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Rolling Stone Music Now

Inside the biggest stories in music, hosted by Rolling Stone senior writer Brian Hiatt. Featuring interviews with top artists, expert insight on new releases and breaking news from the Rolling Stone staff, and much more.

Tracks

The 50 Worst Decisions in Music History
From Britney Spears turning down "Umbrella" to Garth Brooks deciding to become "Chris Gaines," we look at the worst and most ridiculous music blunders of all time, with Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt to discuss his list Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
99:13 03/12/22
The Beatles' 'Revolver': The Ultimate Breakdown
Was 'Taxman' Inspired by the 'Batman' theme? Who or what was 'And Your Bird Can Sing' actually about? We dig into burning Beatles questions and go through every track on the new deluxe 'Revolver' reissue, with Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt for the deep-dive discussion Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
114:44 26/11/22
Fat Joe Looks Back: "I Might've Been the First Lizzo!"
From his days as a teenage hustler in the Bronx to his endless string of comeback hits to his friendship with Big Pun, Fat Joe – who has a new autobiography, The Book of José, out now – looks back with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
33:23 19/11/22
Kathleen Hanna + Syd: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take the writer away and ask two groundbreaking female artists from two different genres to interview each other? On the final episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – also running as a special series in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Kathleen Hanna meets with Syd to talk about learning to sing, star signs, and what it means to be a rebel. Kathleen Hanna is a pioneer of the feminist punk movement, and she’s as active as ever, performing sold out shows across the country with her iconic bands Bikini Kill and Le Tigre. At a Hollywood studio this fall, punk rock's original "Rebel Girl" met with Syd, who's highly respected in R&B and hip-hop for the unconventional path she's carved out with her band, The Internet, and as a solo act. The conversation revealed two women with a unique ability to connect deeply to their audience through their music, and to each other through their individual forms of female empowerment. Produced by OBB Sound. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
42:12 17/11/22
Willow: The Rolling Stone Interview
"I'm just not a pop star. I love doing weird shit": Willow tells all about her new album, her love of System of a Down and Deftones, why she doesn't care about 'nepo baby' discourse, why she's not embarrassed by "Whip My Hair," and much more in an in-depth interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
45:36 16/11/22
Remembering Migos' Takeoff – and How TikTok is Rewriting Pop Hits
We look back at the life and career of Migos' Takeoff – and talk to Rufus Wainwright about his duet with Carly Rae Jepsen on the viral TikTok smash 'The Loneliest Time.' We play unheard interview audio with Takeoff while discussing his career with Andre Gee and Simon Vozick-Levinson, and also talk with Tomas Mier about how TikTok is essentially crowd-sourcing remixes of songs like Jepsen's. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
52:45 05/11/22
Common + John Legend: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take the writer away and ask two old friends and Oscar-winning collaborators to dive into what drives their music and their words?   On the new episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians, also running as a special series on the Rolling Stone Music Now feed, we hear Common and John Legend discuss the emotional nature of collaboration and how their shared activism has connected them forever.  In the past few years, John Legend has cemented his position as the king of inspirational R&B. His latest album, Legend, is a legitimate double album that features A-list guests and mixes snappy pop-funk with moving piano ballads. At a studio in New York this fall, he reconnected with another long-time friend and collaborator: Common. Legend has that EGOT; Common has a Grammy, Emmy and Oscar of his own, and the pair two won a Golden Globe and an Oscar for ‘Glory,’ the song they performed for the film Selma. And both have contributed their own entries to Audible’s Words + Music series, blending memoir and performance to bring listeners closer to their unique journeys as artists.The conversation revealed the strength of their bond — and a mutual appreciation of the way that art can serve as an important bridge between cultures.  Produced by OBB Sound.  Content in partnership with Audible's Words + Music. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
31:59 03/11/22
RM + Pharrell Williams: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take the writer away and ask two pop phenoms, from two completely different places and generations, to interview each other? On today's episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – also running as a special series here in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Pharrell Williams sits down with RM of BTS to talk about the price of fame, the keys to creativity, and why it's important to take a break every so often. RM went from underground rapper in South Korea to performing in sold-out stadiums around the world as the leader of BTS. Now, he's working on his first official solo album. At the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles this fall, the young superstar met with Pharrell Williams, whose one-of-a-kind career as a producer, rapper, and singer has spanned decades. The conversation highlighted the way both artists use their emotions in their work: from the value of pain to the electric experience of playing for the whole world to the intimacy of producing another artist's work. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
33:55 01/11/22
Rick Rubin + Finneas: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take away the writer and ask two groundbreaking producers, from two different generations, to interview each other?  On this episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians, also running as a special series in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed, Rick Rubin and Finneas talk about how they work in the studio, their listening habits, and the frustrations and the joy involved in making great music.  Rick Rubin started Def Jam Records out of his NYU dorm room in the 1980s, and went on to produce classic albums by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash and many others. He’s still going strong: In addition to his continued collaboration with groups like the Chili Peppers and The Strokes, his book The Creative Act hits bookstores in 2023. Rubin sat down with a young talent making waves of his own: Finneas O’Connell. Finneas produced his sister Billie Eilish’s 2019 smash hit debut in his childhood bedroom in L.A., and has a career of his own as an incisive singer-songwriter — just last year he released his solo debut Optimist. Rubin was a key influence when Finneas was growing up, and their conversation revealed two cutting-edge minds eager to learn from one other. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
48:20 31/10/22
Cameron Crowe on 'Almost Famous: The Musical' and More
Cameron Crowe tells all about making the new musical, the real-life rock stories behind it, the day Joni Mitchell came to see the show, why he's into the idea of making a movie in the MCU, and much more; plus Broadway veteran Tom Kitt digs into the making of the music Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
86:01 29/10/22
Roger Daltrey + Yungblud: Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take the writer away and ask two British rock stars, from two different generations, to interview each other? In today's episode of Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – also running as a special series on the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Roger Daltrey and Yungblud join forces to talk fashion, optimal recording hours, and managing your image in a world gone mad. In the past few years, Yungblud has picked up the torch for a new kind of British rock: one informed by social causes, personal vulnerability, and an affinity for modern pop and hip-hop. His new, self-titled, album leans even further into those vibes: it’s glammy, showy and confident, much like Yungblud himself. At a studio in London this summer, the young star met another quintessential British rock singer: Roger Daltrey of the Who. 57 years after he first sang “My Generation,” Daltrey is as active as ever, currently wrapping an arena tour with the Who. His conversation with Yungblud revealed a rock icon with some strong opinions — and a rabid curiosity about the experiences of younger artists. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
28:00 27/10/22
Karen O + Michelle Zauner (Japanese Breakfast): Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians – Special Series
What happens when we take the writer away and ask two great artists to interview each other the first time they meet in person? To kick off this year's Rolling Stone's Musicians on Musicians podcast – also running as a special series in the Rolling Stone Music Now feed – Karen O of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast come together to discuss their songwriting craft, growing up Korean-American, and the cathartic pleasures of smashing glass. In the past two years, Zauner released both a Grammy-nominated album, Jubilee, and a bestselling memoir, Crying in H. Mart. Zauner – who performs as Japanese Breakfast – grew up idolizing Karen O, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs singer famous for her magnetic stage presence and New York swagger. Recently, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs recently released Cool It Down, their first album in nine years. Now that she’s back and setting stages on fire again, Karen O. was more than happy to sit down with Zauner and be the mentor she wishes she’d had when breaking through. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
36:09 24/10/22
Taylor Swift's 'Midnights': The Ultimate Breakdown
We dive very, very deep on every aspect of every track on 'Midnights,' including the seven bonus tracks, with Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
112:39 22/10/22
The Return of Blink-182: UFOs, A Plane Crash, and Dick Jokes
We discuss the one-of-a-kind story of Blink-182, including their just-announced reunion with Tom DeLonge and their new single, with Andy Greene joining host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
47:53 15/10/22
Charlie Puth: The Rolling Stone Interview
Puth reveals the songwriting secrets behind his new album 'Charlie,' plus why he finds his early work corny, getting (allegedly) ghosted by Ellen's label, being pranked by Bieber, loving Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen, and much more in a revealing interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
56:51 08/10/22
Roger Waters: A Contentious Political Discussion
In an explosive, wide-ranging interview with investigative journalist James Ball, the Pink Floyd co-founder says he's on a "Ukrainian kill list," and discusses his controversial views on the conflict there — and Russia, and Wikileaks, and Israel, and so much more.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
96:43 04/10/22
The Rise of 'Munch'/A New Look at Pearl Jam/Remembering Coolio
In a packed episode, we look back at Coolio's career, with Rob Sheffield joining host Brian Hiatt; examine how Ice Spice's 'Munch (Feelin' U)' became the song of the summer, with Jeff Ihaza; and discuss the story of Pearl Jam with Steven Hyden, author of the new book 'Long Road: Pearl Jam and the Soundtrack of a Generation' Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
81:24 01/10/22
How Harry Styles Made 'Harry's House' - Kid Harpoon on Bringing Guitars Back to the Charts
Producer/songwriter Kid Harpoon, a.k.a. Tom Hull, goes deep on the making of Harry Styles' 'Harry's House,' Maggie Rogers' 'Surrender,' and much more in an interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
77:02 24/09/22
Björk “Sonic Symbolism” Podcast
Join Björk in conversations with collaborators about her sound experiences. In the podcast you’ll learn about the moods, timbres, and tempos that vibrate through each album. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
03:42 19/09/22
Mariah Carey Tells All! Untold 'Butterfly' Tales, Her Biopic Series, New Music, and Much More
In a very special episode, Mariah Carey joins host Brian Hiatt for an epic interview. Carey goes deep on the making of 'Butterfly' for its 25th anniversary, while also talking about everything from her lost, secret alt-rock album to the new music she's working on to Lee Daniels' plans for a biopic series based on her memoir – and much, much more Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
110:25 16/09/22
Fall Out Boy Confidential: Joe Trohman on His Revealing New Memoir
Fall Out Boy co-founder and lead guitarist Joe Trohman, author of the excellent new memoir 'None of This Rocks,' tells all about his life in the band and much more in a revealing interview with host Brian Hiatt Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
76:01 10/09/22
Inside David Bowie's Final Years – Plus, Nile Rodgers on Making 'Let's Dance'
With a new documentary, Moonage Daydream, on its way, we look back at how David Bowie made some of his greatest work just before his death - and Nile Rodgers tells the stories behind 'Let's Dance'  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
50:03 27/08/22
The Worst Songs of all Time
From "Blurred Lines" to "Twinkle Twinkle Little Bitch," we look at some of the worst songs ever - while also questioning whether we can really be sure of "worst songs" in 2022, when the canon and our own tastes are in a constant state of reevaluation. Plus, a look at how pressure to go viral on TikTok may be creating bad songs, and why behavior at concerts is worse than ever post-pandemic. Tomás Mier, Brittany Spanos, and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt for the discussions. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
59:04 19/08/22
Beyoncé's 'Renaissance': The Controversies and Triumphs of a Blockbuster Album
Producer Hit-Boy discusses making "Thique" and much more. Plus, how does one song end up with 24 writers? And what are the consequences of changing albums after their release? Also, a discussion of the best songs on 'Renaissance' and its spiritual themes, with Mankaprr Conteh and Jeff Ihaza joining host Brian Hiatt. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
53:57 12/08/22
How Joni Mitchell Became a Millennial and Gen-Z Hero
We celebrate the work of Joni Mitchell, with Cameron Crowe discussing his legendary 1979 Mitchell interview, and guitarist Larry Carlton talking about playing with Mitchell on some of her greatest songs. Angie Martoccio takes us through the peaks of Mitchell's discography, and Jonathan Bernstein gives a first-hand account of her stunning Newport Folk Festival comeback performance Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
59:53 05/08/22
Beyoncé's Studio Secrets: Inside the Making of Her Best Songs
Legendary producers Rodney Jerkins and Scott Storch share behind-the-scenes tales of classic Beyoncé hits, from "Deja Vu" to "Baby Boy" to Destiny's Child's "Say My Name" and more. Plus, Mankaprr Conteh breaks down Rolling Stone's new list of Beyoncé's 70 best songs Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
48:39 30/07/22
The State of Justin Bieber's Career, Best Indie-Rock of 2022 So Far, and Wolfgang Van Halen Speaks Out
We run through the best indie albums of the year so far, look at the state of Justin Bieber's career, and play an excerpt of our new Wolfgang Van Halen interview. Brittany Spanos and Simon Vozick-Levinson join host Brian Hiatt for the discussions, which also touch on Kanye West's latest festival cancellation. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
56:15 21/07/22
Best Pop of 2022 So Far – and the Metal Side of "Stranger Things"
From The Weeknd to Bad Bunny to Sky Ferreira, we look at the best pop of 2022 so far, with Tomás Mier joining host Brian Hiatt – plus, a look at the heavy-metal influences of "Stranger Things," from "Master of Puppets" to the real-life 1980s Satanic panic, in a discussion with Kory Grow Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
54:05 15/07/22
Phoebe Bridgers Looks Back on Making 'Punisher.' Plus: Her Musical Heroes, Her Songwriting Process and Much More
Phoebe Bridgers goes song-by-song on 'Punisher,' goes deep on her songwriting process and musical heroes, talks about her friendship with Conor Oberst, and much more in this new edit of her interview with host Brian Hiatt  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
40:48 08/07/22
Did Elvis Steal From Big Mama Thornton? The Real "Hound Dog" Story
Legendary songwriter Mike Stoller joins host Brian Hiatt to explain how he and Jerry Leiber wrote "Hound Dog" for Big Mama Thornton – and what happened next. He also shares tales of his time with Elvis Presley and much more. Plus David Fear on the new "Elvis" movie, and Rolling Stone News correspondent Delissa Shannon's interview with Yola about playing Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoices
55:40 30/06/22