November 22, 2019
The 2020 Grammys are led by a class of young, diverse artists. But there were still major snubs and surprises.
November 20, 2019
Are pop stars responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized?
November 11, 2019
Can a reality show like Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” find a viable hip-hop star?
October 30, 2019
Gospel music insiders on Kanye West's "Jesus Is King."
October 19, 2019
DaBaby, the year’s most consistent new hip-hop star, combines intense rhymes with online savvy.
October 11, 2019
Nashville has long marginalized women. But a wave of artists is fighting back.
October 5, 2019
The duo 100 gecs is one of the year's most unlikely breakthrough artists. What does its music mean for pop?
September 29, 2019
A survey of English-Spanish pop collaborations post-"Despacito."
September 22, 2019
A conversation about the rapid rise of Post Malone.
September 7, 2019
Young Thug is one of the decade's most copied rappers — now he finally has a No. 1 album.
August 29, 2019
Album art has shrunk in the digital era. What's been lost?
August 27, 2019
Breaking down Taylor Swift's new album, "Lover."
August 16, 2019
Remembering the Silver Jews leader's music and life.
August 2, 2019
Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator shared the wildest interview of the year.
July 26, 2019
There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular.
July 19, 2019
A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects.
July 8, 2019
How did Hootie & the Blowfish become so bitterly divisive?
July 3, 2019
Taylor Swift battles Scooter Braun in a war over master recordings and public opinion.
July 1, 2019
A conversation about the underrated music of Hootie & the Blowfish.
June 21, 2019
From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.
June 13, 2019
A 2008 fire destroyed thousands of Universal Music Group masters.
June 11, 2019
Looking back at Bob Dylan's peculiar 1975 tour, the Rolling Thunder Revue.
May 25, 2019
How Megan Thee Stallion and a new generation of female rappers are breaking through
May 20, 2019
Are AirPods worth the cost of environmental damage and looking foolish?
May 13, 2019
The return of Vampire Weekend and its new album, "Father of the Bride."
May 5, 2019
A conversation about riot grrrl and punk-powered feminism.
April 30, 2019
How pop music and gospel music learn from each other.
April 19, 2019
A conversation about the chart-topping 17-year-old genre-blending pop star Billie Eilish.
April 7, 2019
How Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" set off debates between rap and country once again.
March 29, 2019
Why are boy bands so central to pop music?
March 21, 2019
Blueface is a viral rap star who rocketed from meme to hit with "Thotiana"
March 7, 2019
A conversation about the documentary "Leaving Neverland" and Michael Jackson fans.
March 1, 2019
A conversation about covering hip-hop as entertainment and news in Florida
February 18, 2019
Behind The New York Times's investigation into Ryan Adams's behavior with women.
February 12, 2019
The best and worst of the 2019 Grammys.
February 1, 2019
A discussion about new albums by Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten.
January 25, 2019
A conversation about the Fyre Festival — and two documentaries about the debacle.
January 18, 2019
Artists to watch in 2019.
January 12, 2019
What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar?
January 4, 2019
Where is jazz headed next?
December 27, 2018
Answering reader questions about Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and more.
December 21, 2018
In 2018 a new class of pop stars took over, and the old pop stars may never be the same.
December 13, 2018
The best songs of 2018
December 8, 2018
A reaction to the 2019 Grammy nominations
December 7, 2018
A conversation about the best albums of 2018
December 1, 2018
A conversation about 6ix9ine's legal troubles and musical prospects.
November 29, 2018
A conversation about Mariah Carey's new album, "Caution."
November 17, 2018
The tug of war between how the genre advertises itself and how it’s actually evolving is growing more tense. Guests: Nick Murray; Natalie Weiner.
November 9, 2018
The trumpeter, who died at 49, was a singular figure dedicated to keeping jazz’s past in dialogue with its future. Guests: The New York Times's Giovanni Russonello; Jozen Cummings.
November 2, 2018
With “Honey,” the Swedish star returns to a landscape she’s quietly shaped for over 20 years. Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; the Guardian's Laura Snapes; Jezebel's Hazel Cills
October 26, 2018
Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.
October 20, 2018
Is rock music in 2018 a sound, a mood or a retail category? Where do Twenty One Pilots, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet fit in? Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; Rolling Stone's Kory Grow; the Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz
October 11, 2018
A roundtable conversation about Bradley Cooper's remake of "A Star Is Born" starring Lady Gaga.
October 5, 2018
Tracing the rapper’s evolution from a teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.” Guests: XXL's Vanessa Satten; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
September 28, 2018
Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
September 20, 2018
Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.
September 15, 2018
The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Renner Brown.
September 10, 2018
Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla and Tom Breihan.
September 10, 2018
Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Kyle Gann and Joe Levy.
August 28, 2018
“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz;'s Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.
August 21, 2018
One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.
August 17, 2018
The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.
August 10, 2018
Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.
August 4, 2018
What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The New York Times's Caryn Ganz.
July 27, 2018
Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Times's Joe Coscarelli.
July 21, 2018
A writer critiqued Nicki Minaj online; the rapper’s fans responded in force. How does celebrity fandom become a vicious tool online, and what’s behind stan culture? Guests: iOneDigital's Janeé Bolden; Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
July 5, 2018
With his new double album, “Scorpion,” the rapper and singer is grappling with brand maintenance. Is he innovating, and where can he go next? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu; Sheldon Pearce; and Jasmine Sanders.
June 27, 2018
Was "Ye" rushed, and does it matter? How do women fit into Kanye’s world? Are conversations about politics with him fruitless? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu, and the Ringer's Justin Charity.
June 22, 2018
The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy. Guests: Noisey's Lawrence Burney and Miami New Times's Tarpley Hitt.
June 16, 2018
Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.
June 6, 2018
The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.
May 31, 2018
An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.
May 26, 2018
Maddie Poppe won the show, rebooted on ABC with a new cast of judges. What worked, what didn’t and who really stood out? Two longtime “Idol” enthusiasts discuss.
May 23, 2018
For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.
May 18, 2018
The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic.
May 4, 2018
The 28-year-old producer and D.J., who died last month in Oman, was a pop savant and an EDM innovator who left behind a complicated legacy.
April 25, 2018
A Coachella set stunning in scope and execution. The first Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t from classical or jazz. A conversation about the two artists’ triumphs.
April 20, 2018
In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.
April 12, 2018
The 25-year-old’s LP “Invasion of Privacy” is part of her broad-scale pop culture takeover. A conversation about her rise and debut album.
April 6, 2018
A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.
March 30, 2018
Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.
March 16, 2018
Part two of our conversation about the mid-2000s pop star features debates about her MTV reality show and “S.N.L.” debacle, and a listener mailbag.
March 9, 2018
In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.
March 2, 2018
A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive
February 24, 2018
What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?
February 16, 2018
A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
February 9, 2018
The internet’s response to the two musicians after the Super Bowl shows how criticism works these days. Rapid-fire groupthink online can be strong enough to have real-world impact.
January 30, 2018
Big stars didn’t show up. Ratings were down. Hip-hop was once again shut out of the major categories. Can “music’s biggest night” represent what’s really happening in music?
January 26, 2018
Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.
January 19, 2018
The lead singer of the Irish rock band, who died at 46, wrote songs in the 1990s that deeply touched young women and Irish listeners while appealing to a worldwide audience
January 12, 2018
Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.
January 5, 2018
Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived.
December 22, 2017
After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?
December 18, 2017
Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop
December 8, 2017
From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.
December 2, 2017
A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.
November 22, 2017
The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.
November 14, 2017
Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.
November 9, 2017
She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.
November 3, 2017
A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.
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