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 recap the No. 1 debut of Lady Gaga’s “ARTPOP” and the interesting distinction between male and female solo artists who have notched chart-topping starts this year. After looking ahead at the start of the “Hunger Games: Catching Fire” soundtrack and the new Five Finger Death Punch album, the guys discuss what they think will compose the next wave of ubiquitous radio singles. Will rising tracks by OneRepublic, Pitbull and Bastille be inescapable in no time? Can Katy Perry’s “Unconditionally” repeat the success of “Roar”? There’s also Outkast reunion talk, an American Music Awards preview, Beatles factoids, “Hunger Games” jokes and much more.