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.
Who Will Control Britney Spears’s Future?
An update on the pop star's conservatorship, and a conversation about the mid-2000s tabloid era that was the kiln for her public unraveling.
Ariana Grande, a Pop Star for the Post-Pop Star Age
Breaking down how the singer expands the range of what a contemporary pop star can be, her relationship to R&B and hip-hop, and more.
The Many Mariah Careys
Which Mariah Carey is your favorite? And did you enjoy Chick's "Someone's Ugly Daughter"?
Luke Combs’s Country Stardom and the Remaking of the Bro
Luke Combs is the most promising new country star of the last five years, a feat he's achieved by changing up the music's recent formulas.
Will Pop Music of the Future Rely on Actual Musicians, or Avatars?
Avatars are working harder than ever, and perhaps making a blueprint for how the pop stars of the future will handle the work of fame.
Is TikTok a Music Industry Friend or Troll?
A conversation about how TikTok’s relationship to music has evolved over the last 12 months.