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Music recommendations, industry developments, and other music coverage from Vox.

The 12 Days of Christmas: The story behind the holiday’s most annoying carol

How disappointed Taylor Swift fans explain Ticketmaster’s monopoly

The soundtrack to the climate crisis is apocalypse pop

Let’s go down the rabbit hole of Taylor Swift conspiracy theories

What are we supposed to do about Kanye now?

Does Taylor Swift want an Oscar? Perhaps (ahem) All Too Well.

How Beyoncé became Beyoncé in 3 not-at-all-easy steps

Bad Bunny threw the party of the year for Puerto Ricans — and didn’t skip the politics

One Good Thing: A new classic of country heartbreak

What we mean when we say Beyoncé is “saving” house music

R. Kelly has been sentenced to 30 years. Here are all the sexual misconduct allegations against him, in one timeline.

One Good Thing: Musician Ethel Cain nurses Gen-Z America’s broken heart

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We tracked what happens after TikTok songs go viral

Kendrick Lamar’s Auntie Diaries is a clumsy attempt at trans acceptance

One Good Thing: The messy, glorious music videos of Paul Thomas Anderson

Bipolar disorder is complicated. So is how we talk about Ye.

One Good Thing: Music to dance to as a hurricane bears down

Former evangelicals are putting the American church under a microscope in pop culture

Why Lata Mangeshkar was an Indian music icon

It’s going to take a lot more than Neil Young to change Spotify’s mind about Joe Rogan

How “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” turned Encanto into a sleeper hit

The thirst for Jack Harlow, Gen Z’s breakout white rapper, explained

One Good Thing: The only Christmas music playlist you’ll ever need is (almost) 8 days long

Hanging out with the Beatles in Get Back

Spotify Wrapped, unwrapped

The intertwined legacies of Jonathan Larson and Lin-Manuel Miranda

How Taylor Swift’s 10-minute “All Too Well” surpasses her original

Astroworld and the trickiness of tragedy blame games

One Good Thing: Kacey Musgraves’s latest album is her messiest — and maybe her best

One Good Thing: Lucy Dacus’s latest album is a different kind of ghost story

Donda: The hype, the controversy, the music, the Kanye of it all, explained

20 years after Aaliyah’s death, her story only feels more tragic

Pop music made conspicuous consumption cool

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Why won’t American radio play more K-pop?

BTS was supposed to usher in the K-pop invasion. Where is it?

Dear Olivia Rodrigo: Ignore the internet. “Originality” is overrated.

Why hit songs suddenly matter more than the stars that sing them

On going back to the movies

Why Britney Spears’s fans are convinced she’s being held captive

How In the Heights went from a student musical to one of the summer’s biggest movies

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