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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.

New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.

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New York, New York

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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles, Ben Ratliff, Jon Caramanica and Nate Chinen talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

2/28/2020
The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:00:59:26

Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

2/21/2020
One of pop’s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:01:35

Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

2/14/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times’s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:08:40

Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

2/7/2020
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:03:55

When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

2/1/2020
A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.

Duration:00:57:06

The Grammys, Dissected: Out With the Old, in With the Billie, Lizzo and Tyler

1/28/2020
Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:11:11

How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

1/17/2020
Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.

Duration:00:53:06

In 2019, Jazz Reckoned With Old Boundaries, and Marched Past Them

1/11/2020
A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre’s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.

Duration:00:56:00

Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

12/31/2019
A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:01:15:53

Debating the Best Albums of 2019

12/20/2019
How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:57:22

Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

12/13/2019
Success is coming faster than ever for a new generation of musicians. But at what price? Guests: David Turner; the directors Ramez Silyan and Sebastian Jones.

Duration:00:51:54

Would Prince Have Wanted His Rough Drafts Made Public?

12/8/2019
A memoir and a deluxe edition of “1999” offer a new perspective on the meticulous artist. Guests: Jon Pareles, Naima Cochrane, Keith Murphy and Jay Smooth.

Duration:00:52:09

Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations

11/22/2019
Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the way. But has the Recording Academy’s relationship to pop changed? Guests: The full New York Times pop music team.

Duration:00:53:46

Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey: Pop Stars (and Their Fans) Clap Back

11/20/2019
Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.

Duration:01:11:49

Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?

11/11/2019
Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” is the most recent example of the reality-TV business trying to get into the hip-hop business. Guests: Complex's Frazier Tharpe and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.

Duration:00:58:48

Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ From the Gospel Perspective

10/30/2019
Gospel music insiders on the rapper’s turn to religious music and how his album relates to contemporary holy hip-hop. Guests: Root's Hasan James and The Journal of Gospel Music's Robert Marovich.

Duration:01:06:37

The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit

10/19/2019
The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Duration:01:15:53

The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music

10/11/2019
Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.

Duration:01:04:54

Is 100 gecs the End of Pop, or a New Beginning?

10/5/2019
One of the year’s most unlikely breakthroughs is a duo that makes disorienting, genre-jumbling music. Guests: Eli Enis and The Fader's Larry Fitzmaurice.

Duration:01:06:35

A New Flood of English-Spanish Pop Is Here. Is It Opportunism or Progress?

9/29/2019
Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.

Duration:01:05:55