By The New York Times

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


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

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.
29/05/241h 17m

Billie Eilish Is Done Hiding (Deluxe)

A conversation about the pop singer’s new album, “Hit Me Hard and Soft.” Plus: How Tinashe’s “Nasty” went viral.
22/05/241h 4m

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

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.
15/05/241h 29m

The Legacy of Steve Albini, Rock’s Uncompromising Force

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.
14/05/241h 10m

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

Breaking down the heavyweight rap battle after a weekend of dramatic diss tracks.
08/05/241h 22m

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

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.
01/05/241h 22m

Taylor Swift: The ‘Tortured’ Mailbag

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.
26/04/241h 2m

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

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.
24/04/241h 20m

Vampire Weekend’s New Album Goes Underground and All Over

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.
17/04/2439m 32s

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

Breaking down the convoluted recent beef between Drake and Kendrick Lamar (and Future, Metro Boomin, the Weeknd, ASAP Rocky, Rick Ross and more).
17/04/241h 19m

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

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.
09/04/241h 7m

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

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.
03/04/241h 23m

Lil Jon: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

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.
27/03/241h 44m

The Justin Timberlake Conundrum

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.
26/03/2459m 23s

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

Catching up on recent hit shows like “Love Is Blind,” “The Traitors” and “Survivor,” including how social media has added another layer of reality.
21/03/241h 20m

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

Discussing the quick ascent of the downtempo R&B singer 4batz, the new Ariana Grande album, “eternal sunshine,” music at the Oscars and more.
14/03/241h 6m

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

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.
13/03/2456m 57s

girl in red: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

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.
06/03/241h 14m

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

Once addictive and effective, TikTok is struggling with commercialization, a shifting relationship with the music industry and more.
28/02/2451m 10s

Remembering Toby Keith and His Complexities

A conversation about his loudest (and quieter) moments, and how patriotism has played into country music. Guest: David Cantwell.
27/02/2442m 40s

Popcast (Deluxe): Pop Stars vs. the Attention Economy

Jennifer Lopez’s new film and album, “This Is Me … Now,” plus other confusing recent rollouts for pop stars including Dua Lipa, Justin Timberlake and Camila Cabello.
22/02/241h 3m

Covering the Rise of Tracy Chapman

In 1988, “Fast Car” turned the singer-songwriter into a star. She was skeptical of the spotlight, and learning to wield her power. Guest: Steve Pond.
21/02/2434m 8s

Popcast (Deluxe): Usher, Beyoncé and Ye Lead a Busy Week in Pop

Recapping the Super Bowl halftime show, two new singles from Beyoncé, Ye’s “Vultures 1” album and more.
15/02/241h 9m

How Usher Arrived at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

A conversation about his long career path through several generations of R&B, and what he might do on such a big stage. Guests: Thomas Hobbs and Danielle Amir Jackson.
08/02/2451m 31s

2024 Grammys, Dissected: Taylor, Miley, SZA, Tracy, Joni and More

Was this the year the awards got it correct? Guests: Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
07/02/2452m 58s

Popcast (Deluxe): Will Taylor, SZA or Olivia Win Big at the Grammys?

A breakdown of the major categories and most interesting competitions at the 66th annual awards on Sunday.
31/01/241h 7m

Popcast (Deluxe): Playboi Carti, Waxahatchee and 12 More to Watch

A breakdown of new albums and songs for 2024 (and a handful of possible but dubious releases).
24/01/2452m 2s

Pitchfork, the Early Years

With the music website’s future uncertain, Ryan Schreiber and Chris Kaskie look back at its start.

An Elastic and Impressive Moment in Jazz

A rundown of impressive recent releases and a look at who benefits (and suffers) when artists working outside formal jazz idioms are lumped into conversations about the genre. Guests: Marcus J. Moore and Giovanni Russonello.
19/01/2457m 19s

Popcast (Deluxe): Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and 21 Savage Kick Off 2024

Pop’s premier troll returns while one of its biggest voices turns her attention to gossip, and the first blockbuster rap album of the year arrives.
17/01/2449m 44s

Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Saltburn,’ Jacob Elordi and the New Heartthrob Era

Plus: Barry Keoghan’s “Murder on the Dancefloor,” Jeremy Allen White’s stripped-down moment and Nathan Fielder’s “The Curse” wraps up.
11/01/241h 4m

What Did We Learn From a Year in Live Shows?

Concerts paused during the height of the pandemic, and returned at full power in 2023. Our pop music editor saw a lot of them. Guest: Caryn Ganz
10/01/2443m 53s

Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and the Sphere: The Year in Live Music

The touring business saw record revenue in 2023 and major tours made news, but fans still struggle with ticket prices and access — and political leaders are watching. Guest: Ben Sisario.
23/12/2348m 35s

Popcast (Deluxe): The Kid Mero on the Viral Characters of 2023

The comedian and podcaster known as the Kid Mero on the year in internet domination, including Ice Spice, Keith Lee, the Weeknd, Kai Cenat and more.
20/12/231h 7m

Chatting About the Best Songs of 2023

The most impactful tracks of the year come from different genres and generations — and not all of them are traditional songs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.

Jelly Roll: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview

An emotional conversation with one of the year’s biggest breakout stars about turning his life around and transitioning from Southern rap to country hitmaking.
13/12/231h 10m

The Albums That Defined 2023? Let’s Discuss.

Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on SZA, Olivia Rodrigo and 100 gecs!) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
09/12/2353m 26s

Popcast (Deluxe): Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Movie Shows All the Work

Discussing the singer’s new concert film that documents the Renaissance World Tour, interspersed with behind-the-scenes looks at how it came to be.
06/12/231h 8m

Jung Kook, BTS and English Language K-Pop

A conversation about K-pop’s long march to American awareness, and the potential risks of that embrace. Guest: Kara.
01/12/2344m 28s

Popcast (Deluxe): Can Rap Bridge Its Generation Gap?

Is it possible for rappers to age gracefully? Where are the new stars? A discussion on the state of the genre and where it may be heading.
29/11/231h 13m

André 3000’s Experiments With Flutes and Fame

The acclaimed rapper’s first solo album contains no rapping. What does this sharp creative turn reveal about its maker? Guests: GQ's Zach Baron, and Sadie Sartini Garner.
25/11/231h 3m

Popcast (Deluxe): Mailbag! The Beatles, Taylor Swift and More

Taking viewer and listener questions on hot topics in pop music.
22/11/2353m 50s

Popcast (Deluxe): What Is Going On With the Grammy Nominations?

Dissecting the contenders for the 2024 Grammy Awards, including top nominations for SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Jon Batiste. Plus: Nathan Fielder's "The Curse."
15/11/231h 4m

PinkPantheress Leaves the Bedroom for the Wider Pop World

A conversation about the 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer’s new album and the art of sampling. Guests: Kemi Alemoru and Lindsay Zoladz.
10/11/2351m 43s

Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Priscilla’ and ‘The Golden Bachelor’ Plumb Heartbreak

Breaking down Sofia Coppola’s new film, an impressionistic take on Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s relationship, plus: the surprising depth of a reality TV spinoff.
08/11/231h 7m

Noah Kahan’s Rootsy Rock Revival

Revisiting the rustic mainstream sound of the early 2010s, the Vermont singer-songwriter has broken through with “Stick Season.” Guests: Vox's Rebecca Jennings and Billboard's Jason Lipshutz.
03/11/2347m 35s

Popcast (Deluxe): Is the Pop Music Machine Stuck in Place?

With certain headliners hogging up space, where are the new stars? We checked in on recent hits from the radio, streaming services and TikTok.
01/11/231h 7m

Who Is Troye Sivan Now?

A conversation about the pop star’s evolution on his new album, “Something to Give Each Other,” and the ceilings he may still face as an openly gay male performer. Guests: Harry Tafoya and Shaad D’Souza.
27/10/2339m 57s

Popcast (Deluxe): The Britney Spears Memoir + ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

Reacting to “The Woman in Me,” the new book by Spears, and Martin Scorsese’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone.
25/10/231h 2m

Drake Takes On All Comers

The rapper’s new album, “For All the Dogs,” has stirred debate about maturity and misogyny, and led to questions about the next phase of his career. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity and Pitchfork's Dylan Green.
20/10/2346m 2s

Popcast (Deluxe): Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Movie + Bad Bunny Returns

A conversation about Swift’s concert film documenting her summer stadium sojourn. Plus: The new album “Nadie Sabe Lo Que Va a Pasar Mañana.”
18/10/231h 2m

Do We Need Album Reviews Anymore?

A conversation about the history — and future — of album reviews in an increasingly fraught environment for music journalism and criticism.
12/10/2347m 57s

Popcast (Deluxe): Drake’s New Album Courts New Enemies

A discussion about “For All the Dogs” and the fever-pitch online discourse around Drake, his career and his public persona. Plus: reality TV drama.
11/10/231h 7m

Maren Morris: The (Deluxe) Interview

In a guest appearance, the country-pop singer discusses her recent decision to step back from country music because of Nashville’s poor track record of tolerance and diversity.
04/10/231h 5m

Zach Bryan Begins Building His Village

A conversation about the singer-songwriter’s post-politics approach to stardom, his dogged work ethic and his artistic coalition with fellow dissidents.
29/09/2359m 5s

Popcast (Deluxe): Doja Cat’s Rap Renaissance + Taylor Swift & Travis Kelce

Breaking down Doja Cat’s surprising new album, “Scarlet,” plus: Swift’s foray into football and Hasan Minhaj’s fibs.
27/09/231h 4m

Remembering Jimmy Buffett, Beach Bum Bard

A conversation about how the musician, who died this month at 76, turned a way of life into a song — and that song back into a very profitable way of life. Guest: Jon Pareles
21/09/2339m 0s

Popcast (Deluxe): Ice Spice’s Munchkin Drink + Jann Wenner Backlash

Plus: what it’s like in Sean Combs’s sauna.

Popcast (Deluxe): Breaking Down Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Guts,’ Part 2

A deep dive into whom the singer’s new songs might be about — and if it matters. Plus: Zach Bryan’s breakthrough and recent arrest.
13/09/231h 11m

Olivia Rodrigo’s Songs About Growing Pains

The 20-year-old singer-songwriter returns with “Guts,” an album informed by the opportunities and costs of her rapid rise. Guests: Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
12/09/2351m 35s

Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Bottoms,’ ‘Hard Knocks’ & Uncovering Rap History

What we watched (and read!) this summer.
06/09/231h 8m

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Speed Round, Part 2

A conversation about Swift’s relationship to celebrity, the tour date as destination event and how fans dressed up for the show. Guests: Caryn Ganz, Vrinda Jagota and Josh Duboff.
05/09/231h 15m

Popcast (Deluxe) Mailbag: Selena Gomez, BTS and Doja Cat!

Listener (and viewer!) questions on some recent releases, also including Renee Rapp, Earl Sweatshirt and Zach Bryan.
30/08/231h 7m

Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour Speed Round, Part 1

A conversation about how the concert relates to Beyoncé’s stadium show, the role of dance in Swift’s spectacular and more. Guests: Wesley Morris, Brian Seibert and Bandsplain's Yasi Salek.
29/08/231h 4m

Popcast (Deluxe): A Shocking No. 1 Hit and Addison Rae’s New EP

The rapid rise of Oliver Anthony Music’s “Rich Men North of Richmond,” plus: the playful pop of the TikTok star Addison Rae.
23/08/231h 4m

Dead & Company Said Farewell, but the Scene Is Very Alive

One of jam’s most definitive bands is still attracting new recruits, and younger generations are finding comfort in its community. Guests: JamBase's Scott Bernstein; and Marc Tracy.
22/08/2357m 47s

Popcast (Deluxe): Is There Such a Thing as the Song of the Summer?

Tracks by Morgan Wallen, Olivia Rodrigo, Taylor Swift and more have dominated this summer — or at least attempted to.
16/08/231h 7m

Popcast (Deluxe): Lizzo, Travis Scott and the Limits of Persona

What can pop stars get away with? Plus: the deaths of Sinead O’Connor and Angus Cloud.
09/08/231h 6m

The Raw Art and Life of Sinead O’Connor

A conversation about her unlikely pop fame, complex relationship to stardom and powerful, signature music. Guests: Alfred Soto and Amanda Hess.

Popcast (Deluxe): Our Favorite Albums of the Year So Far

Peso Pluma, Ice Spice, Skrillex, 100 gecs and more.
02/08/231h 1m

Jason Aldean’s Culture War Hit

After the country star’s “Try That in a Small Town” video was criticized as offensive, right-wing support sent the song to No. 2 on the singles chart. Guests: The Tennessean's Marcus K. Dowling; the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Amanda Marie Martinez
28/07/2346m 38s

Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Barbie,’ Jason Aldean’s Culture War and Drake’s Tour

Plus: Violent J in our 50 Rappers, 50 Stories project, new songs and new snacks.
26/07/231h 16m

50 Rappers, 50 Stories: Behind the Scenes

A look at how we assembled a sweeping collection of personal narratives, and the threads that tie them together. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Elena Bergeron and Keith Murphy.
23/07/2357m 32s

Popcast (Deluxe): Fans Misbehaving at Concerts, and Pinkydoll’s NPC TikTok

Plus: Music from Troye Sivan and Militarie Gun (as performed by Post Malone).
19/07/231h 8m

Popcast (Deluxe): Britney Spears’s Wembanyama Run-In and Taylor Swift’s ‘Revenge’

Plus: Lil Uzi Vert’s new No. 1 “Pink Tape,” and Wes Anderson’s “Asteroid City.”
12/07/231h 2m

The Many Lives of Lil Durk

How the Chicago rap veteran reinvented himself, and became a star largely in the shadows. Guest: Fake Shore Drive's Andrew Barber.
11/07/2352m 31s

Popcast (Deluxe): Olivia Rodrigo Returns, Fall Out Boy Denies History

Plus: “Barbie” memes and the Grimace Shake attacks.
05/07/2353m 44s

Popcast (Deluxe): Kim Petras’s New LP and Jennifer Lawrence’s Return

Up for discussion this week: “The Idol” approaches its finale, the conclusion of Kesha and Dr. Luke’s legal battle and more.
29/06/231h 9m

Kylie Minogue’s ‘Padam Padam’ and the Queer Club-Pop Canon

The global star’s single has become the soundtrack of Pride this year, opening fresh conversations about pop divas and their gay fans. Guest: Vulture's Jason P. Frank
27/06/2351m 20s

Popcast (Deluxe): Pharrell Williams at Louis Vuitton and Gunna’s New LP

What’s the role of global celebrity in high fashion? Why hasn’t hip-hop penetrated the charts this year? And what’s the snack of the week?
21/06/231h 17m

The Joni Mitchell Renaissance

A conversation about how the singer-songwriter was received during her career peak, and how she is remaking her own music in her later years. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
17/06/2342m 6s

Popcast (Deluxe): The Rise of the A.I. Pop Star, Luke Combs’s ‘Fast Car’

Dissecting the recent wave of songs ‘by’ Drake and others, plus your questions about band reunions, a rundown of new songs and more.
14/06/2359m 48s

Popcast Mailbag! Frank Ocean, Peso Pluma, A.I. Grimes and More

You asked, we answered your questions about the weight of following a smash single and the persistence of genre. Guests: Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli, Lindsay Zoladz and Caryn Ganz.
09/06/231h 1m

Popcast (Deluxe): Taylor Swift and Matty Healy, Plus ‘The Idol’

Breaking down Ice Spice’s new feature on Swift’s “Karma” remix, the explosion in pop music documentaries and more.
07/06/231h 2m

Popcast (Deluxe): Morgan Wallen, Indie Sleaze and ‘Survivor’

Introducing a new weekly video show from the Popcast team that breaks down the essential pop culture story lines of the moment.
31/05/231h 2m

On TikTok, Pop Music Speeds Up

A 12-year-old Miguel song has re-entered the Billboard charts, demonstrating how the app reshapes listening habits. Guest: Billboard's Elias Leight.
24/05/2336m 58s

Jessie Ware Is Dancing Into Her Second Act

A conversation about the British musician’s journey to her lush neo-disco manifesto “That! Feels Good!” Guests: Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
17/05/2344m 37s

Ed Sheeran Is Vindicated, But Other Copyright Battles Rage On

Do current protections account for how music is actually made now? Guest: Ben Sisario.
10/05/2347m 21s

Jai Paul Emerges From the Shadows, Somewhat

The elusive vocalist and producer performed his first shows last month. Do they mark the end of an arc, or a new beginning? Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and The New Yorker's Jia Tolentino.
04/05/2352m 53s

How Fred again.. Jolted Dance Music

A conversation about the genre's new wave of big-tent ambition, and the whimsical British artist at the heart of it. Guest: Foster Kamer.
24/04/2346m 59s

A Spree of Country Music Divorce Albums

Kelsea Ballerini, Carly Pearce and Kacey Musgraves have reacted to breakups — and found freedom — in song. Guest: Marissa R. Moss.
17/04/2346m 47s

The Friendship Harmonies of boygenius

How Julien Baker, Phoebe Bridgers and Lucy Dacus’s side project has become a major part of their music — and their lore. Guests: Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.
06/04/2337m 47s

How Taylor Swift Shapes the Story of Her Eras

The pop superstar is back on tour for the first time since 2018, performing grand stadium shows that spin a narrative from her 10-album catalog. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
31/03/2347m 47s

The Inevitability of Ice Spice

A conversation about the ubiquitous Bronx rapper’s rise, and her boosts from the meme universe. Guest: Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.
22/03/2349m 44s

The Return of Morgan Wallen (Who Never Went Away)

As the country star’s new album earns the biggest debut of the year, a conversation about the nature of his fame and the scope of his reprimand for using a racial slur. Guest: The New Yorker's Kelefa Sanneh.
16/03/2354m 15s

Celebrating De La Soul, With Questlove

A conversation about the group’s impact and legacy as its music finally arrives on streaming services, just weeks after the death of one of its rappers, Dave Jolicoeur. Guests: Questlove and Joseph Patel.
08/03/2358m 23s

Pharrell and Luxury Fashion’s Hip-Hop Obsession

The hitmaker has been named a creative director at Louis Vuitton, building another bridge between two worlds with decades of history. Guest: Complex's Aria Hughes.
01/03/2342m 22s

SZA’s Very Roundabout Path to Success

A conversation about the singer and songwriter’s chart-topping “SOS,” and the different approach to star-making that brought her there. Guest: Danyel Smith.
18/02/2344m 48s

Lil Yachty Breaks Boundaries and Takes on Rap Conservatism

A conversation about the hip-hop eccentric’s experiments, and the benefits (and perils) of collaborating outside an artist’s established genre. Guests: Jayson Buford and The Ringer's Justin Charity.
10/02/2354m 24s

Grammys 2023: Hip-Hop Wins, Beyoncé Wins (Sort of)

Does respect from music’s premier awards show still carry weight? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
07/02/2354m 42s

Blackpink, Aespa, NewJeans: The Evolution of K-Pop Girl Groups

Acts with growing profiles and unique personalities are taking increasingly different paths, as the genre’s globalization opens new doors. Guest: Tamar Herman.
26/01/2345m 23s

Ticketmaster Under the Magnifying Glass

The concert giant has long been the target of consumer complaints and artists’ ire. Recent incidents involving Taylor Swift and Bad Bunny have renewed focus on problems in the live marketplace. Guest: Ben Sisario.
19/01/2359m 21s

Jazz’s Year of Reckoning With Tradition

As the genre experiences a creative renaissance, has it become quietly radical to re-embrace the past? Guests: Harmony Holiday and Giovanni Russonello.
12/01/2344m 17s

The Year of Bad Bunny

With a blockbuster LP and a smash tour, the genre-melding superstar set a new bar for himself, and expanded the possibilities for Spanish-language pop worldwide. Guests: Billboard's Leila Cobo and The New York Times Magazine's Carina del Valle Schorske.
06/01/2357m 31s

Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 2

Answering reader queries about the state of the music video, Morgan Wallen, SZA and Ethel Cain and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
31/12/221h 5m

Year-End Listener Mailbag: Your 2022 Questions, Part 1

You asked, we answered your queries about Taylor Swift, Olivia Rodrigo, the state of indie rock and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
28/12/2254m 48s

2022: The Songs of the Year

Let’s talk about tracks by Ice Spice, Cardi B, Ethel Cain and many more of the 70 picks on our critics’ lists. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
14/12/2250m 37s

The Best Albums of 2022? Let’s Discuss.

Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on Beyoncé and Rosalía!) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
07/12/2259m 37s

2022: The Year in Atlanta Rap

The country’s most influential hip-hop scene has weathered a period of extraordinary upheaval. A look back at happened, and what’s next. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
01/12/221h 5m

Separating Big Business and Bad Behavior in ‘Tár’

The film about a renowned and embattled conductor puts a fresh spin on conversations about art, power and misdeeds. Guests: Vulture's Alison Wilmore and Zachary Woolfe.
16/11/2254m 37s

50 Years of Stevie Wonder’s ‘Talking Book’

A conversation about the singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist’s studio innovations, and melding of social consciousness and musical creativity. Guest: Jon Pareles.
09/11/2238m 50s

Taylor Swift’s ‘Midnights’: Listener Mailbag

The New York Times pop music team had its say; now a new panel answers questions about the blockbuster album. Guests: Madison Malone Kircher and Pitchfork's Quinn Moreland.
02/11/2254m 11s

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

The blockbuster singer-songwriter’s 10th studio album finds her at a crossroads: Will she continue to reckon with her past, or forge another new path forward? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
25/10/221h 7m

Remembering Loretta Lynn

A conversation about the country music titan’s sly radicalism and the many readings and misreadings of her work. Guest: Jewly Hight.
20/10/2246m 18s

The Young Women Who Make TikTok Weep

Songwriters who have found success on the app via emotional catharsis have expanded its range, and piqued the music industry’s interest. Guest: Stereogum's Rachel Brodsky.
12/10/2249m 12s

The Sudden Rise of Zach Bryan

The breakout country-folk singer and songwriter has found an audience for his old-fashioned artistry largely on a newer platform: streaming. Guest: Grady Smith.
05/10/2251m 34s

Popcast Live! The New Faces of 2022

Blondshell, Central Cee, Ethel Cain and more: a conversation about what’s breaking through, plus questions from the audience at our first live taping. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
22/09/221h 23m

The Perseverance of Megan Thee Stallion

The rapper’s rise has been accompanied by outside noise. How has she grown on record, and how have extra-musical narratives shaped her career? Guests: Rolling Stone's Mankaprr Conteh and Pitchfork's Heven Haile.
14/09/2248m 38s

What Is a ‘Fake’ Artist in 2022?

Firestorms over the “virtual rapper” FN Meka and faceless artists on Spotify have sparked conversations about alienation and creative agency. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Garbage Day's Ryan Broderick; and Music Business Worldwide's Tim Ingham.
31/08/2259m 27s

Rage Against the Machine, Roaring On

A conversation about the band’s return, its evolving message and the nature of comeback tours. Guests: Rolling Stone's Andy Greene and the writer and "Summer of Soul" producer Joseph Patel.
24/08/2246m 19s

Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: The Speed Round

The conversation continues about one of the year’s most ideologically provocative pop albums, its queer inspirations and its credits. Guests: Naima Cochrane, Vulture's Jason P. Frank, Resident Advisor's Kiana Mickles and Patrik Sandberg.
17/08/221h 15m

A Renaissance in American Hardcore Music

A look at the recent burst of bands and how the scene operates as music, ethic and feeling. Guests: Stereogum's Tom Breihan and The Ringer's Chris Ryan.
11/08/2254m 7s

The Robust Return of Beyoncé

A deep dive on “Renaissance,” her relationship to queer music communities and her framing of authorship. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Wesley Morris, Jon Pareles and Salamishah Tillet.
02/08/2256m 28s

Lizzo’s Complicated, Joyful Pop

The singer, rapper and songwriter’s peppy empowerment songs have made her an outlier in a field dominated by melancholic music. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity; Lindsay Zoladz; and William Robin.
27/07/2250m 15s

‘Elvis’ vs. Elvis

How much do fantasy and imagination play into how we remember pop culture heroes? Guests: A.O. Scott and Alanna Nash.
13/07/2257m 35s

What’s Next for Jack Harlow?

He’s one of hip-hop’s biggest emerging stars, and he’s cutting a very different path than the white rappers who came before him. Guests: Hunter Harris, Larisha Paul and Peter Rosenberg.
07/07/221h 1m

Where Is Jazz Most at Home?

The genre has long been filled with tension between mainstream outlets and the spaces in which the music is most likely to grow. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and WBGO's Nate Chinen.
29/06/2253m 4s

Drake Hits the Nightclub

How did the rapper arrive on the dance floor? And what subcultures and expectations might he experiment with next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and The Baltimore Banner's Lawrence Burney.
22/06/221h 2m

Digging Into Bob Dylan and Lou Reed’s Archives

Attempting to uncover unknown things about very well known people. Guest: Ben Sisario.
15/06/2243m 36s

Mailbag Madness: Adele, Jack Harlow, the State of Rock’s Return

The team answers your questions about Chance the Rapper, how the critics consider extramusical concerns and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
08/06/221h 8m

Can Harry Styles’s Music Catch Up to His Fame?

How his time in One Direction and a powerful online fan base have shaped the pop star’s career. Guests: The Atlantic's Kaitlyn Tiffany, and Lindsay Zoladz.
01/06/2257m 46s

Kendrick Lamar’s Anxiety Era

During his five-year pause between albums, the rapper has been reckoning — with his own evolution, and the narrative that’s been constructed for him. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza; New York magazine and Vulture's Craig Jenkins; and The Nation's Stephen Kearse.
24/05/2258m 51s

How Gossip Is Remaking Online Hip-Hop Media

Actual music can seem like an afterthought as digital coverage of the genre has tilted toward tabloidism. Are there other paths forward? Guests: HipHopDX's Jerry Barrow; Complex's Andre Gee; and Genius's Rob Markman.

Why We Collect

A conversation about the urge to accumulate treasured items and the stories objects can hold. Guest: The New Yorker's Hua Hsu.
11/05/2256m 26s

A Decade of Drill Rap

Pop Smoke, Lil Durk, Fivio Foreign and more have taken the sound that emerged in Chicago in different directions. What might come next? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and David Drake.
08/05/221h 8m

Machine Gun Kelly’s Pop-Punk Pivot

After decreasing returns in the hip-hop world, the musician and actor stepped into a revival that had roots in SoundCloud rap, and a champion in Travis Barker. Guests: Meaghan Garvey and Arielle Gordon.
27/04/2246m 38s

Will Smith, Before the Slap

Plenty has been said about Oscars night. But what about the rapper-turned-actor’s remarkable journey up to that point? Guest: Andscape's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
21/04/2247m 22s

The 2022 Grammys: Let’s Discuss

What are the awards at this point, and who benefits from them? Guests: Jon Pareles, Wesley Morris and Lindsay Zoladz.
05/04/2259m 40s

Charli XCX’s Ever-Evolving Pop

The singer and songwriter’s career has inspired dance parties as well as spirited conversations about her ambitions and aesthetic innovations. Guests: Hazel Cills and Shaad D’Souza.
30/03/2246m 0s

The Many Worlds of Rosalía

The Spanish phenom’s music takes in a host of global influences, making her one of the most sonically ambitious and critically dissected pop artists today. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
23/03/2253m 17s

The Sounds of Ukrainian Pop

A conversation about some of the country’s stars, the musical traditions they work within and how they have grappled with the war. Guest: Vogue's Liana Satenstein.
15/03/2239m 59s

Reggaeton’s Global Expansion and Wide-Open Future

As the genre grows in worldwide popularity, it is engaging with the pop music mainstream and stratifying into subsets, introducing new opportunities and dilemmas. Guests: Isabelia Herrera and Katelina Eccleston.
08/03/2253m 39s

The Enigma of Big Thief

A conversation about the space the breakout Brooklyn band occupies in contemporary indie-rock circles, and its latest album. Guests: Rolling Stone's Jon Dolan and Pitchfork's Sam Sodomsky.
02/03/2252m 13s

Remembering Betty Davis, a Futuristic Funk Force

A conversation about her unique music, her short career and the path that led to her rediscovery. Guests: Jon Pareles, Maureen Mahon and Oliver Wang.
23/02/2249m 1s

Mitski, In and Out of the Spotlight

The indie-rock musician’s albums inspire deep feelings and attract ever-bigger audiences, but in many ways she remains a mystery. Guests: New York's E. Alex Jung and Pitchfork's Cat Zhang.
16/02/2249m 50s

Spotify’s Ongoing Joe Rogan Problem

The controversy over the star podcaster and misinformation raised thorny questions about the streaming service’s role as a platform, and exacerbated its conflicts with musicians. Guests: Ben Sisario and New York's Nick Quah.
09/02/2257m 23s

Remembering Greg Tate, Critic and Catalyst

Conversations with two of his contemporaries about the fertile scenes he covered, and the indelible impression he left. Guests: Michael A. Gonzales and Joan Morgan.

A Killing Jolts Sweden’s Rap Scene

A conversation about hip-hop’s evolution in the country, and how a high-profile shooting thrust the music into the spotlight. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Petter Hallen and Alex Marshall.
26/01/2254m 39s

What’s Left for the Weeknd to Conquer?

“Dawn FM” suggests at least one future direction for the pop powerhouse, who’s spent a decade making careful moves. Guest: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla.
18/01/2245m 48s

2021 in Jazz: Intimacy and Conversation

Throughout the pandemic, the music’s flexibility has become an asset. Where will artists take it next? Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.
12/01/2244m 3s

Bonus Episode: Lana Del Rey’s American Fever Dreams

As a New Year's treat, we've recovered an old episode sidelined by technical issues (thank you, Pedro!): a discussion of Lana Del Rey’s “Chemtrails Over the Country Club” and the long arc of her career. Guests: Mina Tavakoli and Lindsay Zoladz.
01/01/2253m 8s

What We Forgot to Talk About in 2021

A catch-up round table on a host of topics: Maneskin, Jazmine Sullivan, Kelly Clarkson, a Real Housewife’s music career and much more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
28/12/2159m 4s

TikTok’s Music Critics Reflect on 2021

Four of the app’s voices on pop name their favorite releases of the year and discuss developing taste in the age of the algorithm. Guests: Margeaux Labat, Eric Morris, Cam Sullivan-Brown and Hunter White.
21/12/211h 2m

The Best Albums of 2021? Let’s Discuss.

Our critics spar over their year-end lists (and agree on Olivia Rodrigo and Tyler, the Creator) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
14/12/2156m 55s

Remembering Stephen Sondheim, Musical Theater Visionary

A conversation about his legacy, his engagements with pop music and whether he has any true inheritors. Guests: Jesse Green and Elisabeth Vincentelli.
07/12/2139m 53s

Adele Returns, From Beyond Space and Time

Will we ever see a star who unites audiences like this British musician again? Guests: Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
30/11/2146m 28s

The Emotional and Financial Business of Taylor Swift’s ‘All Too Well’

What does the rerecorded song from “Red” say about how power and the past have shaped her career? Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Lindsay Zoladz.
17/11/2136m 52s

Remembering the Velvet Underground Through the Mirror of Film

A conversation about how the band was experienced in its time, and how Todd Haynes’s new documentary explores the world that birthed it. Guests: Jon Pareles and A.O. Scott.
16/11/2139m 35s

How the Mosh Pit and ‘Raging’ Came to Hip-Hop

The tragedy at Travis Scott’s Astroworld turned attention to how rap festival performances are increasingly oriented toward the rowdy. Guest: Masked Gorilla and Masked Records' Roger Gengo.
09/11/2141m 29s

Popcast Mailbag! Halsey, Nicki, TikTok and, of Course, Taylor

Answering your questions about pop’s big names, the state of the music video and more. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
03/11/211h 15m

glaive and Hyperpop’s Breakthrough Moment

A conversation about one teen’s rapid ascent, and what the future might hold for a singer and sound evolving in real time. Guest: The Fader's Alex Robert Ross.
19/10/2148m 12s

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 3

Remembering Jacob Desvarieux, John Davis and Chucky Thompson. Guests: The New Yorker's Doreen St. Felix; Billboard's Gil Kaufman; Jeff Mao.
12/10/2156m 57s

The Reporters Who Covered R. Kelly on His Trial and Conviction

A conversation about the testimony, the meaning of the verdict and the long quest for proper recompense for the singer’s victims. Guests: Troy Closson and Jim DeRogatis.
05/10/2144m 55s

Bringing Aaliyah Into the Streaming Era

A conversation about the tug of war over her musical legacy, and how her songs — even without a digital presence — impacted the evolution of contemporary R&B. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Billboard's Gail Mitchell and Dan Rys.
28/09/2158m 17s

Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon

The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage. But reports of her divorce from Nashville have been greatly exaggerated. Guests: Amanda Hess and The Guardian's Laura Snapes.
21/09/2155m 7s

Is Drake Tired of Drake?

“Certified Lover Boy” dominated the charts, but something seems to have shifted in the most influential pop star of the past decade. Guests: The Ringer's Charles Holmes and Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.

Miss the Old Kanye? Try the New Kanye.

West has always been dreaming big, speaking loudly, courting controversy and channeling all of that into music. But one thing has changed. Guests: Vibe's Datwon Thomas and The Ringer's Justin Charity.
07/09/211h 1m

Lorde Steals Her Sunshine Back

How successful is a sunny new phase of her career, and what does it mean to choose to move away from the expectations of superstardom? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
30/08/2154m 50s

The Style of Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Era

How West has used fashion to signify musical evolution, how he’s been regarded by the fashion industry and how other musicians are following in his footsteps. Guests: GQ's Rachel Tashjian and Vogue's Steff Yotka.
24/08/2147m 45s

The Lox, Triumphant at Verzuz

A conversation about New York hip-hop in the 1990s and early 2000s, and a night that brought the spirit of battle back to the pandemic-era staple. Guests: Jayson Rodriguez and Jayson Buford.
16/08/2156m 53s

Billie Eilish’s New Pop Perspective

How has the teenage phenomenon’s songwriting, and her relationship to the larger music machine, evolved between albums? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
09/08/2158m 16s

Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere

A conversation about his unconventional path to success, his unconventional methods of maintaining it and his possible futures beyond it. Guest: Jazmine Hughes.
23/07/2139m 12s

When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up

New albums from Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator place their makers — children of the internet with a taste for friction — in a new light. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
19/07/2150m 1s

The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

A look at the challenges touring musicians faced over the last year, and how the industry is adjusting to the new normal. Guest: Ben Sisario.
12/07/2130m 33s

Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and what might come next. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Liz Day and Samantha Stark.
01/07/2148m 39s

In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’

A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic choices and the critical blowback to the film’s casting. Guests: Sandra Garcia, Isabelia Herrera and Lena Wilson.
18/06/2152m 9s

Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough

Few artists making pop music have risen to the top in the past several years. What made this Disney star click with listeners? Guests: Olivia Horn and Lindsay Zoladz.
04/06/2156m 50s

J. Cole, Triumphant (at His Own Pace)

The rapper’s sixth No. 1 album is here. Listen to a conversation about his career, and the long exchange between hip-hop and basketball. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and Rap Portraits' Yoh Phillips.

The Beatific Re-emergence of Beverly Glenn-Copeland

A conversation about his winding path to a receptive, ready audience — and how music can be a bulwark against cynicism and trauma. Guests: Taja Cheek and Mina Tavakoli.
14/05/2147m 3s

Where Is Country Music Making Room for Women?

Nashville remains challenging for women artists. But some rising performers are breaking through on radio — and TikTok. Guests: Marissa Moss and Natalie Weiner of the Don’t Rock the Inbox newsletter.
09/05/2152m 9s

The Sing-Rap Generation Branches Out

How melody has continued to reshape hip-hop via the work of Polo G, Rod Wave, Lil Tjay and more rising artists. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
26/04/2151m 53s

When a TikTok Influencer Dances, Who Gets Credit?

Addison Rae’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show sparked conversations about appropriation and how dance has been central to the platform. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.
16/04/2139m 56s

The Telling of DMX’s Life Story

A conversation about the intense potency of the rapper’s music and religious fervor, and what it was like to interview him. Guest: Smokey Fontaine, the co-author of the 2002 book “E.A.R.L.: The Autobiography of DMX.”
11/04/2158m 3s

Taylor, Billie, Demi, Blackpink: The Pop Star Documentary Boom

A conversation about the influx of films made about (and by) current stars and its implications for the format. Guests: The Observer's Simran Hans; and Caryn Ganz.
02/04/2159m 29s

The Grammys, Improbably, Made It Work

The show navigated a year of crisis, minted a new generation of stars and didn’t fixate on boomers. Guests: Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli, Ben Sisario, Lindsay Zoladz and Caryn Ganz.
16/03/211h 3m

TikTok and the Pop Music Rough Draft

The wildly popular platform has reshaped pop during the coronavirus pandemic, and changed how record labels grapple with unpredictable virality. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
13/03/2150m 7s

New Jazz That Agitates for Change

A conversation about strong recent debuts, and how canon and community can be in tension. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.
02/03/2149m 54s

Remembering Sophie, Architect of Future Pop

Exploring the legacy of a producer and performer who imagined an approach to music without borders. Guests: Sasha Geffen and Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne.
15/02/2153m 40s

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 2

Remembering Fred the Godson, Adam Schlesinger and Cristina. Guests: Kurt B. Reighley; Complex's Shawn Setaro; and Ben Sisario.
05/02/211h 6m

Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ Aren’t Going Anywhere

A conversation about the year’s first genuine pop phenomenon, and the long arc of the Disney machine. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Vulture's Justin Curto; and Larisha Paul.
31/01/211h 3m

Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights

The emergence of Hipgnosis has helped turn the battle for catalogs into an arms race that shows no signs of slowing down. Guest: Ben Sisario.
19/01/2144m 53s

How Zev Love X Became MF Doom

Conversations about the legacy of the beloved rap figure’s early career, which set the table for the artist he would become. Guests: Stretch Armstrong, Bobbito Garcia and Dante Ross.
07/01/211h 17m

2020 Popcast Listener Mailbag: Taylor, Dua, MGK and More

Answering your questions about the year’s biggest stars, and also some of its curious flops. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
23/12/201h 16m

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

A second album written and recorded during pandemic lockdown carries the singer and songwriter further from conventional pop. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
15/12/2058m 21s

The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss.

An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
09/12/201h 9m

Saweetie, City Girls and the Female Rapper Renaissance

Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.
29/11/2054m 52s

Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?

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.
18/11/2053m 31s

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

A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.
10/11/201h 5m

The Many Mariah Careys

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.
22/10/201h 4m

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

The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.
04/10/2059m 59s

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

The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.
28/09/2043m 18s

Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?

“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.
17/09/2051m 22s

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

Six albums into major-label careers with “Chromatica” and “Smile,” where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
09/09/2048m 22s

Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan

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.
01/09/2056m 56s

How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart

For today’s biggest artists, an album release isn’t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.
22/08/2053m 42s

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1

Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.
18/08/2058m 27s

The Welcome Return of the Chicks

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.
10/08/2055m 17s

Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’

Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay Zoladz.
04/08/201h 27m

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

On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe Coscarelli.
28/07/201h 4m

Remembering Ennio Morricone, the Film Score Maestro

His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua Rothkopf.
20/07/2053m 12s

The Timely Agitation of Run the Jewels

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.
09/07/201h 5m

Pop Superfans Are Getting Politically Active. What Happens Next?

A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.
30/06/2055m 44s

Lil Baby Is Warming Up to the Spotlight

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.
21/06/2042m 34s

The Long, Complicated History of ‘Urban’ Music

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.
15/06/2058m 26s

How Did The Source Cover the 1992 Los Angeles Uprisings?

Two former editors look back at the magazine’s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.
07/06/2047m 56s

After Missteps, Pop Stars Apologize … and Sometimes Push Back

Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
01/06/201h 14m

The Many Lives of Doja Cat

The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.
18/05/2046m 14s

Remembering Tony Allen and Florian Schneider, Two Pillars of Rhythm

Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.
11/05/201h 1m

The Triumphant Return of Fiona Apple, Pop Music Renegade

A conversation about everything “Fetch the Bolt Cutters” and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.
30/04/2053m 14s

Beyond ‘Trolls’ and ‘Frozen’: What Are Our Kids Listening To?

Children’s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.

Dua Lipa, Dance-Pop Crusader

The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
11/04/2047m 56s

Sam Hunt and Kenny Rogers, Country Music Rule-Benders

Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.
05/04/2056m 40s

What Is the Role of Criticism in a Crisis?

The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.
27/03/2057m 6s

What Music Should I Listen to in a Crisis?

Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.
20/03/201h 5m

How Will Pop Music Respond to the Coronavirus?

The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.
19/03/2059m 29s

The Unrelenting Space Jams of Tame Impala

How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project — and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
08/03/2043m 16s

The Death of Pop Smoke and the Future of Brooklyn Drill

The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene’s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
28/02/2058m 54s

Justin Bieber Is Back With Confessions, Personal and Musical

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.
21/02/201h 1m

Answering Your Questions About Britney, Billie, Aaliyah and More

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.
14/02/201h 8m

Answering Your Questions About Taylor, Mitski, Emo and More

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.
07/02/201h 3m

When Did the Super Bowl Halftime Show Become Political?

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.
01/02/2057m 6s

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

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.
28/01/201h 11m

How TikTok Is Killing the Radio Songwriter

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.
17/01/2053m 6s

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

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.
11/01/2056m 0s

Were These the Best Albums of the 2010s?

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.
31/12/191h 15m

Debating the Best Albums of 2019

How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
20/12/1957m 22s

Juice WRLD and the Crisis of SoundCloud Rap-Era Fame

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.
13/12/1951m 54s

Would Prince Have Wanted His Rough Drafts Made Public?

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.
08/12/1952m 9s

Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations

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.
22/11/1952m 17s

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

Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.
20/11/191h 10m

Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?

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.
11/11/1957m 19s

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

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.
30/10/191h 4m

The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit

The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
19/10/191h 14m

The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music

Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.
11/10/191h 3m

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

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.
05/10/191h 5m

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

Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.
29/09/191h 4m

How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?

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.
22/09/1959m 20s

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

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.
07/09/191h 9m

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

What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.
29/08/1955m 37s

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

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.
27/08/191h 6m

A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

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.
16/08/191h 15m

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

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.
02/08/191h 10m

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

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.

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

A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff
19/07/1955m 50s

How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

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.
08/07/1953m 54s

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

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
03/07/191h 4m

The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

“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
01/07/1957m 51s

Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

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.
21/06/191h 14m

Can Record Labels Be Trusted to Preserve Music History?

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
13/06/191h 13m

Bob Dylan’s Excellent Adventure

The Rolling Thunder Revue was more than a tour: It was a chance for the songwriter to play with the truth. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
11/06/1941m 50s

Megan Thee Stallion and Rap’s Rising Generation of Women

Hip-hop has historically been inhospitable to female performers. A new class is finding fresh paths to break through. Guests: The Atlantic's Hannah Giorgis and Vulture's Hunter Harris.
25/05/1930m 9s

Are AirPods Worth the Costs?

Apple’s wireless earbuds have led to questions about personal tech as environmental scourge and punch line. Guests: The New York Times's Brian X. Chen and Motherboard's Caroline Haskins.
20/05/191h 3m

Vampire Weekend, Indie Rock Heretics Turned Anxious Jam Band

Ezra Koenig’s literate group has returned, sparking questions about how it was received in the past, and where it stands in the current climate. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; The Ringer's Rob Harvilla
13/05/1952m 44s

The Return of Bikini Kill and the Long Tail of Riot Grrrl

A movement of punk-powered feminism that began in the early 1990s has a fresh urgency in 2019. Guests: Evelyn McDonnell, Elisabeth Vincentelli and Caryn Ganz
05/05/1941m 49s

How Gospel and Pop Learn From Each Other

From Kanye West to serpentwithfeet to the Stellar Awards returning to BET, the genres’ dialogue has been evolving. Guest: The New Yorker's Briana Younger
30/04/191h 12m

Is Billie Eilish the Future of Pop?

The 17-year-old musician has been revising the rules of young stardom. But she may be more of a classicist than her aesthetic would suggest. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; Meaghan Garvey
19/04/1959m 19s

Lil Nas X and the Long History of Country-Rap

“Old Town Road” is the latest flash point in the two-decades-long dialogue between Nashville and hip-hop. Guest: Average Joes Entertainment's Shannon Houchins
07/04/1946m 58s

Boy Bands, Now Featuring Grown Men

Backstreet’s back, the New Kids put out a new single and groups in the K-pop ecosystem are thriving. Why are boy bands so central to pop music? Guests: Jezebel's Maria Sherman and Billboard's Andrew Unterberger
29/03/191h 20m

How a Viral Rap Star Rocketed From Meme to Hit

Blueface’s “Thotiana” is a nearly perfectly engineered hit of the social media age. Guests: The Fader's Ben Dandridge-Lemco and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
21/03/1955m 40s

Can Michael Jackson’s Legacy Ever Really Be Derailed?

The documentary “Leaving Neverland” details devastating allegations of sexual abuse. How do fans process them, and Jackson’s body of work? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Aisha Harris and Ben Sisario
07/03/1959m 30s

The Hip-Hop Superstar as Local Newsmaker

Musicians often make headlines; balancing coverage of their art with coverage of the accusations they face isn’t always easy. Guest: The South Florida Sun Sentinel's Brett Clarkson
01/03/1941m 1s

Behind the Ryan Adams Investigation

The musician has been accused of dangling career opportunities while pursuing female artists for sex, then turning domineering and vengeful. He denies the claims. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Melena Ryzik.
18/02/1941m 40s

The 2019 Grammys Make Up for Last Year, Somewhat

After a terrible ceremony that minimized women and nonwhite artists, the Recording Academy tried something else: the opposite. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
12/02/1956m 35s

Maggie Rogers and Sharon Van Etten Break Free From Old Expectations

Two singer-songwriters at different points in their careers are staking claim to new creative ground. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli; The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz

Fyre Festival’s Post-Mortems: We’ve Still Got Questions

Two documentaries examining Billy McFarland’s debacle aim to shed new light on the scammers and victims. Guests: The New York Times's Aisha Harris, Wesley Morris and Melena Ryzik.
25/01/1957m 38s

Listening to Pop Music’s Class of 2019

From British punk-rap to 1970s-influenced country to morbid electronic pop, a guide to new artists to watch. Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles.
18/01/1952m 38s

Bad Bunny Is Just Getting Started

His was the defining voice of 2018. What’s next for this Puerto Rican new-pop superstar? Guests: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda and Isabelia Herrera; and Rolling Stone's Suzy Exposito.
12/01/191h 11m

The New Battles Over the Direction of Jazz

What did the music, innovations and arguments of 2018 tell us about where the genre is headed next? Guests: John Murph and Giovanni Russonello
04/01/191h 11m

Your Questions About Pop Music, Answered (or Ruled Unanswerable)

The Popcast wraps 2018 discussing Nicki Minaj, Taylor Swift, streaming and crying. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
27/12/181h 15m

A New Kind of Pop Star Has Arrived

K-pop, Latin trap and melodic hip-hop — once regarded as subgenres — have become the center of the pop conversation. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
21/12/181h 20m

Listening to the Best Songs of 2018

The 1975’s millennial anthem, “Shallow” and a lot of Bad Bunny: Why did these tracks define the year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
13/12/1850m 2s

How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel

Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
08/12/1838m 2s

Debating the Best Albums of 2018: Janelle Monáe, Soccer Mommy and More

Drake, Mitski, Ariana Grande — whose albums defined the year? (And will albums matter next year?) Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz
07/12/1858m 42s

6ix9ine’s Troubled Past and Uncertain Future

A conversation about the Brooklyn rapper’s arrest and musical prospects as he releases “Dummy Boy” while behind bars. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli.
01/12/181h 4m

The Gentle Return of Mariah Carey

With her 15th album, “Caution,” the singer has entered a new phase of her long career. Guests: Michael Arceneaux; Jezebel's Julianne Escobedo Shepherd; The New Yorker's Briana Younger.
29/11/181h 5m

Kane Brown, Pistol Annies and Country Music’s Inclusion Problem

The tug of war between how the genre advertises itself and how it’s actually evolving is growing more tense. Guests: Nick Murray; Natalie Weiner.
17/11/181h 1m

Remembering Roy Hargrove, Who Brought Jazz History Into Tomorrow

The trumpeter, who died at 49, was a singular figure dedicated to keeping jazz’s past in dialogue with its future. Guests: The New York Times's Giovanni Russonello; Jozen Cummings.
09/11/181h 2m

Robyn, Pop’s Reluctant Pacesetter

With “Honey,” the Swedish star returns to a landscape she’s quietly shaped for over 20 years. Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; the Guardian's Laura Snapes; Jezebel's Hazel Cills
02/11/1855m 58s

BTS Conquered America. What’s Next for K-Pop?

Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.
26/10/181h 26m

For Those About to Rock, An Uncertain Fate

Is rock music in 2018 a sound, a mood or a retail category? Where do Twenty One Pilots, the 1975 and Greta Van Fleet fit in? Guests: The New York Times's Caryn Ganz; Rolling Stone's Kory Grow; the Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz
20/10/181h 18m

‘A Star Is Born’ Is Here. Let’s Discuss.

What does Bradley Cooper’s remake starring Lady Gaga say about the pop music business — and the film industry — today? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli, Manohla Dargis, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles
11/10/181h 14m

How Lil Wayne Became One of Hip-Hop’s Most Durable Stars

Tracing the rapper’s evolution from a teen in New Orleans to his long-awaited album “Tha Carter V.” Guests: XXL's Vanessa Satten; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli
05/10/181h 23m

Should They Stay or Should They Go? Pop Stars and Retirement

Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles
28/09/1834m 15s

What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?

Writing in-depth features about stars can be an art form. But it’s been changing in recent years. Guests: The New York Times Magazine's Vanessa Grigoriadis; GQ's Zach Baron.
20/09/181h 4m

Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether

The 26-year-old rapper and producer stood at the crossroads of movements that have been shaping popular music over the past decade. Guests: ItsTheReal's Eric and Jeff Rosenthal; Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce; and Eric Renner Brown.
15/09/181h 12m

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 2

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Ann Powers, Evelyn McDonnell, Chuck Eddy, Rob Harvilla and Tom Breihan.
10/09/181h 5m

Remembering The Village Voice, Music Criticism's Crucible: Part 1

Forty years of writers and editors share memories about helping invent a language to talk about music, and the artists they critiqued — some grateful, some not. Guests: Robert Christgau, Jon Pareles, Nelson George, Kyle Gann and Joe Levy.
10/09/181h 13m

How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

“Sweetener” has taken the singer to new heights at a moment of transition for the top ranks of female vocalists. Guests: The Ringer's Lindsay Zoladz; VF.com's Josh Duboff; and Billboard's Nolan Feeney.
28/08/1847m 41s

Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems

One is an old-style hip-hop star, one comes from a newer school. But both are facing challenges making effective albums and defining their artistic identities. Guests: David Turner and Briana Younger.
21/08/1855m 44s

Aretha Franklin: The Artist We Knew, and the Woman We Didn’t

The Queen of Soul leaves a towering legacy. How will we remember her? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Wesley Morris; and David Ritz.
17/08/181h 12m

The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion

Merch has become a crucial part of a musician’s rise. Here’s how it’s evolved. Guests: Procell's Brian Procell; The Cut's Emilia Petrarca; and Grailed's Lawrence Schlossman.
10/08/181h 19m

Can Guns N’ Roses, or Any Artist, Erase an Unflattering Moment?

What happens when a band wipes a stain from its historical record? Or when physical albums vanish, replaced by different digital versions? Guests: Mark Richardson; Rolling Stone's Christopher R. Weingarten; and The New York Times's Caryn Ganz.
04/08/181h 13m

Who’s in Charge of Telling Whitney Houston’s Story?

Two documentaries have attempted to unpack the life of one of pop’s transformative figures, whose complex legacy is still riddled with questions. Guests: Naima Cochrane; Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak; Alan Light; and The Times's Joe Coscarelli.
27/07/181h 6m

When Superfans Attack

A writer critiqued Nicki Minaj online; the rapper’s fans responded in force. How does celebrity fandom become a vicious tool online, and what’s behind stan culture? Guests: iOneDigital's Janeé Bolden; Who? Weekly's Bobby Finger and Lindsey Weber; The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
21/07/181h 11m

Drake: Platinum in a Day, but Still at a Crossroads

With his new double album, “Scorpion,” the rapper and singer is grappling with brand maintenance. Is he innovating, and where can he go next? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu; Sheldon Pearce; and Jasmine Sanders.
05/07/181h 17m

Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered

Was "Ye" rushed, and does it matter? How do women fit into Kanye’s world? Are conversations about politics with him fruitless? Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Reggie Ugwu, and the Ringer's Justin Charity.
27/06/181h 23m

XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality

The 20-year-old broke out of the SoundCloud rap scene and reached No 1. But he faced accusations of violent crimes against a woman, and leaves behind a troubling legacy. Guests: Noisey's Lawrence Burney and Miami New Times's Tarpley Hitt.
22/06/1858m 14s

Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings

Boy bands are on the rise and young male singers have some choices to make. A conversation about two performers with their sights set on pop ubiquity.
16/06/181h 9m

Kanye West’s ‘Ye’ Is Here: Let’s Discuss

The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.
06/06/181h 14m

Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked

An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.
31/05/1856m 46s

Yes, We Stuck With ‘American Idol’

Maddie Poppe won the show, rebooted on ABC with a new cast of judges. What worked, what didn’t and who really stood out? Two longtime “Idol” enthusiasts discuss.
26/05/1854m 21s

Pursuing R. Kelly: The Reporter Who Never Gave Up

For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.
23/05/1837m 52s

‘Girls’ Gone Wrong: Who Gets to Make a Gay Love Song?

The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic.
18/05/1853m 40s

Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?

The 28-year-old producer and D.J., who died last month in Oman, was a pop savant and an EDM innovator who left behind a complicated legacy.
04/05/181h 5m

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries

A Coachella set stunning in scope and execution. The first Pulitzer Prize winner who isn’t from classical or jazz. A conversation about the two artists’ triumphs.
25/04/181h 16m

Pop’s Category Killers, From Live Nation to Spotify, Under the Microscope

In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.
20/04/1843m 56s

Cardi B Arrives at the Top

The 25-year-old’s LP “Invasion of Privacy” is part of her broad-scale pop culture takeover. A conversation about her rise and debut album.
12/04/181h 6m

Logic, XXXTentacion and Hip-Hop Morality in 2018

A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.
06/04/181h 9m

Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde, Country Traditionalists With a Twist

Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.
30/03/1857m 53s

Ashlee Simpson: You Asked, We Answered

Part two of our conversation about the mid-2000s pop star features debates about her MTV reality show and “S.N.L.” debacle, and a listener mailbag.
16/03/181h 18m

Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss

In the mid-2000s, the pop singer had platinum albums and an MTV reality show. Hear the first of two conversations about Ms. Simpson’s misunderstood career.
09/03/181h 14m

Lucy Dacus, Soccer Mommy, the Breeders and the Future of Indie Rock

A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive
02/03/1856m 58s

In Defense of Soundtracks. And Fergie.

What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?
24/02/181h 13m

The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide

A conversation with a criminal lawyer about the racial politics of legal representation, the Meek Mill saga and the future prospects of incarcerated would-be stars.
16/02/1845m 50s

Justin Timberlake Down, Meek Mill Up: How Twitter Swings Public Opinion

The internet’s response to the two musicians after the Super Bowl shows how criticism works these days. Rapid-fire groupthink online can be strong enough to have real-world impact.
09/02/181h 17m

Can the Grammys Be Fixed?

Big stars didn’t show up. Ratings were down. Hip-hop was once again shut out of the major categories. Can “music’s biggest night” represent what’s really happening in music?
30/01/1858m 15s

Hear What Music Will Sound Like in 2018

Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.
26/01/181h 6m

Remembering the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

The lead singer of the Irish rock band, who died at 46, wrote songs in the 1990s that deeply touched young women and Irish listeners while appealing to a worldwide audience
19/01/1852m 33s

In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids

Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.
12/01/181h 2m

Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?

Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived.
05/01/181h 5m

Will Eminem Ever Change?

After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?
22/12/1754m 12s

The Popcast Answers Your Burning Questions About Pop Music in 2017

Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop
18/12/171h 5m

In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times

From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.
08/12/171h 13m

After 40 Years, U2 Is Still Huge. Why?

A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.
02/12/1733m 49s

Remembering Lil Peep

The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.
22/11/1758m 22s

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.
14/11/171h 11m

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Almost Here. Let’s Discuss.

She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.
09/11/1747m 59s

How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?

A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.
03/11/1740m 42s

What Are the Billboard Charts Really Measuring?

Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?
27/10/1747m 30s

The Persistence of Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Outspoken Pop Survivors

Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?
20/10/1755m 24s

Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?

In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1.
13/10/1747m 11s

Tom Petty, a Secret Punk on Rock’s Mount Rushmore

He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.
04/10/1733m 43s

National Anthem Protests, From ‘Jazzing the Banner’ to Taking a Knee

“The Star-Spangled Banner” has long been a site of dissent and disagreement. A conversation about the history of the anthem, and those who have protested it.
29/09/1747m 57s

Bye, Bro. In Country Music, It’s the Year of the Gentleman.

Nashville has been undergoing a gender crisis for most of the 2010s. Is the latest development — kinder men — a solution?
22/09/171h 3m

From Instagram to ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi B Has Arrived

The rapper behind one of the summer’s biggest hits has made swift moves in the music industry, and is making waves in the fashion world, too.
15/09/1755m 10s

Women Dominating Rock: There’s More to the Conversation

What happens when the media shines a light on feminist punk? A conversation about D.I.Y. scenes and representation.
11/09/1756m 13s

The Popcast Answers Your Questions About Beyoncé, Music Videos and More

On this week’s episode, our readers picked the topics of conversation, which include Lil Wayne, merchandise and Camila Cabello.
02/09/171h 7m

Is SoundCloud a Business or a Community?

If the music-streaming service disappeared, a culture might vanish too. A conversation about where the tech and culture worlds collide.
25/08/1730m 53s

Kesha and Taylor Swift Find New Voices

On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter.
18/08/1745m 12s

What Keeps Phish Fans Coming Back for More?

The band just completed a 13-show run in New York where it didn’t repeat any songs, and its fans are already hungering for the next residency.
11/08/1741m 47s

Is Arcade Fire Its Own Worst Enemy?

As the band released its most divisive album yet, it embarked on a rollout that confused its narrative even further.
04/08/1735m 53s

Celebrating Two of Rock’s Big Voices, Chester Bennington and Chris Cornell

A conversation about two singers in different bands who left significant musical and emotional legacies
28/07/1759m 21s

Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless

Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately
21/07/1746m 57s

From Jay-Z to Prodigy, It’s Time to Talk About Hip-Hop’s Elders

A new album from Jay-Z, documentaries about Sean Combs and Dr. Dre, and the death of Prodigy have stirred new thinking about older artists
14/07/171h 13m

Can K-pop Conquer America?

Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture
30/06/1755m 42s

Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived

SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.
23/06/171h 5m

Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017

Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.
16/06/1755m 13s

Why We’re Still Listening to the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’

Our pop music critics are not fans of record anniversaries, but 50 years after the creation of “Sgt. Pepper,” there are still lessons to be learned from the album.
09/06/1730m 26s

Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required

“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.
02/06/1747m 29s

Festivals That Inspire Awe, and Festivals That Lead to Criminal Investigations

Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.
26/05/1746m 38s

Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars

The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.
19/05/1739m 4s

Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s

One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?
12/05/1730m 35s

Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain

The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?
05/05/1725m 48s

How Lil Uzi Vert Turned Rap Into Rock and Became a Pop Star

He’s a rapper, a social media phenomenon, the guy yelling “ya” on Migos’s hit “Bad and Boujee.” What’s the secret of Uzi’s success?
28/04/1746m 43s

A Deep Dig on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s Hip-Hop’s Values

The two rappers recall an earlier time in the genre’s history, in terms of aesthetics and politics. How do they fit in today?
21/04/1755m 21s

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Chainsmokers?

In three years, the duo has had several hits while offending all sorts of people. What does its sound say about EDM?
14/04/1749m 21s

Jazz in 2017: The Music Is Thriving, Though Support Is in Peril

Kamasi Washington and some Los Angeles musicians are producing vital recordings, but N.E.A. funding is uncertain. A conversation about the state of jazz.
07/04/1739m 27s

Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?

His release isn’t an album or a mixtape, but a playlist — a move that could position him to shift the music industry once again.
27/03/1757m 55s

How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind

He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music
22/03/1723m 52s

The Billboard Charts Are Wackier Than Ever: What’s Going On?

Streaming figures into chart positions now, a fact that has started yielding some very odd results.
17/03/1756m 13s

The Greatest Trick Ed Sheeran Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He’s an Underdog

The British singer/songwriter is a record-smashing superstar, but he still plays the spurned lover. How does he do it?
10/03/1743m 57s

What Future and Migos Tell Us About Atlanta’s Rap Dominance

A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.
03/03/1758m 35s

What Happens When Nashville Outsiders Become Country’s Big Stars?

The city synonymous with the country music business is in transition. How is it dealing with rapid change, and the Trump era? A panel discusses on Popcast.
24/02/171h 10m

Were There Any Real Winners at the Grammys?

It was an awards show filled with flubs, tear, apologies and protests. The New York Times pop music writers discuss Adele, Beyoncé, Chance the Rapper and more on Popcast.
14/02/1757m 27s

Will the Grammy Awards End With a Big Surprise?

The New York Times pop team debates whether Sturgill Simpson will pull out a surprise victory in a night stacked with Adele vs. Beyoncé face-offs.
10/02/1737m 50s

Punk Rock Is Alive and Well, No Politics Required

The current political climate doesn’t come up even once during the latest Popcast, a conversation about Japandroids, the Menzingers and the state of rock.
03/02/1744m 39s

The War Over ‘La La Land’: Gotta Hear Both Sides

The toast of Hollywood has divided our culture writers. Two of the movie’s boosters go to battle with two of its critics in this week’s Popcast.
27/01/1749m 57s

The Crooner in Chief: Barack Obama’s Musical Legacy

He brought soul and hip-hop into the White House like no president before him. A discussion of Mr. Obama’s most powerful musical moments, on this week’s Popcast.
20/01/1753m 57s

Hip-Hop’s Elders and Youth Go to Battle (Again)

Should rap’s young stars have more reverence for the genre’s pioneers, and vice versa? A conversation about hip-hop’s latest generation-gap struggles.
13/01/1752m 0s

Mariah Carey and New Year’s Eve: Is the Fantasy Over?

A panel discusses Ms. Carey's recent New Year's Eve performance and career.
06/01/1752m 20s

10 Songs That Tell the Story of 2016

A round table of pop experts discuss the year in tracks, from Maren Morris's "Rich" to Twenty One Pilots' "Ride" to Rihanna's "Sex With Me."
30/12/1658m 27s

The Year in Jazz Music

A roundtable of writers discuss trends and notable moments of the year.
23/12/1642m 35s

Pop Music Trends in 2016

The pop music team discusses news themes and what may shape it for years to come.
16/12/1638m 10s

The Best Albums of 2016

This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.
09/12/1653m 13s

For Bruno Mars and the Weeknd, the Past as Muse

This week, a discussion of new releases by both artists who have more in common than it may appear.
02/12/1643m 17s

Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

After a series of bizarre shows, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo" tour last week. This weekend, we're listening back to the conversation Jon Caramanica led at the time of the album's release.
25/11/1653m 28s

Mourning the Greats: Leonard Cohen, Leon Russell and Mose Allison

This year has seen the loss of Prince, David Bowie, Merle Haggard, and, now, three more towering figures have died. A look at their legacies.
18/11/1629m 26s

Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond

Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?
12/11/1652m 30s

Popcast: A Tribe Called Quest Returns

A discussion of the group’s legacy and how it fits into the current hip-hop landscape
05/11/1642m 31s

Popcast: What’s Next for Kesha?

The pop star has been locked in an ugly contract dispute with Dr. Luke; two writers who have examined her case break down the pop star’s situation.
29/10/1629m 11s

Popcast: Nu-Dance Rises With Help From Streaming

This week, Jon Caramanica and guests discuss club music.
22/10/1637m 6s

Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!

Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.
15/10/1626m 51s

Popcast: Tyler Glenn at the Crossroads

His fiery solo album questions almost everything he used to believe in.
08/10/1623m 46s

Popcast: Finding the Joy (and Humor) in Bon Iver’s Pain

The new Bon Iver album abandons many of the musical choices that informed much of his earlier music.
30/09/1631m 25s

Popcast: The Next Teen Star Machine

Shawn Mendes broke out on Vine. The next breeding ground for pop stars might be Musical.ly, a social music app for teens.
23/09/1635m 11s

Popcast: Fall Preview

The pop music team discusses some of their favorite upcoming fall releases.
16/09/1630m 43s

Popcast: The Return of New York Rap

A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie and Young M.A. represent an unexpected moment.
10/09/1657m 5s

Popcast: Stardom in the Age of Social Media

With celebrities so accessible online they have to go above and beyond when meeting fans in the arena.
02/09/1651m 47s

Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns

A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.
25/08/1652m 52s

Popcast: Race and Hip-Hop, a Conversation

A discussion about the current wave of white rappers trying to elide conversations about race, with varying success.
19/08/1637m 19s
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