Twelve years before Justin Bieber dropped his debut album, My World, and shook the tween universe with his side-swept bangs, there was Aaron Carter.

The younger brother of Backstreet Boy's heartthrob Nick Carter, Aaron was responsible for some of the most iconic hits of 2000, from "Aaron's Party (Come Get It)" and "That's How I Beat Shaq" to his overplayed cover of The Strangelove's "I Want Candy." Carter arguably "paved the way" for today's tween pop stars like Bieber to become cultural phenomenons.

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Music Lists

The 10 Best Songs of 2021 So Far

These songs have made a huge splash in 2021.

Jazmine Sullivan, Japanese Breakfast, Olivia Rodrigo, Polo G

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Believe it or not, 2021 is already just about halfway over.

From an unorthodox Grammy Awards show to tour announcements finally rolling out, the music industry seems to be slowly but surely getting back on its feet. With brighter skies ahead, there's been no shortage of great music to help weather the storm.

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New Releases

Indie Roundup: Five New Albums to Stream Now

Here's what to listen to this weekend.

David Cortes

If you're anything like us, you're probably overwhelmed by the sheer number of albums being released on a weekly basis.

Popdust's weekly column, Indie Roundup, finds the five best albums coming out each week so that you don't have to. Every Friday, we'll tell you what's worth listening to that might not already be on your radar.

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TV Features

This Haunts Me: Mariah Carey Taking a Bath on MTV's "Cribs"

It was 2002, and Mariah Carey wanted a bath. Now we'll never be clean.

Before TikTok, before Snapchat, and before YouTube, there was MTV in the early aughts: a lawless land of velour tracksuits and diamond grillz, tiny dogs and spray tans.

And then there was Mariah Carey, who had barely survived 2001 after channeling her lifeforce into the beloved film disaster Glitter, along with the critically panned soundtrack of the same name. And yet, Carey persisted–and took a bath in front of millions of viewers on MTV's Cribs.

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New Releases

Billie Eilish Throws a Summer Shindig in Self-Directed "Lost Cause" Video

The new track precedes Eilish's upcoming sophomore record, "Happier Than Ever."

Billie Eilish, "Lost Cause"

Billie Eilish has shared a new song called "Lost Cause."

The laid-back track marks the fourth single from Eilish's upcoming sophomore album, Happier Than Ever. "Lost Cause" also arrives with a self-directed music video that depicts Eilish having a house party with a small group of friends. Watch it below.

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At just 18 years old, Olivia Rodrigo is well-versed in her pop-rock forebears.

The "drivers license" phenom's most obvious musical inspiration is Taylor Swift, with whom she shares a knack for lyrical storytelling, as well as an undeniable ability to write an affecting hit breakup song. Even while watching Rodrigo's arsonry-filled music video for "good 4 u," it's easy to remember a teary-eyed Swift destroying her ex's property in "Black Space."

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