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The Popcast Answers Your Questions About Beyoncé, Music Videos and More


Did the limited release of Beyoncé‘s “Lemonade” affect its impact? A discussion of that question and more picked by our readers on this week’s Popcast.

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The Popcast is hosted by Jon Caramanica, a pop music critic for The New York Times. It covers the latest in pop music criticism, trends and news.

The dog days of summer can be long, and in pop music — new Taylor Swift music notwithstanding — dry. So we looked to our listeners for inspiration for this week’s Popcast, going through the mailbag to find out what our dedicated enthusiasts are most curious about.

The range of subjects was wide. Here’s a sampler: whether the limited release of Beyoncé’s “Lemonade” adversely affected its impact; the increasing importance of merchandise to musicians; the post-Fifth Harmony fate of Camila Cabello; Lil Wayne’s track record as an A&R scout; the changing role and fluctuating importance of music video as a medium; and whether Tinashe will ever have another breakout moment.

For this dive into the interests of the Popcast hivemind, Mr. Caramanica was joined by Joe Coscarelli, pop music reporter for The New York Times.

Email your questions, thoughts and ideas about what’s happening in pop music to popcast@nytimes.com.

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