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 break down the Top 5 album debuts of Rick Ross, Pharrell Williams and Lea Michele. How did Rick Ross score another No. 1 album when his “Mastermind” full-length has yet to spawn a radio hit? With the biggest song in the country, why didn’t Pharrell’s “G I R L” sell more? And what do Lea Michele’s “Louder” sales mean for the rest of the “Glee” cast’s solo careers? The guys also discuss Skrillex’s “surprise” album release, and how much the EDM star followed the “Beyonce” model; Idina Menzel’s cool new Top 10 hit; Coldplay’s new Hot 100 entry, and its chances to become another smash; and Ashanti’s triumphant return onto the Billboard 200 chart. Also: Jared Leto’s hair, surprises from Round 1 of Hot 100 March Madness, Keith’s chart stat of the week, and much more.