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The Man Who Would Be Prince

A profile of Prince as Diamonds and Pearls was released, based mostly off a brief phone call, all the access he’ll allow.


Justin Bieber's Cosseted, Feral Public Life

Three years after profiling him, the author checks in with the Bieber experiment.


Ambient Genius

How Brian Eno works.


Super Heroine

An interview with Lorde.


Billy Joel on Not Working and Not Giving Up Drinking

“I haven’t put out an album in 20 years. Let’s face it. I am an oldies act. I just don’t want it to be like when you watch Channel 13 and there’s the Delltones or some English band from the ’60s, and they’re real crotchety and they look terrible, and I go, ‘Oh, God, I don’t want to be on that show.’”


Only Mr. God Knows Why

The meaning of the Eurovision Song Contest.


L.A. Weirdos

On singer-songwriters Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman and Van Dyke Parks.

I get the sense that the labels' attitude toward these guys wasn't altogether different from a parent's attitude toward gifted children: Get them through the system, but make sure to give them a clean little corner to doodle in and pat them on the head when they show you what they've done, whether you understand it or not.


I Want My MTV

An excerpt from a new oral history of MTV.


The Life & Times Of M. Serge Gainsbourg

Gainsbourg decked out his home at 5 Rue de Verneuil in Saint Germain all in black, inspired by a time when he was younger when he'd somehow got the keys to Salvador Dali's house and made love to his first wife in every room while Dali was away. He even stole a small token souvenir in the form of a picture from Dali's porn collection. (Serge was obsessed with Dali and the pair later became friends. The title of 'Je T'Aime... Moi Non Plus' - roughly translated as 'I love you, me neither' - was inspired by something Dali was once supposed to have said: "Picasso is Spanish - so am I; Picasso is a genius - so am I; Picasso is a communist - me neither.")

Angel So Fly

An oral history of Aaliyah.


Madonna Rocks the Land

Scenes from Madonna’s first major tour and an author struggling to explain the 26-year-old’s massive, surging appeal.