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Popcast

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Rank #4 in Music Commentary category

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Music Commentary
Music Interviews
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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.

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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.

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Air pods

By skella1234 - May 21 2019
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Really did the listeners dirty on this episode. I’m stunned.

AIR BUDS

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Pedro finally on the mic! I’ll rate and review now. Five stars

iTunes Ratings

562 Ratings
Average Ratings
349
86
33
43
51

Air pods

By skella1234 - May 21 2019
Read more
Really did the listeners dirty on this episode. I’m stunned.

AIR BUDS

By ReverseMerman - May 21 2019
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Pedro finally on the mic! I’ll rate and review now. Five stars

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Popcast

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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.

Listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘1989’

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Jon Caramanica and Ben Ratliff discuss Taylor Swift’s poppy new album.

Oct 27 2014

38mins

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The Best Albums of 2016

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This week, The New York Times music team reflects on albums that defined 2016.

Dec 09 2016

53mins

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The Greatest Trick Ed Sheeran Ever Pulled Was Convincing the World He’s an Underdog

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The British singer/songwriter is a record-smashing superstar, but he still plays the spurned lover. How does he do it?

Mar 10 2017

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Hip-Hop’s Silent Majority

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Hip-hop’s mainstream can often be confused with prosperity gospel, so it’s striking that in 2015, at least a couple of the genre’s biggest selling stars want nothing to do with such narratives.

Jul 10 2015

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

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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.

Nov 14 2017

1hr 11mins

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Katy Perry, Lorde and Halsey: How to Make a Pop Album in 2017

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Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.

Jun 16 2017

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Popcast: Division and Unity in Pop, and Beyond

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Can the cultural events of the last couple of weeks connect to macro political realities?

Nov 12 2016

52mins

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Kendrick Lamar, Dissenting From the Mainstream as He Influences It

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Discussing the rapper’s new album, “To Pimp A Butterfly.”

Mar 27 2015

26mins

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Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars

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The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.

May 19 2017

39mins

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Popcast: Frank Ocean Returns

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A roundtable discussion on the release of the musician’s latest works.

Aug 25 2016

52mins

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How Lil Uzi Vert Turned Rap Into Rock and Became a Pop Star

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He’s a rapper, a social media phenomenon, the guy yelling “ya” on Migos’s hit “Bad and Boujee.” What’s the secret of Uzi’s success?

Apr 28 2017

46mins

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Dylancast: Bob Dylan Wins the Nobel Prize!

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Our music and book critics discuss Dylan, the musician, and Dylan, the writer.

Oct 15 2016

26mins

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Popcast: Tropical House Movement

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Ben Ratliff and Michaelangelo Matos discuss the genre.

Jan 22 2016

29mins

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How the Grammy Nominations Really Made Us Feel

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Music's big awards show is trying to make big changes. So what do these nominations tell us? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles. Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz

Dec 08 2018

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Revisiting Kanye West's 'The Life of Pablo'

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After a series of bizarre shows, Kanye West canceled the remainder of his "Saint Pablo" tour last week. This weekend, we're listening back to the conversation Jon Caramanica led at the time of the album's release.

Nov 25 2016

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The Billboard Charts Are Wackier Than Ever: What’s Going On?

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Streaming figures into chart positions now, a fact that has started yielding some very odd results.

Mar 17 2017

56mins

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From Instagram to ‘Bodak Yellow,’ Cardi B Has Arrived

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The rapper behind one of the summer’s biggest hits has made swift moves in the music industry, and is making waves in the fashion world, too.

Sep 15 2017

55mins

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Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived

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SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.

Jun 23 2017

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Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

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Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Aug 27 2019

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Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar Break Boundaries

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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.

Apr 25 2018

1hr 16mins

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Dissecting the 2020 Grammy Nominations

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Lizzo, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X lead the way. But has the Recording Academy’s relationship to pop changed? Guests: The full New York Times pop music team.

Nov 22 2019

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Taylor Swift, Lizzo, Lana Del Rey: Pop Stars (and Their Fans) Clap Back

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Are artists responsible when their fan armies can be weaponized? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.

Nov 20 2019

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Can Reality Television Produce a Plausible Rap Star?

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Netflix’s “Rhythm + Flow” is the most recent example of the reality-TV business trying to get into the hip-hop business. Guests: Complex's Frazier Tharpe and Stereogum's Tom Breihan.

Nov 11 2019

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Kanye West’s ‘Jesus Is King,’ From the Gospel Perspective

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Gospel music insiders on the rapper’s turn to religious music and how his album relates to contemporary holy hip-hop. Guests: Root's Hasan James and The Journal of Gospel Music's Robert Marovich.

Oct 30 2019

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The Rise of DaBaby, From Memes to the Mosh Pit

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The year’s most consistent new hip-hop star combines intense rhymes with online savvy. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.

Oct 19 2019

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The Highwomen, Miranda Lambert and the Women Invigorating Country Music

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Nashville has long marginalized female performers, songwriters and producers. But a wave of artists is fighting back. Guests: Jada Watson and Natalie Weiner.

Oct 11 2019

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Is 100 gecs the End of Pop, or a New Beginning?

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One of the year’s most unlikely breakthroughs is a duo that makes disorienting, genre-jumbling music. Guests: Eli Enis and The Fader's Larry Fitzmaurice.

Oct 05 2019

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A New Flood of English-Spanish Pop Is Here. Is It Opportunism or Progress?

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Collaborations have flourished in the wake of “Despacito,” some sounding natural, some sounding forced. Guest: Remezcla's Eduardo Cepeda.

Sep 29 2019

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How Does Post Malone Sound Like Everything and Nothing?

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A conversation about his rapid rise and the questions — about genre and race — glossed over along the way. Guests: Pitchfork's Jayson Greene and The New York Times Magazine's Jonah Weiner.

Sep 22 2019

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Young Thug Gets His Due, But Is It Too Late?

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One of the decade’s most copied rappers finally reached No. 1 on the album chart, years after his aesthetic rubbed off on hip-hop. Guest: Andrew Nosnitsky.

Sep 07 2019

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What’s the Point of Album Covers in the Post-Album Era?

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What was once a large canvas for grand statements is now a tiny digital mark. Guest: Chips's Teddy Blanks.

Aug 29 2019

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Is Taylor Swift’s ‘Lover’ the Beginning or the End of an Era?

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Breaking down the sounds, the themes, the obscure (and not-so-hidden) messages and more on her seventh album. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.

Aug 27 2019

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A Tribute to David Berman, Who Never Hid His Truth

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Conversations about his songwriting, his struggles and his striking sweetness outside of music. Guests: Jeff Johnson; The New Yorker's Amanda Petrusich; and Nick Weidenfeld.

Aug 16 2019

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Funkmaster Flex and Tyler, the Creator’s Unlikely Buddy Comedy

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The Hot 97 D.J. and the hip-hop disrupter shared the wildest interview of the year. Guests: Rolling Stone's Charles Holmes and Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

Aug 02 2019

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How Many Streams Is a T-Shirt Worth? Breaking Down Chart Dilemmas.

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There’s more data about music consumption than ever before. That doesn’t mean we understand who’s the most popular. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Ben Sisario.

Jul 26 2019

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The Loudness of João Gilberto, Bossa Nova’s King of Quiet

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A look back at the Brazilian musician’s innovations as one of the genre’s primary architects. Guest: Ben Ratliff

Jul 19 2019

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How Hootie & the Blowfish Inspired Both Love and Hate

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Critics who were writing about the band at the peak of its fame look back at how the group became so bitterly divisive. Guests: Jim DeRogatis and Danyel Smith.

Jul 08 2019

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Taylor vs. Scooter: The Pop Music Civil War of 2019

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The superstar complained that the powerful manager acquired her master recordings, setting off a debate that divided the industry. Guest: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli

Jul 03 2019

1hr 4mins

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The Unexpectedly Deep Musical Roots of Hootie & the Blowfish

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“Cracked Rear View” catapulted the band to superstardom. But the group made great music long before — and after — anyone paid attention. Guest: former A&R representative Tim Sommer

Jul 01 2019

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Why Are the Movies So Obsessed With Pop Stars?

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From “Rocketman” to “Her Smell,” “Blaze” to “Vox Lux,” the film industry seems to think all musicians have the same ups and downs. Guests: The New York Times's A.O. Scott; Vanity Fair's K. Austin Collins; Kristen Yoonsoo Kim.

Jun 21 2019

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