The ideological conflict in Black Panther animates not only Kendrick Lamar’s soundtrack for the movie, but also the artist’s whole ethos.
Two Atlantic writers discuss the new album, Crooked Shadows, and how the band’s sound has evolved since its eight-year hiatus.
The Tonight Show host followed the Super Bowl with a Bob Dylan rewrite touching on #MeToo, fake news, and Colin Kaepernick.
The pop star’s underachievement came off all the weaker with a tribute to the perfectionist Prince.
The best Grammys moment fused “Soul Train + Cuban + New African dance styles + ’70s disco + Bob Fosse,” director Philippa Price says.
Here’s hoping the singer’s Super Bowl show blends rootsiness and rhythm more effectively than his new album does.
The Recording Academy’s president suggested a lack of female ambition explains the gender gap at the Grammys. The stories of #MeToo provide a different explanation.
Bruno Mars’s retro pop swept the big categories after a night of blazing performances and of-the-moment causes.
The singer’s performance of “Praying” made a powerful comment on the current moment. But as a rallying tune, it’s a surprising one.
In a medley featuring U2 and Dave Chappelle, the rapper gave a stark, spellbinding airing of anger and pride.
The alt-rock band—which just released its newest album, I Like Fun—has endured for 36 years by appealing across generations and musical tastes.
With rap and R&B vaulting to the U.S.’s most popular genre and online voting allowed, Sunday’s ceremony will honor an unusually diverse slate.
The experimental pop singer Merrill Garbus of Tune-Yards intensifies her politics and dance grooves for i can feel you creep into my private life.
Entertainment glorifying or excusing predatory male behavior is everywhere—from songs about “blurred lines” to TV shows where rapists marry their victims.
The Fifth Harmony ex-member’s solo debut reconciles singalong fun with the hazy, reserved mood that has ruled the charts lately.
Pop is now as political as it was in the ’60s, the author Dorian Lynskey says.
The Graduate’s use of folk-rock songs by Simon and Garfunkel stood in for a generation’s reaction to the status quo.
HBO’s The Last Five Years examines how the star unraveled—and recemented—his own legend in his final phase.
“Filthy” is a sci-fi curveball of a comeback single for the Super Bowl performer—but also a weirdly familiar one.
The rapper’s attempts to troll Donald Trump come at the end of a year of political pop, some of it as clunky as his.