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 last week’s episode).
In this week’s episode, Jason and Keith are joined by Billboard senior branding correspondent Andrew Hampp to discuss Bruno Mars’ Super Bowl halftime performance and which songs from the pop superstar enjoyed huge sales gains; the Super Bowl ads, and which musical acts emerged as the big winners on Sunday; Beyonce’s “Drunk In Love” domination as she scores another Top 10 hit; what’s driving the “Happy” new hit by Pharrell Williams; and the unstoppable “Frozen” soundtrack on the Billboard 200 albums chart. There’s also Andrew sharing Kylie Minogue anecdotes, Beatles 50th anniversary tidbits, some speculation about next year’s Super Bowl halftime performer (Katy? Taylor?), another “Shake Ya Tailfeather” shout-out, and much more.
Also of note: on next week’s Pop Shop Podcast, Keith and Jason will be answering YOUR burning chart and pop music questions! Tweet at @Billboard with the hashtag #AskThePopShop this week to have your music question answered on next week’s episode.