The rapper—who died at the age of 21—fused hip-hop, emo, and a magnetic persona that earned him legions of fans in a short time.
The editor Jann Wenner has been accused of trading work for sex—as a new book describes his “jovial sexual harassment” and other forms of self-gratification.
The singer’s hugely anticipated new album nestles moments of lovelorn bliss among chaos, noise, and trend chasing.
The country-music ceremony mostly focused on uplift, unity, and maintaining the status quo in the face of tragedy.
A cease-and-desist letter to a blogger earned rebuke from the ACLU and attention to the star’s white-supremacist following.
The sexual-assault accusations against the actor are part of a broader social reckoning with the dynamics of abuse.
Karin Dreijer of The Knife’s first solo album in eight years offers bustling, bizarre dance music about sex dreams and nightmares.
The singer’s soul-influenced new album comes at a time when the notion of an idol for all of America seems quixotic.
The late singer’s autobiographical documentary conveys a man in charge of his own narrative—and reticent to reveal all.
Her bubbly new Reputation track confirms that she’s trying on an edgier persona with a familiar musical swerve.
Post Malone’s smash marks the biggest charts year for rap in a decade—and shows rap’s obsession with the genre it dethroned.
Kurt Vile and Courtney Barnett's Lotta Sea Lice charmingly riffs on the question of where inspiration comes from.
The rapper’s unique in speaking to the president's supporters—but his freestyle is otherwise typical of 2017’s hip-hop politics.
The mysterious new Star Wars trailer hints at a new take on the saga’s eternal theme.
The film producer explained away his alleged misconduct by making up the words to a very personal song.
Talking politics with country music's bawdy, boozy star
This year’s list spans gospel and synth-pop, as well as overdue inclusions and new shoo-ins.
“Don't Come Around Here No More” is an outlier in the late rocker’s catalogue—and all the more glorious for it.
Miley Cyrus, Shania Twain, and Demi Lovato’s new albums enter a newly indifferent charts landscape.
The rocker, who always let his songs be the star, is dead at 66.