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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 Many Mariah Careys
Which Mariah Carey is your favorite? And did you enjoy Chick's "Someone's Ugly Daughter"?
Oct 22
1 hr 4 min
Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro
Luke Combs is the most promising new country star of the last five years, a feat he's achieved by changing up the music's recent formulas.
Oct 4
59 min
Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?
Avatars are working harder than ever, and perhaps making a blueprint for how the pop stars of the future will handle the work of fame.
Sep 28
43 min
Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?
A conversation about how TikTok’s relationship to music has evolved over the last 12 months.
Sep 16
51 min
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, Preserving Pop’s Old Guard
Lady Gaga and Katy Perry both arrived in 2008 and recently released albums hailed as returns to form. What does that mean in 2020 in their own trajectories and the wider pop landscape?
Sep 9
48 min
Remembering Riley Gale of Power Trip, a Thrash Titan
A conversation about the life and work of Riley Gale, the frontman for the genre-blending metal band Power Trip, who died last week at 34.
Sep 1
56 min
How Merchandise Bundles Undid the Album Chart
What's the value of music in 2020? Are charts measuring album sales the best metric for popularity?
Aug 22
53 min
The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 1
The Covid-19 pandemic is claiming the lives of musicians and others integral to the music industry. The Popcast celebrates their lives and work.
Aug 18
58 min
The Welcome Return of the Chicks
Examining the legacy of the Chicks and their new album, "Gaslighter."
Aug 10
55 min
Answering Your Questions About Taylor Swift’s ‘Folklore’
The "Folklore" conversation continues, with prompts from our readers and listeners.
Aug 4
1 hr 27 min
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