Garth Brooks & Taylor Swift: A Study in Country Contrasts

Garth Brooks & Taylor Swift: A Study in Country Contrasts

It's an interesting time in country music. The format's biggest-selling star of the last decade, Taylor Swift, has departed for pop music. Meanwhile, Garth Brooks, who has sold more albums than any artist since 1991, is back. Brooks' return, however, has been greeted with a fairly lukewarm reception.
Robert Bell

Kool & the Gang on 'Keeping the Brand Alive,' the Origin of 'Celebration' and Being the Most-Sampled Band in History

At Billboard's 11th annual touring awards, the "Spirit of the Boogie" panel -- a conversation with Kool & the Gang -- showed the importance of flexibility. Often bands tend to solidify as they get older: they settle in and clamp down. In an increasingly uncertain music world, Kool & the Gang manage to maintain their youthful malleability.

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