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This year's Thanksgiving holiday promises to be melancholy, separated from many loved ones because of the pandemic. Of course, we can't be in more than one place at a time, but a song can. Sharing music can help bring us together, help soothe, help uplift.

Rapper Megan Thee Stallion's Year In Music

Nov 20, 2020

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2020 has been a lot. And among the many things it has been, it has also been the year of the Stallion.

(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "SAVAGE")

MEGAN THEE STALLION: (Singing) I'm a savage, yeah - classy, bougie, ratchet, yeah.

The Thistle & Shamrock: Harvest

Nov 20, 2020

During these difficult times for the performing arts, the creative spark of artists remains undimmed. New releases from musicians are a bright reminder that they will sing and play and record their music even through tough times. Featured artists include Judy Fairbairns, Stephen Clark, and Hawktail.

The undercurrent of recent Latin Grammy award presentations has been defined by the push and pull between reggaeton and Latin trap artists, and the Latin Grammy establishment.

Eternal Hot Girl Megan Thee Stallion released her debut album, Good News, in the early hours of Friday.

On the last edition of Play It Forward, All Things Considered's chain of musical gratitude, Los Angeles singer-songwriter Mia Doi Todd spoke about Grammy Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Thundercat.

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During the pandemic, members of the New York Philharmonic have been giving these live outdoor performances around the city. They recently played a notable new work.

(SOUNDBITE OF ARCHIVED RECORDING)

For Tiny Desk Playlists, we ask musicians, creators and folks we admire to choose the Tiny Desk concerts they've come to love. For this edition, the team of Code Switch joins us.

One of the people most responsible for the unique sound of Michael Jackson's Thriller album has died. Bruce Swedien was 86 years old when he died Monday. His daughter, Roberta Swedien, announced his death on Facebook, saying that her father "passed away peacefully." No cause of death was given.

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