Pop Shop Podcast: Oscar Predictions for Best Original Song Nominees, Justin Timberlake's 'Filthy' New Single

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Hugh Jackman in The Greatest Showman, Coco & the beast in Beauty and the Beast

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, your one-stop-shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. In addition, you can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop.

Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard deputy editor digital, Katie Atkinson every week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes.

On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, Keith and Katie discuss chart news about The Greatest Showman soundtrack, Bruno Mars and Cardi B’s “Finesse” collaboration, the Coachella lineup (and how it’s led by chart superstars, but curiously light on top-billed rock bands). The Pop Shoppers also go deep into a chat about Justin Timberlake’s new single “Filthy,” and possible nominees for the Academy Award for best original song.

Among the Oscar contenders that the Pop Shop team contemplate: The empowerment anthem “This Is Me” from The Greatest Showman, which may nab a second straight nomination for the tune’s songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul. A year ago, the pair took home the Academy Award for best original song for “City of Stars” from La La Land. (The best original song award goes to the writers of a song.)

Another likely nomination could go to “Remember Me” from Coco. The track is sung three times in the movie by three different characters, and heard a fourth time over the end credits (as performed by Miguel and Natalia Lafourcade). Also helping “Remember Me” is that it was written by Oscar winners Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, who won best original song for “Let It Go” from Frozen.

Other songs the Pop Shop crew think could nab a nomination: “Evermore,” written by eight-time Oscar winner Alan Menken and three-time winner Tim Rice, from Beauty and the Beast; “Mighty River,” written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson, from Mudbound; and “The Mystery of Love,” written by Sufjan Stevens, from Call Me by Your Name.

Jack Antonoff, Sam Dew and Taylor Swift are also possible nominees for their song “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever,” from Fifty Shades Darker. But could the fact that the film was widely panned (it has a 10 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes) hurt the song’s chances? Perhaps. But, that didn’t stop the first Fifty Shades movie from grabbing a nomination. Fifty Shades of Grey (currently holding a 26 percent fresh rating) logged a nomination for “Earned It” and its writers The Weeknd, Ahmad Balshe, Jason Quenneville and Stephan Moccio.

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2018 Academy Awards


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