An absence of live music refocused attention on records, and work by Fiona Apple, Taylor Swift and Run the Jewels spoke loudly.
Streaming, social media and the tireless work of trailblazers have helped change the hip-hop landscape.
While her father remains the head of her estate for now, the pop star has signaled she?s ready for change. Guests: Joe Coscarelli and Vanessa Grigoriadis.
A conversation about her unique route to the top of the charts ? and what?s next. Guests: Lindsay Zoladz and Shaad D?Souza.
A conversation about her memoir, her range of contributions to pop music and her secret alt-rock album. Guests: New York's Allison P. Davis; Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
The Nashville star learned from the genre?s past and carved his own path. Guest: Grady Smith.
The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.
?Old Town Road? showed the app?s potential as a hit generator. But its relationship to the business is far more complex. Guest: Taylor Lorenz.
Six albums into major-label careers with ?Chromatica? and ?Smile,? where do these two stars fit in? Guest host: Caryn Ganz. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
The band?s 34-year-old frontman helped break down barriers between scenes, and was known for singularly wild live shows. Guests: Dan Franklin; James Khubiar; and Andy O?Connor.
For today?s biggest artists, an album release isn?t just about the music. Guest: Ben Sisario.
Remembering Joe Diffie, Mona Foot and DJ Black N Mild. Guests: Hits' Holly Gleason; Jacob Bernstein; and Elena Bergeron.
How would Nashville be different if it hadn?t pushed the trio away? A conversation about ?Gaslighter? and beyond. Guests: Jewly Hight and Slate's Carl Wilson.
Readers asked about Bon Iver, country music, Jack Antonoff and more. Guests: Northwestern University's Lauren Michele Jackson and Lindsay Zoladz.
On an album made entirely in quarantine, the singer and songwriter embarks in a fresh direction. Guests: Jon Pareles, Caryn Ganz and Joe Coscarelli.
His music was dynamic, bold and idiosyncratic, setting a high bar for composers connecting sound and vision. Guests: Jon Pareles and Joshua Rothkopf.
Killer Mike and El-P?s anti-government and pro-justice hip-hop feels like it anticipated the current moment. Guest: Pitchfork's Sheldon Pearce.
A subset of passionate listeners are asking for more of their heroes than simply music. Guest: Denisha Kuhlor.
His protest song ?The Bigger Picture? marks a high point in his evolution from reluctant up-and-comer to one of hip-hop?s reliable superstars. Guest: Joe Coscarelli.
As the music industry reckons with racial inequality, one of the first old structures to fall has been a term that dates back to the 1970s. Guest: Nelson George.
Two former editors look back at the magazine?s on-the-ground reporting following the Rodney King verdict. Guests: James Bernard and Reginald Dennis.
Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat and how some in the limelight bristle at social media condemnation. Guest: The Ringer's Justin Charity.
The pop star took an extremely nonlinear path to No. 1, and continues to push the boundaries of online behavior. Guest: Lakin Starling.
Thousands of miles apart, and with radically different tools, both musicians were innovating. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles; and Joseph Patel.
A conversation about everything ?Fetch the Bolt Cutters? and beyond. Guests: Jenn Pelly and Lindsay Zoladz.
Children?s films lean heavily on pop, but the elementary school set has access to a whole universe of music now. Guests: The New York Times's Gilbert Cruz, Jeremy Egner, Dave Itzkoff and Dave Renard.
The English pop star has given fans an upbeat album at a very dark time. Guest: Caryn Ganz.
Both artists pulled Nashville in fresh directions, and gave the genre growing pains. Guests: Bill Friskics-Warren and Natalie Weiner.
The coronavirus pandemic has upended the world, and the arts are reeling. Pop music critics are asking (and facing) hard questions. Guests: The Ringer's Rob Harvilla, New York's Craig Jenkins and Lindsay Zoladz.
Pop critics from around the country recommend pick-me-ups: Pharrell, the Pointer Sisters, Helado Negro and more.
The ways the pandemic has already reshaped the year, and what might happen in pop next. Guests: The New York Times's Ben Sisario and Jon Pareles.
How has Kevin Parker built and sustained his successful psych-rock project ? and where will he head next? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Pitchfork's Jillian Mapes.
The 20-year-old rapper was poised to carry the scene?s sound to the world. Guest: Pitchfork's Alphonse Pierre.
One of pop?s biggest stars returns with an album that has unexpected kinship with new music from Harry Styles and Selena Gomez. Guest: Lindsay Zoladz.
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the second of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times?s Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz and Jon Pareles.
The Popcast opens its mailbag in the first of two episodes devoted to our listeners. Guests: The New York Times's Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
A conversation about how its meaning has evolved over the last two decades. Guests: The New York Times's Elena Bergeron and The Undefeated's Soraya Nadia McDonald.
Did the deserving artists win? Was Aerosmith terrible? The debates rage on our post-awards show. Guests: Joe Coscarelli, Caryn Ganz, Wesley Morris and Jon Pareles.
Songs that work in 15-second bursts are different from tracks that succeed on the FM dial. Guests: The writer Aimee Cliff and GodMode's Nick Sylvester.
A conversation about the best jazz albums of the year, and what they tell us about the genre?s future. Guests: Martin Johnson and Giovanni Russonello.
A revealing (and hilarious) look back at our year-end lists from the past decade. Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles and Joe Coscarelli.
How do you measure a year in pop? Guests: The New York Times's Jon Pareles, Joe Coscarelli and Caryn Ganz.
Success is coming faster than ever for a new generation of musicians. But at what price? Guests: David Turner; the directors Ramez Silyan and Sebastian Jones.