Music Popcast

Music Popcast


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.


Streaming Is Taking Over Pop, but It’s Far From Flawless  

Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately

From Jay-Z to Prodigy, It’s Time to Talk About Hip-Hop’s Elders  

A new album from Jay-Z, documentaries about Sean Combs and Dr. Dre, and the death of Prodigy have stirred new thinking about older artists

Can K-pop Conquer America?  

Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture

Hip-Hop’s Punk Moment Has Arrived  

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

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

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

Why We’re Still Listening to the Beatles’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’  

Our pop music critics are not fans of record anniversaries, but 50 years after the creation of “Sgt. Pepper,” there are still lessons to be learned from the album.

Latin Pop Thrives, No Bieber Required  

“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.

Festivals That Inspire Awe, and Festivals That Lead to Criminal Investigations  

Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.

Harry Styles and John Mayer, Teardrops on Their Guitars  

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

Paramore Returns, Headed Straight For the 1980s  

One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?

Finding Feist’s Pleasure and Pain  

The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?

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

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?

A Deep Dig on Kendrick Lamar and J. Cole’s Hip-Hop’s Values  

The two rappers recall an earlier time in the genre’s history, in terms of aesthetics and politics. How do they fit in today?

How Do You Solve a Problem Like the Chainsmokers?  

In three years, the duo has had several hits while offending all sorts of people. What does its sound say about EDM?

Jazz in 2017: The Music Is Thriving, Though Support Is in Peril  

Kamasi Washington and some Los Angeles musicians are producing vital recordings, but N.E.A. funding is uncertain. A conversation about the state of jazz.

Drake Changed Hip-Hop’s Sound. Can He Change the Business?  

His release isn’t an album or a mixtape, but a playlist — a move that could position him to shift the music industry once again.

How Chuck Berry Became a Rock ’n’ Roll Mastermind  

He wrote the guitar licks, told the clever stories, duckwalked across the stage and forever changed popular music

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

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

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

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

Atlanta Has a Firm Grip on the Future of Hip-Hop  

A panel discusses Migos, Lil Yachty and more of the city’s budding stars on Popcast.

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