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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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How to 'Make Me Feel' with Lizzo
"Make Me Feel," is the first hit from Janelle Monáe's upcoming album Dirty Computer. It is a sensual song about the fluidity of desire. In the pre-chorus, the singer proudly expresses that she is a "sexual bender." Fans have embraced the song for breaking free of normative sexual expectations. But these non-binary statements aren't limited to the lyrics. The message is reinforced with musical concepts drawn from the blues, Prince and Michael Jackson. To help break down this track, Nate and Charlie are joined by singer/rapper Lizzo. She and Monáe both collaborated with Prince, making Lizzo uniquely qualified to unwind his influence on the song (Prince was recently named as a collaborator on the track). We also discuss Lizzo's song "Truth Hurts" and her podcast "Good As Hell" where she talks to the queens of hip hop. Hands down, Lizzo is one of the most talented, knowledgable and fun guests. You don't want to miss this episode.Songs DiscussedJanelle Monáe - Make Me FeelMichael Jackson - The Way You Make Me FeelMichael Jackson - Beat ItFats Domino - Blueberry HillPrince - KissYing Yang Twins - Wait (The Whisper Song)Lizzo - Truth HurtsSister Nancy - BamBonus MaterialGet tickets for Lizzo's Sister Sister Sister tour with Haim: www.lizzomusic.comDon't miss Lizzo's podcast "Good As Hell" on SpotifyAlso if you haven't read it, Quincy Jones Vulture interview is utterly madLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
808s & Havana Heartbreak
In Camila Cabello's "Havana" we hear both her Cuban roots and the modern sounds of Atlanta. 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-808 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.RecommendationsSwitched On Pop recommends the podcast about sound: Twenty Thousand Hertz Hannah recommends the book: Girl Groups Girl Culture by Jacqueline WarwickCheck out more music and writing from Kwami Coleman at his websiteYou can listen to you playlist of 808s and Montunos on SpotifyFeatured SongsCamila Cabello - HavanaTI - Whatever You Like2NE1 - I Am The BestMarvin Gaye - Sexual HealingMariah Carey, Jermaine Dupri - Always Be My BabyOutkast - So Fresh, So CleanLil Jon - Get LowGucci Mane ft. Migos - I Get The BagCompay Segundo - Guajira GuantanameraCuarteto Caney - Guajira GuantanameraBig Mama Thorton - Hound DogElvis - Hound DogLittle Mix & Missy Elliott- How Ya Doin?The Shangri Las - Leader Of The PackSleater-Kinney - I Wanna Be Your Joey RamoneSpice Girls - WannabeSpice Girls - Spice Up Your LifeThe Ronettes - Be My BabyThe Shirelles - Will You Love Me TomorrowTLC - No ScrubsLearn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

808s & Havana Heartbreak

2018-02-2200:54:3115

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Alexandra Maynard

wowzers!!!!!!

Apr 18th
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Ian McFarlin

I

Apr 13th
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James Downey

at 9:08 one of the hosts "corrects" the other on rhythm timing when it is in fact the accuser who is off time. he comes in on 3.

Apr 4th
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Maya Solis

I will gladly volunteer to be the resident teenage girl in all future one direction conversations... :) Thanks for a very informative near-hour!!

Mar 27th
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Lish Tran

you guys are so funny and informative. love this podcast!

Mar 16th
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Cheyenne Corral

Lish Tran You are right

Mar 18th
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Marina Cordes

zzzz sleepy put me me out

Mar 15th
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Fadaka Adebayo

like a taste treat I got to enjoy. this episode was soooo good

Mar 6th
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Samantha Sale

love this song

Feb 16th
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Whitney Maddux

Yo Gotti

Feb 7th
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Whitney Maddux

Whitney Maddux Those

Feb 7th
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Whitney Maddux

Whitney Maddux 2 Tupac

Feb 7th
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Jamie Orth

can I up load my personal music I maid n written

Feb 5th
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Paul ANDREA VACCARI SR

a moment pav

Feb 4th
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Yasmin James

hi

Jan 31st
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Yasmin James

hi

Jan 31st
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Im Perfect

you guys are sooooooo sexy! :)

Jan 16th
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Joe Pate

love Taylor Swift

Jan 15th
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