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.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz and Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield every Thursday 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).
In the longest Pop Shop Podcast episode ever, Jason and Keith are joined by not one but two musical legends — Nile Rodgers and Annie Lennox — for a preview of the 57th annual Grammy Awards! Three-time Grammy Award winner Rodgers co-hosts the extra-long episode and discusses the creation of the just-announced new Chic album, overcoming cancer with the power of music, hitting the studio with Lady Gaga and Diane Warren, jamming with Flea, recording “Let’s Dance” with David Bowie, and much more from a legendary career. After looking back on his unbelievable Grammys experience last year alongside Daft Punk and Pharrell Williams, Nile helps the guys make their predictions for the four major Grammys categories this year and breaks down the music of Beyonce, Sam Smith, Meghan Trainor and more. And before the conclusion of the show, four-time Grammy Award winner and current nominee Annie Lennox (who is performing at this year’s Grammys alongside Hozier) stopped by the Pop Shop Podcast to chat with Keith about the making of her latest album Nostalgia, the upcoming Grammys, her “powerful” collaboration with Hozier, Sam Smith’s “extraordinary” voice, and more. It’s a 72-minute Grammys extravaganza you are not going to want to miss.