Does Travis Scott Deserve His First No. 1, or Is He Just a Master of Chart Gimmicks?Why “Sicko Mode” sits atop the Hot 100.
Why Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” Is Her First No. 1 SongThe single’s chart-topping success is the culmination of years of resilience in the face of tragedy and heartbreak.
Two New Releases Reclaim the “Supergroup” for WomenOn the Pistol Annies’ new album and Boygenius’ debut EP, two generations of singer-songwriters find camaraderie rather than competition.
The New American SongbookHere are the hits of the past 25 years that we’ll be listening to for the next 100.
Is the Cover Making a Recovery?The history of the cover song, and why it may be mounting a comeback.
How Much of the New American Songbook Will Be Sung in Spanish?What Latino music will be remembered in the mainstream when the mainstream itself is Latino.
On His New Album, Eric Church Steps Out as a True Country-Music OutsiderAfter brushes with death in Las Vegas and at home, the Desperate Man isn’t playing it safe.
Aretha Franklin Was Also One of R&B’s Greatest PianistsEven if she’d been born without a voice, she would have made a killer session musician.
How Aretha Franklin Created “Respect”The story of the greatest cover song of all time and the quintessential empowerment anthem.
Is Drake’s Latest No. 1 a Hit Song or a Hit Meme?“In My Feelings” is an accidental smash. It could become Drake’s biggest hit.
Cardi B’s “I Like It” Is the Latest Version of a Song that Took 50 Years to Get to No. 1The post-“Despacito” boom isn’t the only thing behind its crossover success.
XXXTentacion’s No. 1 Hit Presents the Ultimate Music-Industry Test of the #MeToo AgeThough he’s far from the first troubled victim of gun violence to go to No. 1.
Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s New Album Is Like the Satisfying Finale of a Prestige DramaEven if the Carters’ series already hit its peak.
The Most Important Album of 1968 Wasn’t The White Album. It Was Beggars Banquet.It saved the Rolling Stones, altered the trajectory of music history, and turns 50 this week.
Beastie Boys Book Re-creates the Pleasures of the Group’s Best AlbumsIt’s freewheeling, collaborative, revelatory, and brimming with gags.
Robyn’s Honey Is a BalmThe long-anticipated new album may not have the sugar-rush highs we want, but its healing powers are what we need.
You Never Thought That Hip-Hop Would Take It This FarWhy only certain rap hits endure—and why “Juicy” may be the exception.
On the A Star Is Born Soundtrack, It’s Lady Gaga That ShinesBradley Cooper’s movie throws her pop under the tour bus, but on the album, she gets the last laugh.
How Maroon 5 Fused With the Pop Machine to Score a Second Life on the ChartsThe band’s new No. 1 is only their latest collaboration with the song factory.
Aretha Franklin Was the Defining Voice of the 20th CenturyNo one sang as well as her, and no singer changed pop music more.
Lori McKenna Is Back to Wreck YouThe acclaimed country songwriter may have broken your heart without you even knowing. On The Tree, she’s returned to do it again.
Drake’s Scorpion Is a Savvy Bit of PR Management With a Side of BeefThe 90-minute album manages to be more succinct than Views without saying much.
XXXTentacion’s Death Deserves More Than IndifferenceEven if you don’t mourn for the controversial, violent rapper, his story, and his fans, shouldn’t be casually dismissed.
America’s New Favorite Song Proves Post Malone Is a Full-Blown Pop StarWith “Psycho,” the “rapper” behind “Rockstar” confirms he’s this generation’s Everlast.