As Coldplay blandly strained for the universal, she and Bruno Mars pulled off something more specific and more daring.
Spike Lee’s new film Michael Jackson's Journey From Motown to Off The Wall spotlights the same sort of work ethic that drove Earth, Wind & Fire’s success.
Junior Boys’ gorgeous new album Big Black Coat sounds cold on purpose, says Jeremy Greenspan.
The Super Bowl, Grammys, and Oscars offer her a respectability hat-trick, after which maybe she can come back and save pop music.
Platinum and Gold certifications now reflect streaming figures, but it’s still very hard to quantify a musician's commercial success.
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A staffer who asked to remain nameless drew the above diagram to help the rest of us contextualize the mayhem…
Her hugely hyped single with Drake embraces the joy of repetition.
Why advocates are backing away from a theoretically helpful term that’s being misused in ways big and small
“White Privilege II” bravely tackles difficult truths about race, but that doesn’t make it a good song.
The BBC miniseries starring Ben Whishaw is gorgeous, terrifying, insightful, and way too slow.
The downfall of a rock publicist is another sign of how speaking up about sexual predation can bring about change.
After the Eagles, he helped define the Miami Vice sound.
Thoughts on David Bowie from a professor who’s in the middle of a year spent impersonating him
Ricky Gervais doesn’t understand why people are peeved at him. It’s pretty simple, though.
He used his creativity and the power of silence to set the terms of his exit, and not for the first time.
After a DUI, domestic-abuse scandal, and a few well-publicized expressions of anti-semitism and racism and sexism, can a movie star…
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