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

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    MICHAEL JACKSON PT. 2: THE KING OF POP RISES (with Joseph Vogel)

    MICHAEL JACKSON PT. 2: THE KING OF POP RISES (with Joseph Vogel)

    Joe Vogel, author of Man in the Music: The Creative Life of Michael Jackson, joins Pop Pantheon for the second in our four-part series on the King of Pop. DJ Louie and Joe dig into MJ’s early solo work, from his 1972 debut Got to Be There to his first solo number one, “Ben,” his changing voice as grew older and his final Motown album, 1975’s Forever Michael – released when Michael was just 16. From there, they discuss Michael’s starring role as Scarecrow in the 1975 cult classic The Wiz and his creative partnership with Quincy Jones, which produced the glorious, effervescent 1979 masterpiece  Off the Wall, the album that single-handedly turned Michael Jackson into a true solo superstar and set his course to the top of the Pop Pantheon.   
    Join us next week for Part 3, which will focus entirely on Michael’s stratospheric, game-changing blockbuster, 1982’s Thriller.
    Listen to Michael Jackson Pt. 1: The Jackson 5 (with Emily Lordi)
    Listen to Pop Pantheon's Episode "Do You Still Listen to Michael Jackson and Kanye West? (with Tre Johnson & Kemi Olivia Alemoru)"
    Buy Joseph Vogel's Book Man in the Music: The Creative Life and Work of Michael Jackson Listen to Pop Pantheon's Michael Jackson Essentials Playlist
    Join Pop Pantheon: All Access, Our Patreon Channel, for Exclusive Content and More
    Shop Merch in Pop Pantheon's Store
    Buy Tickets to our Dance Party Pop Pantheon Present: Main Pop Girls of '24 in NYC on August 2!
    Come to Gorgeous Gorgeous Lincoln Center on 7/20 FOR FREE!
    Come to Gorgeous Gorgeous: Los Angeles at Los Globos in Silver Lake on 7/26
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    • 1 hr 52 min
    Katy Perry's Not So Grand Return + Kesha, Lana Del Rey & More (Patreon Preview)

    Katy Perry's Not So Grand Return + Kesha, Lana Del Rey & More (Patreon Preview)

    In a preview of this week's Pop Pantheon: All Access episode, Katy Perry's much anticipated new single, the Dr. Luke-produced "Woman's World", finally dropped on Friday along with it's music video and the response has been.... not so great. Louie and Russ talk all things Katy before pivoting to new songs from Kesha, Lana and Tinashe and a Taylor Swift-related game that may drive Louie even more insane than "Woman's World". 
    To hear the rest of the this episode plus receive weekly bonus episodes of Pop Pantheon, gain access to our Discord channel and so much more, subscribe to Pop Pantheon: All Access at the Icon Tier. You can also subscribe for the audio only directly in the Apple Podcasts app. 

    • 11 min
    Katy Perry's Not So Grand Return + Kesha, Lana Del Rey & More

    Katy Perry's Not So Grand Return + Kesha, Lana Del Rey & More

    Katy Perry's much anticipated new single, the Dr. Luke-produced "Woman's World", finally dropped on Friday along with it's music video and the response has been.... not so great. Louie and Russ talk all things Katy before pivoting to new songs from Kesha, Lana and Tinashe and a Taylor Swift-related game that may drive Louie even more insane than "Woman's World".

    MICHAEL JACKSON PT. 1: THE JACKSON 5 (with Emily Lordi)

    MICHAEL JACKSON PT. 1: THE JACKSON 5 (with Emily Lordi)

    For the first of our four-part series on the King of Pop, writer, professor and critic Emily Lordi joins Pop Pantheon to help us begin to untangle one of the most knotty legacies in pop history: the story of Michael Jackson. Emily and DJ Louie discuss Michael’s extremely strict upbringing, sadistic abuse at the hands of his father Joe, and the creation of The Jackson 5, from playing the Chitlin' Circuit to landing a Motown deal and kicking off one of the greatest single runs in history, beginning with 1969’s “I Want You Back.” Next they dig into The Jackson 5’s prolific Motown output, the marketing of Michael as a child sensation and how Jacksonmania made the Jacksons into a symbol of post-civil rights promise in America. Finally, they work through the band’s rebrand as The Jacksons, their post-Motown work, late '70s comeback and how the group’s monumental success set Michael up for solo superstardom. 
    Join us next week for Part 2, in which we will be talking about Michael’s early solo work and his breakthrough as a solo star, 1979’s Off The Wall. 

    Listen to Pop Pantheon's Michael Jackson Essentials Playlist
    Join Pop Pantheon: All Access, Our Patreon Channel, for Exclusive Content and More
    Shop Merch in Pop Pantheon's Store
    Buy Tickets to our Dance Party Pop Pantheon Present: Main Pop Girls of '24 in NYC on August 2!
    Come to Gorgeous Gorgeous Lincoln Center on 7/20 FOR FREE!
    Come to Gorgeous Gorgeous: Los Angeles at Los Globos in Silver Lake on 7/26
    Follow DJ Louie XIV on Instagram
    Follow DJ Louie XIV on Twitter
    Follow Pop Pantheon on Instagram
    Follow Pop Pantheon on Twitter

    • 2 hr 1 min
    Megan Thee Stallion Reps for the South— and Herself— on Megan (with Taylor Crumpton) (Patreon Preview)

    Megan Thee Stallion Reps for the South— and Herself— on Megan (with Taylor Crumpton) (Patreon Preview)

    In a preview of this week's Pop Pantheon: All Access episode, Megan Thee Stallion's third studio album, Megan, her first as an independent artist and since her infamous beef with Nicki Minaj, dropped last week. Taylor Crumpton is here to help Louie and Russ break down the record's inherent regionality, Megan's new and old poses and themes and what this record might portend for the future of her career. 
    To hear the rest of the this episode plus receive weekly bonus episodes of Pop Pantheon, gain access to our Discord channel and so much more, subscribe to Pop Pantheon: All Access at the Icon Tier. You can also subscribe for the audio only directly in the Apple Podcasts app. 

    • 10 min
    Megan Thee Stallion Reps for the South— and Herself— on Megan (with Taylor Crumpton)

    Megan Thee Stallion Reps for the South— and Herself— on Megan (with Taylor Crumpton)

    Megan Thee Stallion's third studio album, Megan, her first as an independent artist and since her infamous beef with Nicki Minaj, dropped last week. Taylor Crumpton is here to help Louie and Russ break down the record's inherent regionality, Megan's new and old poses and themes and what this record might portend for the future of her career.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
461 Ratings

461 Ratings

grantgreenblue ,

smart show and very entertaining

I love this pod. DJ Louie knows his stuff.
They get into details and excavate the depths of pop music.
It’s fascinating and accurate.

loved the P!NK episode.

Midwest represent! ,

Subscription vs Patreon episodes?

Hi,
Do you get access to Patreon episodes if you pay for subscription? I subscribed but i don’t have access to the October episode of ‘1989 Taylor’s version’, it says it’s only on Patreon? But I pay more for the subscription…🤔

JayLLR ,

Pop perfection

Love this podcast. Well produced, always well researched, and great guests. Makes me appreciate artists I sometimes ignored and always dive deeper into their music catalog. Highly recommended!

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