• Ep. 1.47 – Kelis: The Culinary Chanteuse

    This week we're talking about "4th of July," the 2nd single from singer Kelis' 5th album, the unexpectedly dance-focused Flesh Tone, and why this song, and her whole discography, deserve more credit and love than she currently receives.

  • Ep. 1.46 – Rachael Yamagata: We Were So Worn Down We Forgot To Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

    The month of May has come and gone, and we have missed AAPI Heritage Month in its entirety. But as the saying goes, better late than never! Today we're talking about Rachael Yamagata, the singer-songwriter behind the 2003 single "Worn Me Down."

  • Ep. 1.45 – Estelle: Freak, But Not Like Me

    British multi-hyphenate Estelle took the US by storm in 2008 with her double-platinum, grammy-winning single “American Boy.” She followed it up in 2010 with the David Guetta produced track “Freak,” a sex-positive dance anthem intended to be the lead single for her highly-anticipated third album. But when the album, 2012’s All Of Me appeared, “Freak” was nowhere to be found. Today we ask, what happened?

  • Ep. 1.44 – The Wiz: A Brand New Day For The Much-Maligned Movie Musical

    This week, we're talking about "A Brand New Day," a showstopping number from 1975's The Wiz, a movie musical starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson and which to this day, we still haven't seen.

  • Ep.1.43 – Jordin Sparks: How Am I Supposed to Sing with No Airtime?

    Riding high of the success of her debut album and Grammy-nominated single "No Air" pop singer Jordin Sparks set out to keep the momentum going with her sophomore effort, 2009's Battlefield. But after a string of lukewarm singles, a cancelled tour and perennially delayed third album, all indications were that the air had been let out of Jordin's career. Today we're talking about her song, "Don't Let It Go To Your Head."

  • Ep. 1.42 – Ariana Grande: No Thank You, Next Single

    Tween TV star turned pop singer Ariana Grande was riding high off the commercial success of her first two studio albums, 2013's My Everything and 2014's Yours Truly. But a minor scandal and a scrapped single in 2015 turned this girl next door into a dangerous woman. Today we’re talking about her 2015 non-album single, “Focus.”

  • Ep.1.41 – Toni Braxton: The Real Elusive Chanteuse

    This week, we're talking about Toni Braxton, the R&B superstar who unbroke our hearts in the 90s but who many people assumed fizzled out in the early-aughts. Jason is here to tell you how that almost happened but didn't, and why her last three albums, including one released just last year, are among the best work of her career.

  • Ep. 1.40 – Little Mix: We Had A Little Mix-Up And Forgot To Talk About Little Mix

    In 2011, girl group Little Mix broke a long standing X Factor curse by becoming the first group to win the singing competition. In the decade that followed, they went on to become one of the biggest girl groups worldwide, except in the United States, where Little Mix got little attention. Today we're talking about their 2020 single "Break Up Song." Also: Did Barry burn my neck with retinol serum? Does Jason know the names of the members of Little Mix? Will we ever, in fact, talk about Little Mix in this episode?

  • Ep. 1.39 – Diana Gordon: The Wynter of Her Discontent

    This week, we're talking about Diana Gordon, and why even though you think you don't know her, Sorry, you absolutely do. Also: Falling down stairs, getting blackout drunk on airplanes and what its like having a celebrity like your civilian tweets.

  • Ep. 1.38 – P!nk: She’s Not Dead, But Her Singing Career Almost Was

    The pop music public embraced P!nk’s 2001 evolution from R&B tough chick to feisty pop-rocker with her sophomore "surprise, I'm white" effort, 2001’s multi-platinum Missundaztood. She doubled down on her rocker edge with 2003’s Try This but a falling out with her main musical collaborator and clashes with her label made for a rushed, uneven product that US audiences didn’t embrace. Today we’re talking about the second single from that album, “God Is A DJ.”