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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

Location:

New York, New York

Description:

The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in popular music criticism, trends and news.

Language:

English


Episodes

Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?

11/18/2020
While her father remains the head of her estate for now, the pop star has signaled she’s ready for change. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Vanessa Grigoriadis.

Duration:00:53:31

Ariana Grande, a Pop Star for the Post-Pop Star Age

11/10/2020
A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.

Duration:01:06:25

The Many Mariah Careys

10/22/2020
A conversation about her memoir, her range of contributions to pop music and her secret alt-rock album. Guests: New York's Allison P. Davis; Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:05:40

Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro

10/4/2020
The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.

Duration:00:59:59

Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?

9/28/2020
The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.

Duration:00:43:18

Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?

9/16/2020
“Old Town Road” showed the app’s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.

Duration:00:51:22

Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Preserving Pop’s Old Guard

9/9/2020
Six albums into major-label careers with “Chromatica” and “Smile,” where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:00:48:22

Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan

9/1/2020
The band’s 34-year-old frontman helped break down barriers between scenes, and was known for singularly wild live shows. Guests: Dan Franklin; James Khubiar; and Andy O’Connor.

Duration:00:56:56

How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart

8/22/2020
For today’s biggest artists, an album release isn’t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.

Duration:00:53:41

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1

8/18/2020
Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.

Duration:00:58:26

The Welcome Return of the Chicks

8/10/2020
How would Nashville be different if it hadn’t pushed the trio away? A conversation about “Gaslighter” and beyond. Guests: Jewly Hight and Slate's Carl Wilson.

Duration:00:55:17

Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’

8/4/2020
Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:27:25

Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’: Let’s Discuss

7/27/2020
On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:01:04:24

Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro

7/20/2020
His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua Rothkopf.

Duration:00:53:12

The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels

7/9/2020
Killer Mike and El-P’s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce.

Duration:01:05:49

Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?

6/30/2020
A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.

Duration:00:56:13

Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight

6/21/2020
His protest song “The Bigger Picture” marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop’s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:00:43:34

The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music

6/15/2020
As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.

Duration:00:59:26

How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?

6/7/2020
Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.

Duration:00:48:56

After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back

6/1/2020
Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.

Duration:01:15:03