February 22, 2012 The singer's remix featuring Chris Brown presents a moral quandary for fans and music writers.
February 17, 2012 The show's most brutal week is a metaphor for the dilemma facing aspiring pop stars: there is no glory without sacrifice. But why can't the show find some middle ground?
February 13, 2012 The show's neck-breaking variety kept those on social media engaged, excited and frequently enraged.
February 12, 2012 A disordered personal life, vociferous views on politics and religion and eyebrow-raising genre experiments have turned O'Connor into a side note for many pop fans. But with the release of her 9th album, it's time for everyone to remember how compelling she can be.
February 10, 2012 Call it drama in real life — where Fox's long-running show offers rags-to-riches fantasy, NBC's singing contest doesn't shy away from the hard work that goes into the dream of pop stardom.
February 3, 2012 The show is effecting established artists' careers just as much as it's birthing new ones.
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.