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).
In this week’s episode, Jason and Keith are joined by Billboard.com’s The Juice blog editor Erika Ramirez to discuss ScHoolboy Q’s No. 1 album debut, the Macklemore-Kendrick text, Kid Cudi’s diehard fans and Billboard.com’s ongoing Ladies First series, which is celebrating female rappers throughout March. The guys are also joined by new pop duo MKTO, whose catchy-as-anything single “Classic” recently debuted on the Hot 100 chart; the pair talks about making “Classic,” working with some of the biggest songwriters in pop and what will surprise fans about their debut album. There’s also Beck, Romeo Santos, “Colors of the Wind,” why Iggy Azalea will blow up this year, the Oscars effect on sales, and much more.