Bullseye with Jesse Thorn: Khalid


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Khalid on his wild ride to fame, and making intimate R&B music

R&B singer Khalid has recorded about a dozen legitimate hit songs. He's sold millions of albums. Plus, has hundreds of millions of plays on streaming apps. He plays to huge crowds. Madison Square Garden. MGM Grand Garden. Staples Center. You can catch him on tour this summer at an arena near you.

Khalid's breakthrough single was called "Location." It was one of the first songs he ever wrote. He was 18 when it dropped. He's only 21 now. People thought he was easily 10 years older. There's a richness to his voice, a kind of grace, too. He sings like a person who's seen some stuff. Khalid doesn't really record outright dance tracks, but he doesn't have a lot of ballads, either. His songs are steady. They're almost always plainly spoken.

His debut album American Teen was a sincere look at what he believes it's like to be young person nowadays. Songs like "Young Dumb & Broke" and "Another Sad Love Song
convey emotions most teenagers have, but his songwriting shines when he's specific and intimate. In "8Teen," he's concerned his mom is going to kill him because his car smells like weed. You know teenager stuff.

He's got a new record coming out later this week, it's called Free Spirit. Khalid tell us about the weird, amazing world of being super famous. We'll also talk about his childhood, growing up in and around several different army bases. And why some people have a hard time believing he's only 21. We know Khalid can sing, but can he rap? We'll get him to freestyle some bars. You don't want to miss it!

Check out this interview on YouTube!

Inside Pop Ep. 114- A Wrinkle in Time, Jessica Jones, Sade, Meshell Ndegeocello, Carousel, Vulfpeck

Inside Pop

This week’s episode of Inside Pop has the following Inclusion Rider: Our 114th episode must celebrate the creativity and diversity of women in film, music and television.

The show begins with a review of Ava DuVernay’s epic adaptation of A Wrinkle in Time. Amita discusses what she most loves about the film and Sean questions whether the film’s box office performance and overall reception was affected by the phenomenon that is Black Panther. Amita also shares some of the insight she got from Ava herself at DuVernay’s Times Talk last week.

Then, Amita and Sean rejoice over Sade’s new song, ‘Flowers of the Universe’ (Amita loves this remix of the song).

Next, the Pop Insiders move on to TV and Sean provides a spoiler free review of the second season of Marvel’s Jessica Jones. Will he convince Amita to give the show a try? Stay tuned.

The co-hosts also review Meshell Ndegeocello’s new new album of covers, Ventriloquism, which touches their Gen-X hearts with innovative and emotional covers of songs from the 80’s and 90’s including Prince’s “Sometimes it Snows in April”, Force MD’s “Tender Love” and Janet Jackson’s “Funny How Time Flies (When You’re Having Fun)”.

Plus, Sean talks about seeing the new revival of the musical Carousel on Broadway starring Renée Fleming and Joshua Henry (his Instagram is a must follow if you love soulful acoustic versions of songs from Hamilton and of course you love that) and discusses the challenges of enjoying a musical from the 50’s that has domestic abuse as a main plot point.

And the Big Sell returns from its month long sabbatical with a bang! Hear Sean’s review of Vulfpeck. And guess which new podcast he’s selling to Amita? The answer will NOT surprise you!

As promised – Sean’s favorite Mama tribute song.

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Bonus Beats for EP8: Ernest Hardy on Sade's "Love Deluxe"


Our conversation with Ernest Hardy about Sade's "Love Deluxe" was fantastic but it did run just a bit long so we sliced off this bit, a tangent partially about Sade's popularity amongst house DJs/producers.

Listen here

I have plan.


The only problem with my plan to marry Sade is that I am already happily married.

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