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Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, and the State of the Pop-Star Documentary

A rite of passage for the über-famous, these films are tightly controlled and age in dog years—but can also be revelations about their subjects

The Pusha-T vs. Drake Beef Is Now a War of Political Campaigns

After Drake had his say on LeBron’s HBO show, Push offers a long-winded rebuttal on ‘The Joe Budden Podcast.’ So when’s the primary?

Billy Corgan on the NWA, Plus Kenny Herzog on ‘Crown Jewel,’ ‘Evolution,’ and ‘SmackDown 1000’

The Smashing Pumpkins front man compares his music career to wrestling

Billy Corgan on the Future of Wrestling and Why He Likes Wrestling Fans

The Smashing Pumpkins front man—and owner of the NWA—discusses his foray into the squared circle

Broncho > Huncho

Micah Peters talks ‘Quavo Huncho’ and ‘Bad Behavior’

“I Don’t Have to Have a Message”: Julia Holter Speaks for Herself

Success is difficult to measure in indie music in 2018. But by any metric, Holter is one of the most acclaimed and exciting composers of her generation. How she got here wasn’t promised. But on her new album, she’s soaring.

Go Your Own Way: The Long Saga of Lindsey Buckingham and His Acrimonious Divorce From Fleetwood Mac

The singer-guitarist is touring behind a new anthology collection—and publicly grappling with his ouster from his band of 40-plus years

Drake Aired Out Kanye West to LeBron James on ‘The Shop’

On the second episode of the HBO series, Drake explained his side of the GOOD Music beef—and, per usual, he emerged the winner

Nice for Whom? The Year of the Female Empowerment Anthem, As Imagined by Men.

In so many aspects of our culture, 2018 has been the year of women’s rage. On the radio and on the charts, though, that just hasn’t been the case. Unless you’re Drake or Maroon 5.

There Is Nothing Left to Feel About Kanye West

After another cringeworthy photo op with President Trump, the artist-turned-polemicist has once again proved he will do anything to stay in the conversation. But where does it end?

Weezer Must Be Stopped

First they came out with a Toto cover, and we did nothing. Now they have a new song about ride-hailing apps. We must act before it’s too late.

“Kanye West Is Not Picasso”: A Diss Track From the Grave by Leonard Cohen

A posthumous rebuke from a musical legend is just the latest embarrassment for the beleaguered rapper

The Senatorial Candidate Who Taylor Swift Doesn’t Want You to Vote For

Marsha Blackburn, a longtime congresswoman and culture warrior, is locked in a political battle in Tennessee. And T-Swift could tip the scales.

The Best Songs in the (Fictional) Universe

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s "Shallow" got us thinking: What are the best songs written or performed on screen by characters in a movie?

Lady Gaga, Lil Baby, and Gunna: Drip HAAAAAAA-AAAAAAAAAHH-AH-AH-AAAAArder

Micah Peters is joined by Rob Harvilla to talk ‘A Star Is Born’

Does ‘A Star Is Born’ Hate Pop Music?

Bradley Cooper’s remake is an electrifying ode to rock music—which puts Lady Gaga’s character in a confusing spot

What Made Taylor Swift Finally Get Political?

The pop star’s Instagram endorsement of two Tennessee Democrats is an about-face from her previous political silence. Why is she picking sides now?

Cat Power Sounds Unchanged Yet Reborn

Coming on the heels of a label switch, a health scare, and the birth of her son, ‘Wanderer’ finds Chan Marshall at her spare and intimate best

Lil Wayne Finally Unveils ‘Tha Carter V’

Plus: recommendations from Chris Ryan

Lil Wayne and ‘Tha Carter V’ Are Finally Free

In the interminable delay before the release of his 12th studio album, Weezy suddenly found himself an underdog. But ‘C5’ heralds the return of a reinvigorated legend.

How Did Kanye West Fall So Far So Fast?

A weak single. A weird ‘SNL’ performance. A new album with little momentum. The old Kanye was a rebellious virtuoso. The new Kanye is a hack.

Reporting Live From the Center of the Pop Universe: a BTS Concert

The K-pop boy band are a worldwide music phenomenon—and their concerts help explain why

Lil Wayne Is Back … but Is Lil Wayne Back? Instant Reactions to ‘Tha Carter V’ Album

The long-awaited fifth installment of Lil Tunechi’s ‘Carter’ set is finally here, and Ringer staffers have some immediate impressions

A New Doc Argues for M.I.A. As the Pop Star We (Still) Need Right Now

‘Matangi / Maya / M.I.A.’ presents the Sri Lankan–British rapper as a rare and wasted asset: a woman who may have picked some loud and stupid fights, but for far more righteous purposes than messy celebrity entertainers typically offer

Was September 29, 1998, the Greatest Rap Album Release Day Ever?

Twenty years ago, Jay-Z, OutKast, Black Star, A Tribe Called Quest, and Brand Nubian dropped new LPs on the same date. Has there ever been another release day as fruitful?

The Nonwords in Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow,” Ranked

The full ‘A Star Is Born’ song is finally available to stream. Here are its most important parts.

Political Bass: The Legacy of Paul McCartney’s Message Songs

Sir Paul isn’t the first Beatle that comes to mind when you think of protest anthems, but the 76-year-old has a surprisingly deep catalog of political tracks—including a few on his latest album

The Evolution of Leon Bridges

Plus: Lindsay Zoladz joins Micah to discuss her music recommendations

Prince’s and Tom Petty’s Posthumous Careers Are Off to a Great Start

For ‘Piano & a Microphone 1983’ and ‘An American Treasure,’ the estates of two beloved rock stars raid their respective vaults, tastefully

SiriusXM’s Acquisition of Pandora Is the Latest Sign That Tech Is Taking Control of the Music Industry

The satellite radio company’s purchase of the online streaming service could further loosen the grip of record labels as music industry gatekeepers

The Altons Live in Studio

The L.A. band performs three songs from their upcoming debut album in The Ringer’s studio

The Brockhampton Documentary Is for the Believers, Not the Skeptics

‘The Longest Summer in America’ covers a turbulent year during which the group expelled a founding member. The self-produced movie, like the band itself, is everything, all at once, as it is.