Popcast Mailbag! Halsey, Nicki, TikTok and, of Course, Taylor

You ask, we answer. Or prevaricate. It depends!

On this week’s Popcast, part of our semiregular mailbag series, the team takes questions on a range of topics:

  • the year in Taylor Swift

  • the quality of Halsey’s new music

  • the state of the music video

  • the ways TikTok can be a lifeline for a legacy act

  • the direction Drake’s career should head in

  • the increasingly idiosyncratic vocal styles of young female pop stars

  • whether we still buy physical media

And much more.

Guests:

  • Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times’s pop music reporter

  • Caryn Ganz, The New York Times’s pop music editor

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