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.
Artists serving up festive new music range from Gwen Stefani and Sia to Smokey Robinson and Herb Alpert. Or try a classic compilation of Elvis or Sinatra.
The beauty, weight, and feel of a special, limited-edition package loaded with glossy photos and insightful liner notes make it a great gift for the music lovers on your shopping list.
Sometimes you want to give your friends and family who love the gift of music a gift that isn’t actually music. If you want to push the gilded envelope with a music-related gift that’s a little bit out of the ordinary, here are some of our outside-the-gift-box suggestions.
Hutchence has inspired no fewer than six songs, written and recorded by his peers who knew him best: Smashing Pumpkins, Berlin, U2, Duran Duran, Kylie Minogue, and the Church.
This Black Friday, the team behind the annual Record Store Day hopes to draw attention from large corporate retailers to local record stores, with exclusive releases and limited special editions from a host of artists set to go on sale. Check out these highlights, perfect to offer as gifts for loved ones (or for numero uno), including offerings from U2, Iggy Pop, Cheap Trick and Queen. U2 will be offering up a 12-inch vinyl that will mark the first physical release of music from upcoming album "Songs of Experience." Third Man Records will create one single pressing of the disc, to include the original album version plus an exclusive remix by Jacknife Lee.
YouTube took a look at the videos most frequently added to Halloween playlists. The No. 1 song features Michael Jackson, but it may not be the one you'd guess.
Punk icon Henry Rollins adds a new title to his résumé: Sound of Vinyl curator. Here he riffs on his favorite political albums of all time.
There were monsters in rock songs before Alice Cooper surfaced in the early ‘70s with songs like “The Ballad of Dwight Fry,” “Dead Babies,” and “Killer,” But there weren’t monsters in rock. Cooper changed all that.
In recognition of Michael Jackson’s landmark “Thrilller” video, now 34 years old and a Halloween classic, a look at some of the best, and oddest, tributes.
At a time when many of his classic-rock peers were pooh-poohing this new-fangled passing fad called "MTV," Petty embraced the music video medium, and in the process he became an unlikely MTV darling.
Grammy winners like Beck and Amy Winehouse have seen the Top 40 just once. Ditto cult legend Frank Zappa. Garth Brooks? A single appearance — as Chris Gaines! Debonair crooner Bryan Ferry topped out at 31 in his only appearance in the pop Top 40 chart.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis may be working separately for the time being — Macklemore’s solo album, Gemini, just came out, and Lewis is busying himself with production projects (he produced/co-wrote Kesha’s comeback single, “Praying”) and his own music — but the two are still best buddies, as evidenced by their adorable rapport while record shopping at Denver’s Wax Trax store. It’s a bond they’ve shared since meeting on Myspace in 2006, after which Lewis became the rapper’s photographer and, later, his artistic partner. “We had nothing in common at that time,” admits Macklemore (real name: Ben Haggerty) with a laugh.
For those of you who are unaware, Tuesday, Sept. 19 is the 16th annual National Talk Like a Pirate Day. Maybe it’s even cooler — because Santa Claus is awesome and all, but he’s not as awesome as Captain Jack Sparrow, is he? Only two stylish, A-list wenches like these could come up with a trend like Pirate Chic.
In the not-too-distant past, fall wasn’t only for back to school — it was also the time when all the record companies readied their major releases with the hopes that they would land on the charts and on consumers’ holiday shopping lists. Of course, the advent of streaming services has changed the music business dramatically in recent years, but as a wise man recently said, streaming is for the rest of the year; the holidays are when physical products sell — or so the record companies hope.
Steely Dan co-founder, guitarist and bassist Walter Becker died Sunday at the age of 67, leaving an extensive catalog of memorable hits. Here are a few of the band's most notable songs to remember him with.
Some pop and rock stars make a day at the office seem downright cool. No prize for guessing which song is No. 1 on our list.
This year’s MTV Video Music Awards often felt like a televised three-hour support-group meeting, aiming to offer aid and comfort to viewers distressed about racism, suicide, and body shaming, but amid all this high-minded social consciousness, there was still plenty of celebrity feuding and floor-humping.
Sadly, between Madonna’s floor-rolling, Kanye’s speech-interrupting, Gaga’s meat-dressing, Beyoncé’s baby-bumping, and Miley’s foam-fingering, the artists who actually win Moonmen (or Moonpersons, as they are now known) at the MTV Video Music Awards are usually quickly forgotten. This year’s Video of the Year VMA nominees are Kendrick Lamar’s “HUMBLE.,” Alessia Cara’s “Scars to Your Beautiful,” Bruno Mars’s “24K Magic,” the Weeknd’s “Reminder,” and DJ Khaled’s “Wild Thoughts.” We will probably forget all about them halfway through host Katy Perry’s opening monologue. ...
Morrissey’s last album, 2014’s ”World Peace Is None of Your Business,” was a stark reminder of how scathing and clever his lyrics have been over the years. With a biopic, “England Is Mine,”out this week and Moz's 11th solo album, “Low in High School,” upcoming, we take a look at some of the crooner's most deliciously biting lyrics.
You’re all set for the MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. You know that Katy Perry is hosting and that Kendrick Lamar leads the pack with eight nominations. You even heard that they’re changing the name of the Moonman to the Moonperson . Even so, a few questions still nag at you. Let’s put those questions to rest.
Happy International Cat Day, everyone! Put your paws up for the finest fur-flying kitty videos to ever claw their way up the pop charts. Please note, for this top 10, we didn’t include any viral videos — sorry, Keyboard Cat, DJ Kitty, Nora the Piano Cat, Miley Cyrus’s AMAs robo-cat — just real videos made by (mostly) human musicians with an especially soft spot for kitties. Is there anything more old-school emo than seeing a young, generously guylinered Robert Smith cuddle a kitten?