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Kacey Musgraves' 'star–crossed' is a Tragedy Without a Villain

The country–pop singer explores life after divorce in the follow–up to her award–winning 'Golden Hour'.

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

Dawn of Chromatica: A Confounding Hyperpop Fantasia

The star–studded remix album is a chaotic document of the current hyperpop scene.

by PEYTON TOUPS

How CHAI Is Subverting the East Asian Feminine Ideal

How the Japanese rock band grapples with the acute desire to be cute

by KATHRYN XU

‘Certified Lover Boy’ Delivers Classic Drake

In the highly--anticipated 'Scorpion' followup, Drake raps about fame, women, and his son--topics his fans are all too familiar with. 

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

Little Simz's ‘Sometimes I Might Be Introvert’ is the Best Rap Album in Years

The artist takes listeners on an hour–long journey into the constantly fluctuating life of an introvert.

by EVAN QIANG

Halsey’s 'If I Can’t Have Love, I Want Power' is a Testament to Their New Musical Direction

Collaborating with two former members of Nine Inch Nails, Halsey discusses the difficulties of motherhood on their fourth album.

by EVAN QIANG

‘Are We There Yet?’: The Pennchants on Pushing Through the Pandemic

Evan Bean, Bauti Gallino, and Jack Vernon Lee take us behind the scenes of the a cappella group’s new studio album.

by WALDEN GREEN

Solo Female Artists Lead Billboard Top 200 For the First Time in Over a Decade

Billie Eilish, Doja Cat, and Olivia Rodrigo accomplish an impressive feat in an environment that often works against them.  

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

Remembering Aaliyah: R&B Icon and Pioneer

Aaliyah’s music is finally streaming 20 years after her death, but it isn’t without controversy.

by EVAN QIANG

Ye’s ‘Donda’ : Unpolished, Masterful, and a Study in Morality Plays.

The rapper's latest album has moments of greatness, but are they overshadowed by whom it features?

by VARUN SARASWATHULA

'Solar Power' Isn't What You Think It Is

One her third studio album, the pop star from New Zealand builds a castle of sand.

by PEYTON TOUPS

What Are Artist–Themed Dance Parties Anyway?

As COVID–19 restrictions eased, fans make their way to clubs to participate in "dance parties" playing their favorite artists' music. 

by FERNANDA BRIZUELA

WILLOW Stands on the Shoulders of Punk Rock Giants on 'lately i feel EVERYTHING'

Like the rest of us, Willow is done with 2020.

by PEYTON TOUPS

Jack Antonoff Shares His Love for New Jersey on ‘Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night’

On his third solo album, Antonoff shifts away from his increasingly repetitive production style.

by EVAN QIANG

Billie Eilish is Happier Than Ever, and that’s Saying Something.

The pop wunderkind matures on her sophomore album.

by PEYTON TOUPS

It's Doja Cat's Universe, and We’re Just Living in It

For the most part, the full–time popstar/part–time troll doesn’t chase trends on her new album, ‘Planet Her.’

by WALDEN GREEN

Halsey, Rihanna, and The Cult of Celebrity

Is there a way to appreciate Halsey's latest era without buying into celebrity bullshit?

by PEYTON TOUPS

Vince Staples Centers Himself on His Self–Titled Album

Coming off of years of innovative and avant–garde hits, expectations were high for Staples' latest project. So why didn’t he show up? 

by PEYTON TOUPS

MIKE Reshapes Rap’s Anatomy on ‘Disco!’

The 22-year-old rapper and producer pushes the boundaries of an already diverse genre.

by EVAN QIANG

How the Billboard Charts Became a Battleground for Stans and Label Executives

Each week, a new winner prevails. The cost? Up to $100,000.

by EVAN QIANG

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