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The Popcast crew assembles for a semiannual mailbag episode, touching on many of the pressing pop music issues of the moment, including the controversy surrounding Frank Ocean’s Coachella set; the challenges faced by even the biggest pop stars (Sam Smith, Miley Cyrus) trying to follow massive singles; the sudden arrival of artificial intelligence in pop music and evolving notions of authorship; the startling recent growth in the popularity and visibility of música Mexicana and corridos tumbados, with stars like Grupo Frontera and Peso Pluma; and how the framework of genre continues to have meaning even in a universal-jukebox universe.
Jon Pareles, The New York Time’s chief pop music critic
Joe Coscarelli, The New York Times’s pop music reporter
Lindsay Zoladz, The New York Times’s pop music critic
Caryn Ganz, The New York Times’s pop music editor
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