Switched On Pop

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

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      Taylor Swift - I Did Something Bad + Getaway Car


      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.

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      BONUS: Switched On Pop Reddit AMA this Monday at 2pm EST


      Charlie and Nate will be answering your questions on www.reddit.com/r/iama under the user name 'switchedonpop.' Bring questions about your favorite pop songs, unresolved issues from past episodes or anything you want to know about the show. See you on Reddit on Monday, November 13th at 2pm EST. 

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      BONUS: Switched On Pop Reddit AMA Monday Nov 13th 2-4pm EST


      Nate and Charlie will answer any question you have about pop music you love, unresolved questions from past episodes, or anything about the podcast. Just visit www.reddit.com/r/ama/ on Monday Nov 13th 2-4pm EST and ask us your questions.

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      episode 71: Unlikely Mashups: Taylor + Cardi B | Clean Bandit + Berlioz


      [AUDIO FIXED] At the top of the pop charts, Taylor Swift and Cardi B, two artists with seemingly little in common, exploit the same compositional technique to hook listeners in. Meanwhile, across time and space, electro producers Clean Bandit ft. Julia Michaels, channel the thematic tricks of French Romantic composer Hector Berlioz in his 1830 Symphonie Fantastique.

      FeaturingTaylor Swift - Look What You Made Me Do Cardi B - Bodak YellowRight Said Fred - I'm Too SexyClean Bandit...


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      Kendrick Lamar's HUMBLE w. guest Amber Mark


      With Charlie off the grid, Nate sits down with singer/producer Amber Mark to explore the different levels of Kendrick's hit HUMBLE.. Then, they turn to the diverse influences (including house music, Carnatic samples, and autodidactic piano chords) behind Mark's own track "Lose My Cool."

      Featuring:

      Kendrick Lamar - HUMBLE.
      Amber Mark - Lose My Cool
      Amber Mark - SPACE

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      episode 69: 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. 

      Featuring:

      •Demi Lovato - Sorry Not Sorry
      •Cardi B...


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       2017-10-06

      episode 68: 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. Katy Perry, Pharrell Williams and Big Sean). 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...


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       2017-09-22

      episode 67: Anthems of Resilience - Kesha and Imagine Dragons [LIVE]


      This episode of Switched on Pop comes at you live from Block Island, RI, recoded in front of an audience of friends and family following a solar eclipse. 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.

      FeaturingKesha - Tik TokKesha - PrayingMozart -  The Queen of the Night AriaWhitney Houston - I...


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       2017-09-07

      episode 66: The Many Worlds of "Despacito"


      What has catapulted Luis Fonsi and Daddy Yankee's "Despacito" to the top spot on the Billboard charts? 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.

      Featuring:

      Lusi Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee - Despacito
      Luis Fonsi ft Daddy Yankee y Justin Bieber - Despacito (Remix)
      Luis Fonsi y Juan Luis Guerra - Llegaste Tú
      Major Lazer ft Justin Bieber - Cold Water
      Los Del Rio - Macarena
      Daddy Ya...


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       2017-08-11

      episode 65: 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." This is a fun one. Come along for the ride. 

      Featuring:

      • Selena Gomez - Bad Liar
      • Julia Michaels - Issues
      • Selena Gomez - Same Old Love
      • Talking Heads - Psycho Killer


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       2017-07-13