Tag: Pop and Rock Music

Ariana Grande Sues Forever 21 Over ‘Look-Alike Model’ in Ads

The pop star Ariana Grande is suing Forever 21, claiming that the fashion retailer sought to trick customers into thinking Grande endorsed its brand by posting photos of her on its social media accounts and using a model who looked “strikingly similar” to her. The lawsuit, filed Monday in Federal District Court in Los Angeles, […]

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‘Spice World’ & Me

I went from loving the chaotic Spice Girls movie to dismissing it in college. Now, I appreciate it more than ever before. ImageA “Spice World” DVD.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times In the summer of 1998 “Titanic” was six months into its marathon run in theaters, revelations about President Bill Clinton’s infidelity were hurtling him toward […]

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Pedro Bell, Whose Wild Album Covers Defined Funkadelic, Dies at 69

Pedro Bell, whose mind-bending album covers for the band Funkadelic gave visual definition to its signature sound in the 1970s and ’80s, died on Tuesday in Evergreen Park, Ill., near Chicago. He was 69. George Clinton, the brains behind Funkadelic, announced his death on his Facebook page. Mr. Bell had been in poor health for […]

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Lana Del Rey on Trump, Kanye and the Right Time for a Protest Song

Lana Del Rey was never supposed to make it this far. An early sacrifice to the music-blog gods and a bloodthirsty thing called social media, the singer and songwriter born Elizabeth Grant could have been a footnote after loaded speculation about her artifice and upbringing collided with a shaky “Saturday Night Live” debut in early […]

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Taylor Swift’s Diary Entries Are a Must-Read Companion to ‘Lover’

On Friday, when Taylor Swift released her seventh album, “Lover,” she didn’t just deliver 18 songs into the digital ether. As one of the few remaining pop stars to prioritize physical sales, Swift offered her devoted fan base four special-edition CD versions of the album, available exclusively at Target, each accompanied by a booklet containing […]

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Taylor Swift Emerges From the Darkness Unbroken on ‘Lover’

Two years ago, Taylor Swift was painted into a corner, and lashed out. “Reputation,” her sixth album, was her darkest, her most aggrieved and, not coincidentally, her most stylistically experimental. She was already a pop star, but “Reputation” was when she arrived into the understanding that klieg lights can scald. Often a conscientious objector, she […]

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Portishead’s ‘Dummy’ Is 25. The Band Asks That You Play It Loud.

In the summer of 1994, when American alternative rock kids were kicking up mud to Nine Inch Nails and Green Day, “Dummy,” the debut album from the Bristol, U.K.-based group Portishead, rolled in like a moody fog. While it was rooted in the hip-hop production techniques of sampling, scratching, crate-digging and loop-making, “Dummy” was a […]

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Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ Arrives the Old-Fashioned Way, and With Twists

As the pop music landscape has shifted over and over again this decade, major artists have repeatedly attempted to reinvent the album release for a digital time: There have been surprise albums, visual albums, albums edited after-the-fact, albums with little notice and no advance singles, streaming-only albums, video-only albums and so on. And then there […]

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Neil Young’s Lonely Quest to Save Music

Neil Young is crankier than a hermit being stung by bees. He hates Spotify. He hates Facebook. He hates Apple. He hates Steve Jobs. He hates what digital technology is doing to music. “I’m only one person standing there going, ‘Hey, this is [expletive] up!’ ” he shouted, ranting away on the porch of his longtime […]

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In Central Park, a Concert for Immigrant Rights. And Selena.

Doris Muñoz saw the crowd streaming in — grandmothers, young children and college students, many outfitted in Selena T-shirts — and pulled out her phone. “I had to FaceTime my mom and just cry it out,” she said recently. It was July of last year, and Muñoz, a Los Angeles-based music promoter and manager, was […]

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At ‘Black Woodstock,’ an All-Star Lineup Delivered Joy and Renewal to 300,000

Woodstock was big and messy, thrilling and stirring — and summed up finally by Jimi Hendrix, whose festival-closing set included his towering, take-a-knee reading of the national anthem. It was an admixture of disaffection and patriotism, bold as love and black as hell. But Hendrix was one of the few black musicians at an event […]

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Sleater-Kinney Grasps at a New Sound on ‘The Center Won’t Hold’

The idea sounded promising. Sleater-Kinney, the three-woman band that arose from the riot grrrl movement to make smart, knotty, engaged, passionately ambitious indie rock, was getting produced by Annie Clark, better known as St. Vincent, a songwriter with startling ideas and constantly shifting guises. The result is “The Center Won’t Hold,” an album that all […]

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‘Yellow Submarine’ & Me

The whimsical animated musical about the Beatles delights me in new ways thanks to daily viewings with my 4-year-old. ImageLike this toy inspired by the movie, “Yellow Submarine” appeals to children.CreditTony Cenicola/The New York Times Part of being a parent to a 4-year-old is surrendering yourself to the routines and rituals that govern your child’s […]

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Henri Belolo, a Founder of the Village People, Dies at 82

Henri Belolo, a creator of the Village People, the disco group that found mainstream success by performing campy songs like “Y.M.C.A.” while attired as macho archetypes, died on Aug. 3 at his home in Paris. He was 82. His son Jonathan said the cause was pancreatic cancer. Mr. Belolo had been a music producer and […]

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David Berman, Silver Jews Leader and Indie-Rock Poet, Dies at 52

David Berman, the reluctant songwriter and poet whose dry baritone and wry, wordy compositions anchored Silver Jews, a critically lauded staple of the 1990s indie-rock scene, died on Wednesday. He was 52. His death was announced by his record label, Drag City, which released music by Silver Jews and Berman’s latest band, Purple Mountains. We […]

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