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.


  • Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon

    21/09/2021 Duración: 55min

    The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage. But reports of her divorce from Nashville have been greatly exaggerated. Guests: Amanda Hess and The Guardian's Laura Snapes.

  • Is Drake Tired of Drake?

    14/09/2021 Duración: 01h54s

    “Certified Lover Boy” dominated the charts, but something seems to have shifted in the most influential pop star of the past decade. Guests: The Ringer's Charles Holmes and Rolling Stone's Jeff Ihaza.

  • Miss the Old Kanye? Try the New Kanye.

    07/09/2021 Duración: 01h01min

    West has always been dreaming big, speaking loudly, courting controversy and channeling all of that into music. But one thing has changed. Guests: Vibe's Datwon Thomas and The Ringer's Justin Charity.

  • Lorde Steals Her Sunshine Back

    30/08/2021 Duración: 54min

    How successful is a sunny new phase of her career, and what does it mean to choose to move away from the expectations of superstardom? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.

  • The Style of Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Era

    24/08/2021 Duración: 47min

    How West has used fashion to signify musical evolution, how he’s been regarded by the fashion industry and how other musicians are following in his footsteps. Guests: GQ's Rachel Tashjian and Vogue's Steff Yotka.

  • The Lox, Triumphant at Verzuz

    16/08/2021 Duración: 56min

    A conversation about New York hip-hop in the 1990s and early 2000s, and a night that brought the spirit of battle back to the pandemic-era staple. Guests: Jayson Rodriguez and Jayson Buford.

  • Billie Eilish’s New Pop Perspective

    09/08/2021 Duración: 58min

    How has the teenage phenomenon’s songwriting, and her relationship to the larger music machine, evolved between albums? Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Lindsay Zoladz.

  • Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere

    23/07/2021 Duración: 39min

    A conversation about his unconventional path to success, his unconventional methods of maintaining it and his possible futures beyond it. Guest: Jazmine Hughes.

  • When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up

    19/07/2021 Duración: 50min

    New albums from Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator place their makers — children of the internet with a taste for friction — in a new light. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.

  • The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

    12/07/2021 Duración: 30min

    A look at the challenges touring musicians faced over the last year, and how the industry is adjusting to the new normal. Guest: Ben Sisario.

  • Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

    01/07/2021 Duración: 48min

    An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and what might come next. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Liz Day and Samantha Stark.

  • In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’

    18/06/2021 Duración: 52min

    A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic choices and the critical blowback to the film’s casting. Guests: Sandra Garcia, Isabelia Herrera and Lena Wilson.

  • Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough

    04/06/2021 Duración: 56min

    Few artists making pop music have risen to the top in the past several years. What made this Disney star click with listeners? Guests: Olivia Horn and Lindsay Zoladz.

  • J. Cole, Triumphant (at His Own Pace)

    29/05/2021 Duración: 01h25s

    The rapper’s sixth No. 1 album is here. Listen to a conversation about his career, and the long exchange between hip-hop and basketball. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and Rap Portraits' Yoh Phillips.

  • The Beatific Re-emergence of Beverly Glenn-Copeland

    14/05/2021 Duración: 47min

    A conversation about his winding path to a receptive, ready audience — and how music can be a bulwark against cynicism and trauma. Guests: Taja Cheek and Mina Tavakoli.

  • Where Is Country Music Making Room for Women?

    09/05/2021 Duración: 52min

    Nashville remains challenging for women artists. But some rising performers are breaking through on radio — and TikTok. Guests: Marissa Moss and Natalie Weiner of the Don’t Rock the Inbox newsletter.

  • The Sing-Rap Generation Branches Out

    26/04/2021 Duración: 51min

    How melody has continued to reshape hip-hop via the work of Polo G, Rod Wave, Lil Tjay and more rising artists. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.

  • When a TikTok Influencer Dances, Who Gets Credit?

    16/04/2021 Duración: 39min

    Addison Rae’s appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s show sparked conversations about appropriation and how dance has been central to the platform. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.

  • The Telling of DMX’s Life Story

    11/04/2021 Duración: 58min

    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.”

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

    02/04/2021 Duración: 59min

    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.

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