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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.
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Best Episodes

Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?

Sep 17, 2020

"How Jason Derulo became king of TikTok"



“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.

Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?

Sep 28, 2020

"Facebook groups are zucky Is the future of community on discord? "



The pandemic has sped up how digital look-alikes are reshaping stardom. Guest: The Ringer's Alyssa Bereznak.

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The Many Mariah Careys

Oct 22, 2020

" Mariah and her Lambs"


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.

Olivia Rodrigo and ‘Drivers License’ Aren’t Going Anywhere

Jan 31, 2021

" Drivers License was NOT Spotify’s big bet for the week. (That’s embarrassing for them) "


A conversation about the year’s first genuine pop phenomenon, and the long arc of the Disney machine. Guests: Joe Coscarelli; Vulture's Justin Curto; and Larisha Paul.
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