Could Harry Styles, Taylor Swift or Zendaya Follow In Beyonce's Footsteps With Movie Companion Albums?

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Harry Styles, Taylor Swift & Zendaya

Following "The Lion King: The Gift" & Kendrick Lamar's "Black Panther" album, the Pop Shop Podcast has some ideas for the next great quasi-soundtracks.

In the past two years, both Beyoncé and Kendrick Lamar curated high-charting albums on the Billboard 200 inspired by films: Queen Bey with her The Lion King: The Gift project and Lamar with the multi-artist Black Panther album. The former just debuted at No. 2 on the chart (dated Aug. 3), while the latter spent three weeks atop the tally in 2018 and went on to earn a Grammy Award nomination for album of the year.

With those releases in mind, what pop stars could follow in their chart footsteps with their own film-inspired curated efforts? On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team discusses some possibilities from some major pop A-listers (are your Cats ears burning, Taylor Swift?).

Perhaps Harry Styles, who is reportedly in talks to co-star in the live-action adaptation of The Little Mermaid as Prince Eric, could craft a curated project to accompany the aquatic tale (starring Halle Bailey)?

Or what about singer-actress Zendaya pulling together an album inspired by the epic science-fiction remake of Dune, in which she co-stars? Maybe she could pull in one of her co-stars, noted music lover (and Kid Cudi fan) Timothée Chalamet for an assist?

And then there’s a very obvious contender: Could cat superfan Taylor Swift produce a purr-fect album to pair with her upcoming role in the big-screen version of the musical Cats?

And those three names are just the tip of the inspired-by iceberg. The Pop Shoppers also chat about fantasy curated efforts from Lin-Manuel Miranda (for his upcoming In the Heights movie); Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande and Miley Cyrus (for the new Charlie’s Angels film); and more.

In addition, Keith and Katie address the big chart news of the week: how Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” broke the record as the longest-leading No. 1 in the history of the Billboard Hot 100 chart, having notched its 17th week top the tally.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. 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's senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)


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