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Best Albums of 2019

Best Albums of 2019

Our critics chose the best albums of the year — a format that is in an increasingly fragile state in pop music.
Tensions Over Genres and Generations Linger at Latin Grammys

Tensions Over Genres and Generations Linger at Latin Grammys

The Spanish pop avant-gardist Rosalía was a big winner at the ceremony, where reggaeton and Latin trap artists were snubbed in the major categories.
How Residente Spends His Sundays

How Residente Spends His Sundays

The Puerto Rican rapper speaks to his family on WhatsApp, drinks a beer before working out and plays a mean game of Uno.
A Secret Ingredient in Songs of Summer

A Secret Ingredient in Songs of Summer

For me, one world-traveling, chart-conquering rhythm — deployed by the likes of Daddy Yankee, Justin Bieber and Drake — defines the sweatiest time of year.
‘Sharpening the Knives’: Musicians Join the Protests in Puerto Rico

‘Sharpening the Knives’: Musicians Join the Protests in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican artists from Ricky Martin to Bad Bunny joined the protests this week against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló.
‘Sharpening the Knives’: Musicians Join the Protests in Puerto Rico

‘Sharpening the Knives’: Musicians Join the Protests in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rican artists from Ricky Martin to Bad Bunny joined the protests this week against Gov. Ricardo A. Rosselló.
How J Balvin and Bad Bunny Made Their Surprise Album, ‘Oasis’

How J Balvin and Bad Bunny Made Their Surprise Album, ‘Oasis’

Two of the biggest Spanish-speaking global pop superstars discuss joining forces for the first “Watch the Throne”-style pairing in Latin music.
Critic’s Notebook: The World (of Pop Music) Comes to New York

Critic’s Notebook: The World (of Pop Music) Comes to New York

Rosalía brought her refreshing take on flamenco, a fiercely traditional genre, to Webster Hall as part of the Red Bull Music Festival.
Live Review: Bad Bunny, the Inexhaustible Pop Recalibrator, Lights Up Madison Square Garden

Live Review: Bad Bunny, the Inexhaustible Pop Recalibrator, Lights Up Madison Square Garden

The Puerto Rican rapper and singer Bad Bunny showed off his sui generis charisma and style at a sold-out Madison Square Garden concert.
Critic’s Pick: Bad Bunny Broke Boundaries in 2018. His Debut, ‘X 100PRE,’ Demolishes More.

Critic’s Pick: Bad Bunny Broke Boundaries in 2018. His Debut, ‘X 100PRE,’ Demolishes More.

Bad Bunny’s surprise debut album, “X 100PRE,” caps a big year for the 24-year-old Puerto Rican rapper.
The 65 Best Songs of 2018

The 65 Best Songs of 2018

Clockwise from top left, Gunna; Ella Mai; Lady Gaga; Carrie Underwood; Cardi B
Playlist: The Playlist: Lady Gaga Dives Into a Fresh Era, and 15 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Lady Gaga Dives Into a Fresh Era, and 15 More New Songs

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper have released the first single from "A Star Is Born," the track "Shallow."