronicles the group’s groundbreaking journey from teenage punks to rap stars to social activists across an epic 592 pages.

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As this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show proved, Prince tributes aren’t always the best idea (sorry, Justin). Thankfully, Prince’s estate has tapped Questlove to curate an upcoming tribute tour called 4U: A Symphonic Celebration of Prince.

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It’s official, Childish Gambino lands his first No. 1 record. After previous reports last week, the rapper’s “This Is America” single debuts at the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. Released just moments before doing double-duty on SNL earlier this month, the record’s success can be attributed to its polarizing music video. The visual has been viewed 109 million times to date, as viewers continue to decode and decipher that various hidden messages throughout it.

“This Is America” dethrones Drake’s 16 week run at No. 1 with “God’s Plan” (11 weeks) and “Nice For What” (4 weeks). Childish Gambino aka Donald Glover’s previous highest charting record was the Grammy Award-winning “Redbone.”

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Drake and Migos are taking their Soul Train-inspired “Walk It Talk It” act on the road later this year. This morning, Drake announced a joint tour with Quavo, Offset and Takeoff called the Aubrey & The Three Amigos tour (lol). The 41-city North American trek kicks off in Salt Lake City on July 26 and wraps up in Atlanta on November 17, with stops in cities including Toronto, Chicago, NYC, Miami and Los Angeles along the way.

Pre-sale starts tomorrow. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 18 via Drake’s website.

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Q Da Fool is the latest artist to join Jay Z’s powerhouse entertainment company Roc Nation. Hailing from the streets of Maryland, the rising rap act has been steadily building a name for himself. Following a string of successful 2017 releases, he dropped his mixtape, ‘No Competition,’ earlier this year.

Over the course of a four-year-long career, the Rich Shootas frontman has worked with the likes of Gucci Mane, Shy Glizzy, and Wale; and at only 21 years old, he has much to say. Using his personal background as fuel for his music, he candidly covers it all: from his jail stint and spiritual journey to his love for music and his intense hustle.

Check out his last few releases below and expect his ‘100 Key’s project with Zaytoven to drop this Summer.

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Ne-Yo adds his name to the list of a busy summer lineup of releases. The R&B star’s sixth studio album, Good Man, is set to drop on June 8. Along with the album artwork, the full 20-song track list is now available for fans to go through. Lead by the title-track single and “Push Back,” Good Man serves as Ne-Yo’s first project since 2015’s Non-Fiction. PARTYNEXTDOOR, Romeo Santos, Bebe Rexha, Eric Bellinger, Stefflon Don, Candice Boyd and Sam Hook all make guest appearances.

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Ty Dolla $ign was a guest on Beats 1 radio with Zane Lowe on Wednesday (May 9), to premiere his new song “Clout” featuring 21 Savage. The record is off the deluxe edition of Ty’s Beach House 3 LP, releasing this Friday (May 11). During the interview, the L.A. singer/songwriter also updated listeners on his collaborative MihTy project with Jeremih. Entirely produced by Hitmaka, fans can expect the album to drop in June.

Next month I’m dropping a whole another project with me and my brother Jeremih,” said Ty. “That’s like a full-length album. I’m so excited for one.” When describing the project, Ty $ said “it’s nothing but smashes.” “We did it with me bro Hitmaka — he produced the whole shit — so it’s like a consistent album of bangers. I promise you, we probably did like eight sessions, maybe less than that, and we got like 60 songs, and we had to choose like 13-14. So there’s leftovers from that project that we could probably give away to some of the homies.”

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