At the Billboard Music Awards, the pop star asked for a “moment of action” after the massacre in Santa Fe, Texas—but kept quiet on what might prevent the next horror.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Akane No Mai,” the fifth episode of Season 2.
Kanye West and Janelle Monáe are among those artists to stage rhetorical battles between red and blue America.
Are scrawny guys suddenly “in”? Or are straight men just, finally, getting openly objectified like women and gay men long have been?
A song-of-the-summer contender about women kissing women is being received as anything but progressive.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “The Riddle of the Sphinx,” the fourth episode of Season 2.
In a wave of interchangeable Millennial pop stars, Charlie Puth’s dorkiness on his album Voicenotes proves an asset.
The streaming service dropping R. Kelly and XXXTentacion from playlists is one of the very few signs of a #MeToo reckoning in the music industry.
Childish Gambino’s sensational “This Is America” video implicates the viewer in the misuse of black art.
Since the 2016 election, pop music and TV shows have emphasized liberal impotence more than anger. Is that about to change?
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Virtù e Fortuna,” the third episode of Season 2.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Reunion,” the second episode of Season 2.
The R&B singer’s album and movie are works of cheery, accessible radicalism.
The celebrity-media feedback loop? Or the rapper himself?
When Kanye West and Shania Twain express admiration for the president’s communication style, they forget what’s at stake.
Three Atlantic staffers discuss “Journey Into Night,” the Season 2 premiere.
Maynard James Keenan’s second-most-influential band is back after 14 years to elegantly vent about iPhones and plastic surgery.
The first non-classical, non-jazz winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Music needs the accolade less than the accolade needs him.
The pop star’s dazzling Coachella set further honed her career-long fascination with democratizing messages through mass movement.
Jason Aldean’s new album doesn’t reference the mass shooting at his Las Vegas show last year, but that in itself is a statement.