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Pop Pantheon


The podcast where DJ Louie XIV and guests completely overanalyze all your favorite pop stars, then rank them in the official Pop Pantheon. New episodes every other Thursday.

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RIHANNA PT. 1 (with Julianne Escobedo Shepherd)

Dec 2 • 01:30:25

Former Editor in Chief of Jezebel and famed author of The Rihanna RihPort, Julianne Escobedo Shepherd, joins DJ Louie for part one of a two-part  discussion about one of the biggest and most dynamic pop icons of the 21st Century, Rihanna. Louie and Julianne get into detail about what exactly the ethereal "Rihanna Thing" is and what allows her to be so versatile with genre ...

ONE DIRECTION (with Rolling Stone's Brittany Spanos)

Nov 18 • 01:19:05

Rolling Stone Senior Writer Brittany Spanos joins DJ Louie for a conversation about British boyband, One Direction. First, Louie and Brittany break down how generational waves of boybands have riffed on a similar formula in their performance styles, musical tropes, and teen fandemonium over the last 50 years. They discuss how One Direction both stands in that lineage and b...

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MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Charli, Charli, More Charli, Halle Steinfeild's Career, Katy and Tinashe, Girl Groups and ME!

Nov 11 • 24:11

DJ Louie answers a slew of listener questions about Charli XCX: When will she have her next hit? What does her new single "New Shapes" tell us about the sound of her new record? Who are Louie's dream future collaborators for Charli? And more! He then gives some quick fire answers on Halle Steinfeild, Katy Perry, Tinashe, Girl and Boy Groups as Pop Stars and one question th...

CHARLI XCX (with Switched on Pop's Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan)

Nov 4 • 01:23:34

Charlie Harding and Nate Sloan of the podcast Switched on Pop join DJ Louie to talk one of pop’s great agitators, Charli XCX. Charlie, Nate and Louie parse out the dueling instincts in Charli’s career between her chart-topping ambitions and her impulse to disrupt the boundaries of pop. They situate her debut album True Romance amongst a slew of early ‘10s records treading ...

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POST MALONE (with Larry Fitzmaurice)

Oct 21 • 01:17:06

Editor, writer and author of the newsletter Last Donut of the Night, Larry Fitzmaurice, joins DJ Louie as the two attempt to understand “pop’s most suffocating presence”, Post Malone. First, Larry and Louie break down Post’s emergence with his debut hit, the post-Drake lament “White Iverson'', his incoherent and often baffling dismissal of criticisms that he appropriates B...

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MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Toni, Tamar, Aaliyah, Justin Timberlake and Iconic Pop Stars With Terrible Debut Singles

Oct 14 • 23:52

DJ Louie answers listener questions about whether Gen Z is more familiar with Tamar or Toni Braxton, the Aaliyah rollout on streaming, how Pop Stars having (or not having) obvious musical descendants affects their legacy, what we should call Pop Pantheon listeners, iconic artists whose first single is still their best OR whose first single is their worst, and more....

TONI BRAXTON (with Jezebel's Rich Juzwiak)

Oct 7 • 01:27:29

Senior Writer for Jezebel Rich Juzwiak returns to Pop Pantheon to talk The Queen of Heartbreak, Toni Braxton. DJ Louie and Rich first break down the craft of melisma, the centrality of “The Voice” in early ‘90s pop, and how Babyface’s sound helped R&B cross over in that period. They then take a journey though Toni’s emergence, the anthems of codependency on her classic deb...

MINISODE: Answering Your Questions on Britney, The Pantheon and The Best Pop Songs of the Year

Sep 30 • 23:57

DJ Louie answers listener questions about the difference between "pop" as popular music and Pop as a specific genre, the relevance of the Grammys, whether Britney is a Tier 1 Icon or a Tier 2 Megastar, what he thinks of Dua Lipa, whether artists can slide between tiers throughout their careers, lists his favorite songs of the year so far and more. ...

JUSTIN BIEBER (with Pitchfork Contributing Editor Rawiya Kameir)

Sep 23 • 01:34:04

Pitchfork Contributing Editor and Asst. Professor at Syracuse University Rawiya Kameir and DJ Louie get into it about one of contemporary pop’s most divisive figures, Justin Bieber. Louie and Rawiya discuss pop’s evolution beyond the need for male pop stars in the late ‘00s and how Bieber entered to fill the void, initially as one of the first music superstars to emerge on...

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LORDE (with Billboard's Jason Lipshutz)

Sep 9 • 01:21:03

Billboard Senior Director of Music Jason Lipshutz joins DJ Louie to discuss everyone’s favorite off-the-grid alt-pop icon, Lorde. First, Louie and Jason break down the EDM pop and festival boom of the late aughts and early 2010s. They then break down how Lorde’s “Royals” presented an appealing response to that escapist era of pop culture and how the success of her debut al...

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