66 Pop and Jazz Albums, Shows and Festivals Coming This Fall

When pandemic lockdowns shut down the concert industry last year, some artists forged ahead with planned album releases and answered a question loaded with risk: What would a rollout look like without the regular promotional cycle of in-person interviews, late-night performances and live shows? Many musicians pivoted to streaming; others

Tyler, the Creator Hits No. 1 With ‘Call Me if You Get Lost’

Tyler, the Creator notches his second No. 1 on the Billboard album chart this week with “Call Me if You Get Lost,” while BTS remains atop the singles chart with “Butter.” “Call Me if You Get Lost” had the equivalent of 169,000 sales in the United States in its opening

It’s Crop Top Season, and This Year There’s Even More Skin

In the music video for “Solar Power” — her first single in four years — Lorde frolics on a beach, surrounded by people who dance and dine and pass her a bong made from a fennel bulb. This is not the Lorde the world has come to know: a young

Taylor Swift and the Wisdom of Youth

When she was 18, Taylor Swift wrote a song called “Fifteen.” “Back then I swore I was going to marry him someday, but I realized some bigger dreams of mine,” she sang, sounding more like a wizened great-grandmother than a rising senior. “Fifteen” is evocative, if a little sanitized: Nimble

Best Albums of 2020

Jon Pareles | Jon Caramanica | Lindsay Zoladz Jon Pareles Simmering Emotions, Louder Explosions In a year of distancing, anxiety, protests and polarization, musicians were separated from audiences and, often, each other. Some 2020 albums were already well underway before the pandemic; others were made under quarantine, with long-distance collaborations

How Hyperpop, a Small Spotify Playlist, Grew Into a Big Deal

One night this past February, osquinn got into an argument on Twitter and decided to make a song about it. From her bedroom in the suburbs of Northern Virginia, the 15-year-old logged onto a server on the text, voice and video chat app Discord, where around 50 of her internet

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’ Returns to No. 1 for a Seventh Week

A good rule of thumb for the 21st-century music business: Never count Taylor Swift out. This week, Swift returns to No. 1 on the Billboard album chart with “Folklore,” her surprise quarantine LP, claiming its seventh nonconsecutive week at the top. No other title has collected this many No. 1