The Grammy for Best New Artist is something of a curse. It’s keen on capturing artists in a breakout year but not so good at guessing what happens next. For every good call — like the Beatles winning in 1965, or Mariah Carey in 1991, or Adele in 2009 — there’s another that veers left. […]

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In a week, the ongoing contract dispute between Houston rapper Megan Thee Stallion and 1501 Certified Entertainment, the Texas indie record label that signed her in 2018, has rapidly devolved into one of the most lurid rap-label tiffs in recent memory. On Sunday, Megan told fans that 1501 was attempting to block the release of […]

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Bad Bunny is cruising down lanes that not too long ago didn’t quite exist. The Puerto Rican singer/rapper has done American late night, Coachella’s main stage, the Super Bowl halftime show, and collaborations with the likes of Drake, Nicki Minaj, and Cardi B without singing in English. Bunny’s 2018 debut X100Pre is a landmark Latin […]

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I’ve been playing Bayonetta a bunch this month. …How to even describe it? You’re a gun-wielding witch who awakens from a several-hundred-year slumber stripped of your memories but not your weaponry. You tear through a sepia-toned landscape causing all kinds of psychedelic gore, I guess to restore the balance between light and darkness, or whatever. […]

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Grimes is the archetypal modern internet citizen. She’s heard all the right records. She’s seen all the right films. She has great taste in video games and anime. She reads a lot and studies language and history. She has lofty ideas about where tech is headed. She got serious about wokeness and poptimism early on, […]

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James Bond is Old Hollywood’s last man standing, the rare film franchise from the ’60s that can still do numbers in the 21st century. People will always show up for a meticulous crime thriller, for a hero who never seems to sweat or worry. A character as adept at cheating death as 007 needs a […]

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Super Bowl halftime performances can be and often are quite bad. In the early years of the show, you were lucky to get a marching band, a college drill team, a few incongruous movie stars, or some other wholesome business. Carol Channing played twice. The youth educational organization Up with People made four appearances between […]

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Fuck with Kesha, and you’re in for the fight of a lifetime. That’s the message of “Tik Tok,” “Die Young,” “Warrior,” and “We R Who We R” — hits about going to war with the night and coming out the victor — and of many of the singer-songwriter’s endeavors since then, including her protracted battle […]

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This was always going to be a heavy Grammy ceremony, but there was no way to tell just how heavy it would get. Upheaval at the highest levels of the Recording Academy had muddied the days leading up to the show. On January 16, it was announced that Academy president and CEO Deborah Dugan — […]

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Paramore’s journey from the beefy pop-punk of “Emergency” and “That’s What You Get” to the soul and pop-rock moves of “Ain’t It Fun” and “Hard Times” is a surprising turn, but not an unlikely one. You could sort of see a singer with the immense chops of a Hayley Williams not wanting to be confined […]

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The path to Selena Gomez’s third album has been beset on all sides by hardships. Gomez has fought a battle with lupus that led to intensive therapy, kidney transplant surgery, and cruel internet speculation about fluctuations in her weight. There were makeups and breakups with high-profile exes Justin Bieber and the Weeknd, whose Purpose and […]

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R&Bieber’s back. After genre excursions into pure pop, country, EDM, and airport reggae on records with Billie Eilish, Dan + Shay, BloodPop, and Ed Sheeran, the Canadian singer shifts gears again on his first solo single since 2015’s Purpose. “Yummy” is a torrent of sexual innuendoes set to muted keys and trap drums. The beat […]

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Coldplay is comfort food. The riffs rock softly but firmly, the way a cradle does. Lead singer Chris Martin’s voice is pillowy and encouraging, like a hug. One of his most memorable lyrics goes, “I will try to fix you.” He means it. If you’ve forgotten about the gale-force power of “Fix You,” revisit this […]

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Mary Magdalene is the New Testament’s most enigmatic figure. The gospel of Luke introduces her as a woman who, cured of possession by seven demons, would go on to help finance the disciples’ ministries. Matthew places her at the scene of the crucifixion, and Mark has her in the party that discovers the open tomb […]

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Kanye West often tells his life story through songs about driving. The College Dropout’s “Thru the Wire” recounted the aftermath of the near-fatal car crash that gave the rapper-producer a fractured jaw and a powerful sense of purpose. Late Registration’s “Drive Slow” recalled old friends and beat-up rides, and feeling prideful for having something not […]

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Have you ever stared into an auditorium at 6:30 p.m., at an audience bathed in blue light, with every third seat occupied by a child and the rest by parents who know not what to expect but only to be breathlessly expectant? BABY SHARK LIVE, the marquee outside had read. Larger people in puffer jackets […]

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Solange is world-building. Over the final three years, the Houston singer, songwriter, producer, and artist has labored quietly and intensely on a sequence of initiatives throughout mediums whose goal appears to be to examine the peace and order the true world lacks. Her 2016 studio album, A Seat on the Table, and “Orion’s Rise,” a […]

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There is a magic variety of instances folks can see your title earlier than they begin to resent it a bit. It’s no person’s fault. Round-the-clock entry to everybody’s ideas and emotions means there’s at all times somebody someplace rising sick of your shit. It could be wholesome — typically we’d like a kick within […]

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Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for Park MGM Las Ve It’s attainable that we’re undervaluing Lady Gaga. Alright, she’s coming in scorching for 2019’s awards season following Bradley Cooper’s remake of A Star Is Born. Yes, she’s eternally a family title. But there isn’t that common hysteria lent to Gaga that we make use of with […]

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