Playlist: The Playlist: Lorde Flips Heartbreak Into Catharsis

Hear the new songs that grabbed our critics’ attention this week, from Iggy Azalea’s latest track to Trombone Shorty’s remake of “Here Come the Girls.”

Popcast: What Future and Migos Tell Us About Atlanta’s Rap Dominance

Rappers from Atlanta are dominating pop music this year. A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.

Critic’s Notebook: Future and the Art of Flooding the Market

Over the past three years, the rapper has been telling one long, wide, deep story. Now he could top the charts with two different albums two weeks in a row.

Jay Z to Be the First Rapper in the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Linda Moran, the organization’s president, said that the rapper “was flipping out” and “so over the moon” about the honor.

Clyde Stubblefield, the ‘Funky Drummer’ for James Brown, Dies at 73

Mr. Stubblefield was best known for a drum solo near the end of a 1969 Brown song he “didn’t like” that became the ubiquitous breakbeat of hip-hop’s sampling era.

Playlist: The Playlist: Selena Gomez Chides an Ex, and Remy Ma Stomps on a Foe

Hear the new songs that caught our pop critics’ attention — for better and for worse — from Dawes, Linkin Park, Blac Youngsta, Thundercat and more.

Album Review: Jidenna’s ‘The Chief’ Is a Genre-Hopping Debut Album

This ascendant performer defies categorization at every turn, whether he’s talking trash or being a Marleyesque vocalist.