Pop Shop Podcast: Breaking Down the Oscar Noms, From Justin Timberlake to ‘La La Land’

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

This week on the show, the Pop Shop team dives into the nominations for the 89th annual Academy Awards! The musical drama La La Land earned a record-tying 14 nods, including best picture, best actor (Ryan Gosling), best actress (Emma Stone) and two nominations for best original song (“City of Stars” and “Audition”).

Further, Billboard chart superstars Max Martin, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Pharrell, Sting and Justin Timberlake all also earned nominations. Previous best original song nominee Pharrell captured a nomination for best picture (as a producer of Hidden Figures — his first nomination in this category). In the best original song category, Sting garnered his fourth nomination (for “The Empty Chair” from Jim: The James Foley Story) along with composer J. Ralph, while Martin and Timberlake (for “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” from Trolls) and Miranda (for “How Far I’ll Go,” from Moana) each earned their first nomination.

Plus, we of course chat about all things charts, as we discuss the new top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, where Migos’ “Bad and Boujee,” featuring Lil Uzi Vert, returns to the No. 1 slot. Over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, The xx’s I See You debuts at No. 2, while The Weeknd’s Starboy holds at No. 1. What’s the common thread between those two albums and what notable chart distinction did they help achieve? Listen to the show and find out!

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Pop Shop Podcast: Darlene Love Gifts Us With a Christmas Chat, Plus Camila Cabello & Fifth Harmony Split

The “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” singer talks holiday plans & 2017 New Year’s resolutions.

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

It’s the most wonderful Pop Shop Podcast of the year — the holiday episode! And our very special guest is none other than legendary singer Darlene Love, whose song “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is a yuletide classic.

We talked with Love about her holiday traditions, including getting her family all in one place and playing her annual string of Christmas shows (dates below), plus she shared some of her own favorite Christmas music. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer also chatted about how she got involved in the Oscar- and Grammy-winning documentary 20 Feet From Stardom and how E Street Band mainstay Steven Van Zandt helped bring her magnificent voice back to the forefront with her 2015 album Introducing Darlene Love.

If you want to check out one of Love’s Christmas shows, she still has four on the schedule for 2016: Dec. 21 in Washington, D.C., Dec. 22 in York, Pennsylvania, and two dates at New York’s B.B. King Blues Club on Dec. 23 and 26. Find all Love’s upcoming tour dates on her website.

Not to put a damper on the Christmas joy, but we also address some sad news in the world of pop: Camila Cabello has left Fifth Harmony. Keith and Katie break down the shake-up, plus we get into chart chat about the new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart, J. Cole‘s 4 Your Eyez Only, and how the Billboard Hot 100 chart welcomes not one, but two debuts in the top 10 this week from Zayn and Taylor Swift and J. Cole.

Listen above and click here to subscribe/rate the Pop Shop Podcast on iTunes.

Pop Shop Podcast: Martin Garrix on Music Taking Him Around the World, Plus Grammy Nominations & More

Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).

This week on the show, we sit down with superstar DJ/producer Martin Garrix! We caught up with the 20-year-old Dutch DJ/producer a few weeks ago just as his latest single, “In the Name of Love,” with Bebe Rexha, was taking off at mainstream top 40 radio. The song currently sits in the top 20 of the Pop Songs airplay chart and recently became Garrix’s second top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

“I’m so happy,” Garrix says about the success of the track. “For me, it was something new. A lot of people knew [me] for hard-hitting house stuff — 128 bpm stuff. And I felt like I wanted to do something different.”

Garrix broke through big time in early 2014 with the smash track “Animals” — his first top 40 hit on the Hot 100. It was also his first of so far 15 hits on the Hot Dance/Electronic Songs chart.

In our chat, we talk about the success of the new single, what it’s like to play a 21-and-over club in Las Vegas when you’re not even 21 yet, and how he says he’s got “so much music” ready to release (and he could even drop an album right now if he wanted to). We also discuss how it feels to know that his music transcends language barriers and how he’s been able to perform internationally in front of enormous crowds. “There’s nothing more inspiring,” Garrix says of playing shows around the globe and seeing fans react to his music. “I get to travel the world doing what I love to do — making other people happy. … They might not even understand my words, but the one thing everybody understands is music.”

In addition to our talk with Garrix, the Pop Shop team dives into all things Grammy Awards as the nominations for the 59th annual Grammys were announced on Tuesday (Dec. 6). Plus, we’re previewing Billboard‘s Women in Music gala, which will take place in New York on Dec. 9 where we’ll be honoring Madonna as our Woman of the Year. But wait, there’s more! We’ve also got chart chat about a new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 from The Weeknd, how The Hamilton Mixtape is heading for No. 1 next week, and news on the return of Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to the Hot 100.

Listen above and click here to subscribe/rate the Pop Shop Podcast on iTunes.

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