Switched On Pop | Sounds like Teen Spirit (with Elle Fanning)
A podcast breaking down the music of pop hits.
Switched On Pop
Published 23 April 2019
Elle Fanning in "Teen Spirit"

Pop music surrounds us, but how often do we really listen to what we’re hearing? Switched on Pop is the podcast that pulls back the curtain on pop music. Each episode, join musicologist Nate Sloan and songwriter Charlie Harding as they reveal the secret formulas that make pop songs so infectious. By figuring out how pop hits work their magic, you’ll fall in love with songs you didn’t even know you liked.

Pop is inseparable from reality TV singing competitions. From Eurovision to American Idol, scores of stars got their start in singing competitions. We've long overlooked this influence on pop, but were inspired to look into the phenomenon by the release of Teen Spirit, a pop-musical film about a fictional singing competition .

What is the history of these shows? Who got their big break on one? Is there a singing show musical aesthetic? This episode, Switched On Pop hit the books and records to find out, and the answers might surprise. Finally they speak with Elle Fanning, who plays contestant Violet in the film, about what it takes to train to be a singer primed for national fame.

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