The Bridge: R. Kelly and Music’s #MeToo Reckoning
In this mini episode of Slate’s music history podcast, a conversation about the accusations facing R. Kelly.
Hit Parade: The Gaga Is Born EditionLady Gaga may be about to pivot from Grammy winner to Oscar winner. How did A Star Is Born both reflect and reboot her decadelong career?
Hit Parade: The Christmas Is All Around EditionThe annual derby for U.K. Christmas No. 1 is the world’s most hotly contested pop-chart contest. But can the competition survive in the streaming age?
Hit Parade: The Give Me a Sign EditionHow an introverted Swedish producer and a showbiz kid from Louisiana made the late 1990s’ most influential No. 1 hit.
Hit Parade: The Oh. My. God. Becky EditionWhat finally got hip-hop to the top of the Billboard charts?
Hit Parade: The Nights on Broadway EditionHow did the Bee Gees survive the fall of disco? The falsettos? The white suits? It was the songs.
Hit Parade: The Feat. Don’t Fail Me Now EditionHow did guest rappers change the way supporting performers are credited across popular music?
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 1The story of how two very different bands came to define the boundaries of New Wave rock from the college town of Athens, Georgia.
Hit Parade: The Twerking and Chatrouletting EditionSince the heyday of MTV, music videos have made hits bigger. Now, watching them even counts for the charts—which helped make Miley Cyrus’s career.
Hit Parade: The You Give Rock a Bad Name Edition Over the objections of critics, Bon Jovi entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month. What is the band’s legacy?
Hit Parade: Call for ContestantsWe’re going to release bonus episodes packed with music trivia—and we want you to play along.
Hit Parade: The Def Jams EditionToday, rap is ubiquitous on pop radio. But the genre’s first crossover hit required a little help from some out-of-favor rock stars.
Hit Parade: The Silver Medalists EditionOn the Billboard Hot 100, two is often the loneliest number.
Hit Parade: Le Petty Prince EditionTom Petty and Prince only played together once. But their careers paralleled each other for four decades.
Hit Parade: The Charity Megasingle EditionIn the mid-1980s, big, loud, multicelebrity pop songs were briefly all over the charts and the radio. How’d that happen?
Music Trivia: Grammys and Gaga EditionSlate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you on one of music’s biggest divas.
Music Trivia: The Christmas Music EditionSlate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you on holiday hits.
Music Trivia: The ’90s Pop EditionFrom Ace of Base to Britney Spears, Slate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you on pop icons.
Music Trivia: The ’90s Hip-Hop EditionFrom the Notorious B.I.G. to the Fresh Prince and LL Cool J, Slate’s music-history podcast is here to quiz you.
Music Trivia: The Aretha Franklin EditionThe Queen of Soul is gone. How much do you know about her music, really?
Hit Parade: The Deadbeat Club Edition, Part 2How the two leading bands from Athens, Georgia, transformed themselves from college-rockers in the ’80s to hit-makers by the ’90s.
Music Trivia: The MTV and Alt-Rock EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
Music Trivia: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame EditionSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some trivia.
Music Trivia: Welcome to Hit Parade—the BridgeSlate’s music history podcast is here to quiz you with some tough pop-chart trivia.
Hit Parade: The Veronica Electronica EditionIn 1998, at a crossroads, Madonna rebooted her career by fusing electronics with matters of the heart—and turned digital music into viable pop.
Hit Parade: The B-Sides Edition Live from Brooklyn’s Bell House, it’s a very special Hit Parade about B-sides that improbably became classics, or even No. 1 hits.
Hit Parade: The Queen of Disco EditionDonna Summer set chart benchmarks and managed to stay relevant for more than three decades. Why didn’t she get more respect from the rock establishment?
Hit Parade: The Great War Against the Single EditionThe story of how the recording industry made you shell out $18 for one good song in the ’90s.
Hit Parade: The Imperial Elton and George EditionGeorge Michael and Elton John were friends, collaborators, and for one week, chart rivals.