For many of us, it got real this past weekend. Clubs and bars were forced to close, as groups of more than 10 people or more were seen as high-risk when it comes to contracting COVID-19. Some people were taking it more seriously than others. DJ D-Nice was at the forefront and he devised a plan to help people who normally would be out in the clubs looking to have a good time, to still be able to do so from the comfort of their own home. DJ D-Nice live-streamed an Instagram party during the week, and by the weekend he maxed out at over 100,000 live viewers. 

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If you’ve been online or listened to the radio recently, Roddy Ricch’s latest song “The Box'' should be very familiar to you. From a unique acapella cover to countless videos using the song’s audio on TikTok, Roddy Ricch is everywhere. TIME magazine describes his music as having “West Coast roots with the sound of Atlanta trap music and Chicago drill rap.”

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Soulful, gut-wrenching notes sound atop deep, dark piano chords, in  Ryland James’ “In My Head.”  The nineteen-year-old singer/songwriter from Ontario, Canada has gone from making covers on Youtube to performing on stages in Canada, the U.S., and even traveling to the U.K. With his mature voice, this young talent is just starting off his musical career.

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With his signature fringed Lone Ranger mask and velvety crooner voice, musician Orville Peck picked himself up by his bootstraps and stomped all over his competition in the Country music scene. Ever since the release of his debut album Pony, a melancholy collection of 12 Southern rock tracks released under Sub Pop records in March 2019, Peck stands neck-and-neck with rising icons in the music industry such as Lil Nas X and Kacey Musgraves. So who is the man behind the mask? Or, rather, what is the man behind the mask trying to say? 

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Imagine being a part of a breakout country music duo whose debut album has a chart-topping hit that is 3rd on the Billboard country music charts. Imagine, at only eighteen years old, going on tour with popular country music singer Brad Paisley and feeling on top of the world as you work on your sophomore album. Then without warning, your record label goes belly-up. If you think that is one of the worst things that could happen to an up and coming artist, you’d be right. But that’s exactly what happened to Madison “Maddie” Marlow Font and Taylor “Tae” Dye of the group Maddie & Tae

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What is the color of country music? Is it a brown acoustic and a red solo cup? Is it a patriotic red, white, and blue? When you think of country music, do you only think of Caucasian artists? All of the Country Music Association Awards' “Entertainer of the Year” winners for the past 10 years have been white. There was Garth Brooks, Keith Urban, Luke Bryan, George Strait, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, and Blake Shelton. In fact, the CMAAs has given "Entertainer of the Year," to a white performer consistently dating all the way back to 1971 when Charley Pride received the award. Modern award shows are often marred by racist controversies and outcomes. However, at the 2020 Grammys, blues singer Gary Clark Jr. asserted his stature within the Country music genre.

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