Pop Shop Podcast: Rachel Platten & MAX Interviews, Oscars Recap, Adele's Historic No. 1 Reign
Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly half-hour audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year's biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the free Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous episode on Billboard.com).
On our latest installment, we welcome Rachel Platten and MAX. Platten talks about heading out on her first headlining tour, her breakthrough year courtesy of smash single “Fight Song,” what she learned from touring with Christina Perri, and how she might break out a little beatboxing in her live shows. MAX -- who is prepping the release of his album Hell’s Kitchen Angel on April 8 -- discusses his new mohawk-enhanced video for “Holla,” his incredible story of working with Madonna on a Dolce & Gabbana advertising campaign, performing on Broadway in 13, and touring with R5, Fall Out Boy and O.A.R.
On top of all that, Keith and Katie recap the Academy Awards (and dive into why they think Sam Smith’s “Writing’s on the Wall” took home the best original song Oscar over Lady Gaga’s “Til It Happens To You”), Adele’s historic 10th week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with 25 and how Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece” is set for a big debut on the Billboard Hot 100 thanks to her tearful performance of the song on American Idol.
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