Nicki Minaj is the preeminent female rapper. Her latest album Queen embraces a kind of girl power that has been criticised both within and outside the rap world.
When record executives tried to mold Franklin's sound to their liking, her career sputtered. Then legendary producer Jerry Wexler came along. His approach? Stay out of her way.
Recent developments mean that touting on an industrial scale could become more difficult.
Franklin, who has died aged 76 in Detroit, was a church girl first and foremost. She was the master of the gospel form.
Most people have strong opinions on what makes a song good or bad. But is anyone actually right?
Critics say hologram tours exploit the dead for a quick buck. But there's something about Roy Orbison's ethereal mystique that makes this one a particularly fitting tribute.
Nagging or bribing a child to practise their musical instrument only makes the activity feel like a chore. Here's how to support your child and bring back harmony to the whole family.
Neil Sedaka's song “The Immigrant” was a top hit in 1975, but today it seems even more relevant, as debates rage in the United States over immigration, repatriation and racism.
My investigations have generated stunning insights into how the ancient Greeks made music.
Michael Atherton's new book traces the history of pianos in Australia from the First Fleet to modernity. Despite concerns over its demise, the instrument is unlikely to disappear any time soon.
Song by song streaming services may be hurting the album commercially, but its place in our cultural lexicon will be harder to shake.
The n-word is a means through which hip hop reminds white listeners of the chasm of culture and experience between them and black America.
K-pop has been hugely popular in Asia, but has never able to catch on in the U.S. – until BTS topped the Billboard 200.
Five years since they burst on to the scene, and BTS is still fighting for social rights through catchy K-pop tunes.
How would a Jacobean servant react to a trumpet flourish?
The music industry, like all other media, can be censored to some extent. So how does this change its output?
Researchers analysed 30 years of British pop charts and found a trend towards sadness – but the days of judging music purely on stylistic measures is long gone.
Music streaming services have stopped promoting R. Kelly as part of a crackdown on musician's alleged conduct. But we should separate the art from the artist.
In voicing youthful outrage over inequality and violence, Bangladeshi rappers are creating a powerful form of protest music — just as American MCs have done for 40 years.
Almost anyone can be taught how to sing.