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

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

 

#330

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. ... Read more

19 Oct 2021

48 MINS

48:12

19 Oct 2021


#329

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. ... Read more

12 Oct 2021

56 MINS

56:57

12 Oct 2021


#328

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. ... Read more

05 Oct 2021

44 MINS

44:56

05 Oct 2021


#327

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. ... Read more

28 Sep 2021

58 MINS

58:18

28 Sep 2021


#326

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. ... Read more

21 Sep 2021

55 MINS

55:08

21 Sep 2021


#325

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. ... Read more

14 Sep 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:54

14 Sep 2021


#324

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. ... Read more

07 Sep 2021

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:12

07 Sep 2021


#323

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. ... Read more

30 Aug 2021

54 MINS

54:51

30 Aug 2021


#322

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. ... Read more

24 Aug 2021

47 MINS

47:45

24 Aug 2021


#321

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. ... Read more

16 Aug 2021

56 MINS

56:53

16 Aug 2021


#320

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. ... Read more

09 Aug 2021

58 MINS

58:16

09 Aug 2021


#319

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. ... Read more

23 Jul 2021

39 MINS

39:12

23 Jul 2021


#318

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. ... Read more

19 Jul 2021

50 MINS

50:01

19 Jul 2021


#317

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. ... Read more

12 Jul 2021

30 MINS

30:34

12 Jul 2021


#316

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. ... Read more

01 Jul 2021

48 MINS

48:40

01 Jul 2021


#315

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. ... Read more

18 Jun 2021

52 MINS

52:10

18 Jun 2021


#314

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. ... Read more

04 Jun 2021

56 MINS

56:51

04 Jun 2021


#313

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. ... Read more

29 May 2021

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:25

29 May 2021


#312

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. ... Read more

14 May 2021

47 MINS

47:04

14 May 2021


#311

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. ... Read more

09 May 2021

52 MINS

52:10

09 May 2021


#310

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. ... Read more

26 Apr 2021

51 MINS

51:54

26 Apr 2021


#309

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. ... Read more

16 Apr 2021

39 MINS

39:57

16 Apr 2021


#308

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.” ... Read more

11 Apr 2021

58 MINS

58:04

11 Apr 2021


#307

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. ... Read more

02 Apr 2021

59 MINS

59:30

02 Apr 2021


#306

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. ... Read more

16 Mar 2021

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:25

16 Mar 2021


#305

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. ... Read more

13 Mar 2021

50 MINS

50:08

13 Mar 2021


#304

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. ... Read more

02 Mar 2021

49 MINS

49:55

02 Mar 2021


#303

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. ... Read more

15 Feb 2021

53 MINS

53:41

15 Feb 2021


#302

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. ... Read more

05 Feb 2021

1 HR 06 MINS

1:06:32

05 Feb 2021


#301

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. ... Read more

31 Jan 2021

1 HR 03 MINS

1:03:55

31 Jan 2021