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

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

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

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English

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Episodes

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

11/17/2018
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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.

Duration:01:02:32

Remembering Roy Hargrove, Who Brought Jazz History Into Tomorrow

11/9/2018
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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.

Duration:01:03:39

Robyn, Pop’s Reluctant Pacesetter

11/2/2018
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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

Duration:00:57:36

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

10/26/2018
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Now that K-pop is successful on its own terms, the questions it faces are changing. Guest: Billboard's Jeff Benjamin.

Duration:01:27:29

For Those About to Rock, An Uncertain Fate

10/20/2018
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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

Duration:01:19:23

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

10/11/2018
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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

Duration:01:15:51

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

10/5/2018
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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

Duration:01:24:44

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

9/28/2018
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Why do some artists stick around and others choose to retreat? Guest: The New York Times's Jon Pareles

Duration:00:35:00

What Makes for a Great Celebrity Profile?

9/20/2018
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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.

Duration:01:05:20

Remembering Mac Miller, Low-Key Hip-Hop Bellwether

9/15/2018
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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.

Duration:01:12:49

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

9/10/2018
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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.

Duration:01:05:46

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

9/10/2018
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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.

Duration:01:14:21

How We Arrived at Ariana Grande’s Big Moment

8/28/2018
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“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.

Duration:00:58:40

Nicki Minaj and Travis Scott, Rivals With Common Problems

8/21/2018
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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.

Duration:00:56:12

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

8/17/2018
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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.

Duration:01:13:16

The Shrinking Space Between Band T-Shirt and High Fashion

8/10/2018
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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.

Duration:01:19:46

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

8/4/2018
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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.

Duration:01:13:29

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

7/27/2018
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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.

Duration:01:06:45

When Superfans Attack

7/21/2018
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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.

Duration:01:12:18

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

7/5/2018
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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.

Duration:01:18:25