The Resurrection of Aretha Franklin in 'Amazing Grace'
The newly released concert film is a joyous celebration of faith—and of how Aretha moved even secular audiences toward the holy.
Darwin Meets Devo: The Continuing Evolution of Pop Music
New research pinpoints three years of particularly rapid change.
Can a Song’s Lyrics Predict Its Commercial Success?
New textual analysis of Billboard Hot 100 hits shows that certain themes are more likely to be No. 1.
What Is Cool? Lorde and the Trouble With Talented Teenagers
A 16-year-old from New Zealand might've just released the best pop album of the year. For some people, and for some reason, that's a problem.