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The B-Sides is a podcast for progressives who love pop music. Subscribe today wherever you listen to get biweekly musings from hosts Becky, Hannah, and Mimi on pop’s place in our world, and the music you should put in your ears to fuel your reckoning with the trashfires all around us. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-b-sides/support

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The B-Sides is a podcast for progressives who love pop music. Subscribe today wherever you listen to get biweekly musings from hosts Becky, Hannah, and Mimi on pop’s place in our world, and the music you should put in your ears to fuel your reckoning with the trashfires all around us. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/the-b-sides/support

    37. What's in a Feud?

    37. What's in a Feud?

    In today's episode, we're trying to figure it out. Looking at the facts of a feud itself and how stories about it unfold can tell us a lot about power dynamics in the industry, who gets empathy and who doesn’t, and also? Talking about drama can be fun. The word "feud" seems to hold a lot of weight and draws people’s attention (again, drama is fun) but it often makes the actual circumstances seem far more superficial and balanced than they really are. 

    We each came to the table with a so-called feud we’d like to get into - but at a distance, from the safety of our podcast’s virtual space. Here are the feuds (?) we're looking at today:


    Mariah Carey vs. Jennifer Lopez (5:00ish)
    Lea Michele vs. the cast of Glee (22:30 ish)
    Ariana Grande vs. Victoria Justice (45:50 ish)

    Join us as we explore questions like: Can it be a feud if they’ve never spoken to each other directly? Can it be a feud if the playing field is so uneven? Can it be a feud if it’s actually just people in power being monsters to people who aren’t in power and can’t control the situation or the narrative?



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    • 1 hr 11 min
    36. California Here We Come Chasing Cars... Mm, Whatcha Say?

    36. California Here We Come Chasing Cars... Mm, Whatcha Say?

    When done well, a soundtrack can do so much for a show, audience, and featured artists - it enriches and even memorializes scenes, tells us how we’re supposed to feel and introduces artists and audiences to each other. And no one did it better than some of our fave shows from the 2000s: Grey’s Anatomy, the OC, and Gossip Girl.

    Grey's Anatomy: 6:50ish

    The OC: 31:10ish

    Gossip Girl: 50minish

    Some enjoyable links from today’s episode:

    Grey's musical episode and its oral history.

    The shot heard round the world AKA Marissa shoots Trey and launches a million memes. 

    Pitchfork review of The OC soundtrack.

    Glamorous on Gossip Girl.



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    • 1 hr 19 min
    35. Who Am I If Not Exploited: Olivia Rodrigo's Meteoric Rise to Fame and Where She Goes from Here

    35. Who Am I If Not Exploited: Olivia Rodrigo's Meteoric Rise to Fame and Where She Goes from Here

    We are in an inflection point with Olivia Rodrigo's rise to fame. How we act now will determine not only her future as a celebrity, but the future of ~Celebrity~ in the US.

    Here are some of the articles we referenced today:


    https://www.insider.com/millennials-are-inevitably-in-love-with-olivia-rodrigo-2021-5
    https://www.glamour.com/story/for-geriatric-millennials-who-love-olivia-rodrigo-its-brutal-out-here 

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    • 54 min
    34. The Trials and Tribulations of GirlBossery

    34. The Trials and Tribulations of GirlBossery

    If you read the title of this episode then you know it's time to take a seat and buckle up. Today we're going in on a long-awaited topic, but also an undercurrent of a lot of our episodes and conversations, and that is...GirlBoss culture and its intersections with pop music. 

    What is GirlBoss really? What does it pretend to be? Where did this term come from? And mirror mirror on the wall, which pop songs are most GirlBoss of all? We'll assess some hits by some faves: from Taylor Swift to Arethra Franklin, from Ciara to Xtina Aguilera.

    We're also discussing the latest on Britney Spears' conservatorship after her June 23 direct appeal. After all, the trajectory of Britney's life and career involved very hard work under a system that technically made her financially successful and the biggest pop star to ever exist, but also mistreated her to no end for profit and has done so with increasingly intensifying forms of exploitation. And nothing exposes the sham of GirlBoss philosophy quite like that.



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    JK Zine is digitally published by B Milder in Brooklyn, New York. Visit the website to learn more about the publication, jkzine.com or download the zine app in the Apple store by searching "jk zine."



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    • 50 min
    33. Let's Go Girls: Country-Pop and the Women Who Are Shaping It

    33. Let's Go Girls: Country-Pop and the Women Who Are Shaping It

    Today we’re going to talk about Country-Pop. A genre that, for many, was once (and maybe still) isn’t taken seriously as “good” or welcome or authentic. Some folks are quick to dismiss country music say the lyrics are predictable (rotating around words and themes like girl, truck, liquor + jesus). Others who complain about country say, melodically, the songs are boring and repetitive. All that - and a little inherent classism too - makes country a no-go for many. On today’s episode we’re going to debunk these views, and learn about a few contemporary country pop stars who are breaking the honky-tonk mold.


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    • 50 min
    32. Demi Lovato and the Heaviness of Fandom

    32. Demi Lovato and the Heaviness of Fandom

    Fandom is often seen as a frivolous identity or extra curricular, but it can be a heavy, heavy aspect of our lives. This is especially true for fans of Demi Lovato in the last few years.

    Join us as we breakdown what fandom means through the lens of this incredible artist and public figure.

    Their private struggles have taken on a public dimension as we all continue to learn about the pressures of celebrity and how they can contribute to a dark, dark situation for artists. We also discuss how complicated it is to be a Lovatic while hating Scooter Braun.

    Link referenced:


    And Introducing, episode 35 about Demi Lovato with guests Hannah and Becky from The B-Sides


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53 Ratings

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Edutainment in its purest form

I love the B-sides for soo many reasons. I love having a forum about pop music. I love that it feels like I’m just chatting with friends. I love that it challenges me to think about how music is reflecting the good/bad/ugly of our culture. Such a fun and thoughtful listening experience!

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One of my favorite podcasts!

The B-Sides have quickly become one of my favorite casts of 2019. They embrace pop music as more than "guilty pleasure" music, and talk frankly and honestly about how it impacts our lives. They also foster a really great online community on Facebook and Instagram!

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So funny so sharp

These hosts know exactly what they’re talking about and they’re so relatable! Love it. If you like real pop music you’ll like this podcast.

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