Best Pop podcasts — Pop music and news (Updated August 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
Monthly+
 
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
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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
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"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 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.1Clean Bandit ft. Marina and the Diamonds – Disconnect29NEW.1TRAVI – Bang28NEW.1Skrillex & Poo Be ...…
 
On “Rainbow,” Kesha steps away from her old persona but keeps her former spark. In court, Taylor Swift speaks with no filter.
 
Music writer Alfred Soto joins Coming Around Again this week to talk about the 30th anniversary of New Order's singles collection 'Substance.' We discuss why the set survives as far more that just a hits compilation, and the subtle ways that New Order's brilliance has long gone underappreciated -- until recently, anyway.…
 
Bea Miller stops by to talk about her upcoming performance at the 2017 Hot 100 Festival, how she sees music in color, and how she got creative with releasing her new music because “people don’t really consume albums anymore.” Plus, the Pop Shop team previews the Hot 100 Fest and dives into chart chat about Cardi B, Kesha, Kendrick Lamar and more!…
 
Don't let it go away ... this feeling has got to stay -- and thankfully it does! We know you couldn't give up on us yabbin' about No Doubt too quickly, which is why Evan, Taran, and special guest and Chirp DJ Briavael O'Reilly talk about nothing but the good stuff: the band's worst song, Gwen Stefani's very odd solo career, and so much more. Af ...…
 
The band just completed a 13-show run in New York where it didn’t repeat any songs, and its fans are already hungering for the next residency.
 
Billboard associate editor (and boy band expert) Taylor Weatherby stops by to discuss her excellent 20th anniversary oral history of Backstreet Boys' seminal self-titled U.S. debut LP. On the podcast, Taylor discusses the process behind the oral history, and memories of BSB as a young pre-teen fan. And of course, the ultimate question has to be ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
This month's mix is a wave of peaking emotions, that travels across just about every ocean on the globe. 1. Big Thief - “Mythological Beauty,” 2.Twin Peaks - “Tossing Tears,” 3.Gold Class - “Get Yours,” 4. Yaeji - “Noonside,” 5.Yellow Days - “Hurt In Love,” 6. Jordan Rakei - “Sorceress,” 7. Yussef Kamaal - “Yo Chavez.”…
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The BackBeat, we talk about Brandy claiming Whitney Houston passed her the torch. We cover the success of Cardi B's "Bodak Yellow" on the Hot 100. Next, we delve into Trina's beef with a local Miami rapper and we congratulate Cyn Santana and Joe Budden on their new baby. Also, we give a shout out to Kelly Rowland, who is in the stu ...…
 
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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.1Olav Basoski ft. Spyder – Waterman 201729NEW.1Conor Donaghey – I need a miracle28292Alok & Bruno ...…
 
Two-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter Dan Wilson joins the Pop Shop Podcast to talk about his new album “Re-Covered,” working with the ‘super funny’ Adele, and cold-calling pop stars in the hopes of collaborating with them on music. Plus, we’ve got chart news updates about Arcade Fire, Cardi B, Nicki Minaj and more.…
 
Don't speak, we know just what you're thinking: that you want to listen to a new episode of The Chartographers! This week, Evan, Taran, and special guest (and CHIRP DJ) Briavael O'Reilly go underneath it all for ranking the discography of No Doubt. There's a lot of push and shove going on here, but it's a lively, fun debate that feels fresh, li ...…
 
This week, Pearl Jam's iconic "Jeremy" video turned 25. Billboard senior contributor Gil Kaufman joins Coming Around Again to talk about the classic clip, and the two pieces he wrote about the video -- including one on Trevor Wilson, the then-young actor who gained brief fame playing the video's title character, who later disappeared from the s ...…
 
As the band released its most divisive album yet, it embarked on a rollout that confused its narrative even further.
 
On this week's Must-Hear Music podcast, Billboard staffers discuss Lana Del Rey's "Get Free," Mura Masa's "Love$ick" with A$AP Rocky, Arcade Fire's "Creature Comfort," Julia Michaels' "Worst of Me" and the 2017 Battle of the Boy Bands: PrettyMuch's "Would You Mind" and Why Don't We's "Why Don't We Just."…
 
Today on the show, we have a ridiculously fun conversation with John Mayer about his Search for Everything tour, continuing his journey with Dead & Company and much more. Also on the show, we dive into this week's chart chat, including a brand-new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 from Lana Del Rey, a record-setting feat for Sam Hunt on the Hot ...…
 
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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.1Cedella Marley, Savi & Bankay – Could you be loved29NEW.1Alok & Bruno Martini – Never let me go2 ...…
 
A conversation about two singers in different bands who left significant musical and emotional legacies
 
This week, Billboard staff writer Chris Payne joins Coming Around Again to discuss the 10th anniversary of Plain White T's hitting No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with their emo-pop crossover hit "Hey There Delilah." The guys dig into the song's roots, examine what made it such a surprise smash, and wonder whether a chart-topper like it could st ...…
 
On the latest show we chat with Fifth Harmony’s Ally Brooke and dance duo Lost Kings about their new collaboration “Look at Us Now.” In addition, we’ve also got chart chat and news updates about Charlie Puth, Selena Gomez, Demi Lovato, Nine Inch Nails, Ryan Seacrest, Justin Bieber and Linkin Park.
 
Outside Lands Festival's 10th Anniversary is going down from Aug 11-13 and our preview highlights some of our favorite acts on the bill. Listen in for cuts from Queens of the Stone Age, Mondo Cozmo, Bomba Estéreo, Dr. Octagon, Thundercat, Hundred Waters and Kaytranada. See you at Golden Gate Park!
 
We got we got we got we got thoughts about the Kendrick all up in our DNA. Yes, Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "iRedman" Whiteman are back to go over everything K.Dot, talking about his worst song, his guest verses, his live show, and where he ranks in the infamous Top 5 MCs debate. OUR LAST SHOW JUST WENT VI-RAL!/// Our theme song for ...…
 
It's a wooooooooooorld premiere! Kung Fu Kenny is out there making everything alright, but now, it's up to Evan, Taran, and special guest Shannon "iRedman" White to cut through that whoop-de-whoope/blah-ze-blah and determing what truly is the greatest album from Kendrick Lamar, one of the most vital artists working today. You used to be conflic ...…
 
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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.1Dragonette – Body 2 Body29NEW.1Dzeko ft. Brynn Elliott – California28NEW.1Capital Cities – Swimm ...…
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The Backbeat, we get into Usher's herpes scandal, R. Kelly's cult, Jay Z's 444 & Tidal issues, and Justin Bieber being banned from China.Also make sure you tune into the end of the episode when we get into our songs of the moment from Meek Mill, Two Chainz, Sza, Demi Lovato, and Cardi B.…
 
'Coming Around Again' returns this week to discuss the 30th anniversary of Guns N' Roses seminal, diamond-plus-selling Appetite for Destruction debut. Calling in to talk about the album -- and debate the merits of its centerpiece track, "Paradise City" -- is Celebration Rock podcast host and cultural critic Steven Hyden, who also recently did a ...…
 
Spotify, SoundCloud, Tidal: Seemingly every major streaming service has suffered through some controversy lately
 
Were you waiting for this Happy Hour Minisode about the world's current favorite animated band? Well tomorrow comes today, and Evan, Taran, and special guest John Gleason Teske round out their discussion of all things Gorillaz by discussing their worst song, ranting about "Hillbilly Man", exploring their live iterations and so much more. It's c ...…
 
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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.1Cash Cash ft. Conor Maynard – All my love29NEW.1Martin Solveig – All stars28NEW.1Mike Candys & E ...…
 
A new album from Jay-Z, documentaries about Sean Combs and Dr. Dre, and the death of Prodigy have stirred new thinking about older artists
 
Billboard staffers talk Kesha's "Praying," Demi Lovato's "Sorry Not Sorry," Zedd and Liam Payne's "Get Low," DeJ Loaf's "No Fear," Broken Social Scene's "Stay Happy," and Kweku Collins' "Aya."
 
We’re celebrating Girl Group Week with a bevy of chart stats, surprising facts and trivia about some of the biggest girl groups of all time, including Spice Girls, TLC, The Pointer Sisters, The Supremes and Exposé. Plus, we’ve got chart news about how Calvin Harris scores his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, how Imagine Dragons ...…
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
The Noisemakers Summer Mix is a blend of different styles currently popping off as summer is underway. The mix includes music from Kevin Morby, Japanese Breakfast, Low Hums, Wiki, Camp Cope, Palehound and Moses Sumney. While this episode was recorded in SF, it was mixed and mastered in a lakeside cabin outside of Austin, TX. Let the sunshine in!…
 
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The BackBeat
 
This week on The BackBeat, we get into Sza’s Ctrl Tour (which sadly we didn’t get tickets for), Jay Z’s 4:44 bonus tracks and upcoming feature for the album, delve into new music from Kesha, and talk about Sevyn Streeter releasing her highly anticipated and delayed album Girl Disrupted. We also talk about Pharrell getting in the studio to work ...…
 
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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.1AronChupa & Little Sis Nora – Llama in my living room29NEW.1Calvin Harris, Pharrell Williams, Ka ...…
 
On the latest episode of the show, we have the perfect independent lady for Independence Day: the one-and-only Lady Gaga! The Mother Monster called up the Pop Shop Podcast to announce the return of the Bud Light Dive Bar Tour, but we addressed so much more in our chat, including her plans so far for the upcoming 60-date Joanne World Tour -- dur ...…
 
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The Chartographers
 
We can guarantee, with certainty that this podcast will leave you feeling happy, feeling glad, it's like sunshine, in a bag. Indeed, The Chartographers return by bringing along acclaimed Chicago actor/director John Gleason Teske to rank the discography of The Gorillaz, Damon Albarn's inexplicable hip-hop-flavored cartoon side-project outside of ...…
 
Fanaticism about this Korean genre is on the rise in the United States, but it hasn’t cracked mainstream pop culture
 
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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.1Armin Van Buuren ft. Josh Cumbee – Sunny Days29NEW.1Sam Feldt & Lush Simon ft. INNA – Fade away2 ...…
 
On the latest show, we welcome two special guests: Allie X and Ruth B. The rising singer/songwriters stopped by the show (for separate interviews) to talk about their new albums, their songwriting process, and more. In addition to our two interviews, we’ve got chart news about how Lorde earns her first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart wit ...…
 
Must-Hear Music podcast crew discusses Prince's 'Purple Rain' deluxe edition, Vince Staples' 'Big Fish Theory,' Parcels' Daft Punk-produced "Overnight" and Verite's "Nothing."
 
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The Noise Pop Podcast
 
Sometimes the best new music was right under our noses and we never noticed. Lost Treasures are classic cuts that slipped through the cracks over the years. LSometimes the best new music was right under our noses and we never noticed. Lost Treasures are classic cuts that slipped through the cracks over the years. Listen in as we re-discover tra ...…
 
Finally the podcasters are taking acid! OK, they're really not, but after tackling the monumental task of ranking the Flaming Lips' entire discography from worst to best, it's time for Evan, Taran, and most frequent guest Jon Harvey to stop recording their 24-hour podcast to cut it down to just the freshest stuff: debating the worst Flaming Lip ...…
 
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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.
 
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