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Summer Music Preview: Drake, Nicki Minaj, Ariana Grande, and So Much Kanye
Plus: Wild speculation about Beyoncé, Jay-Z, and Childish Gambino.
Childish Gambino Passed Drake on the Charts, But for How Long?
For both artists, the South is the source of success.
The New Beach House Album Is Their Best Yet
Same magic, new resolution.
The Rise and Fall and Rise of Meek Mill
Everyone supports him now, but three years ago, it was a different story.
What It Means When Childish Gambino Says ‘This Is America’
There’s a lot going on here.
The Brightest Star on Travis Scott’s ‘Watch’ Isn’t Kanye West
Cheerful, insistent, and futuristic, the Pi’erre Bourne beat is world-class.
Was a Major Comeback for a Major Band
It’s an album that comes through clearer just as things get worse.
Kanye West’s Theatre of the Absurd
Talking loud and saying nothing.
Kanye West Raves His Way Into Trump Worship
The first step to freeing your mind is freeing it from any doubts you might be wrong.
A Perfect Circle Goes Soft and Heavy on
Eat the Elephant
An album fit for people, sheep, and sheeple alike.
Kanye Will Never Really Log Off
His tweets are cunning, trite, and will continue until morale improves.
Kendrick Lamar Is Doing the Music Pulitzer a Favor by Winning it
The Pulitzer is another feather in his Dodgers fitted cap.
Cardi B’s Album Intro, ‘Get Up 10’ Is Bronx Rap Poetry at Its Finest
Invasion of Privacy
opens with a blunt, brazen, and beautiful manifesto.
An Appreciation of
, 20 Years Later
, like the jazz that inspired it, can never truly fall out of style.
The Weeknd’s ‘Wasted Times’ Does Drake Better Than Drake Can
How long until the Weeknd replaces Drake entirely?
SoundCloud Rap Has Its First No. 1 Album — Now What?
XXXTentacion’s chart success seems significant, but it might be the first step toward nowhere for SoundCloud rap.
the streaming wars
Can YouTube Really ‘Frustrate’ People Into Paying for Music?
If you watch a lot of music videos on YouTube, prepare for a barrage of ads.
Don’t Underestimate G-Eazy
G-Eazy shows off his strengths, while embracing his limits, at Radio City Music Hall.
Fifth Harmony Was Never Built to Last
Their hiatus signals the end of girl groups as we know them, at least in America.
How Do We Talk About Cultural Appropriation Between People of Color?
Is the issue so black and white?
Why Most Big Artists Don’t Release Albums Early in the Year Anymore
As more artists chase Grammy eligibility, the beginning of the calendar year has dried up for big album releases.
Spring Music Preview: Cardi B, Jack White, and More Albums We Can’t Wait to Hear
The soundtrack for the warmer months is already stacked.
Taylor Swift Now Welcomes Your Disgust
If you don’t like what you see, you’re not really a fan.
Vince Staples Will Never Negotiate His Artistic Freedom
His new single, “GTFOMD,” says as much, albeit in spicier terms.
How One Rap Clique in the ’90s Remade the Whole Culture in Its Image
The Soulquarians themselves may have receded, but the example they set inspires today’s best artists.
Sade’s First New Song in Nearly a Decade Is a Quiet Marvel
Is it the sign of a new album?
Scarred and Wiser, Andrew W.K. Finds a New Way to Party on
You’re Not Alone
Has partying always been a form of self-help?
Surrounded by Jay-Z, Beyoncé, and Future, DJ Khaled Shows Off by Doing Nothing
Why say much of anything when you don’t have to?
For Weeks, the Top Artist on SoundCloud Was an Icon of the Arab Spring
Singer Hamza Namira has a huge fan base, but it’s not one often heard from in the West.
How Fast Can 6ix9ine Paint Himself Into a Corner?
The Bushwick rapper’s debut collection is an exercise in fitful monotony.
Were There Songs Better Than ‘Creep’ on Radiohead’s First Album?
Twenty-five years later, the band’s debut,
still has plenty to offer.
Marilyn Manson and the Politics of Being a Huge Troll
The same approach means different things in different times.
Smooth, Solid, and Cool: 25 Perfect Pop Songs for Figure Skating
Finding the sweet spot where stateliness and energy intersect.
Kendrick Lamar and the Art of the Guest Appearance
What’s Kendrick Lamar if not Phife Dawg with a messiah complex?
Other Sites Have Fake News, So SoundCloud Has Fake Music
Why rise to the No. 1 spot when you can just buy it?
Kendrick Lamar and Vince Staples Get Upstaged on ‘Opps’
Yugen Blakrok’s verse immediately eclipses her more famous partners.
Somehow, Dashboard Confessional Found a Way to Make Writer’s Block Beautiful
The closer off their new album is a rare gem.
A YouTube Vlogger Made an R&B Song and it’s Actually Good
It’s about infidelity, of course.
Justin Timberlake Was the Least Memorable Musician at the Super Bowl
Bells and whistles couldn’t save JT from being upstaged by a ghost and a prisoner.
Rich Brian Wants to Do Everything
The Jakarta rapper and producer discusses his album
films, working with Pharrell, the time his dad had a Molotov cocktail, and more.
Justin Timberlake’s ‘Montana’ Is Very Funky, But Slightly Awkward
A beautiful beat by the Neptunes gets stranded in flyover country.
The Peaks and Pitfalls of the Grammys Were Politically Connected
Not surprisingly, showing the world a new look without losing the old one produces a scrambled message.
What ‘Despacito’ Losing Out on 3 Grammys Means
Five Years After ‘Versace’ Drake Is Back With Migos on ‘Walk It Talk It’
Drake’s not going anywhere, but everything around him has shifted.
What Do A$AP Rocky’s New Songs Tell Us About His Next Album?
He sounds muted, but there’s clearly more going on here.
The Greatest Grammys Snubs of All Time
All the times the award show got it wrong.
Telling the Migos’ Voices Apart: A Brief Guide
North Atlanta’s finest need more of an introduction than you might think.
The Lack of Feeling of Justin Timberlake’s ‘Supplies’ Is Kind of Awe-Inspiring
It’s just a slow, swirling vortex of numbness.
Troye Sivan’s ‘My My My!’ Is Groundbreaking in a New Way
Though to be fair, the black-and-white video has a definite Madonna feel.
Taylor Swift Strikes All the Right Notes in Her ‘End Game’ Video
It turns out you can graduate from “girl next door” to “mega-millionaire woman celebrity” and still be likable.