With ‘American Idol’ Ending & One Direction Taking a Bow, Is the Simon Cowell Era Ending?

Austin Hargrave From left: One Direction’s Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson and Harry Styles photographed by Austin Hargrave on May 17 in Las Vegas. With American Idol kicking off its final season in January, and One Direction bowing at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 with what figures to be their swan-song studio album, we might be witness to the […]

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Senior Moments: Why More Albums by Middle-Aged Artists Like Tom Petty and “Weird Al” Are Hitting No. 1

The news last week that veteran band Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers scored its first No. 1 album—yes, ever—prompted a number of reactions, ranging from “Petty’s still got it…classic rock rules!” to “Man, it’s way too easy to top the charts these days.” Both reactions are understandable, but the truth lies somewhere in between. Supporting […]

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