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 the latest episode, we are joined by actor/singer Jonathan Groff. The co-star of the Broadway musical Hamilton called in to discuss his role in the blockbuster show, which he calls a “once-in-a-lifetime experience.” Groff will rejoin the cast starting Dec. 1, after taking a month off to film HBO’s Looking movie. We also talked about his thoughts about Looking and the possibility of recording his own solo album. Plus, Groff — who voiced the character of Kristoff in Frozen — addresses reports that a new song has been written for him by Frozen’s songwriting team of Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez.
In addition, Keith and Katie recap their eventful night covering the American Music Awards — and how Keith interviewed One Direction, Jennifer Lopez, 5 Seconds of Summer and more at the show. The Pop Shop team also talk about Justin Bieber’s big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with Purpose, and how Adele’s 25 is set for a record-setting debut atop the list next week.
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