2017 was another very rough year for music fans, as we said goodbye to legends like Chuck Berry, Chris Cornell, Gregg Allman, Chester Bennington, Glen Campbell, Tom Petty, David Cassidy, and many others.
Many music videos are slick, soulless, product-placement-crammed promos, but some transcend crass commercialism and stand alone as true works of visual art.
Though 2018 has yet to begin, the music industry already has big plans for its latest stars-in-waiting. In the pipeline are a wide range of promising artists, armed with songs and sounds that draw on established styles only to twist them with their own quirks.
2017 was a wildly diverse year, featuring strong women in pop like St. Vincent and Lorde; career reinventions for Harry Styles and comeback queen Kesha; and zeitgeist-capturing hip-hop opuses from Jay-Z and our No. 1 artist, Kendrick Lamar.
Taylor Swift, Ed Sheeran, and Kendrick Lamar all set enviable records in 2017, but such veteran hit-makers as Fergie, Katy Perry, and Miley Cyrus set records they would probably just as soon forget.
From Luke Combs's new-school country to SZA's innovative hip-hop, this year a wealth of new artists shook our assumptions about what modern music should sound like.
The year is coming to a close, and sadly, American Idol won’t be coming back in 2017. But the show left me with a lot of great musical memories in 2016 — and on top of that, there were some fantastic performances from The Voice, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and America’s Got Talent to fill the Idol-shaped hole in my heart. So it’s time to look back at the best talent show moments of a 2016 that was so utterly performance-packed, I couldn’t cut off this list at an even 25.
It's not even 2017 yet, but over the past few months these fledgling stars have released singles and EPs promising great things for their upcoming full debuts. From 19-year-old Kaity Dunston, aka Cloves, to the insouciant R&B/pop melodies of Khalid to the newly formed avant-metal supergroup Gone Is Gone, enjoy Yahoo's 2017 music sampler.
Throughout 2016, record sales continued to decline, but that didn't stop artists as varied as Beyoncé, Frank Ocean, David Bowie, and Metallica from releasing some of the best and most important albums of their careers.
It’s that most wonderful time of the year, which means we’re making our lists and checking them twice — our year-end best album lists, that is.
It’s been a fine year for rock and pop documentaries, covering everyone from the Beatles to Iggy Pop to Nick Cave to Michael Jackson. A marathon may be in order. Also, get an inside look at the heyday of Oasis — with plenty of foreshadowing of the feuding and infighting that characterized the Gallagher brothers and tore the band apart.
Most music videos are merely slick, soulless, product-placement-crammed promos. This GoPro-commissioned clip is actually a shot-for-shot recreation of the Smiths’ “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before” video — with Auto-Tune icon T-Pain in the Morrissey role, and the L.A. neighborhood of Boyle Heights standing in for Manchester. Longtime Chems collaborators Dom & Nic create yet another video masterpiece for the block-rockin’ techno duo in which a contemporary dancer transforms into some sort of slinky cyborg skeleton.
In her tear-jerking new music video for “Somebody’s Angel,” The Voice Season 5 runner-up, Jacquie Lee, attempts to process it all. Lee penned the soulful, evangelical ballad in honor of her friend, The Voice Season 6 finalist Christina Grimmie, who was tragically shot dead this past June. “As I tried to get back into my routine after Christina passed, I came across a homeless woman outside of a Starbucks.
This has been a rough year for music fans. 2016 began with the industry still reeling from the Dec. 28 passing of Motorhead’s Lemmy Kilmister and the New Year’s Eve death of R&B legend Natalie Cole. Since then, we have lost many other greats in 2016, including Earth, Wind & Fire’s Maurice White, Jefferson Airplane’s Paul Kantner, Glenn Frey, Sir George Martin, A Tribe Called Quest’s Phife Dawg, Merle Haggard, Parliament-Funkadelic’s Bernie Worrell, ELP’s Keith Emerson, Suicide’s Alan Vega, and, most shockingly, David Bowie and Prince. Hopefully the rest of 2016 will bring happier news, but for now, Yahoo Music looks back on those who have already left us in the past months.
2015 is coming to a close, but before the 15th and final Idol season starts up on Jan. 6 and The Voice returns for its 10th season in late February (yes, already!), it’s time to look back at the best singing show performances of the year. Please note that, for the sake of variety and semi-brevity, I did not load up this list with multiple performances by the same singers.
Sadly, every year we lose some of our most talented and famous music figures. Let us pay tribute to those who have left the building. There are many more than those listed here. But this is a good start for pausing and reflecting
Who could’ve guessed that biopics of N.W.A and Brian Wilson would not just be dramatically valid but sit near the top of critics’ year-end lists? Or that feature-length looks at Kurt Cobain and Amy Winehouse would set box office records for documentaries?
The year that was got us intoxicated with X-static house anthems, interstellar jock-jam updates, and Travolta-hot footwork burners. Below you’ll find our list of the 40 best dance songs of 2015, a balanced diet of the cerebral and the hedonistic, and house every weekend if you’re good Monday through Friday. 40. Diplo & Sleepy Tom, “Be Right There”
Remember Left Shark? Katy Perry’s Super Bowl halftime show was one of the first big events of 2015 and at that point, we had no idea what was in store: Zayn leaving One Direction, Taylor Swift’s star-studded 1989 World Tour, the return of Adele, and “Hotline Bling”. Buckle up 2016, you got a high bar to beat.
Even as the boxed set phenomenon is starting to look exhausted, there seems to be no shortage of classic rock material that music archivists are finding to bring out on DVD and Blu-Ray. If you have a needy music buff on your gift list — by which we mean, of course, yourself — here are 10 home video releases from 2015 that will sate the musical appetite as well as stuff the stocking.
Within every 12 month period, artists who laid low for a significant amount of time return to the public consciousness and are celebrated for returning. Not everyone returns to great fanfare, but if there’s a new album of significant quality, generally, the hardcore fans nudge the rest of us to take note. Let’s flip through these returns to public service. Feel free to add the musicians you feel made a comeback in 2015 that we missed
Continuing the domination of last year’s hellish hopscotch between anarchy and orthodoxy, fortune — for 2015’s best metal acts — has once again favored the bold. Comfort food always has its places, but the year’s most devilish efforts under the increasingly vast metal umbrella have once again come from those willing to add new mutations to the genre’s established structures. Whether by leaps and bounds or creeping Darwinian evolution, the 20 Best Metal Albums of 2015 each make attempts at furthering the form and reflect the depraved diversity that can be conjured from shades of blue and black.