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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 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

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

Was Ashlee Simpson Underappreciated? Discuss

3/9/2018
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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.

Duration:01:14:25

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

3/2/2018
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A conversation about carefully considered creative paths — and how pristine voices with powerful messages are amplified — as three strong new albums arrive

Duration:00:56:58

In Defense of Soundtracks. And Fergie.

2/24/2018
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What’s responsible for the recent soundtrack renaissance that brought albums from “Black Panther” and “The Greatest Showman” to the top of the charts?

Duration:01:13:18

The Complex Intersection Where Rap and the Legal System Collide

2/16/2018
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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.

Duration:00:45:50

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

2/9/2018
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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.

Duration:01:18:00

Can the Grammys Be Fixed?

1/30/2018
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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?

Duration:00:58:00

Hear What Music Will Sound Like in 2018

1/26/2018
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Flamboyant hip-hop, promising punk rock, intricate bluegrass and more: a conversation about the artists we’re looking forward to following this year.

Duration:01:07:03

Remembering the Cranberries’ Dolores O’Riordan

1/19/2018
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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

Duration:00:52:33

In Streaming, One Goliath Creates Many Davids

1/12/2018
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Streaming has established itself as the dominant mode of music distribution. What could go wrong? Quite a lot, it turns out.

Duration:01:02:53

Is Today’s Jazz Finally Outrunning the Past?

1/5/2018
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Jazz could have spent 2017 looking backward, focusing on the centennials of foundational figures. But instead, several strains of contemporary jazz thrived.

Duration:01:05:01

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