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).
On this week’s episode, Jason and Keith discuss “Now! 50” toppling the “Frozen” soundtrack on the Billboard 200 chart, Lily Allen’s failure to find mainstream stardom in the U.S., Michael Jackson’s new posthumous album “Xscape” and Paramore’s first Top 10 single on the Hot 100 chart. There’s also a 2014 Billboard Music Awards preview, as the guys talk about their most anticipated performances and what the vibe is like backstage at the BBMAs. All that, plus Ludacris puns, a Black Keys sales projection, Aqua’s “Barbie Girl,” Keith’s chart stat of the week, and much more.