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What's the Best Song on Red? Three Passionate Taylor Swift Fans Debate
In honor of the release of Taylor's VersionBy Samantha Cooney November 11, 2021
Who Could Be Legally Responsible for Astroworld Tragedy?
Lawyers weigh in on culpability, criminal vs. civil charges, jail time and potential settlementsBy Andrew R. Chow November 11, 2021
Breaking Down Adele's First New Music in 6 Years
Here's what to know about 'Easy on Me,' and what it tells us about her forthcoming album, '30'By Eloise Barry October 14, 2021
Podcast 'Loud' Explores Reggaeton's Political Roots
Over the past few months, the Spotify podcast "Loud" been revealing the aspects of the genre’s history too often overlooked: its working class roots, its anti-government impulses, its tenuous relationship with major labels.By Andrew R. Chow October 6, 2021
Cry Your Heart Out: The 11 Best Breakup Albums Ever Made
Listening to a good breakup album is a dangerous act: if consumed at the wrong time, it can kill your joy, resurrect painful flashbacks, re-break your heart, reduce you to a puddle of misery. But...By Andrew R. Chow September 17, 2021
Meet the Iranian Musician Who Keeps Risking Imprisonment for His Music
Mehdi Rajabian has been warned repeatedly by Iranian authorities not to release an album with female singers—he did anywayBy Andrew R. Chow September 17, 2021
6 Takeaways From Lil Nas X's Debut Album 'Montero'
"Montero" shows Lil Nas growing as a songwriter, reflecting on his troubled familial past and collaborating other superstarsBy Andrew R. Chow September 17, 2021
What to Know About Drake's New Album Certified Lover Boy, From Its Controversial Cover Art to That R. Kelly Credit
From its controversial cover art to a baffling R. Kelly creditBy Cady Lang September 3, 2021
What to Know About Kanye West's Controversy with 'Donda'
Here's what you need to knowBy Cady Lang August 30, 2021
Why Lorde’s Solar Power Is a Pop Oddity
As a pop star, Lorde stands out for many reasons: her reclusiveness on social media, her emotional acuity, her idiosyncratic dancing. But one of the key elements that makes her so distinctive from her peers...By Andrew R. Chow August 23, 2021
Everything We Know About Kanye West's Album 'Donda'
The rapper's long-awaited tenth studio album appears to be nearing completion; it features Jay-Z and touches on West's divorceBy Andrew R. Chow August 6, 2021
After Being Blacklisted, Morgan Wallen Is Bigger Than Ever. What Will Happen to DaBaby?
While DaBaby's career seems over due to backlash over his recent homophobic comments, Morgan Wallen's recent redemption story shows that the power of cancel culture is often overstatedBy Andrew R. Chow August 4, 2021
BTS on the Mark of a Great Summer Song, in Any Language
With "Butter" and "Permission to Dance," BTS has broken more records—and made their foray into English-language pop eminently clearBy Raisa Bruner August 3, 2021
4 Takeaways From Billie Eilish's 'Happier Than Ever'
The pop star's sophomore album sees her expanding her musical palette, mining personal trauma and exploring industry toxicityBy Andrew R. Chow July 30, 2021
Chicagoans Worry Lollapalooza Was a Covid-19 Superspreader Event
While many festivalgoers and businesses hope the music festival Lollapalooza will signal a return to normalcy, epidemiologists are worried about health impactsBy Andrew R. Chow July 30, 2021
Britney Spears’ Pop Legacy Goes Way Beyond Her Music
If the Britney Spears catalog turns out to be complete as it stands today, how will we look back on her career?By Maura Johnston July 21, 2021
The Best K-Pop Songs of 2021 So Far
From IU's 'Lilac' and B.I's 'illa illa' to aespa's 'Next Level' and TXT's '0X1=Lovesong (I Know I Love You)' ft. SeoriBy Kat Moon July 1, 2021
The Best Albums of 2021 So Far
From the unvarnished confessional tone of Jazmine Sullivan's 'Heaux Tales' to the warm acoustic chemistry on 'The Marfa Tapes'By Andrew R. Chow May 27, 2021
The Best Songs of 2021 So Far
From Olivia Rodrigo's unapologetically spiteful pop-punk hit "Good 4 U" to Cardi B's beautifully brazen "Up"By Andrew R. Chow May 26, 2021
Olivia Rodrigo Is America’s Biggest New Pop Star
Her debut album, 'Sour,' is out nowBy Raisa Bruner May 24, 2021
'Stop the Hatred' by MC Jin and Wyclef Jean Aims to Send a Message of Black-Asian Solidarity
The track was written in response to anti-Asian attacks and produced in partnership with The Asian American FoundationBy Kat Moon May 14, 2021
Miranda Lambert is Still Disrupting Country Music
New records from Miranda Lambert and Ashley Monroe showcase artists who have long reveled in their rebel status, chasing creativity on their own termsBy Andrew R. Chow May 6, 2021
Who Is The Kid Laroi?
The Australian-born Kid Laroi, set to make his 'Saturday Night Live' debut, is practically the epitome of what a young music star looks like 2021By Andrew R. Chow May 6, 2021
Decoding the Symbolism of Lil Nas X's 'Montero'
Historians break down the religious symbolism and queer iconography in Lil Nas X's new video for "Montero (Call Me By Your Name)"By Andrew R. Chow March 30, 2021
Lil Nas X on 'Montero' Video, LGBTQ Repression and FKA Twigs
'Throughout quarantine, I’ve kind of grown into myself a lot more,' says the artist, whose new music video he hopes will spark conversations about the repression of LGBTQ individualsBy Andrew R. Chow March 29, 2021
Here’s Why Taylor Swift Is Re-Releasing Her Old Albums
She re-releases the first old album, 2008's 'Fearless,' on April 9By Raisa Bruner March 25, 2021
Let's Break Down Taylor Swift's New Album 'Evermore'
This time, Haim joins inBy Raisa Bruner December 11, 2020
The Best of K-Pop in 2020
Some prompted nostalgia for things we once took for granted, while others inspired hope for their returnBy Kat Moon December 11, 2020
BTS Performs 'Dynamite' in TIME's POY Special
BTS was named TIME's 2020 Entertainer of the YearBy Raisa Bruner December 10, 2020
The 10 Best Albums of 2020
From Fiona Apple to the Chicks to Chloe x HalleBy Raisa Bruner November 27, 2020
The 10 Best Songs of 2020
From Mac Miller to Cardi B and Megan Thee Stallion, Morgan Wallen to Christine and the Queens, these artists produced TIME's 10 best songs of the yearBy Raisa Bruner November 23, 2020
On Positions, Ariana Grande Is Fully in Her Feelings
Ariana Grande's sixth studio album offers a counterweight to the madness, its effervescent energy providing a saucy, danceable respite from the shouting hordes.By Maura Johnston October 31, 2020
Country Music Is Thriving During the Pandemic
Experts suggest the reasons for this are both emotional and technological, as some listeners seek comfort in the soothing, nostalgic qualities of the genre, while others who previously disdained streaming platforms finally caved and subscribedBy Andrew R. Chow October 28, 2020
The 4 Biggest Takeaways From BLACKPINK's The Album
From the return of a title track with a bold vocal chorus to the varied musical and visual styles across eight tracksBy Kat Moon October 5, 2020
Anitta Doesn't Need the U.S. But Could She Make It Here Anyway?
“Brazil has the power to be one of the biggest countries in the world"By Raisa Bruner September 30, 2020
Pharrell and Jay-Z’s New Song ‘Entrepreneur’ Is a Celebration of Black Ambition
Pharrell Williams and Jay-Z released a new song on Friday, “Entrepreneur,” in conjunction with Williams' new TIME cover package, “The New American Revolution.” This issue of TIME features conversations with Angela Davis, Tyler the Creator,...By Andrew R. Chow August 20, 2020
Taiwan Just Had Its First 10,000-Person Arena Concert Since the Pandemic Began. Here’s What It Was Like to Be There
On Aug. 8, singer-songwriter Eric Chou became the first to perform at the Taipei Arena since Taiwan lifted coronavirus restrictionsBy Taipei, Taiwan August 18, 2020
Music Could Become a Crucial Part of Your Sleep Hygiene
An unlikely sedative has seen a spike in usage around bedtime: music. Here's how sleep music became a mainstream relaxation toolBy Andrew R. Chow August 6, 2020
Michael Jordan Is All Over 2020 Hip-Hop
If you listened to rap radio today, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the ‘96 Bulls were still at their athletic peakBy Andrew R. Chow July 20, 2020
Megan Thee Stallion Says She Was Shot
The "Savage" rapper wrote that she was shot by Tory Lanez in JulyBy Andrew R. Chow July 15, 2020
A History of the 'Black National Anthem'
'Lift Every Voice and Sing' has long been a pillar of black life, and has once again become a symbol of resistanceBy Andrew R. Chow July 13, 2020
The Best New Songs of July 2020
Plus more from Kane Brown, Jacob Collier and even the Dalai LamaBy Raisa Bruner July 13, 2020
Bad Bunny Speaks Out on Black Lives Matter: 'Living in a World Like This, None of Us Can Breathe'
'Forgive my silence. But I can’t even believe this is still happening.'By Raisa Bruner June 12, 2020
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