Adele's long-awaited album is leading a flurry of major releases in the coming weeks that could determine whether 2015 marks a rebound for a slow-growing recorded music industry. Two acts with ecstatic young followings, Justin Bieber and One Direction, will both put out albums on November 13, and more established chart-toppers Coldplay and Rihanna have hinted at releases in time for holiday shoppers. Industry watchers expect Adele to be 2015's crucial artist when "25," her first album in nearly five years, goes on sale globally on November 20.
Fifteen stories beneath midtown Manhattan, hundreds of workers are slowly converting massive subterranean chambers into a new terminal for the Long Island Railroad, the United States' busiest commuter rail system. Two enormous caverns, each several city blocks long, will house eight tracks and platforms, serving an estimated 162,000 customers a day, officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority said during a tour of the planned station on Wednesday. A $10.2 billion project, known as East Side Access, will divert some Long Island Railroad trains from their current terminus at overcrowded Pennsylvania Station on the West Side to Grand Central.