Turning the hit musical into a pop album highlights the romance of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s songs.
The jazz saxophonist went from 1960s pop stardom to years of self-imposed exile, but he’s now producing some of the best music of his career.
A new production of the 1970 Stephen Sondheim musical switches the gender of its main character from male to female, making an old show sharply relevant.
The singer-songwriter Laura Marling explores the intersection of gender and creativity in her innovative series Reversal of the Muse.
Throughout his career, the singer’s heritage and faith suffused his music.
Anxiety, grief, and disunity get an airing—and a small antidote—on the hip-hop act’s remarkable final album.
The late singer’s unflinching worldview resonates especially in the week of his death.
Kelly Clarkson’s “It’s Quiet Uptown” and The Roots’ “My Shot” bask in schmaltz, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Why the Chainsmokers’ “Closer” has spent 11 weeks at No. 1
The British composer describes how he creates scores for film and television projects like The Leftovers, Black Mirror, and Morgan.
By ridiculing Kid Cudi’s substance use and depression, he proves how much guts his rival had in fighting stigmas.
Her “personal” comeback album uses retro references in songs that don’t quite communicate what makes her special.
You Want It Darker gravely and beautifully accepts God and mortality.
Guitar rock, rap, and electronic music will compete for induction again.
The debut album by the rap group uses satire to voice anxieties about racism, prejudice, and cultural appropriation.
The Swedish Academy hasn’t redefined “literature.” It’s simply praised the written byproduct of a musical career.
Death Cab for Cutie and Aimee Mann have promisingly kicked off 30 days of anti-Trump songs.
Beyoncé and Jay Z might use lewd language, but they don't condone sexual assault.
The singer’s anti-body-shaming crusade has gone to impolite places.
Atrocity Exhibition is part of a wave of rap albums powerfully confessing to emotional struggle—while trying not to glorify it.