Janet Jackson’s 20 Y.O. became emblematic of the excesses of sexism, misogyny, and racism when looking at the reach of powerful, successful white men.
Jordan Rakei has a gorgeous voice that’s soulful and thrilling, and his latest album What We Call Life is easily one of the best of the year.
A smart, loving paean to 1980s dance-pop, post-disco, synthpop, and pop-funk, Mariah Carey’s Glitter is a brilliant work of genius released 20 years ago.
What The Force Behind the Power did, more than any other album, is re-establish Diana Ross as a major global recording star 30 years ago.
Why Do Fools Fall in Love started Diana Ross’ tenure at RCA with a considerable commercial bang after she left Motown Records in a bid for musical independence.
Nature of a Sista’ is an integral part of Queen Latifah’s legacy and influence. It highlights the brilliance, intellectualism, and ambition of a dazzling original.
When Jessica Simpson tried to shift gears once her reality show ended, the public preferred Simpson as a TV personality more than as a pop singer.
Creating warm, emotional synthpop is Chvrches’ forte, and Screen Violence is the kind of bruised pop record that can only be made after a year of so much loss.
The Smithsonian Anthology of Hip-Hop and Rap is a brilliant and expansive look at one of the most popular and important art forms of the last half-century.