Tacking on a "legacy" phase to extend your career past its prime isn't unheard of in the music industry.
I could have written this item decades ago if my last name were Smith.
A recent history of the Beatles' BBC appearances points out an oft-forgotten fact: 50 years ago, most people didn't like them.
By forcing her label to bump up the release date for her debut, the rapper shows that music-industry newcomers can rebel against their record companies—and win.
A chat about what the pop star is up to on her brand-new "visual" release
A roundtable about the songs that defined, or should have defined, the year
Recorded four months before Kurt Cobain's death, Nirvana's MTV performance was intimate, awkward, and totally genius.
His lyrical filth used to come with a dose of musical innovation, but no longer.
Depression derailed his career (and claimed his life), but a new box set reminds that Hathaway's eclectic, politically charged soul music deserves a spot among 1970s R&B greats.
A defense of the icon in three verses
The veteran pop star promised Britney Jean would be her most intimate, hands-on record yet—and that's exactly why it's so dull.
Her costume at the American Music Awards, and the reactions to it, show why conversations about cultural appropriation are still so important.
iTunes' SoundCheck won't end the so-called "loudness wars." It'll just give listeners a way to counter some musicians' undying instinct to "turn it up to 11."
Recording solo-free covers of hit songs is a surprisingly lucrative business for some companies these days, and becoming their competitor is easier than you might think.
Brandy Clark and Kacey Musgraves have defied country's tradition of celebrating the working class, and in doing so, they address the harsher realities of modern rural America.
His ridiculous video on Ellen confirms West's status as joybringer.
A new compilation chronicles the influential Minneapolis R&B sound of the 1970s and early 1980s—right before Prince shared his Dirty Mind with the world.
The magazine praised the rapper, but it also endorsed the stereotypes he's trying to subvert.
As Lily Allen shows, it's hard to satirize modern music videos and be a hit without reproducing the very formula getting skewered.
Today's pop stars live for the applause, but as Lou Reed, Banksy, and Pynchon have shown, shunning attention can be the best way to keep it.