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The New York Times

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Past articles by Jon:

Kendrick Lamar Is a Mortal Icon on ‘Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers'

The Pulitzer Prize-winning social commentator rapper returns after five years with “Mr. Morale & the Big Steppers,” an album about what’s broken on the inside. → Read More

The Endless Pop Shimmers of the Weeknd

“Dawn FM” extends and reimagines Abel Tesfaye’s fixation on perfect pop that he’s been chasing since the mid-2010s. → Read More

13 Albums That Revisit (and Redefine!) Holiday Classics

Fresh seasonal releases from Kelly Clarkson, Bryson Tiller, Nat King Cole and Pistol Annies span genres and generations. → Read More

Nashville Didn’t Make Room for Mickey Guyton. So She Made Her Own.

She was failed by the country music industry until the emotional song “Black Like Me” changed her career. Now comes a debut album that proved therapeutic. → Read More

John Mayer’s Empty 1980s Excess

“Sob Rock,” an album bloated with signifiers but light on hooks, uses the idea of nostalgia to sell new collectibles from John Mayer, the brand. → Read More

Tyler, the Creator, an Insider Forever on the Outside

His new album, “Call Me if You Get Lost,” is both an embrace of hip-hop tradition and a swerve into new emotional terrain. → Read More

DMX’s Posthumous All-Star Track, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Griff, Kidd G, Masayoshi Fujita and others. → Read More

Punk-Rock Teens’ Anti-Hate Anthem, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Blk Jks, Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen, City Girls and others. → Read More

DMX's Music Was a Profound Vessel for His Pain

The rapper, who died Friday, had no imitators because there was no way to falsify the life that forged him. He was a colossus, a fire-starter and a healer. → Read More

Grammys Snubs and Surprises: The Weeknd, Luke Combs and BTS

Some of pop music’s biggest names didn’t get nominations for the 2021 awards, while a diverse list of lesser-known acts filled out the ballot. → Read More

Maren Morris Pleads With America, and 8 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Halsey, Priya Ragu, Jorja Smith and others. → Read More

Jawsh 685's TikTok Hit 'Savage Love' Brings New Zealand to the World

Jawsh 685’s “Savage Love” became a global pop smash. Next up: graduating from high school and, hopefully, getting on a plane. → Read More

Jennifer Lopez and Maluma’s Romantic Duel, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Oneohtrix Point Never, Bryson Tiller, La Dame Blanche and others. → Read More

Roy Hammond, Soul Singer Who Birthed a Hip-Hop Heartbeat, Dies at 81

He wrote and produced the Honey Drippers’ “Impeach the President,” which has been sampled countless times and changed the sound of New York rap. → Read More

Justin Bieber and Chance the Rapper’s Wholesome Team-Up, and 10 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Sam Smith, Salem, Steve Arrington and others. → Read More

Bruce Springsteen’s Classic E Street Tune, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Janelle Monáe, Sidi Touré, Mickey Guyton and others. → Read More

‘WAP’ Is Good, Raunchy Fun. On TikTok, It’s at Home.

Men rap and sing about sex in preposterous and sometimes awkward detail all the time. It’s beyond time that the same courtesy is extended to women like Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion and ppcocaine. → Read More

Blackpink and Selena Gomez’s Summery Treat, and 11 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Cam’ron, Jyoti, Kelly Lee Owens and others. → Read More

Mariah Carey Calls for Action, and 12 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Phoenix, Angel Olsen, Bebel Gilberto and others. → Read More

Drake’s GIF-a-Thon, and 9 More New Songs

Hear tracks by Miley Cyrus, Loyal Lobos, Rico Nasty and others. → Read More