Tag: Pop and Rock Music

Playlist: The Playlist: Unreleased Tom Petty, and 13 More New Songs

Image“For Real” is another release from the archives of Tom Petty, who died in 2017.CreditChris Pizzello/Invision, via Associated Press [embedded content] The Tom Petty archives keep yielding more, like this previously unreleased song about media posturing that rings true in 2019. Tersely and unhurriedly, he rejects posing for magazines or video — and by extension, […]

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Ryan Adams Album Release Canceled Amid Report of F.B.I. Inquiry

The release of a new album by the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams has been canceled amid a report that the F.B.I. is looking into his communications with an underage fan. Following an article published by The New York Times on Wednesday about Adams’s treatment of women, from a teenage fan to his ex-wife, Mandy Moore, F.B.I. […]

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F.B.I. Opens Inquiry Into Ryan Adams’s Explicit Communications With an Underage Fan

The F.B.I. is looking into whether the singer-songwriter Ryan Adams, 44, committed a crime by engaging in sexually explicit communications with an underage fan, according to a law enforcement official with knowledge of the matter. As reported by The New York Times on Wednesday, Adams and a young woman, who said her online communications with […]

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Album Review: Ariana Grande Is Living a Public Life. The Real Reveals Are in Her Music.

No current pop star is more adept at stoking and channeling swells of online fan curiosity than Ariana Grande. In the past year, she navigated a tumultuous relationship with the comedian Pete Davidson; the death of an ex-boyfriend, the rapper Mac Miller; a public row with the Grammys; and more. In the process, she has […]

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Nonfiction: Run-DMC, Aerosmith and the Song That Changed Everything

WALK THIS WAY Run-DMC, Aerosmith, and the Song That Changed American Music ForeverBy Geoff Edgers In 2017 Nielsen Music reported that hip-hop and R & B had officially surpassed rock as America’s most-consumed genre. The news elicited international headlines, but for many of us it elicited a yawn. Who didn’t know by then that hip-hop […]

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Past Tense: For One Night in 1965, the Supremes Brought the Two Detroits Together

It’s a vision of two Detroits that have mostly faded now — the social set born of the American auto industry’s vast wealth and the galvanizing magic of ’60s Motown — together in a room. In June 1965, the Supremes, one of America’s biggest and most glamorous groups, performed at a debutante party at the […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Want to Be Heard During the Grammys? Maybe Stay Home

Ariana Grande didn’t attend the Grammys, but that didn’t stop her from being at the center of the conversation about — and around — the ceremony. On Friday she released an album, “Thank U, Next,” and a hot-button video for a new single, “Break Up With Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” And throughout Sunday, she found […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Ariana Grande’s Next Step, and 12 More New Songs

ImageAriana Grande’s new album, “Thank U, Next,” is part of her plan to release music more like a rapper.CreditRich Polk/Getty Images for iHeartMedia [embedded content] A couple of months ago, Ariana Grande explained her new strategic philosophy to Billboard: “My dream has always been to be — obviously not a rapper, but, like, to put […]

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in her words: For the Women of Pop Music, Cash Is Queen

ImageCreditFranziska Barczyk Welcome to In Her Words, where women rule the headlines. Sign up here to get it delivered to your inbox. Let me know what you think at dearmaya@nytimes.com. “I see it, I like it, I want it, I got it.”— Ariana Grande Bills flying. Backsides shaking. Drinks flowing. And hardly a man in […]

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Can the Grammys Please Anyone?

The Grammy Awards are supposed to be music’s biggest party. But in recent years the show has also become a piñata for critics, activists and even major artists over a host of issues like race and gender — and, oh yes, music. The 61st annual show, to be hosted by Alicia Keys and broadcast live […]

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Critic’s Notebook: Music Lives in the Present. Can the Grammys Escape the Past?

Year after year, I have dutifully watched the Grammy Awards. And the next morning, year after year, I have wondered why. I’ll be watching on Sunday, when the Grammys air on CBS, but with thoroughly limited expectations. The Grammy show strives each year to keep up with what just happened in music and to ameliorate […]

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Maroon 5 Barely Leaves a Mark at Super Bowl Halftime Show

Maroon 5 — a quasi-soul, quasi-rock, utterly funkless band — was the main attraction at the Super Bowl halftime show at Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, likely the third or eighth or maybe 14th choice for a headliner. In a year in which the Super Bowl halftime show has become a referendum on political mindfulness, in […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Billie Eilish’s Pop Nightmare, and 10 More New Songs

ImageBillie Eilish released a new single and announced her debut album, “When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?”CreditKevin Winter/Getty Images for Kroq, via Entercom [embedded content] Quiet, nightmarish and nursery-rhyme catchy, Billie Eilish’s “Bury a Friend” is matter-of-fact about mourning’s connection to death wish: “Bury a friend/I want to end me.” The video, […]

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A Word With: Kelly Rowland on Playing Gladys Knight: ‘I Just Wanted to Soak Her Up’

Kelly Rowland has been hearing it for almost as long as she’s been singing. “Always, when I meet somebody, they’re like, ‘Oh man, you look like a young Gladys Knight,’” she recounted. “Well, she’s lovely to me — a beautiful woman. So I definitely love the comparison.” And so apparently does Knight. “It’s no secret […]

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Critic’s Pick: Cherry Glazerr Kicks Its Grungy Manifestoes Into a New Gear on ‘Stuffed & Ready’

Clementine Creevy, the songwriter, singer and guitarist who leads Cherry Glazerr, has unabashedly grown up in public, claiming allegiances and postures on the way to finding herself. On the band’s third album, that means having far more quandaries than answers but making the struggles mean something. As a teenager, Creevy was a proud representative of […]

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Critic’s Notebook: For Innovation at the Grammys, Look at the Best Music Video Category

Another year, another persistent worry that the Grammy Awards will once again fail to recognize boundary-pushing black performers. The nominations are led by Kendrick Lamar, Drake and a crop of female artists — a promising shift after years of complaints about a lack of diversity at the music industry’s big night. However, nominations don’t necessarily […]

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James Ingram, a Hitmaking Voice of ’80s R&B, Is Dead at 66

James Ingram, whose voice — technically precise, crisp and reserved, yet full of audacious feeling — made him one of the defining singers of R&B in the 1980s, has died. He was 66. The actress and choreographer Debbie Allen, a frequent collaborator with Mr. Ingram on musical theater projects, announced his death on Twitter on […]

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‘Rent Live’ Review: How Do You Measure a Show You Were Never Meant to See?

A longstanding superstition holds that saying the title of William Shakespeare’s “Macbeth” while inside a theater — unless you are rehearsing or performing the play itself — will bring about a terrible curse. The notion is based on an unfounded legend, but it makes you wonder what people were saying in the studio where “Rent: […]

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Playlist: The Playlist: Vampire Weekend’s Plucky Return, and 15 More New Songs

ImageAfter a six-year gap, Vampire Weekend has returned.CreditByron Smith for The New York Times [embedded content] After a six-year gap, Vampire Weekend has re-emerged with a song that wraps misgivings in three-chord elation: first with folksy acoustic-guitar picking, then with gospel-rock piano and congas, later with jammy hints of the Grateful Dead. It all feels […]

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