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 episode features a discussion about Avril Lavigne’s controversial music video for “Hello Kitty,” which debuts on the Hot 100 this week; Katy Perry’s fast-moving “Birthday” single, and whether or not that will be “PRISM’s” summer jam; Iggy Azalea’s biggest win — and biggest loss — on the charts this week; and Pharrell’s continued “Happy” run, which now joins classics like Nelly’s “Dilemma” and All-4-One’s “I Swear” with a 10-week stay atop the Hot 100. There’s also an interview with Little Mix as part of Billboard.com’s ongoing Girl Group Week: the girls discuss their new album “Salute,” their choreography and their appreciation of Beyonce, among other things. Plus: Calvin Harris’ new “Summer” jam, Charli XCX’s second Top 10 hit, the Go-Go’s, the Pussycat Dolls, Future’s No. 2 debut, a Katy Perry pop quiz, and much more.