January 27, 2012 A modest proposal for reinvigorating the struggling, but still-relevant, singing competition.
January 25, 2012 A new compilation of 75 covers, made for Amnesty International, highlights the hidden value in Dylan's less-than-iconic songs.
January 20, 2012 The star-making singing contest still shows us what pop means to a huge number of Americans.
January 19, 2012 The first sample of the rocker's new album, Wrecking Ball, features soaring new wave sounds and cutting political commentary.
January 13, 2012 This week, alternative rock's bible, SPIN magazine, announced that it would eliminate the standard short album review from the magazine. In 2012 the magazine's writers will assess 1,500 albums, each via a single post on Twitter.
December 26, 2011 Pop has hardly just developed this pretty potty mouth. But never have so many artists spilled profanity so blissfully, or embraced salaciousness with such ease.
December 19, 2011 Pop right now is a mash-up of cosmopolitan dance beats and All-American ethnic and racial diversity.
December 7, 2011 Between G'n'R and the Beastie Boys, it's going to be an interesting year for acceptance speeches.
December 1, 2011 Leaving Kanye bereft of the one Grammy he likely wants the most keeps him in a certain place.
November 16, 2011 Thumbs both up and down for the new album by the Toronto rap star.
November 8, 2011 Historically, hip-hop artistry has been a matter of reworking samples in inventive ways that sometimes completely disguise them. Occasionally, though, artists openly celebrate their source material.
October 28, 2011 Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks, co-authors of I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, pick the worst of the worst. As it happens half of them were made in 1983.