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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 nytimes.com/audioapp

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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 nytimes.com/audioapp

    Popcast (Deluxe): Is TikTok Done? 4 Crises Holding the App Back

    Popcast (Deluxe): Is TikTok Done? 4 Crises Holding the App Back

    Once addictive and effective, TikTok is struggling with commercialization, a shifting relationship with the music industry and more.

    • 51 min
    Remembering Toby Keith and His Complexities

    Remembering Toby Keith and His Complexities

    A conversation about his loudest (and quieter) moments, and how patriotism has played into country music. Guest: David Cantwell.

    • 42 min
    Popcast (Deluxe): Pop Stars vs. the Attention Economy

    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.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Covering the Rise of Tracy Chapman

    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 min
    Popcast (Deluxe): Usher, Beyoncé and Ye Lead a Busy Week in Pop

    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.

    • 1 hr 9 min
    How Usher Arrived at the Super Bowl Halftime Show

    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 min

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