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 head to the movies — after all, the No. 1 song on the Hot 100 chart is Pharrell’s “Despicable Me 2” jam “Happy”; the No. 1 album is the unstoppable “Frozen” soundtrack; the Oscars, and the heated race for Best Original Song, are approaching; and there are more potential soundtrack hits on the way, with Tegan & Sara’s “LEGO Movie” track “Everything Is Awesome!!!” and Ellie Goulding’s material on the “Divergent” soundtrack. After diving deep into the soundtrack world, the guys welcome special podcast guest the Fray, who discuss working with their old pal Ryan Tedder on the single “Love Don’t Die,” tweaking their songwriting approach for new album “Helios” and what the next few months of their album cycle look like. There’s also talk of John Legend’s biggest hit to date, Seal’s “Kiss From a Rose,” the last “Happy” song to hit No. 1, Keith’s chart stat of the week, and much more.