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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. Listen to this podcast in New York Times Audio, our new iOS app for news subscribers. Download now at


Popcast (Deluxe): Pop Stars vs. the Attention Economy
Jennifer Lopez’s new film and album, “This Is Me … Now,” plus other confusing recent rollouts for pop stars including Dua Lipa, Justin Timberlake and Camila Cabello.
63:18 22.02.24
Covering the Rise of Tracy Chapman
In 1988, “Fast Car” turned the singer-songwriter into a star. She was skeptical of the spotlight, and learning to wield her power. Guest: Steve Pond.
34:08 21.02.24
Popcast (Deluxe): Usher, Beyoncé and Ye Lead a Busy Week in Pop
Recapping the Super Bowl halftime show, two new singles from Beyoncé, Ye’s “Vultures 1” album and more.
69:52 15.02.24
How Usher Arrived at the Super Bowl Halftime Show
A conversation about his long career path through several generations of R&B, and what he might do on such a big stage. Guests: Thomas Hobbs and Danielle Amir Jackson.
51:31 08.02.24
2024 Grammys, Dissected: Taylor, Miley, SZA, Tracy, Joni and More
Was this the year the awards got it correct? Guests: Caryn Ganz, Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
52:58 07.02.24
Popcast (Deluxe): Will Taylor, SZA or Olivia Win Big at the Grammys?
A breakdown of the major categories and most interesting competitions at the 66th annual awards on Sunday.
67:36 31.01.24
Popcast (Deluxe): Playboi Carti, Waxahatchee and 12 More to Watch
A breakdown of new albums and songs for 2024 (and a handful of possible but dubious releases).
52:02 24.01.24
Pitchfork, the Early Years
With the music website’s future uncertain, Ryan Schreiber and Chris Kaskie look back at its start.
60:21 24.01.24
An Elastic and Impressive Moment in Jazz
A rundown of impressive recent releases and a look at who benefits (and suffers) when artists working outside formal jazz idioms are lumped into conversations about the genre. Guests: Marcus J. Moore and Giovanni Russonello.
57:19 19.01.24
Popcast (Deluxe): Lil Nas X, Ariana Grande and 21 Savage Kick Off 2024
Pop’s premier troll returns while one of its biggest voices turns her attention to gossip, and the first blockbuster rap album of the year arrives.
49:44 17.01.24
Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Saltburn,’ Jacob Elordi and the New Heartthrob Era
Plus: Barry Keoghan’s “Murder on the Dancefloor,” Jeremy Allen White’s stripped-down moment and Nathan Fielder’s “The Curse” wraps up.
64:41 11.01.24
What Did We Learn From a Year in Live Shows?
Concerts paused during the height of the pandemic, and returned at full power in 2023. Our pop music editor saw a lot of them. Guest: Caryn Ganz
43:53 10.01.24
Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and the Sphere: The Year in Live Music
The touring business saw record revenue in 2023 and major tours made news, but fans still struggle with ticket prices and access — and political leaders are watching. Guest: Ben Sisario.
48:35 23.12.23
Popcast (Deluxe): The Kid Mero on the Viral Characters of 2023
The comedian and podcaster known as the Kid Mero on the year in internet domination, including Ice Spice, Keith Lee, the Weeknd, Kai Cenat and more.
67:59 20.12.23
Chatting About the Best Songs of 2023
The most impactful tracks of the year come from different genres and generations — and not all of them are traditional songs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
60:30 15.12.23
Jelly Roll: The Popcast (Deluxe) Interview
An emotional conversation with one of the year’s biggest breakout stars about turning his life around and transitioning from Southern rap to country hitmaking.
70:31 13.12.23
The Albums That Defined 2023? Let’s Discuss.
Our critics debate their year-end lists (and agree on SZA, Olivia Rodrigo and 100 gecs!) in a wrap-up of the year in LPs. Guests: Jon Pareles and Lindsay Zoladz.
53:26 09.12.23
Popcast (Deluxe): Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’ Movie Shows All the Work
Discussing the singer’s new concert film that documents the Renaissance World Tour, interspersed with behind-the-scenes looks at how it came to be.
68:16 06.12.23
Jung Kook, BTS and English Language K-Pop
A conversation about K-pop’s long march to American awareness, and the potential risks of that embrace. Guest: Kara.
44:28 01.12.23
Popcast (Deluxe): Can Rap Bridge Its Generation Gap?
Is it possible for rappers to age gracefully? Where are the new stars? A discussion on the state of the genre and where it may be heading.
73:02 29.11.23
André 3000’s Experiments With Flutes and Fame
The acclaimed rapper’s first solo album contains no rapping. What does this sharp creative turn reveal about its maker? Guests: GQ's Zach Baron, and Sadie Sartini Garner.
63:32 25.11.23
Popcast (Deluxe): Mailbag! The Beatles, Taylor Swift and More
Taking viewer and listener questions on hot topics in pop music.
53:50 22.11.23
Popcast (Deluxe): What Is Going On With the Grammy Nominations?
Dissecting the contenders for the 2024 Grammy Awards, including top nominations for SZA, Olivia Rodrigo, boygenius, Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift and Jon Batiste. Plus: Nathan Fielder's "The Curse."
64:35 15.11.23
PinkPantheress Leaves the Bedroom for the Wider Pop World
A conversation about the 22-year-old singer, songwriter and producer’s new album and the art of sampling. Guests: Kemi Alemoru and Lindsay Zoladz.
51:43 10.11.23
Popcast (Deluxe): ‘Priscilla’ and ‘The Golden Bachelor’ Plumb Heartbreak
Breaking down Sofia Coppola’s new film, an impressionistic take on Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s relationship, plus: the surprising depth of a reality TV spinoff.
67:07 08.11.23
Noah Kahan’s Rootsy Rock Revival
Revisiting the rustic mainstream sound of the early 2010s, the Vermont singer-songwriter has broken through with “Stick Season.” Guests: Vox's Rebecca Jennings and Billboard's Jason Lipshutz.
47:35 03.11.23
Popcast (Deluxe): Is the Pop Music Machine Stuck in Place?
With certain headliners hogging up space, where are the new stars? We checked in on recent hits from the radio, streaming services and TikTok.
67:46 01.11.23
Who Is Troye Sivan Now?
A conversation about the pop star’s evolution on his new album, “Something to Give Each Other,” and the ceilings he may still face as an openly gay male performer. Guests: Harry Tafoya and Shaad D’Souza.
39:57 27.10.23
Popcast (Deluxe): The Britney Spears Memoir + ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
Reacting to “The Woman in Me,” the new book by Spears, and Martin Scorsese’s latest film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Robert De Niro and Lily Gladstone.
62:01 25.10.23
Drake Takes On All Comers
The rapper’s new album, “For All the Dogs,” has stirred debate about maturity and misogyny, and led to questions about the next phase of his career. Guests: The Ringer's Justin Charity and Pitchfork's Dylan Green.
46:02 20.10.23

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