The Thrill: Kendrick Lamar, Justin Bieber's Roast, and Sir Elton

On this week's episode of our pop-culture podcast, the panel discusses surprise album releases and the uselessness of boycotts


Every Friday, Maclean’s arts writers Adrian Lee, Emma Teitel and Julia De Laurentiis Johnson gather to discuss and break down the hottest topics in TV, film, books and music. Expect discussion, analysis and interviews, all replicating the feeling of having a coffee and talking pop with your friends!

On this week’s podcast, we discuss Kendrick Lamar’s new album To Pimp a Butterfly, which came out a full week before it was expected. Do album release dates even matter? Then, we look at Justin Bieber’s latest shot at redemption, offering himself up for a Comedy Central comedy roast. Have we lost the narrative of the roast? And finally, we examine Elton John’s boycott of Dolce and Gabbana and explain why boycotts are basically useless.

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