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Malcolm Young of AC/DC: Listen to 10 Essential Songs

Malcolm Young of AC/DC: Listen to 10 Essential Songs

Brian Johnson, Angus Young and Malcolm Young in 2008 as the band prepared to release “Black Ice.” Malcolm Young died on Saturday at 64.
Playlist: The Playlist: Demi Lovato Seeks Her ‘Despacito’ and 9 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Demi Lovato Seeks Her ‘Despacito’ and 9 More New Songs

Demi Lovato teamed up with Luis Fonsi for the new track “Échame La Culpa.”
Critic’s Notebook: Puerto Rico Mattered at the Latin Grammys. So Did Salsa.

Critic’s Notebook: Puerto Rico Mattered at the Latin Grammys. So Did Salsa.

“Despacito” was a big winner at the Latin Grammys, and the show closed with a performance of the song by Luis Fonsi, right, and guests including Victor Manuelle.
Lil Peep, Rapper Who Blended Hip-Hop and Emo, Is Dead at 21

Lil Peep, Rapper Who Blended Hip-Hop and Emo, Is Dead at 21

Lil Peep performing in the Marlin Room at Webster Hall in New York, in April.
Meet the Musicians Who Gave Isaac Hayes His Groove

Meet the Musicians Who Gave Isaac Hayes His Groove

Clockwise from top left: James Alexander, Sidney Kirk, Willie Hall, Mickey Gregory and Harold Beane at the Stax Museum in Memphis.
Björk’s New Album Is a Love Letter to Optimism

Björk’s New Album Is a Love Letter to Optimism

Björk’s new album, “Utopia,” is a meditation on hope: “If optimism ever was like an emergency, it’s now.”
Popcast: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

Popcast: Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

On “Reputation,” Taylor Swift puts herself into direct competition with the dominant pop players of today.
Fred Cole, Leader of Garage-Rock Band Dead Moon, Dies at 69

Fred Cole, Leader of Garage-Rock Band Dead Moon, Dies at 69

Members of Dead Moon in an undated photograph. From left are Fred Cole, Toody Cole and Andrew Loomis. They remained beloved local stars despite being decades older than their peers in Northwest grunge
Playlist: The Playlist: Eminem Reflects, Sturgill Simpson Busks and 11 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: Eminem Reflects, Sturgill Simpson Busks and 11 More New Songs

Eminem’s “Walk on Water,” from his upcoming “Revival” album, has both deft turns of phrase and deeply awkward moments.
Album Review: Taylor Swift Is a 2017 Pop Machine on ‘Reputation,’ but at What Cost?

Album Review: Taylor Swift Is a 2017 Pop Machine on ‘Reputation,’ but at What Cost?

Taylor Swift’s “Reputation” reckons with the tempo and tone of the rest of the pop landscape for the first time.
Charlotte Gainsbourg Finds Her Own Voice

Charlotte Gainsbourg Finds Her Own Voice

For Charlotte Gainsbourg’s fourth album, “Rest,” she’s done something she hasn’t done before: write most of the lyrics herself.
Taylor Swift, Entering a New Era, Sticks to a Safe Space: Tumblr

Taylor Swift, Entering a New Era, Sticks to a Safe Space: Tumblr

Taylor Swift and fans in Berlin in 2014. She relies on her Swifties, and they adore her.
Playlist: The Playlist: The Return of the Real Boy Band and 10 More New Songs

Playlist: The Playlist: The Return of the Real Boy Band and 10 More New Songs

The boy band Prettymuch brings the sound and attitude of 1990s male R&B into modern pop.
How Prince Invented Himself. Over and Over.

How Prince Invented Himself. Over and Over.

Prince’s instantly recognizable “Purple Rain” look is just one of the many personas he developed throughout his career.
Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

From 1979 to 1981, Bob Dylan released three albums within three years: “Slow Train Coming,” “Saved” and “Shot of Love.”
Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

Critic’s Notebook: Bob Dylan’s Songs for the Soul, Revisited and Redeemed

From 1979 to 1981, Bob Dylan released three albums within three years: “Slow Train Coming,” “Saved” and “Shot of Love.”
The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith

The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith

The British pop singer Sam Smith poolside at the Chateau Marmont. His new album, “The Thrill of It All,” is a much-anticipated follow-up to his 2014 debut, “The Lonely Hour,” for which he collected
The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith

The Tear-Stained Confessions of Sam Smith

The British pop singer Sam Smith poolside at the Chateau Marmont. His new album, “The Thrill of It All,” is a much-anticipated follow-up to his 2014 debut, “The Lonely Hour,” for which he collected
Niall Horan Helps One Direction Tie a Beatles Chart Record

Niall Horan Helps One Direction Tie a Beatles Chart Record

Niall Horan performing on the “Today” show on Thursday. His new album, “Flicker,” opened on top of the Billboard album chart.