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).
This week’s episode is a prolonged examination of the songs that keep rising on the Hot 100 chart and might be taking over your life in no time, including Top 20 hits like Ed Sheeran’s “Sing,” Justin Timberlake’s “Not a Bad Thing,” Lana Del Rey’s “West Coast” and Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy.” But don’t sleep on songs like Paramore’s “Ain’t It Fun,” which has become the band’s biggest Hot 100 hit ever; Naughty Boy’s “La La La,” which (along with Disclosure’s “Latch”) shows the new demand for Sam Smith songs; MKTO’s “Classic,” which has shimmied into the Top 40; and Katy Perry’s “Birthday,” which could easily join her collection of smashes. The guys also discuss “Frozen’s” biggest sales week ever (!), debate the stardom of August Alsina, preview next week’s album showdown between Iggy Azalea and Future, analyze the gray sweater in One Direction’s “You & I” video, sing the “Family Matters” theme song, and much more.