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FOX join us in our game MR. LIF no mega MR. V welcome home MR. JASON mr. FRED sky is falling — comp. In an era of pristine recording quality, music producers are referencing old and impure technologies to add character to Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl) recordings. Digital cassette hiss, tape wobble, and vinyl crackle are intentionally added to productions as a facsimile of "authentic" recording technology.
Why the sudden nostalgia? Where does this underwater sound come from? What does it mean? How is it made? Listen to Estelle's Spotify playlist of underwater intros. It contains a biopic, jukebox musical, addiction recovery story and a romance between friends. The soundtrack ties the story together by taking historical liberties to tell a fantastical story about one of the best living songwriters. She brings us a bevy of lost gems, from Fanny, an all-female quartet of rockers that was one of David Bowie's favorite bands, to the Freeze a lates punk outfit now coming to terms with the offensive lyrics of their youth.
Tune in to discover another side of pop, one that's rarely been heard. A pop star collaboration is a foolproof way to grab the attention of two audiences at once. But do more collaborators actually make a better song? Nate and Charlie investigate how the songwriters works that message into their music and speak with Ross Golan about Ed Sheeran's songwriting brilliance.
Both score the unmistakable theme song for NPR's flagship show Morning Edition, listened to by millions across the country every day since This is undeniably pop music, a daily soundtrack to the lives of many. So why does it sound the way it does?
And why, after forty years, why does NPR want to change it? Featuring Joywave Many people write us with musical maladies and conspiracies. A recent one caught our attention. Daniel Armbruster, lead vocalist of indie band Joywave, has been hearing the same melody in tracks across the Alternative Songs charts. He believes that this hook could be the secret to securing a spot on the Billboard Nate and Charlie investigate this issue, traveling from the contemporary charts all the way back to a fundamental musical scale.
The stakes are high: is it possible to hack your way into a hit alt-rock song? We speak with X Ambassadors lead singer, Sam Harris, who helped co-write three songs on the album, including its eponymous track. We discuss how Lizzo's songs glide across sixties soul, seventies rock rock, eighties new wave, and nineties hip-hop.
But we find that her music is much more than a history lesson in genre. Lizzo's writes vulnerable and courageous lyrics about self love, body positivity, female empowerment, and black identity. Rather than craft a singular sound for her album, Lizzo utilizes the genre that best fits the message of any given song.
Her subversion of genre to the mood of her lyric matches changes in music consumption. According to Chartmetric, more people than ever are listening across genres to context based playlists. Does this mean genre no longer matters? Nate and Charlie try to find out with the help of Lizzo's genre busting music.
When a listener asked us about the "sorcery" behind Taylor Swift's new song "ME! And because the track features Brendon Urie of Panic! At the Disco, we couldn't resist digging into their concurrent hit "High Hopes.
Shania Twain - Up! From Eurovision to American Idol, scores of stars got their start in singing competitions. What is the history of these shows? Who got their big break on one? Is there a singing show musical aesthetic? We hit the books and records to find out, and the answers might surprise. Finally we speak with Elle Fanning, who plays contestant Violet in the film, about what it takes to train to be a singer primed for national fame.
In this episode Bhi digs into the fear and madness that characterizes so much of this crazy time in America. Bhi Bhiman Puts the Music Before the Message Bhi Bhiman joins to explain the "nerd punk rock" behind releasing his new album Peace of Mind with an accompanying podcast. Since Bhiman explores issues like deportation on the track "Beyond the Border," there's a lot to say about each song.
Even though he tackles tough topics, Bhiman make sure he puts music before the message. With each brother attaining a higher plane of celebrity during their time off, the three must achieve pop success or face public humiliation. How do they do it? With three ingredients that ensure a hit song in 1 whistle while you work, 2 Homer the funky drummer, and 3 tune in, turn in, drop out.
It takes no more than three minutes, and it really helps out the show. Each instrument fits perfectly together like a lost memory coming into focus. How Streaming Changed the Sound of Pop Streaming hasn't just changed the way we listen to music, it's changed the way that pop music sounds. After years of losses due to the death of the CD and the rise of file sharing, the music industry has finally found a profitable business in streaming services.
Streaming has overtaken all other music sales. Digital music platforms are the new Virgin megastore. But these services are more than just a distribution mechanism, they have created a whole new music economy. Album sales have been replaced by "album equivalent units," a business fiction that equates 1, streams to one physical sale. Artists are now effectively paid by the song.
With ad-supported and subscription based business models, these platforms have upended incentives so significantly that it can be heard in the songwriting. Songs are getting shorter, albums are getting longer, and there is an entirely new section of the song that draws from the classical past: the "pop overture.
Top 40 Activism with Justin Tranter Can political protest exist within the confines of commercial popular music? Songwriter Justin Tranter is equal parts songwriter and activist. You've likely heard his contributions to songs by Britney Spears, Julia Michaels, Selena Gomez, Janelle Monae and Ariana Grande, but unless you were paying close attention, you may have missed the essential subtext in his work.
On this episode, he breaks down his newest hit "Swan Song" which was co-written with Dua Lipa. This song is a triple threat serving as the end credits for the film Alita: Battle Angel, a Billboard hit, and a protest against the silencing of marginalized people. Justin shows us how representation in songwriting is inseparable from Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl). And he's creating an open mic for new voices and stories that have been historically ignored by the pop industry.
Orxata's Queering Pop Music playlist. What if music awards were given out for only musical qualities? It may seem like celebrity and spectacle are more important than ever at the 61st Grammy Awards, but we believe many of this years winners earned their accolades with noteworthy music. Still, we thought the winners should be heralded by new, more musical categories. What Makes a Song Sexy? Author Courtney Smith joins to offer her expertise on an urgent topic in advance of Valentine's Day: Can we abstract the sexiest songs of all time into a universal list of arousing musical qualities?
We try our best by examining five decades of pop sexiness, discovering lyrical lingerie, and consider the most and least seductive instruments. Author Lauren Michele Jackson joins to break down who has the right to repurpose sonic history.
We may have not been totally honest with you from the beginning. Back in we were more pop skeptics than fanatics. The genre was, to some degree, the sugar that made the musical analysis medicine go down.
And then something happened. Just as people started to listen to the show, we too began to open our ears. Now, in our th episode, Charlie interviews Nate about how transforming the way you listen to pop can truly make life better. And we get raw about the constraints of pop and where we plan to go in our next episodes. We dig into Mike's Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl) new track "Song About You," which leads to an exploration of songs that reuse the same melody for verse and chorus—from Prince to The Boss to Post Malone.
Last, we consider "beard phase": a moment of artistic reinvention that every artist has in their career, whether you're Mike Posner, Ludwig van Beethoven, or Taylor Swift. Ready For It? Iggy Pop - Kick It Learn more about your ad choices. They make strange bedfellows of music techniques like 14th vocal harmonies and African guitar rhythms.
But in the backdrop of their obscure orchestrations you will hear the indelible marks of pop music. On his new track "I Feel Energy" we can hear that pop influence shine through. Together we break down his unpredictable s to see what gives you energy. We also build connections between Dirty Projectors and other artists in the top including Marshmello, Ella Mai and Khalid. The later are an upstart of four boys from Michigan who have found stardom by dusting off the mantle of guitar driven rock.
Jeremy D. Larson, senior editor of Pitchfork, gave the album a 1. We ask Jeremy to join us to reveal what it means to earn such a bad review. After, we do something we've never done before: a track-by-track album breakdown. In a game of musical Pictionary, Charlie challenges Nate to find every Led Zeppelin reference on the album to answer the question: is it a copy or an homage? We have a feeling this will be a divisive episode We think the pair are missing prime opportunities to bring back some neglected musical tricks from the early oeuvre of Britney Spears.
The 90s bug goes beyond Charli and Troye. Anne-Marie and Lauren Alaina also pine for the Clinton era in their millennial bops. Which makes one ask: is the present so bad that we miss the paranoia of Y2K? As usual, Prince has the answer. Marshall Jefferson's "Move Your Body" from might be the ur-source of the ubiquitous 90s house piano. Jefferson recorded the original in his Chicago prophet on a Prophetbut never got the rights to the song and saw little proceeds from its success.
Sicko Rap and Drunk Country Four songs on the Hot pop chart reveal the new directions in which music is headed. Travis Scott's "Sicko Mode" boasts an unprecedented formal structure that points to the future of hip hop. Together these tracks make up the vanguard of their respective genres, but are fans willing to take the plunge?
Her song "Side Effects" with The Chainsmokers is currently rising up the charts. Her process is as much therapy as art. Together we break down her latest work and uncover her creative process. Her album "Quiet Your Mind" is out on October 5th. Drake vs Drake Drake, per usual, has been inescapable this summer.
We argue for hearing one as a meditation on fragile masculinity, the other as a paean to NOLA Bounce. II The final episode of our Switched on Summer throwback series finds us deconstructing more early aughts bangers. The answer: big, sweaty, doses of harmonic tension.
Specifically, each track relies on the Baroque technique of the ground bass. When the chords in these songs don't match up with their bass notes, the ratcheting tension adds heat—fueling both dance moves, and controversy.
Get inspired by sound packs and chord progressions created by Switched on Pop and share your best song of summer with us and the world. Why is 90s Pop so Bizarre? This time, with a deep dive into the musical detritus of the s. And in the end, we reach a definitive answer to a perennially vexing question: "WTF was 90s music so weird?
Also, start making your own summer hits with our Switched On Summer repack on Splice at www. We diagnose a listener's musical malady, namely: "why does Charlie Puth's new jam 'BOY' make us feel so weird?! Their Afrofuturist message and infectious grooves built the backbone of 70s funk, was revived in the 90s with Dr. The story explores a mythology created by the band Drexciya. In the story, an underwater civilization birthed from African slaves crossing the Atlantic battles their makers to save their habitat.
Listen to hear what makes both infectious tracks so effective. She uses sophisticated musical techniques to tell a story of healing, resiliency, and hope after the attack at her concert in Manchester. Listeners will learn techniques like tempo rubato, modal interchange and amen breaks, which weave together this equanimous narrative.
With Taryn Southern There is a lot of scare about the impending future of artificial intelligence making humans irrelevant. We dispel current myths about AI music and discuss its future opportunities.
In the second half of the show we run a musical 'Turing test' to see if you can identify music made by a bot from that composed by the hand of a human. They come bearing the wistful pop of Lorde's "Ribs," and we deconstruct its primordial roots in classical composers like Scelsi, Beethoven and Haydn.
Then, we turn to Marian Hill's new single "Differently" to uncover the subtle musical shifts that outline a complex dialogue lurking among the track's sparse, funky textures. This song is a wild success because it incessantly reinforces one core emotional concept: that queasy anxious feeling in your stomach. No we're not talking about your leftover lunch, we're talking about love. But this is not just a simple little love song. It is a masterclass of creativity.
Musgraves uses every element of music to reinforce her core idea. The lyrics fold back onto themselves with dual meanings as the harmony, melody, orchestration and rhythm all interweave to literally give the listener butterflies.
Caution: this song may induce feeling of tender sorrow and longing for mutual crushes and anxious kisses. It is a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. Hands down, Lizzo is one of the most talented, knowledgeable and fun guests.
Though the singer and featured guest Young Thug reference these two geographic identities, the song says so much more through its core musical elements. A Roland TR kick drum evokes an entire repertoire of Atlanta Hip Hop, while the track's supporting piano montuno descends from a Cuban style lamenting the loss of one's traditional home.
Also in this episode, we discuss Camila's unlikely path to number one with writer Hannah Steinkopf-Frank — and the musical glass ceiling that holds so many young women artists back. My My My! It is as if pop music entered a black hole and came out 25 years in the past. Uncover how they trick us into somehow loving those days when we got beat up in the middle school parking lot. Cardi B - FinesseCharlie Puth ft. Two years ago he gifted us the ebullient family-friendly jam "Can't Stop the Feeling," now he's on the cusp of a deeply serious new record called "Man of the Woods," whose first single, strangely, is a bit of electro-funk snarl expertly produced by long-time collaborators Timbaland and Danja.
What's going on here—who is JT trying to be? We listen deep to his latest, "Filthy," to try and understand its creator's conflicting musical worlds. Sleigh bells abound. Though her music often challenges our ears, underneath her records you'll find more in common with today's pop music than you'd expect. Pieced together, you'll hear that she paints emotional landscapes composed of all the complexities of human experience.
We give you a way to enjoy listening to her music. Taylor Constructs A Darker Reputation Taylor Swift unveils a new, darker identity on her latest album "Reputation," and many have read the lyrics on her latest as not-so-subtle volleys in an ongoing celebrity feud.
Still, a question remains: how does Swift cast this dark personality in music? Two songs offer evidence. Melodic drops and temporal gaps in "I Did Something Bad" signal the album's themes of descent and decay. On "Getaway Car," however, some of Swift's old songwriting tricks may betray her new persona.
Meanwhile, across time and space, electro producers Clean Bandit ft. Then, they turn to the diverse influences including house music, Carnatic samples, and autodidactic piano chords behind Mark's own track "Lose My Cool.
Demi Lovato is Not Sorry Demi Lovato's latest, "Sorry Not Sorry" is at once an unapologetic anthem of defiance and a super catchy mashup of multiple genres. As we'll see, every small musical choice is here for a reason, together fostering Lovato's message of ascension—or even, transcendence.
And as we pick apart "Sorry Not Sorry," we'll go to some surprising places ourselves including: Klezmer melodies, spiritual pretzels and musical dementors.
How to 'Feels' the Groove How does a song with nonsense lyrics capture our attention, making us want to move? It is called the groove. Enter Calvin Harris' "Feels" ft. Known for mainstreaming EDM, Harris throws out the software and picks up hardware instruments on this track.
Upon first listen, this might seem like a sleeper hit, but as the loop repeats, you're going to want to move your feet. With intricate rhythmic interplay, the bass, drums, keys and guitar seem to talk to each other.
Listen closely to hear how he does it. Also, we'll reveal why Katy Perry is so into going fishing. FeaturingCalvin Harris - Feels ft. Fittingly, the two songs discussed that day formed their own kind of syzygy. Kesha's "Praying" and Imagine Dragon's "Believer" are inverse anthems of resilience. Both tracks seek catharsis - one through prayer, the other through pain. Sorry, typo—to its status as the biggest song in the world?
Your hosts explore the many worlds of "Despacito" in search of an answer. Selena Gomez: Bad Liar, Psycho Songwriter Selena Gomez's "Bad Liar" stands out on the charts by doing things a little differently: it's a subtle, at times even awkward, summer surprise.
Breaking down this pop morsel reveals it has teeth, though—and not just because it borrows a bass line from the Talking Heads' macabre "Psycho Killer. Come along for the ride. Breaking Down Alanis Morissette and our own Preconceptions with guest Andrea Warner Author, critic and podcaster Andrea Warner joins for a throwback episode exploring politics in Lilith Fair, harmonic anger in Alanis Morissette's iconic "You Oughta Know," and the blind spots in your host's assessment of women in rock.
What you may not know is that musicians use this cognitive limitation to guide your listening all the time. Charlie and Nate are joined by Grammy Nominee music producer Morgan Page to reveal the secrets of this ubiquitous technique. Listening to Julia Michaels' hit "Issues," we unveil how the rule of three is used to draw our attention and keep Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl) free from sonic distraction.
And we look at how Maroon 5's "Cold" uses the same technique but creates an exceptionally different sound. Of course, it wouldn't be Switched On Pop if we didn't dig into the classical past to find out if this rule really holds up in the history of music.
And yet, the lackluster "I'm The One" sits comfortably at the top of the charts, which raises the question: why?? Our answer: because Khaled and company understand the bewitching power of tonal harmony, and they've utilized the most surefire chord progression in pop history to ensure their success, a simple sequence of chords that has captivated listeners for almost a century: I - vi - IV - V.
Check out our playlist of songs using this progression — and please send us any others that you identify! A closer look, though, reveals the subtle musical architecture undergirding each track, a perfect balance of symmetry and asymmetry that keeps reeling us in for more. Strap in for a discussion of the apocalypse, late Beatles, teen wisdom, and the amen cadence—among other demons exorcised in this most peculiar pop tune.
What's to Love About Ed Sheeran? Ross, a studio vet with multiple 1 hits including numbers discussed on this very podcast, such as Ariana Grande's "Dangerous Woman" and Selena Gomez's "Same Old Love" is the ideal guest to convince a skeptical Charlie and Nate that Sheeran might have a song handmade for somebodies like them. Plus, Ross takes us behind the scenes of his own podcast, "And the Writer Is Snare drums as currency, Game of Thrones samples and screaming into the void are all discussed in this deep dive into the world of pop orchestration and 21st century songwriting.
Zedd - Starving Grey ft. And indeed, both were co-written and produced by key figures of the modern pop music firmament. Who are they, and how do we detect their fingerprints on the latest from these two low-voiced chanteuses?
Tune in and test your acumen in a high-stakes game of musical forensics. Oscar Week! But a deep dive into their musical construction reveals leitmotifs and left turns that leave us staggered at the different levels to La La Land's score.
Special guest Genevieve Koski, deputy culture editor for Vox and co-host of the film podcast The Next Picture Show, joins to help our hosts journey through the uncharted terrain of cinema. But this duet—between a former One Direction heartthrob aiming to avert the sophomore slump and a megastar returning to the limelight—is far from triumphant. Instead, "Forever" delves into themes of loss and separation—emotions in turn embedded in the very structure and melody of this most unusual duet.
Also, Charlie and Nate discuss what upcoming Grammy nominations have them most excited, From Chance the Rapper to Radiohead, Bowie to Solange, there's much to celebrate from Musically speaking, that is. Flay "Into You" was one of the biggest hits ofthe stellar production of reclusive legend Max Martin combining with the acrobatic vocals of Ariana Grande to create an undeniable, ubiquitous earworm.
With "Into You" still burning up the charts, we dive deep to uncover the insane puzzles, Trompe-l'oiel tricks and Baroque games that lie under the surface of this morsel of pop perfection. PLUS, brilliant rocker and rapper K. Flay joins to discuss the mysteries of Ariana Grande and takes us through the composition of her own, bass-heavy anthem of catharsis, "Blood in the Cut.
Brilliant, sexy songs don't just appear out of thin air, though, so we reveal how this song's perpetual excitement is hard-won through references to past stars of sultriness like Michael and Marvin while employing its own bag of tricks to turn up the heat. Pop stars from Elvis to Ella have recorded it, with interpretations from doo-wop to country to punk rock. With new covers each year, it seems listeners have not grown tired of this Tin Pan Alley chestnut. We use our scientific formula for holiday hit success to break down what makes this song so timeless.
Through this patented process, artistic revelations are all but guaranteed, with Cohen's opus no exception — his modern classic is not all it appears to be.
Beneath its chill exterior, though, Lo's song burns with a passion bordering on rage, and sinister sonic undertones suggest an unreliable narrator who doesn't always mean what she says. The more layers one pulls back from this song, the more Lo's source material—the novel and film "Gone Girl"—comes to the fore, turning "Cool Girl" into the kind of pop smash that sticks in your head in more ways than one.
Toby Keith's country smash and Jay Z, Kanye West and Frank Ocean's soulful hip hop anthem have little in common except a firm conviction that each song knows what it really means to be American. Five years later, these tracks have a lot to tell us about the role music plays in shaping our national identity, and begs the question: does music truly bring us together?
What did he discover? That the sonic similarities of most chart-toppers sound closer than ever. Except for the 1 song in America, as of this episode's release - "Closer" by The Chainsmokers, ft. This one is different than the rest We dive into the styles of the moment to re-learn the old maxim that "great artists steal" - whether that artist is a DJ duo or an 18th century Classical master. The Most Popular Song In The World The Nokia ringtone used to be heard more than a billion times per day, making it one of the most popular songs in the world.
We tend Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl) consider cellphone rings as somewhat antithetical to music. There is a whole subset of YouTube videos dedicated to the perverse thrill of watching a delicately beautiful musical moment ruined by the harsh cry of a default ringtone.
In this episode, we zoom in on one of these annoying melodies to see if there's not some hidden musical craft present in the ubiquitous bleeps and bloops that envelop us. Later, Charlie shares a piece made solely of this sonic detritus, and a data scientist locates surprising musical patterns in a most unexpected source.
She is well known for her visual style that too often overshadows her music. But when taken together, it is evident that Lady Gaga is playing all of us because the non-conformity of her outward appearance is reflected back in her compositions. On first listen, her songs may sound like just another catchy pop tune and this is intentional.
Gaga lures us close with the sound of pop fame and then hooks us and reels us into into her dungeon of monstrous sounds. But what is this mysterious musical trick, and how does it work? Tune in and let us take you higher, and higher, and higher, as we explore the wild world of modulation. Pop Drops and Chipmunk Soul A strange syndrome is wreaking havoc on the voices of our biggest pop stars. From Rihanna to Justin Bieber, no one is safe from having their beautiful vocals chopped up, screwed down, repitched and repurposed.
As dance Nothings Changed (Mafia & Fluxy Mix) - Barrington Levy - Nothings Changed / Work (Vinyl) takes over the charts and new software grants vocal manipulation at the click of a button, this uncanny production technique has become nearly ubiquitous.
But is this ultramodern sound really that new? We dig deep into the roots of the sound of the moment. The Gideon and Hubcap Show This episode marks something of a departure from the norm.
It's an entirely different kind of summer music spectacle. Breaking Down The House The fingerprints of house music are all over mainstream pop, but much of its sound has been whitewashed. That ubiquitous four-to-the-floor kick and synth bass sound draws from Chicago's queer, black and latinx warehouse club culture.
Micah Salkind is working on a book on the history of these communities. Together we break down the sonic origins of this music through a modern track that fully embraces its cultural nexus: "Hideaway" by Kiesza. Micah takes us back to Chicago in the s, and we explore how this sound came to be and where it is going today. Around The World With Drake How do you create a hit that both breaks sound barriers and chart records? R4 Dbl X2 KONG the way it is B5 KWON hood hop R4 LIVE the hear after B5 P1 E4 B4 Dble X5 ONE life B9 GUNS cocked and loaded B5 Db X2 WARD transistor radio X6 9.
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