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How Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X Are Reshaping Music

Rolling Stone Music Now podcast on 2019’s biggest young artists, Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X

Billie Eilish and Lil Nas X

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The latest episode of our weekly podcast Rolling Stone Music Now tackles the two Gen-Z artists dominating music in 2019 so far: Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish.

Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” complete with a video drawn from the video game Red Dead Redemption 2, is arguably the meme-iest number one hit of all time, with the controversy over Billboard‘s dunderheaded decision to disqualify it from the country charts only adding to the song’s notoriety. Eilish is redefining pop for a generation with her second album, When We All Fall Asleep, Where Do We Go?, which saw its songs streamed 194 million times in its first week. Charles Holmes, Brittany Spanos and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt to explain the artists’ backstories, explore the reasons for their runaway success, put them in historical context and speculate on their futures.

Download and subscribe to our weekly podcast, Rolling Stone Music Now, hosted by Brian Hiatt, on iTunes or Spotify, and check out two years worth of episodes in the archive, including in-depth, career-spanning interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Halsey, Ice Cube, Neil Young, the National, Julian Casablancas, Sheryl Crow, Johnny Marr, Alice Cooper, Fleetwood Mac, Donald Fagen, Phil Collins, Alicia Keys, Sebastian Bach, Kelly Clarkson, Pete Townshend, Bob Seger, Gary Clark Jr. and many more — plus dozens of episodes featuring genre-spanning discussions and debates with Rolling Stone’s critics and reporters. Tune in every Friday at 1 p.m. ET to hear Rolling Stone Music Now show broadcast live on Sirius XM’s Volume, channel 106.

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