The Playlist: 18 Holiday Songs, 1 Surprise Mixtape and a Dark New Nine Inch Nails EP

Our pop critics on Jeremih and Chance the Rapper’s surprise holiday release and more seasonal songs.

For Yasiin Bey, Once Known as Mos Def, a Comeback With the Finish Line in Mind

At the Apollo Theater, in what was billed as a retirement show, the charismatic and versatile Mr. Bey seemed humbled by the crowd’s affection.

Apple Music: Platform? Promoter? Both.

Apple executives Jimmy Iovine and Larry Jackson discuss its place in the music ecosystem and how it has built a one-stop shop for the streaming age.

Review: The Only Big Name Here Is Still J. Cole’s

Mr. Cole’s new album, ‘4 Your Eyez Only,’ is about unvarnished anxiety and uncomplicated love, and he again features no guest stars.

In Jazz, Listen to the Timeless Elders

The music is an art of living traditions and accumulated wisdom, so it’s only natural that its veterans remain central to the conversation.

‘The Hamilton Mixtape’ Defeats the Rolling Stones in the Battle for No. 1

Mick Jagger and company’s latest album, “Blue & Lonesome,” debuted at No. 4 and the Weeknd slipped to No. 2.