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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

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

Will Eminem Ever Change?

12/22/2017
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After a brief break from the spotlight, the rapper returned with “Revival,” an album that revisited familiar tropes and sounds. Where can he go from here?

Duration:00:54:12

The Popcast Answers Your Burning Questions About Pop Music in 2017

12/18/2017
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Our readers picked the topics of conversation, which included Fergie, the state of streaming and evolutions in Latin pop

Duration:01:05:17

In 2017, Pop Music Made Triumph Out of Tough Times

12/8/2017
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From Lorde to Kendrick Lamar, many of the albums and songs on our critics’ best-of lists showcased the work of musicians meeting difficult circumstances with artistic fortitude.

Duration:01:13:12

After 40 Years, U2 Is Still Huge. Why?

12/2/2017
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A conversation about the band’s 14th album, “Songs of Experience,” and its ongoing quest for bigness.

Duration:00:41:55

Remembering Lil Peep

11/22/2017
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The 21-year-old rapper, who died last week, found a unique way to unite the languages of hip-hop and emo.

Duration:00:58:22

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Has Arrived. Let’s Discuss.

11/14/2017
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Ms. Swift plays a different game on her sixth album — making pop music that directly competes with the rest of the field’s dominant players.

Duration:01:11:42

Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ Is Almost Here. Let’s Discuss.

11/9/2017
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She hasn’t done interviews, but the pop star has been leaving hints about what to expect on her sixth album. Our writers listen to the signs.

Duration:00:47:59

How Will Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Be Remembered?

11/3/2017
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A new biography of the magazine’s founder has been praised by our critic and slammed by its subject.

Duration:00:40:42

What Are the Billboard Charts Really Measuring?

10/27/2017
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Changes to the formulas used to build albums and singles charts will weigh paid streams more than free ones. What will the impact be?

Duration:00:54:16

The Persistence of Pink and Kelly Clarkson, Outspoken Pop Survivors

10/20/2017
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Two of the music world’s biggest voices and boldest personalities are back. Deep into successful careers, where have their paths diverged?

Duration:00:55:24

Shania Twain Was Country’s Crossover Queen. What Is She Now?

10/13/2017
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In the 15 years since she last released an album, the music industry has undergone big changes, but Ms. Twain’s new LP still debuted at No. 1.

Duration:00:47:11

Tom Petty, a Secret Punk on Rock’s Mount Rushmore

10/4/2017
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He was a student of the ’60s who learned from his elders, but put his own deliberate spin on rock ’n’ roll.

Duration:00:33:42

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