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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.

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English


Episodes

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

11/20/2019
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.

Duration:01:05:55

How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?

9/22/2019
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A conversation about his rapid rise and the questions — about genre and race — glossed over along the way. Guests: Pitchfork's Jayson Greene and The New York Times Magazine's Jonah Weiner.

Duration:01:00:20

Young Thug Gets His Due, But Is It Too Late?

9/6/2019
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One of the decade’s most copied rappers finally reached No. 1 on the album chart, years after his aesthetic rubbed off on hip-hop. Guest: Andrew Nosnitsky.

Duration:01:01:23

What’s the Point of Album Covers in the Post-Album Era?

8/29/2019
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What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.

Duration:00:55:37

Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

8/27/2019
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Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Duration:01:16:10

A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

8/16/2019
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Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.

Duration:01:15:18

Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator’s Unlikely Buddy Comedy

8/2/2019
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The Hot 97 D.J. and the hip-hop disrupter shared the wildest interview of the year. Guests: Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Duration:01:09:32

How Many Streams Is a T-Shirt Worth? Breaking Down Chart Dilemmas.

7/26/2019
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There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Ben Sisario.

Duration:01:00:32

The Loudness of João Gilberto, Bossa Nova’s King of Quiet

7/19/2019
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A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff

Duration:00:55:50

How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

7/8/2019
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Critics who were writing about the band at the peak of its fame look back at how the group became so bitterly divisive. Guests: Jim DeRogatis and Danyel Smith.

Duration:00:53:53

Taylor vs. Scooter: The Pop Music Civil War of 2019

7/3/2019
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The superstar complained that the powerful manager acquired her master recordings, setting off a debate that divided the industry. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

Duration:01:04:48

The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

6/30/2019
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“Cracked Rear View” catapulted the band to superstardom. But the group made great music long before — and after — anyone paid attention. Guest: former A&R representative Tim Sommer

Duration:00:59:42

Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

6/21/2019
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From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.

Duration:01:16:48

Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?

6/13/2019
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A 2008 fire destroyed master recordings for a who’s who of popular music. A new investigation explores the damage done. Guest: The New York Times Magazine's Jody Rosen

Duration:01:15:24