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.
A chat about the singer's comeback single and its brutal, if imperfect, parody of the year's biggest pop songs
Lorde vs. "Everybody Wants to Rule the World"
The band has a deep, sincere relationship with the Caribbean nation. But even so, Reflektor's marketing campaign has perpetuated stereotypes.
808s and MRK-2s aren't hollow replacements for live percussion—they're influential, boundary-pushing instruments of their own, as a new book documents.
The album collapses sex, music, and fashion into one noisy distraction from the sucking emptiness of existence.
With a new album comes plenty of new swipes at the stars.
An exclusive premiere of the latest video from the Brooklyn band