Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated June 2017; image)
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Popcast
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New York Times music critics Jon Pareles and Jon Caramanica talk each week about the latest pop music news, the top songs, the best albums, the biggest stars — and the up and coming stars you haven't heard of yet.
 
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Pop Shop Podcast
Weekly+
 
Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discuss the hottest music news and cover the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between are invited to this weekly half-hour discussion.
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
Weekly
 
The official ranking of the 30 hottest tracks on our playlist. The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled weekly from listener requests, club and dance radio station plays around the world. The countdown airs live every Saturday evening at 8pm. Download the podcast or listen on-demand.
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
Monthly
 
The Noise Pop Podcast is a bi-monthly series showcasing noteworthy new releases from the independent and underground music scene, produced by Noise Pop: San Francisco’s favorite indie music, arts and film festival. We deliver episodes that are engaging, distinctive, and always rooted in the music we love, that we think you will too. Along with music recommendations, Host Adrian Spinelli (Paste Magazine, SF Chronicle, Fest300) interviews artists, tastemakers, and professionals from every corn ...
 
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The BackBeat
Monthly
 
Biweekly podcast dedicated to talking about what's happening in popular music.
 
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Tuner
Monthly
 
There's more to pop than meets the ear.
 
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Episodes – Hear Me Out
Monthly+
 
This is Hear Me Out, the podcast where Winston Noel and Alden Ford, along with a special guest each episode, explore the songs we love, no matter what literally everyone else says. We are not music officials. We are not music critics or music snobs. We are unqualified on every level to provide any cogent analysis of why a song is good or bad. All we know is, there are songs we just can’t stop loving, even though the world passed its harsh judgment on them long ago. So every episode we sit do ...
 
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The Chartographers
Weekly
 
"Every album: ranked." The Chartographers is your go-to pop music podcast. Founded by Evan Sawdey & Taran O'Reilly, The Chartographers invites guests to come by and rank an artists' entire album discography from worst to best. We debate, we joke, and have those music-nerd discussions you've always wanted to have, now streaming on demand. So with new episodes every Tuesday, make sure you keep on listenin' -- 'cos you know that we'll be.
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The BackBeat, we take a moment to celebrate the life of rap legend, Prodigy from the group Mobb Deep. Excited for the BET Awards? We discuss the 2017 BET Nominees and give our projections on which artists will win awards on Sunday. Next, we get into Swizz Beatz calling Balenciaga out on instagram for replicating a Ruff Ryder shirt ...…
 
SoundCloud rap is a raw, rowdy, rebellious movement fueled by young rappers looking outside the genre for inspiration.
 
Billboard contributor Dan Weiss joins the podcast first to talk about 'Robyn Is Here,' the unspectacular-but-promising debut from the now-iconic Swedish pop star Robyn. Then, regular Billboard cover story writer Chris Martins comes on the line to remember 'The Carnival,' the sprawling, fascinating first solo album by Wyclef Jean following his b ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Lorde's incredible 'Melodrama,' SZA's long-awaited debut 'Ctrl' and Marlene's "Next to Me" on the Must-Hear Music podcast.
 
RuPaul discusses how his reality competition series “Drag Race” is a “labor of love,” its sometimes “vicious” fans and why the show stays fresh each year. Plus: we’ve got news about JAY-Z’s upcoming new album, "4:44," and Selena Gomez’s new video for “Bad Liar,” and chart updates about Katy Perry’s third No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 with "W ...…
 
Did our last episode leave you reeling with the the terror of it all, or did you take a lot of vitamins to defeat the evil machines? Either way, Evan, Taran, and special guest Jon Harvey band together to rank what is the best all-time Flaming Lips album. A lot of heavy lifting is involved (a spoonful weighs a ton, after all), but you'll be bugg ...…
 
Three female pop stars, three different approaches: a conversation about their new albums, on Popcast.
 
In this week's episode, Rolling Stone senior writer Andy Greene stops by the pod to talk about one of the great rock albums of the late 20th century, Radiohead's 'OK Computer.' Greene recently wrote an awesome profile of the band and their signature album in time for its upcoming 20th anniversary, which we talk about, as well as about how diffe ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1David Guetta ft. Justin Bieber – 2U29NEW.1OmniKid – Ready to jump28NEW.1Bakermat ft. Kiesza – Do ...…
 
Kirstin from Pentatonix drops by to talk about her debut solo single, “Break a Little,” and how it’s been a “huge learning experience” to strike out on her own, and how she feels “really inspired and lifted.” Plus, we’ve got chart chat about Halsey’s first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, Fifth Harmony’s first Billboard Hot 100 hit as a ...…
 
Billboard staffers make predictions about the 2017 Song of the Summer, looking at frontrunners based on Billboard's chart data as well as potential dark horse contenders and personal favorites.
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
June's Noisemakers Mix takes us into summer with rising singer-songwriter Kacey Johansing, Everything Is Recorded's first single featuring Sampha, LA via Houston rapper De'Wayne Jackson, Atlanta folk singer Faye Webster, Montreal's Doldrums, soulful wunderkind Steve Lacy and most excellent NOLA jazz trumpeter Christian Scott.…
 
GUMMY EVERYTHING! I mean, hi! The Oklahoma weirdos known as the Flaming Lips have been going strong for nearly 35 years, and it's therefore up to Evan, Taran, and most frequent guest Jon Harvey to dive into all that is weird, wild, and Wayne in Part 1 of an epic ranking podcast that simply cannot be missed. Grab some jelly: it's gonna be a loud ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.WL.W.W.O.30NEW.1Melih Aydogan ft. Ria – Loved by you29NEW.1Autograf – Simple28NEW.1Alle Farben – Little Hollywood ...…
 
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The BackBeat
 
On this week's episode of The BackBeat, we get into Mary J. Blige's temporary spousal support payments to her soon to be ex, Taylor Swift being petty by releasing her entire discography for streaming on the same day as Katy Perry's "Witness" album, as well as our thoughts on the recent struggles Katy Perry has been having regarding her album. A ...…
 
Our pop music critics are not fans of record anniversaries, but 50 years after the creation of “Sgt. Pepper,” there are still lessons to be learned from the album.
 
This week, we celebrate the tenth anniversary of one of the most famous TV episodes of the 21st century: "Made in America," the 2007 series finale of The Sopranos, which turns 10 this Saturday (June 10). Kyle McGovern, editor of Mic's Hype culture section, comes by to discuss the classic use of Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'"-- and also debate ...…
 
Our guests on this week's show are New Kids on the Block! We chatted with four-fifths of the veteran boy band (you were missed, Donnie!) as they kicked off their Total Package Tour with Boyz II Men and Paula Abdul. We talked all about their latest all-star lineup, the best and worst parts of being on the road, and what it's like to play new son ...…
 
Did someone call the paparazzi on us? 'cos after crossing 5000 plays, the Chartographers have decided to celebrate by putting out one dynamite little Happy Hour Minisode dedicated to Gaga herself. Evan, Taran, and special guest Michael Kaluzny talk about Gaga's worst song, her best fashion choices, her WTF Artpop introduction to the world (floa ...…
 
“Despacito” is the first Spanish-language song to top the chart since “Macarena,” but there are many more interesting shifts in Latin pop today.
 
Joe Lynch of Billboard stops by the podcast to talk about the constantly shifting legacy of The Beatles' era-defining 1967 masterpiece, and to share some picks for the best little moments on the album.
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Yellow Claw ft. Moksi & Jonna Fraser – Open29NEW.1Dua Lipa ft. Miguel – Lost in your light281914 ...…
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, we go on location with Charlie Puth inside his home studio! We sat down with the singer/songwriter to talk about his new Instagram-inspired single "Attention," and he walked his through some of the recording process of the tune -- including playing some of the more than 250 isolated tracks that make up the song. ...…
 
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The Chartographers
 
GA GA OOH-LA-LA. Yes, it's time for Mother Monster's meat-ready freakness to be known to the world, which is why Evan, Taran, and special guest Michael Kaluzny have banded together to rank Lady Gaga's albums from worst to the edge of glory. So put down that telephone and put your pink cowboy hat on: we're gonna make a bad romance. /// Our theme ...…
 
Music fests are ubiquitous, but only some are curated well enough to be thrilling. And there’s the Fyre Festival.
 
Kevin Rutherford, Billboard's rock charts manager, joins Coming Around Again this week to share his 'Batman & Robin'-related memories and discuss what a weird and sporadically wonderful set the film's soundtrack was. We also discuss the Smashing Pumpkins' mid-'90s chart dominance, recall Jewel's oft-forgotten roots in angsty alt-rock, and swap ...…
 
We recap the 2017 Billboard Music Awards and welcome two special guests: the show’s co-host, Vanessa Hudgens, and one of its performers, Julia Michaels! We spoke with the ladies (separately) on the day before the May 21 show backstage inside the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, where the big show went down. Plus, we dive into chart news about Harry ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
In this live edition of Noisemakers, we're joined by three of the East Bay's most notable up and coming artists in Xiomara, Madeline Kenney and 1-O.A.K. Listen in for intimate performances and conversations with our guests, from an event that took place at Oakland's Starline Social Club on Thursday, April 6th.…
 
The lion & the lamb are listenin' to a podcast -- or at least that's what we hear. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Kerida O'Reilly just finished ranking the works of Iron & Wine, so get into the weeds of Sam Beam's worst song, his wildly varying abilities as a live performer, and so much more. Grab a friend, kiss each other clean, and enjoy ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar," Camila Cabello's "Crying In the Club," Liam Payne's "Strip That Down" ft. Quavo, Linkin Park's 'One More Light' album and Local Natives' "The Only Heirs."
 
This week, Chris DeVille of Stereogum joins Coming Around Again to talk about the Foo Fighters' near-classic 1997 sophomore album, 'The Colour and the Shape,' which turns 20 this Saturday (May 20). Then, culture writer Mickey Rapkin calls in to discuss his excellent Billboard oral history of Celine Dion's "My Heart Will Go On," before Celine pe ...…
 
The One Direction member and the pop-blues poster boy have a few things in common.
 
Imagine Dragons is the special guest on a special Billboard Music Awards preview edition of Pop Shop Podcast. The band — which is nominated for a 2017 Billboard Music Award and will be performing at the May 21 show — stopped by the show to talk about their new album “Evolve” and how they found their “identity” on the new effort. In addition to ...…
 
Um ... it's been one year? How the heck did that happen? We've seriously been posting for an entire year? The day we post this is literally a year since we started with our Beyonce episode? That's crazy. So crazy that Evan, Taran, and most-frequent guest Jon Harvey talk about their favorite eps, share a few wackadoo stories, and Jon Harvey prov ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Kygo & Ellie Goulding – First time29NEW.1Sander Van Doorn – The rhythm28NEW.1Krewella – Be there ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Marshmello – Moving on29NEW.1Friends of Mayday – True Rave28NEW.1DJ Antoine – La vie en rose2727 ...…
 
You don't have to be a trapeze swinger to realize just how dexterous the task is that we took on here: Evan, Taran, and returning guest Kerida O'Reilly tackle Sam Beam's massive, looping discography and take it out for a backwoods spin, ranking from Jesus the Mexican Boy to Jezebel herself. (Also, don't tell anyone, but this is our 50th episode ...…
 
Billboard staffers and John Norris discuss Miley Cyrus' new direction on "Malibu," Harry Styles' rock-influenced solo debut and (Sandy) Alex G's "Proud."
 
One of the most impressive rock bands working in the mainstream has taken a left turn. Where is Paramore headed, and how did it inspire scores of artists?
 
This week on Coming Around Again, it's all things Sir Mix-a-Lot, as the rapper's iconic booty anthem "Baby Got Back" was released as a single 25 years ago on Sunday (May 7). Natalie Weiner of Bleacher Report stops by the pod to discuss Mix and "Baby" from the Seattle perspective, as well as how bold the song was back in 1992, and if that still ...…
 
On the new Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers discuss Niall Horan's "Slow Hands," Perfume Genius' "Wreath," LCD Soundsystem's "Call the Police," Blondie's "Long Time," Mac DeMarco's "Dreams From Yesterday," and Grizzly Bear's "Three Rings."
 
On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, we have an interview with Sandra "Pepa" Denton and DJ Spinderella of … Salt-N-Pepa! We caught up with two-thirds of the iconic hip-hop trio to reflect on the 30th anniversary of their debut on Billboard's charts, their current run on the multi-act I Love the '90s Tour, how there's hope of new music from the group ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
May's Noisemakers Mix opens up with a single from Chastity Belt's excellent upcoming album. We play a cut from Baths side project, Geotic, and introduce Bay Area industrial rock band Houses of Heaven. The latest release from Montreal's TOPS flows into the most accessible cut we've heard from Shabazz palaces yet and the mix rounds out with a tra ...…
 
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The DJ Top 30 Countdown
 
The DJ Top 30 countdown is compiled from weekly radio station playlist reports and club plays around the world. Download the podcast from iTunes or stream it live on Google Play Music. Connect with Paul Bury at http://paulbury.com T.W.L.W.W.O.30NEW.1Hurts – Beautiful ones29NEW.1Gromee – Runaway282012Sofia Carson – Back to beautiful (Alan Walker ...…
 
This ain't no party! This ain't no disco! This ain't no ... well, actually it's a LOT of fooling around. Yes, Evan, Taran, and New Millennium Theatre Company's Ali Keirn have finished deciding which album is better, and now live a wild, wild life as they debate the worst Talking Heads song, discuss the terrible non-Byrne Talking Heads albums, g ...…
 
The singer-songwriter’s new album is a low-fi exploration of extreme emotions. How does it relate to her earlier hits, and how did she get here?
 
On this week's episode of The BackBeat, we discuss Miley Cyrus and her claim that Hip Hop is too sexist for her. Next, we get into the debacle of the Fyre Festival that has Ja Rule looking like a scammer in these streets. We briefly discuss the drama between Ms. Aretha, Dionne, and Gladys. Make sure you stay tuned in until the end of the episod ...…
 
On this week's Coming Around Again, Andrew Unterberger is joined by Sean Highkin of The Athletic to discuss Soulja Boy's Hot 100-topping solo debut 'Crank That (Soulja Boy)': What was misunderstood about the proto-viral artist upon his emergence ten years ago, and how he's been proven right in so many ways since.…
 
On our latest show, we're joined by Hailee Steinfeld! We met up with the singer/actress at a dance studio in Hollywood, where she was promoting her partnership with Mission for their first line of women’s athletic apparel by leading a dance workout with her choreographer Amy Allen. Before working up a sweat, we got in some questions about Pitch ...…
 
Billboard staffers discuss DJ Khaled's "I'm the One" ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, Katy Perry's "Bon Appetit" ft. Migos, Haim's "Right Now," Hailee Steinfeld's "Most Girls," Feist's "Pleasure" and Foster the People's "SHC."
 
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