Music Popcast

Music Popcast

The Music Lost to Coronavirus, Part 3

Remembering Jacob Desvarieux, John Davis and Chucky Thompson. Guests: The New Yorker's Doreen St....

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The Reporters Who Covered R. Kelly on His Trial and Conviction

A conversation about the testimony, the meaning of the verdict and the long quest for proper...

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Bringing Aaliyah Into the Streaming Era

A conversation about the tug of war over her musical legacy, and how her songs — even...

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Kacey Musgraves, Country Music Chameleon

The singer and songwriter’s “Star-Crossed” documents the end of her marriage....

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Is Drake Tired of Drake?

“Certified Lover Boy” dominated the charts, but something seems to have shifted in...

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Miss the Old Kanye? Try the New Kanye.

West has always been dreaming big, speaking loudly, courting controversy and channeling all of...

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Lorde Steals Her Sunshine Back

How successful is a sunny new phase of her career, and what does it mean to choose to move away...

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The Style of Kanye West’s ‘Donda’ Era

How West has used fashion to signify musical evolution, how he’s been regarded by the...

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The Lox, Triumphant at Verzuz

A conversation about New York hip-hop in the 1990s and early 2000s, and a night that brought the...

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Billie Eilish’s New Pop Perspective

How has the teenage phenomenon’s songwriting, and her relationship to the larger music...

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Lil Nas X in the Pop Stratosphere

A conversation about his unconventional path to success, his unconventional methods of...

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When Pop Music Trolls Grow Up

New albums from Doja Cat and Tyler, the Creator place their makers — children of the...

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The (Not So?) Tentative Return of Live Music

A look at the challenges touring musicians faced over the last year, and how the industry is...

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Britney Spears Takes On Her Conservatorship

An exploration of how the arrangement has intersected with her work, the latest legal updates and...

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In the Weeds of ‘In the Heights’

A conversation about bringing musicals to the big screen, Lin-Manuel Miranda’s artistic...

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Olivia Rodrigo’s ‘Sour’ Breakthrough

Few artists making pop music have risen to the top in the past several years. What made this...

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J. Cole, Triumphant (at His Own Pace)

The rapper’s sixth No. 1 album is here. Listen to a conversation about his career, and the...

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The Beatific Re-emergence of Beverly Glenn-Copeland

A conversation about his winding path to a receptive, ready audience — and how music can be...

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Where Is Country Music Making Room for Women?

Nashville remains challenging for women artists. But some rising performers are breaking through...

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The Sing-Rap Generation Branches Out

How melody has continued to reshape hip-hop via the work of Polo G, Rod Wave, Lil Tjay and more...

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