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    Beyoncé’s Lion King Soundtrack Puts the Focus Back Where It Belongs: AfricaBeyoncé, as usual, knows better.
  2. star market
    Who Won Game of Thrones (the Pop Culture Phenomenon)?The fantasy series was gold for nearly every person, place, and broadcaster involved. But who came out on top?
  3. album review
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  4. a long talk
    Dev Hynes on His New Blood Orange Mixtape and Mariah Carey’s Otherworldly Genius“Mariah’s on another planet of music knowledge.”
  5. album review
    J. Cole’s Dreamville Records Is Having Its Best Year YetDreamville’s year and a half long push — particularly behind the label’s artists Ari Lennox, J.I.D, and EarthGang — is paying off.
  6. best of 2019
    The Best Albums of 2019 (So Far)Including standout work from Ariana Grande, Billie Eilish, Bad Bunny/J Balvin, Bruce Springsteen, and more.
  7. album review
    Bad Bunny and J Balvin Form a New Superhero Duo on OasisIt benefits from the skills each half of this big brother/little brother tandem brings to the table.
  8. shady business
    In Taylor Swift vs. Scooter Braun, Who’s Lying?Someone is fudging their details rather dramatically.
  9. album review
    2019 Is Ripe for Some Thom Yorke Perspective and He DeliversOn ANIMA, his third solo album, Yorke tries to make sense of the maelstrom.
  10. album review
    Lil Nas X’s Post-‘Old Town Road’ EP Is a MessThe project feels if not rushed, then fascinatingly flubbed.
  11. album review
    Madonna Remains Our Most Unpredictable Pop StarArt moves quickly; Madonna works hard to keep pace.
  12. song review
    Where Is Taylor Swift Going With This?Advocacy requires poise; Taylor Swift campaigns are freight trains.
  13. album review
    Bruce Springsteen’s Western Stars Is His Best Album in YearsIt contains some of his most poignant songwriting since his mid-aughts resurgence.
  14. movie review
    Martin Scorsese’s Rolling Thunder Revue Brilliantly Spins a Bob Dylan Tall TaleBob Dylan is clearly here to mess with us, as is our director.
  15. album review
    Future Needs to Slow Down, for OnceConsistency is Future’s superpower, but he needs to be challenged and edited.
  16. song review
    Was This Really the Best Drake and Chris Brown Could Do?They fly on autopilot on “No Guidance,” their first-ever one-on-one collab after all these years of drama.
  17. album review
    The Jonas Brothers Pull Off One of the Greatest Comebacks in Recent MemoryThe last group to enjoy this much success after parting ways was One Direction.
  18. album review
    Skepta Doesn’t Need American ValidationHe could call in all the big guns and make the star-studded crossover album, but he won’t.
  19. jai paul
    Let Jai Paul’s Brilliant Return Be a Lesson to Leave Creators the Hell AloneBut the internet has only burrowed further into the kind of conspiracy thinking that beleaguered the artist in 2013.
  20. album review
    Miley Cyrus Is Still (Clumsily) Figuring Out How to Genre Flip-flopBut even when she misses on new EP She Is Coming, it feels like Cyrus is trying.
  21. song review
    Katy Perry’s ‘Never Really Over’ Is the Comeback Single She Desperately NeededHer new Zedd-produced single is a slight return to the motivational fare Katy Perry’s best at.
  22. summer preview
    Summer Music Preview: Madonna, Ed Sheeran, and More Albums We Can’t Wait to HearWill we finally get Rihanna? The light release calendar is likely bracing us for a summer of nonstop surprises.
  23. a long talk
    There’s Nothing Flying Lotus Can’t DoThe polymath on his new album, unreleased Mac Miller collabs, working with David Lynch, and what critics got wrong about Kuso.
  24. concert review
    Björk’s Cornucopia Concert Is the Wildest Visual Display That I’ve Ever SeenIt’s fitting for a catalogue that doesn’t much sound like anything else to generate a live show that doesn’t look like anything else.
  25. album review
    Tyler, the Creator Fully Owns His Voice on IGORIt looks like the artist has been priming us for this moment for years.
  26. album review
    Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Album Dedicated Proves the Emotion Hype Wasn’t a FlukeCarly Rae Jepsen isn’t a flash in the pan or a hip music nerd talking point or a knight or what have you.
  27. album review
    Mac DeMarco’s Here Comes the Cowboy Feels Like a Moody HangoverListening to this gorgeous but uneven batch of sad songs and slow songs, you hope DeMarco is using them to work through whatever’s bugging him.
  28. song review
    Ed Sheeran and Justin Bieber’s ‘I Don’t Care’ Is an Anxious Summer JamThe duo’s first proper duet gives them a vehicle to pout about bad parties and good girlfriends.
  29. album reviews
    Vampire Weekend Are at Their Best on Father of the BrideThe band’s long-awaited fourth album also just became the frontrunner for best album of 2019.
  30. album review
    The Games of Thrones Soundtrack Acts Like It’s Too Cool for the ShowAs subtle as the show’s use of celebrities has been on camera, the collections of music inspired by the series are pretty batshit.
  31. concert review
    Jay-Z Continues to Lay Out the Blueprint for How to Age in Rap With B-Sides 2As Jay told the crowd, he can’t help it if his B sides are A sides.
  32. a long talk
    Schoolboy Q on New Album, Deaths of Mac Miller and NipseyThe rapper on ‘internet dweebs,’ Mac Miller and Nipsey Hussle’s deaths, and why you’re gonna like his new album even if you don’t like him.
  33. song review
    Taylor Swift’s ‘ME!’ Is, Uh, Cute But Cloying“ME!” aims to reach the masses by sacrificing nuance for fun-for-the-family relatability.
  34. album review
    On Lizzo’s Cuz I Love You, Finally, a Star Is BornCuz I Love You is a playground for a phenomenal talent reaching the peak of its powers.
  35. song review
    Beyoncé’s ‘Before I Let Go’ Cover in Homecoming Is Just As Timeless As BeychellaHomecoming — and its companion live album — is what we talk about when we talk about public figures being “unapologetically black.”
  36. beyonce
    We’ll Revisit Beyoncé’s Coachella Performance for the Rest of Our LivesJust seconds in, it was apparent she was playing for keeps.
  37. old town road
    When Genre Becomes a PrisonThe story of “Old Town Road” is the story of nearly every black artist’s attempt at a country hit.
  38. album review
    BTS and Blackpink’s New Albums Mark an Unprecedented Era for K-PopPersona and Kill This Love capture the blockbuster K-pop groups at the height of their fame while also angling to push out into new territories.
  39. amazing grace
    Aretha Franklin’s Amazing Grace Was Always a Must-Hear. Now It’s a Must-See.If you can make it out to a theater where it’s playing, after all these years, go.
  40. backstories
    Inside the Making of Billie Eilish’s When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?From the Invisalign bit to recording in bedrooms to stressing over climate change, her older brother and producer Finneas O’Connell breaks it down.
  41. album review
    Khalid Takes a Stunning Left Turn on His Sophomore Album Free SpiritThis is his “fame sucks” album, but it represents something even greater for the 21-year-old singer-songwriter.
  42. remembrances
    The Complicated Life and Death of Nipsey HussleEvery rapper says they love where they came from, but Nip invested in the very streets that ultimately took his life.
  43. music
    Welcome to the Age of Pop ‘Plagiarism’In 2019, the question of if and how a song has been copied is an incredibly complicated one.
  44. living legends
    Janet Jackson Continues to Break All the Rules of What It Means to Be a Pop StarIn honor of her Rock Hall induction, a look at how Janet has pushed pop’s boundaries for four decades.
  45. album review
    Billie Eilish Is the FutureThe teen’s debut album is a quiet revolution.
  46. album review
    Jenny Lewis’s On the Line Is Her Best Work to DateOn the Line is a triumph of patient refinement.
  47. album reviews
    Karen O and Danger Mouse’s New Album Is a Letdown for Two Artists This GoodIt makes you wonder what this album could’ve been had the two veteran collaborators pushed beyond their respective comfort zones.
  48. spring preview
    Spring Music Preview: Rihanna, Tame Impala, & More Albums We Can’t Wait to HearRihanna is (maybe, hopefully, please!) coming.
  49. album review
    The Dystopian Future of Juice WRLD’s Death Race for LoveThe world these records depict is forbidding.
  50. album review
    Solange Is Creating a Beautiful WorldHer purpose seems to be to envision the peace and order the real world lacks.
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