Has Pop Music Failed Us?
In the past decade, critics and listeners have embraced mainstream pop music—from Beyoncé, to Katy Perry, to Kanye West, to yes, Taylor Swift—as a genre worthy of serious thought and debate. Was 2017 just a disappointing year for pop music? Or has the poptimism bubble burst?
Rapper Lil Peep Is Dead at 21
The internet sensation, who rose to fame with his hybrid style of hip-hop and emo, passed away Wednesday night
Can Kanye West’s Superfans Help Him Beat Taylor Swift?
Young music fans are using streaming parties to try to launch their favorite artists to the top of the charts, while the companies that track record sales do everything they can to stop them
The Taylor Swift ‘Reputation’ Exit Survey
The Ringer staff talks hits, misses, bigger misses, and whatever you want to call the song with Ed Sheeran and Future
Taylor Swift Stakes Her ‘Reputation’ on Big Sounds and Petty Grievances
On her new album, the pop megastar panders to hip-hop’s cultural dominance while fundamentally misunderstanding it
Kamaiyah Keeps It Funky
The Oakland rapper’s latest project, ‘Before I Wake,’ released Wednesday, has all the confidence and bounce of her debut tape, ‘A Good Night in the Ghetto’
Music for the Masses: Celebrating R.E.M.’s ‘Automatic for the People’ at 25
The 1992 album is the perfect synthesis of the band’s indie rock roots and its arena rock stardom
The CMAs Could’ve Used More Sturgill Simpson
The country awards ceremony was not without its moments—but the renegade singer busking outside on Facebook Live was better than most of them
The Charts Have Evolved Past Taylor Swift
The rollout for Swift’s forthcoming album, ‘Reputation’, has seen the pop star struggle to maintain buzz for her singles
How I Became a Taylor Swift–and–Karlie Kloss Shipper
Is the singer’s "Gorgeous" secretly about the Victoria’s Secret model? Maybe! Or maybe not. Look what Taylor Swift made a tenacious hive of internet conspiracy theorists do.
The Greatest Trick That Grunge Ever Pulled
How an inspired prank helped the Seattle music scene get its revenge on the world
Hearing Both Sides of Taylor Swift
Since the 2016 election, she has been criticized for refusing to engage with national politics, or speaking out against the hate groups that celebrate her. Can a pop star afford to stay apolitical in our current climate?
‘Rolling Stone: Stories From the Edge’ Is Not the Hagiography You Might Expect
The documentary from Alex Gibney—and produced by Jann Wenner—does not shy away from the magazine’s later years
The Augmented Reality of Burial’s ‘Untrue,’ 10 Years Later
Exploring the impact of one of the most influential albums of the millennium
The Neptunes Are Back Because No One Ever Really Dies, Plus ‘Stranger Things’ Season 2
Chris and Andy celebrate the return of N.E.R.D. and talk about the middle of Season 2 of ‘Stranger Things’