OPINION: We Are Africans. Here’s Our View Of Beyoncé’s ‘Black Is King’ Esther Ngumbi, a professor from Kenya, and Ifeanyi Nsofor, a doctor in Nigeria, react to the megastar’s movie-length music video — and to criticisms from other Africans. Read more on NPR
A Tale Of Two Ecosystems: On Bandcamp, Spotify And The Wide-Open Future There’s Bandcamp, beloved by artists. There’s Spotify, very well-liked by listeners. And then there’s that big question mark. The artist Damon Krukowski takes a look. Read more on NPR
Scarlett Johansson, Tori Kelly and Bono gamble big for superstardom in ‘Sing 2’ In a sequel to the 2016 hit animated film, koala-bear mogul Buster Moon and his talented troupe try to land a dream booking, by promising to enlist a reclusive superstar. Read more on NPR
How TikTok Has Changed The Music Industry TikTok’s fate in the U.S. is unclear, but one thing is: the video-sharing app has been good for emerging artists. NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks with LA Times pop music critic Mikael Wood. Read more on NPR
Billie Eilish Can’t Wait To See The Future With lyrics poking at the ways young women are scrutinized and exploited, Happier than Ever finds Eilish in some dark corners — but the pop supernova tells NPR she’s got lots to feel hopeful about. Read more on NPR
Willie Nelson Returns With ‘First Rose Of Spring’NPR’s Scott Simon talks with Willie Nelson about the release of his latest album, First Rose of Spring, and about how he’s faring during the pandemic.
Ennio Morricone, The Sound Of The American West, Dies At 91 The iconic Italian composer, who scored The Good, the Bad and the Ugly and more than 500 other films, died Monday in Rome.
20 Years Ago, The White Stripes Made An Album For No One Jack and Meg’s 2000 album De Stijl is the kind of art you make for yourself, assured few will hear it. It was the last time they’d have that luxury, but they never forgot the lesson.
The British government announces a $2 Billion rescue plan for musicians and artists in the UK. The package, announced Sunday, includes grants and loans that theaters, museums, live music venues and others can use to pay salaries and maintenance costs as they try to survive during the pandemic.
The Rolling Stones Finished A New Single While Safely Distanced From Each Other “It’s sort of eerie when suddenly it’s coming to life,” Keith Richards said of “Living In a Ghost Town,” which they wrote in one world and completed in another. Read more on NPR