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

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

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

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English


Episodes

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:01:19:19

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:01:13:02

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:01:07:12

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:01:12:45

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

Kanye West: You Asked, We Answered

6/27/2018
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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.

Duration:01:23:53

XXXTentacion, Mourning and Morality

6/22/2018
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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.

Duration:00:58:02

Charlie Puth and Shawn Mendes, Would-Be Pop Kings

6/16/2018
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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.

Duration:01:08:56

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

6/6/2018
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The rapper’s polarizing eighth album arrived surrounded by a celebrity circus and provided few answers.

Duration:01:14:21

Drake vs. Pusha-T, Unpacked

5/31/2018
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An excavation of the skeletons animating the back-and-forth between the two rappers — and a conversation about who’s inching ahead.

Duration:00:56:46

Yes, We Stuck With ‘American Idol’

5/26/2018
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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.

Duration:00:54:20

Pursuing R. Kelly: The Reporter Who Never Gave Up

5/23/2018
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For two decades, accusations of sexual impropriety have been leveled at the R&B superstar. And Jim DeRogatis has been covering the story.

Duration:00:37:52

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

5/18/2018
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The Rita Ora track was positioned as a celebration of bisexuality, but struck a sour note with critics who found its lyrics problematic.

Duration:00:53:29

Avicii: Overexposed and Underappreciated?

5/4/2018
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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.

Duration:01:05:31

Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries

4/25/2018
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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.

Duration:01:16:56

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

4/20/2018
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In recent weeks, the businesses that present music to the public have undergone major shifts.

Duration:00:43:39

Cardi B Arrives at the Top

4/12/2018
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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.

Duration:01:05:00

Logic, XXXTentacion and Hip-Hop Morality in 2018

4/6/2018
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A conversation about the earnest rapper and the SoundCloud renegade, both successes of modern internet-driven rap fandom.

Duration:01:09:22

Kacey Musgraves and Ashley McBryde, Country Traditionalists With a Twist

3/30/2018
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Two new albums put a spotlight on Nashville’s ongoing, agonized relationship with female performers.

Duration:00:57:53

Ashlee Simpson: You Asked, We Answered

3/16/2018
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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.

Duration:01:18:19