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).
Entertainer/author/activist Oakley returns to the Pop Shop Podcast for a third visit, this time joined by his Psychobabble podcast co-host (and real-life bestie) Kuhl. In our rollicking chat, the guys discuss the newest endeavors of their favorite pop divas (Lady Gaga and Katy Perry, respectively) as well as Psychobabble, which recently expanded to a video podcast via the Fullscreen app.
Oakley also says that he is “eager” to continue his work with former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama. In the past, Oakley worked with Michelle on her Reach Higher and Better Make Room higher education initiatives, and with Barack in raising awareness of the Affordable Care Act. He also participated in the Obama administration’s White House Digital Influencer Summit in January, alongside our second guest this week, AJR!
Pop trio AJR (brothers Adam, Jack and Ryan Met) also join the Pop Shop team to chat about their rising hit single “Weak” (it climbs from No. 16 to No. 7 on the March 4-dated Bubbling Under Hot 100 chart) and their new tour, which kicks off Wednesday (Feb. 22) in Orlando. The guys also talk about how they are working on their next album, writing for other artists (like Major Lazer and Shawn Mendes) and how Sia has helped guide their career. Also, the guys discuss their visit to the White House, their work with the It’s On Us campaign (launched by the Obama administration) to help fight sexual assault (especially on college campuses) and writing a song for the initiative.
Plus, we’ve got big chart news about the Billboard Hot 100, where Katy Perry‘s “Chained to the Rhythm” debuts in the top 10, and Rihanna, Bruno Mars and The Weeknd all get new top 10 singles. In addition, over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, the Fifty Shades Darker soundtrack debuts at No. 1, while the Grammy Awards shine in the top 10 with big gains racked up by Adele and Beyoncé.
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