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.
A country-music festival in Las Vegas joins the list of pop-cultural gatherings—usually places of community and escape—to become sites of mass killing.
In the show’s season premiere, Jay-Z supported kneeling athletes, Alec Baldwin’s Trump dissed Puerto Rico, and bad typography got called out.
His delicate new song makes the problems of fame shockingly relatable.
High-profile members of the music world are showing solidarity with Colin Kaepernick—as well as the various ways protest translates across cultural spheres.
The dramedy’s unusually joyful fourth season says that division is agony—and reconciliation is a process.
A new film details the reason the star postponed her recent tour—and will test cultural attitudes about gender, pain, and pop.
The cameo by the former press secretary put a confusing spin on the many anti-Trump jokes of the night.
Members of Rage Against the Machine, Public Enemy, and Cypress Hill team up for political rock that seems immediately obsolete.