Sidney Madden Sidney Madden is a reporter for NPR Music.
Sidney Madden, photographed for NPR's Louder Than A Riot, 13 February 2023, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Sidney Madden, photographed for NPR's Louder Than A Riot, 13 February 2023, in Washington DC. Photo by Mike Morgan for NPR.
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Sidney Madden

Reporter, NPR Music

Sidney Madden is a reporter for NPR Music. Since 2020, she has served as co-host and co-creator of Louder Than A Riot, NPR Music's first narrative investigative podcast that traces rhyme and punishment in America. Season 1 of Louder Than A Riot focuses on the relationship between hip-hop as an art form and mass incarceration and was recognized by The American Bar Association Silver Gavel Awards and the International Music Journalism Awards for outstanding reporting. Season 2 of Louder focuses on the relationship between hip-hop as a culture and misogynoir, the racist sexism against Black women and femmes. In addition to Louder Than A Riot, Madden serves as guest host of All Songs Considered where she interviews artists and musicians who push the boundaries of the music industry.

Madden joined the NPR Music team in 2017, serving as editorial lead for digitizing music stories that air on NPR's premier news magazine programs. She's produced Tiny Desk Concerts with a special focus on bringing burgeoning, left-of-center artists from the worlds of R&B and hip-hop to the desk. To date, her Tiny Desk Concert productions include Jorja Smith, Megan Thee Stallion, Snoh Aalegra and more. Madden is also the creator of the Heat Check playlist series and has reported out stories online and on-air that contextualize Black music and culture within society's larger strata — whether it's unpacking the genius marketing of Cardi B, Tyler, The Creator's subversive heartbreak or the socioeconomics that fuel Solange's downhome Afrofuturism.

Originally from Boston, Madden graduated from Hofstra University with a bachelor's degree in journalism and sociology. Before joining NPR, Madden was on the editorial team at the hip-hop pillar XXL Magazine and freelanced for MTV News, Nylon Magazine, People's Choice and more.

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After elevating Afropop's standing with a standout guest spot on Wizkid's "Essence" and becoming a secret weapon for Rihanna, Drake and Beyoncé, Tems is ready for center stage. Adrienne Raquel hide caption

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Nigerian singer Tems releases her debut album: 'Born in the Wild'

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs is accused of sexual assault a new lawsuit

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Cowboy Carter is the hotly anticipated follow-up to to Beyoncé's 2022 album, Renaissance. Blair Caldwell/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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10 takeaways from Beyoncé's new album, 'Cowboy Carter'

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Besides charting the course of her own pop stardom, Tyla's goals are to spread the pride of her country and keep the people who created amapiano at the forefront of the movement. Jeremy Soma/Epic Records hide caption

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Tyla is the new face of African pop. She's aiming to take over the whole world

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Bad Boy Records founder Sean "Diddy" Combs has been accused of sexual misconduct by five different people since November 2023. Shareif Ziyadat/Getty Images for Sean "Diddy" Combs hide caption

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Sean 'Diddy' Combs is accused of sexual assault by male music producer

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Ayra Starr, the Beninese-Nigerian singer whose hit "Rush" was among the nominees for the first ever best African music performance Grammy this year, says she grew up not seeing any pop stars that looked like her. "I want to show African girls that we can do this, too. And I'm doing that," she says. Richie Igunma/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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More breakthroughs, less crossover: Afrobeats is here to stay, on its own terms

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Breaking down Beyoncé's unusual album announcement last night

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New Music Friday: What Were The Grammys Made For?

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Explaining the war of words between Nicki Minaj and Megan Thee Stallion

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New Music Friday: 21 Savage's 'American Dream'

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A look at the allegations against Sean "Diddy" Combs

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To mark Nicki Minaj's first album in 5 years, a look at the Queen of Rap's legacy

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Lawsuit accuses Sean 'Diddy' Combs of trafficking, sexual assault and abuse

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