Billboard's decision to remove Lil Nas X's "Old Town Road" from its country chart exposes how artists' race and class—more than their sounds—have always defined genre.
New research finds that contemporary songs in both genres are the most likely to contain violent imagery.
The Syrian-Iraqi, queer singer-songwriter discusses family, representation, and why she won't compromise on artistic independence.
References to sex have increased in pop music over the decades, even as actual sexual behavior among adolescents has declined.
How a culturally conservative effort in the 1940s backfired to create the greatest engine of pop music in the world.