Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly 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 Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).
This week’s guest is electro-pop duo Electric Guest! Singer/songwriter Asa Taccone — brother of The Lonely Island’s Jorma Taccone — and drummer Matthew Compton are back with Plural (out Feb. 17), their first new album in five years, and the catchy singles “Dear to Me,” featuring Haim, and “Back for Me.” They hit the road starting next month at a sold-out gig in San Francisco and wrapping in L.A. at the end of March. We chatted about how they feel about their music being labeled pop (“We straight identify as pop,” Taccone says), what they’ve been up to the past five years, and why they went all in on technology for Plural.
“We were pretty anti-computers in general last time,” Taccone says. “And actually labels — they didn’t get mad at us, but they were like, ‘You could benefit. You’re only two people.’ And really, I’m not playing a lot onstage; I’m mostly just singing. I think we just embraced the computer a bit more — in a tasteful way, I hope.”
Plus, we’ve got big chart news to dive into: Ed Sheeran debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Shape of You” and scores a second debut straight into the top 10 with “Castle on the Hill.” Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the La La Land soundtrack storms to No. 2 on the list while the Moana soundtrack hangs in the top three. Plus, the Hamilton cast recording hits a major sales milestone that is rarely seen by cast albums.
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