The acclaimed singer was once famous for mythologizing the U.S. Now his “bossy and bitchy” new album expresses discomfort with the country.
A decade ago, Katy Perry’s sound was ubiquitous. Today, it’s niche. How did a genre defined by popularity become unpopular?
The recent scandal at her talk show suggests that the host’s smiling facade covers up something dark—and hints at why that facade had to be created in the first place.
The rapper is pitching his presidential run as a way of disrupting the two-party system. But his bid is caught in the same fights that characterize any election year in America.
The comedian’s employees say that fame has enabled callousness and abuse on her show. The warm testimonies of her superstar friends highlight their point.
Folklore, the singer’s surprise eighth album, gorgeously and empathetically challenges the public’s voyeurism.
America’s biggest hits right now aren’t particularly sunny, but what does popularity even mean during a pandemic?
A genre famously resistant to change and controversy has been jolted by the pandemic and protests.
New York’s Queer Liberation March extended its celebration of Stonewall to Black Lives Matter, ditching corporate sponsorships while retaining a sense of joy.
This season of social distancing will also be one of social closeness between neighbors—illuminating divides of race, class, and place.
Rough and Rowdy Ways, the singer’s first album of original music in years, reminds an anxious nation that all things are eventually doomed.
As Twitter users expose specific instances of racism in their workplaces and in the media, they help ensure a lasting impact for the protests in the streets.
Queer nightlife has always been about finding ways to be together. So in the age of social distancing, it’s reinventing itself, and not for the first time.
Months ago, Johnniqua Charles sang an impromptu song to protest her detainment. Now hip-hop DJs have turned “Lose Yo Job” into a gleeful rallying cry and warning.
The sometimes-dazzling dance pop of Chromatica is a return to form, but she’s not overselling it.
With his debut novel, Faggots, the legendary AIDS activist, who died yesterday, demonstrated the profane morality that would define his career.
At first we were afraid, we were petrified—but this Memorial Day weekend might be the time to shake up quarantine solitude with a playlist of empowering pop.
The pop star’s daring album How I’m Feeling Now tries to make online hedonism match the real thing.
The “Tutti Frutti” singer and rock-and-roll pioneer, dead at age 87, embodied the word irrepressible.
The rapper is back with Dark Lane Demo Tapes—a batch of songs taking comfort in an antisocial status quo.