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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. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

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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. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at nytimes.com/audioapp

Language:

English


Episodes
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Did Dua Lipa Flop? + Miserable Music Movies (Deluxe)

5/29/2024
Discussing the imperfect rollout of “Radical Optimism," plus: the recent music movies “Back to Black,” about Amy Winehouse, and “The Idea of You” with Anne Hathaway.

Duration:01:17:51

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Billie Eilish Is Done Hiding (Deluxe)

5/22/2024
A conversation about the pop singer’s new album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft.” Plus: How Tinashe’s “Nasty” went viral.

Duration:01:04:00

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Kendrick-Drake Beef Ends + Zendaya, Post Malone & Central Cee (Deluxe)

5/15/2024
Catching up on the conclusion of rap’s heavyweight fight, Zendaya in “Challengers,” a new Central Cee freestyle and Post Malone’s country single with Morgan Wallen.

Duration:01:29:04

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The Legacy of Steve Albini, Rock’s Uncompromising Force

5/14/2024
A conversation about one of the most admired, and divisive, figures in rock. Guest host: Ben Sisario. Guests: The Atlantic's Jeremy Gordon, and Joe Gross.

Duration:01:10:09

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Popcast (Deluxe): How Kendrick Lamar Out-Drake’d Drake

5/8/2024
Breaking down the heavyweight rap battle after a weekend of dramatic diss tracks.

Duration:01:22:19

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Popcast (Deluxe): The Best New Taylor Swift Songs. Plus: Chappell Roan & Sabrina Carpenter

5/1/2024
Picking the best edited track list for “The Tortured Poets Department” one week later and charting the recent rise of a pair of pop’s middle-class stars.

Duration:01:22:20

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Taylor Swift: The ‘Tortured’ Mailbag

4/26/2024
Answering your questions about the sound and substance of the pop superstar’s double album, and the way fans and critics have responded to it. Guests: Caryn Ganz and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.

Duration:01:02:11

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Popcast (Deluxe): Taylor Swift’s ‘Tortured’ Era

4/24/2024
A discussion about the singer’s new album, “The Tortured Poets Department,” Swift’s “imperial era,” the use of her rumored relationships and production choices.

Duration:01:20:33

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Vampire Weekend’s New Album Goes Underground and All Over

4/17/2024
Digging into “Only God Was Above Us,” an LP that’s both catchy and complex. Guest host: Jon Pareles. Guests: The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich and Pitchfork's Matthew Strauss.

Duration:00:39:32

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Popcast (Deluxe): It’s Drake vs. Everybody … Who’s Winning?

4/17/2024
Breaking down the convoluted recent beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar (and Future, Metro Boomin, the Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross and more).

Duration:01:19:43

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Beyoncé, ‘Cowboy Carter’ and Filling in History’s Gaps

4/8/2024
A conversation about how the pop superstar’s genre experiments explore race and power, and the implicit politics that come with them. Guests: Marcus K. Dowling and Julianne Escobedo Shepherd.

Duration:01:07:11

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Popcast (Deluxe): Listening to Beyoncé & Future (and the Discourse)

4/3/2024
How conversation about very specific aspects of the new albums “Cowboy Carter” and “We Don’t Trust You” can obscure talk of their musical quality.

Duration:01:23:00

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Lil Jon: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

3/27/2024
An in-depth interview with the Atlanta hip-hop and EDM legend, tracing his path through punk, skateboarding and crunk music on the way to this year’s Super Bowl.

Duration:01:44:51

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The Justin Timberlake Conundrum

3/26/2024
His sixth solo album, “Everything I Thought It Was,” has been met with critical dismissal and weaker sales. Where can the onetime pop superstar turn next? Guests: Steven J. Horowitz and Joshunda Sanders.

Duration:00:59:23

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Popcast (Deluxe): Is Reality TV in a New Golden Age?

3/21/2024
Catching up on recent hit shows like “Love Is Blind,” “The Traitors” and “Survivor,” including how social media has added another layer of reality.

Duration:01:20:37

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Popcast (Deluxe): What’s an Industry Plant Anyway? Plus: Ariana Grande

3/14/2024
Discussing the quick ascent of the downtempo R&B singer 4batz, the new Ariana Grande album, “eternal sunshine,” music at the Oscars and more.

Duration:01:06:55

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Tate McRae, Dua Lipa and the Fight to Be ‘Main Pop Girl’

3/13/2024
A conversation about a title that emerged from stan communities, and how it’s played a role in pop singers’ careers. Guests: Vulture's Jason P. Frank and Rolling Stone's Larisha Paul.

Duration:00:56:57

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girl in red: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

3/6/2024
An interview with the Norwegian singer girl in red (Marie Ulven) about her second album, “I’m Doing It Again Baby!,” opening for Taylor Swift and more.

Duration:01:14:43

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Popcast (Deluxe): Is TikTok Done? 4 Crises Holding the App Back

2/28/2024
Once addictive and effective, TikTok is struggling with commercialization, a shifting relationship with the music industry and more.

Duration:00:51:10

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Remembering Toby Keith and His Complexities

2/27/2024
A conversation about his loudest (and quieter) moments, and how patriotism has played into country music. Guest: David Cantwell.

Duration:00:42:40