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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.

Location:

New York, New York

Description:

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.

Language:

English


Episodes

The Telling of DMX’s Life Story

4/11/2021
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.”

Duration:00:59:29

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

4/2/2021
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.

Duration:01:00:50

The Grammys, Improbably, Made It Work

3/16/2021
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.

Duration:01:04:47

TikTok and the Pop Music Rough Draft

3/13/2021
The wildly popular platform has reshaped pop during the coronavirus pandemic, and changed how record labels grapple with unpredictable virality. Guest: Caryn Ganz.

Duration:00:51:23

New Jazz That Agitates for Change

3/2/2021
A conversation about strong recent debuts, and how canon and community can be in tension. Guests: Giovanni Russonello and Marcus J. Moore.

Duration:00:52:28

Remembering Sophie, Architect of Future Pop

2/15/2021
Exploring the legacy of a producer and performer who imagined an approach to music without borders. Guests: Sasha Geffen and Pitchfork's Philip Sherburne.

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 2

2/5/2021
Remembering Fred the Godson, Adam Schlesinger and Cristina. Guests: Kurt B. Reighley; Complex's Shawn Setaro; and Ben Sisario.

Duration:01:09:12

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

1/31/2021
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.

Duration:01:03:54

Inside the Bull Market for Songwriting Rights

1/19/2021
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.

Duration:00:45:56

How Zev Love X Became MF Doom

1/7/2021
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.

Duration:01:17:02

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

12/23/2020
Answering your questions about the year’s biggest stars, and also some of its curious flops. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.

Duration:01:18:02

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

12/15/2020
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.

Duration:00:59:03

The Best Albums of 2020? Let’s Discuss.

12/9/2020
An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.

Duration:01:09:45

Saweetie, City Girls and the Female Rapper Renaissance

11/29/2020
Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.

Duration:00:55:48

Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?

11/18/2020
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.

Duration:00:53:31

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

11/10/2020
A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts — and what’s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D’Souza.

Duration:01:06:25

The Many Mariah Careys

10/22/2020
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.

Duration:01:05:40

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

10/4/2020
The Nashville star learned from the genre’s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.

Duration:00:59:59

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

9/28/2020
The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.

Duration:00:43:18

Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?

9/16/2020
“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.

Duration:00:51:22