Prince’s Unearthed, Disillusioned Funk, and 10 More New Songs

Prince recorded an album called “Welcome 2 America” in 2010, but shelved it before his death in 2016; his estate will release it in July. Maybe Prince decided the album was too bleak. Its title song is ominous, funky, seemingly improvisational and deeply cynical about an era of misinformation, exploitation and distraction. A pithy, stop-start bass line leaves space for […]

Musicians With Tattoos Dedicated To Their Lovers

Travis Barker and Kourtney Kardashian  After making their relationship Instagram official on Valentine’s Day, Kardashian showed off her new nail art and the Blink-182 drummer’s new body art that of her name on his chest Friday (April 9). Luke Bryan and Caroline Boyer While visiting the American Idol set on Monday, Jason Aldean let fans know that Luke Bryan has “his wife’s initials tattooed on […]

Ethel Gabriel, a Rare Woman in the Record World, Dies at 99

Ethel Gabriel, who in more than 40 years at RCA Victor is thought to have produced thousands of records, many at a time when almost no women were doing that work at major labels, died on March 23 in Rochester, N.Y. She was 99. Her nephew, Ed Mauro, her closest living relative, confirmed her death. Ms. Gabriel began working at […]

Hip-Hop Fashion Architects Discuss Iconic 2001 Looks

Ambrose, who styled over 200 music videos, was Missy’s right-hand woman, costume designing for every major Missy Elliot production including “Get Ur Freak On,” “The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly),” “One Minute Man,” and “Lose Control.” She was a go-to designer for R&B/hip-hop heavyweights including Diddy, Jay-Z, Mary J. Blige and Mariah Carey, and currently works as a creative director for […]

DMX’s Songs: Hear 10 Songs That Showed His Range

Earl Simmons, the gruff, evocative rapper from Yonkers, N.Y., better known as DMX, died on Friday at 50. He spent his final days on life support at White Plains Hospital in Westchester County after suffering a heart attack on April 2. DMX was one of the most recognizable M.C.s in the late 1990s and early 2000s, years when hardcore New […]