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Joan Baez returns to peace theme in first album in decade

NEW YORK — Folk legend Joan Baez last week announced her first album in a decade, a collection of covers that returns to her...

With new album, Eminem finds political voice

NEW YORK — Just how much has America changed since Donald Trump’s election? Eminem, knee-deep in controversy a generation ago for misogyny and homophobia,...

Latest posthumous Hendrix album features 10 new tracks

NEW YORK — Jimi Hendrix’s estate has announced a posthumous album from the guitar legend featuring 10 previously unreleased tracks, some recorded months before...

Eminem reveals collaborations on new album due Dec. 15

NEW YORK — Rap superstar Eminem’s long-awaited album has a release date — Dec. 15 — and it will feature an array of star...

Taylor Swift is said to keep new album from streaming for...

REPRESENTATIVES for pop star Taylor Swift told streaming-music partners that her new album won’t be available through their services during its first week of...

Neil Young says America ‘already great’ in latest music

NEW YORK – Rock legend Neil Young on Friday took aim at President Donald Trump – declaring America to be “already great” – as...

Jailed mogul’s Wu-Tang Clan album goes for $1M

NEW YORK – An auction by disgraced pharmaceutical executive Martin Shkreli for his unique copy of a Wu-Tang Clan album has ended with a...

Martin Shkreli’s Wu-Tang album might not be a Wu-Tang album

THE RAPPER Killa Sin didn’t think he was contributing verses to a Wu-Tang Clan record a few years ago when he stood before a...

U2 rocks out as it readies post-Trump album

NEW YORK – U2 on Wednesday rocked out on a guitar-charging first track of its upcoming album, which the Irish rock legends had largely...

Year after album, Frank Ocean drops mellow new track

NEW YORK -- Frank Ocean, the introspective singer who has thumbed his nose at music industry conventions, has unexpectedly released a new song, a...

Taylor Swift, titan of pop music, announces new album

NEW YORK – Taylor Swift, one of the top-selling pop stars of recent years, on Wednesday announced a new album, Reputation, to be released...

Santana wants album with Isley Brothers to break walls

NEW YORK -- Teaming up with The Isley Brothers for a new album, Carlos Santana isn’t just uniting two musical legends. He believes the...

Arcade Fire takes indie outlook to dance floor

NEW YORK -- Few bands have straddled the divide between indie and mainstream quite like Arcade Fire -- eclectic in tastes and cerebral in...

Bob Dylan says ‘not yearning for old days’ in latest cover...

Bob Dylan’s new album Triplicate explores American standards from the 1930s, ’40s, and ’50s, but the veteran singer-songwriter says that does not mean he...

Depeche Mode return with new album Spirit

DEPECHE MODE is back, releasing its 14th studio album which the British synth-pop musicians describe as “bleak.” The Syrian conflict and rise of nationalism in...

Drake returns with dancehall beats and big-name guests

NEW YORK -- Drake, the prolific hip-hop star who was last year’s top-selling artist, has returned with a song collection in which he ventures...

Ed Sheeran still thinking out loud, mostly about love

NEW YORK — Ed Sheeran has spoken of not wanting to be defined by “Thinking Out Loud,” his 2014 love song whose viral success...

Ending epic wait, Lorde returns with dance track

NEW YORK — In one of the most anticipated returns in pop music, Lorde unveiled a song last week in which the onetime teenage...

‘Troubled times’: Green Day takes on Trump again

NEW YORK -- Punk rockers Green Day renewed their attack Monday on president-elect Donald Trump, warning of dangers ahead for the world in a...

New Rolling Stones album rekindles Chicago-blues love affair

LONDON -- Eleven years after their last studio album, the forever Rolling Stones are back once again with Blue and Lonesome, a tribute to...

The Weeknd, smooth yet steamy, makes quick return

By Shaun Tandon NEW YORK -- Just one year after he catapulted into the ranks of top pop stars, The Weeknd has returned with a...

Back from hiatus, Metallica is still angry

PARIS — Back with its first album in eight years, Metallica has returned to its thrash metal roots, making it clear the band hasn’t...

Killers drop Don’t Waste Your Wishes Christmas compilation

THE KILLERS have released this year’s holiday treat for their fans, the Don’t Waste Your Wishes charity album, which dropped exclusively on Nov. 18...

Fitz and The Tantrums find pop not a ‘dirty word’

NEW YORK — Fitz and The Tantrums won acclaim with its brand of infectious retro soul but when it came time to write new...

Hamilton: The romance of history, rendered in hip-hop

The Binge Jessica Zafra WHAT A COMFORT it is after an intense and contentious election to hear a musical that makes you want to give standing...

Radiohead inches back to rock roots on bleak new album

NEW YORK — Radiohead, the band for two decades synonymous with experimentation, has inched back to its rock roots on a long-awaited album that...

Rapper Drake releases long-awaited album Views

WASHINGTON -- Drake, one of the most successful rappers of the moment, last week released his long-awaited new album, Views -- an ode to...

PJ Harvey, rock poet, turns journalist with eye on decay

LOS ANGELES — With a guitar in hand rather than a notebook, rocker PJ Harvey has taken on the role of a journalist on a...

Meat Loaf back with album, tour

NEW YORK — Hard rock chart-topper Meat Loaf has announced a release date for a new album and an extensive tour of Canada, returning...

Last Motorhead recordings to become live album

NEW YORK — Motorhead’s last live recordings before the death of the hard-charging metal band’s frontman Lemmy are being turned into a live album. Clean...

From ninja to elder statesman: Japan techno king Ken Ishii

TOKYO — Japan’s techno trail-blazer Ken Ishii rocks huge crowds the world over and leads a glamorous, jet-set life — but the superstar DJ...

Launching album, Seal says honest songs of heartbreak ‘cathartic’

LOS ANGELES — Writing songs about love and heartbreak for his first album since divorcing model wife Heidi Klum was a “cathartic experience” for...

Rocker Rod Stewart continues songwriting return with new album

LONDON — Singing about a soldier serving abroad or bedtime for his young son, rocker Rod Stewart continues his comeback to songwriting with new...

Bryan Adams goes retro with Get Up album

LOS ANGELES — It has been a long time coming. Canadian singer-songwriter Bryan Adams says his new album, Get Up, is the ideal follow-up record...

Wake Up! album mixes Pope Francis speeches with spiced-up hymns

POPE FRANCIS is releasing an album of speeches set against a background of music ranging from rock to Gregorian chants. European music label Believe Digital...