Switched on Pop

What makes pop songs so catchy? Musicologist Nate Sloan & songwriter Charlie Harding pull back the curtain on how pop hits work their magic on our ears & our culture. You’ll fall in love with music you didn’t even know you liked.

http://www.switchedonpop.com

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 37m. Bisher sind 137 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint jede zweite Woche
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episode 130: Songs of Summer Call-in Special


Hotline Sing: The People Have Spoken


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   53m
 
 

episode 129: Chance The Rapper, Kehlani, & The Shifting Sound of R&B — with Oak Felder


The Sounds of Contemporary R&B According To Super-Producer Oak Felder


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   55m
 
 

episode 128: Beyoncé's Gift To Africa (with Ivie Ani)


The Lion King’s Homage to Afropop


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   39m
 
 

episode 127: LCD Soundsystem and the Unbearable Sameness of Restaurant Playlists


Why does every hip restaurant play the same music?


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   35m
 
 

episode 126: The $50M Beat Marketplace That Broke the Billboard


Fresh Beats for Sale. Only $29.99!


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   31m
 
 

Shawn Mendes and the Rhythm of Rhyme


Shawn Mendes’ hit song “If I Can’t Have You” is so ridiculously catchy that Charlie had it stuck in his head after the first chorus. How is that possible?! Declamation, or the way that text is set to music, is a big part of the song’s appeal—every word that Mendes sings is perfectly in rhythm. In this episode we use Mendes’ latest track to explore creative declamation throughout history...


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 2019-07-16  33m
 
 

episode 124: Space, The Final Frontier: Madonna, Stephen Puth and Street Studios


Find out how music creates a feeling of space in this three part episode. First, we may not realize it when we listen to Madonna's new record, but the location of her music is essential. In exploring her catalogue we hear the sound of different eras by just the space evoked in a song. Second, the same is true for Stephen Puth who uses spacial effects for brilliant creative purposes on his song "Look Away...


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 2019-07-09  59m
 
 

episode 124: What BTS's "Boy With Love" ft. Halsey Can Teach Us About K-pop


How should we listen to K-pop? This music has become a global phenomenon, charting on the Billboard Hot 100, taking over social media feeds, and touring the world. In particular, the group BTS has captured the ears of millions, building an Army of fans along the way. As uninitiated listeners, the language and culture barrier left us uncertain about how to approach listening to, let alone breaking down their music...


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 2019-07-02  40m
 
 

"Prince Ali" and Why We're All Music Theorists


Fans are not happy with Will Smith's update of the classic Disney song "Prince Ali" in the live-action Aladdin. Their complaint? The new "Prince Ali" is slow, sluggish, and dull. Indeed, the Smith version is 8 BPM (beats per minute) slower than Robin Williams's 1992 original—a subtle musical detail...


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 2019-06-25  30m
 
 

Jamestown and the Quest to Build a Utopia in America (with Avery Trufelman)


Nice Try! is a new podcast from Curbed and the Vox Media Podcast Network that explores stories of people who have tried to design a better world, and what happens when those designs don't go according to plan. Season one, Utopian, follows Avery Trufelman on her quest to understand the perpetual search for the perfect place. Enjoy this special preview of the first episode, Jamestown: Utopian for Whom, and subscribe to Nice Try! for free in your favorite podcast app...


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 2019-06-23  23m