Beyoncé’s ‘Renaissance’: The Speed Round

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Beyoncé’s “Renaissance” has been in the Top 5 of the Billboard album chart for two weeks, and its single “Break My Soul” has led the Hot 100 twice in a row. It is one of the year’s commercial success stories, and also one of its most ideologically provocative albums.

On this week’s Popcast, a series of conversations relating to themes brought up by “Renaissance,” including the ways in which queer influence gets mainstreamed, the challenges of writing criticism about superstars, and the ethics and legalities of songwriting credits.


  • Naima Cochrane, a music journalist and consultant

  • Jason P. Frank, a writer for Vulture

  • Kiana Mickles, a New York staff writer at Resident Advisor

  • Patrik Sandberg, a former editor of V and CR Fashion Book who writes about music for Interview, i-D and others

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