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AJ Marks and Megan Sola-Guinto are two American musicians living in England who host a biweekly podcast with a variety of local and international guests to discuss the cultural and linguistic differences between the U.S. and the U.K. From explaining slang to debunking various misconceptions, Americans and Britons alike can tune in to hear fresh perspectives on what the other countries are like. Email your questions, corrections and stereotypes to AIAhosts@gmail.com and follow AJ and Megan on ...
 
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Happy new year, y'all! Sola and AJ kick 2022 off with GRAMMY-winning artist, producer, songwriter, and founding member of Vampire Weekend, Rostam! On this episode, we talk Rostam's Changephobia Remixes, get the tea about some of his upcoming collaborations, and explore some moments in pop music history we can't believe actually happened. Stick arou…
 
Dorian Electra joins AJ and Sola to celebrate the deluxe edition of My Agenda! On this episode, we play a surprising round of Call DM Block, learn about furries, and explore some of the predecessors of hyperpop! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Songs of 2021! You can follow Dorian at @dorianelectra, Sola at @iamsolamusic,…
 
Pop-punk artist Maggie Lindemann joins Sola and AJ to dish on her new EP Paranoia, while out on tour supporting Madison Beer. Maggie also endures a tough round of Call DM Block, picks her Song Superlatives, and talks about her close encounter with Jesse McCartney! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Songs Featuring Travis Ba…
 
Hit songwriter Amy Allen joins AJ and Sola to celebrate the release of her new EP, AWW! We also dive into the songs she's written for other artists, including "Adore You" by Harry Styles, "Without Me" by Halsey, and "Back to You" by Selena Gomez! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear the best advice she's recieved as a songwriter and th…
 
AJ and Sola invite music YouTuber Mic The Snare and Popheads moderator Sadie to discuss the music trends of the 2000s and play Popheads Gone Viral: 2000s Edition. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 albums from the decade! You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, Nick at @micthesnare, and popheads at r/p…
 
Sola and AJ are once again joined by Platinum-selling R&B artist and songwriter JoJo, LIVE for an Ask Me Anything! Tune into this taping of our Reddit Talk where we asked JoJo your burning questions, dive deep into her time on The Masked Singer, and get a mini concert. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear JoJo choose her own Top 5 favo…
 
Sola and AJ are joined by Emmy-nominated singer-songwriter Ingrid Michaelson to discuss writing the music and lyrics for Broadway’s next hit show The Notebook: The Musical, why she was trending on Twitter because of Zayn Malik, and some things that make her cry. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Musical Theater Songs! You …
 
Sola and AJ are joined by Popheads mods Carlie and Tom to discuss Glee's lasting impact on music, television, fandom, and representation in media. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Glee covers! You can follow Sola at @iamsolamusic, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter, or…
 
Switched On Pop hosts Nate Sloan and Charlie Harding join AJ and Sola on Main Pod Girl to break down the genre-neutral music of Rina Sawayama, BTS, Justin Timberlake and Lil Nas X. We also discuss Olivia Rodrigo's crediting of Taylor Swift and Paramore in her music, what songwriting trends are coming into the charts, and our Top 5 songs written by …
 
Billboard Senior Editor Nolan Feeney is our newest Main Pod Girl! We discuss the careers of Lizzo, Cardi B and Billie Eilish, introduce two new segments, and go through our Top 5 Charts Hits of 2021! You can follow Nolan at @nolanfeeney, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter …
 
British artist, DJ, and producer SG Lewis joins Sola and AJ to discuss his debut album times, 2000s nostalgia, and his upcoming introspective second album. Hear us talk about our cupid-like connection, what trends we want a renaissance for, and our Top 5 Songs Produced by Pharrell! You can follow Sam at @sglewis, Sola at @iamsolamusic, AJ Marks at …
 
Grammy Award-winning R&B artist and certified masshole JoJo drops by to announce her new EP Trying Not to Think About It and takes us through each of her different eras. Hear us discuss how JoJo was almost Hannah Montana, what we think will be the signature songs of today's popstars, and our Top 5 Vocal Powerhouses! You can follow JoJo at @iamjojo,…
 
Pop and R&B star Tinashe joins Sola and AJ to dish all about her brand new album 333, what features she initially had in mind for her song "X", which talk show host she would block, and her thoughts on aliens. Hear our favorite and least favorite album titles, and stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Concerts! You can follow …
 
AJ and Sola are joined by Popheads user Kait to discuss the five "waves" of Disney Channel stars and how Disney created a culture of media and a monopoly on the music tastes of multiple generations. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 songs from Olivia Rodrigo's debut album, Sour! You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola …
 
Mandy and Will of MisterWives are here to discuss their new album Superbloom, their favorite controversial music videos, and how they first got signed! Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Fueled By Ramen acts. You can follow MisterWives at @misterwives, Mandy at @mandyleed, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic…
 
Wooo, part 2 has arrived, folks! It's our season finale, and it's round 2 of this 2-part finale, and we are joined once again by Bronnie and Chris Mitchell! We're seeing double, and if you want a bit more deja vu, check out Part 1 as a refresher or dive right in to decide for yourself who is more literal when it comes to the English language: the U…
 
Swedish superstar Zara Larsson drops by to talk about her latest album, Poster Girl, and its new Summer Edition! We also chat about what songs best reflect our lives currently, and how Beyoncé's and Rihanna's careers would be different if their latest album was their first. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Swedish acts. Y…
 
It's our season finale, y'all! Joining us to debate, diss, and dissect the English language in this first round of our 2-part finale are Bronnie and Chris Mitchell of the band, Bronnie! This episode is inspired by/in retaliation to Michael McIntyre's "Simplifying English for The Americans" comedy bit. Tune in to this first part to decide for yourse…
 
On this episode, we discuss the upcoming album by AJ Mitchell, with AJ himself! We also discuss what albums from our childhoods shaped our music taste. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Bruno Mars songs. You can follow AJ Mitchell at @ajmitchell, AJ Marks at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/pophea…
 
In this episode, we learn all about our guest, rising British popstar Griff! We also discuss what the careers of Katy Perry, Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay and Taylor Swift would be without their most essential albums. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Lorde songs. You can follow Griff @wiffygriffy, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola …
 
Megan and AJ talk British phrases with Tom and Ben of Liverpool Arts Bar in this hilarious episode. Our advice: try not to call yourself a nonce or a spanner. You can follow Liverpool Arts Bar at @liverpoolartsbar, at www.liverpoolartsbar.com or by listening to the Arts Bar Podcast. AJ can be found at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on …
 
We're finally discussing TV and Movies with the amazing Rachelle Diedericks! Wild Child, Naked Attraction and NCIS just scratch the surface. You can follow Rachelle at @snackingwithrachelle, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platforms. Feel free to send over your questions/comments/favourite films to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM…
 
In this episode, we talk all about our One Direction journeys with r/popheads users Roxie and Molly. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 One Direction solo debuts. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as a…
 
In this episode, we talk all about our One Direction journeys with r/popheads users Roxie and Molly. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 boybands. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter, or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as always, episodic …
 
To discuss the musical differences between the US and the UK, Megan and AJ sit down with a Grammy Award-winning producer known for his work with Rihanna and Sia, Aamir Yaqub! In this episode they discuss grime, the UK's love for groups, and will.i.am! You can follow Aamir at @aamirmusic, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all plat…
 
AJ and Sola sit down with Luna Shadows and r/popheads mod Edrick to discuss Luna's debut album, Digital Pacific. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Paramore songs. You can follow Luna Shadows at @lunaxshadows, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and Popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @pophe…
 
Megan and AJ have yet another guest that straddles the Atlantic ocean, actor and podcaster Adam Unze, of Spark Parade! Today we cover all the classic words that have a different meaning in the US than in the UK, including fanny, casualty and rubber! You can follow Adam at @sparkparade, AJ at @ajmarksofficial and Megan at @iamsolamusic on all platfo…
 
AJ and Sola invite main pod girl XYLØ to discuss popheads' discussion questions and to chat about our Top 5 Lana Del Rey songs. You can follow XYLØ at @xylo, AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on Instagram. And as always, episodic artwork by @crxpeek.…
 
Topics: Y2K Bug, Eminem, The Best Man, 90's TV (Bonus Artist: Rocky Mtn. Rhyme Posse) 1999 Notes Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton President 2. Jan – A snowstorm leaves 14 inches (36 cm) of snow in Milwaukee, Wisconsin and 21 inches (53 cm) in Chicago, Illinois, killing 68. 3. Jan – The adult animated sitcom Family Guy debuts on the Fox network after Super…
 
Topics: Monica Lewinsky Scandal, Jay Z, Beloved (Film), 90's Tech (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound and Luck Pacheco) 1998 General Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton President 2. Jan - Paula Jones accuses U.S. President Bill Clinton of sexual harassment. 3. Jan - Smoking is banned in all California bars and restaurants. 4. Jan - Super Bowl XXXII: The Denver Br…
 
The Idiots are back at it again, this time with two content creators for Buzzfeed UK, Jeff Thurm and Tom Alex Helm. This is the only podcast where you can learn all about Megan's disdain for AJ's taste in candy, Tom's love for digestives, and Jeff's war on sprinkles. You can follow Tom at @tomalexhelm, Jeff at @_jeffthurm_, Megan at @iamsolamusic a…
 
AJ and Sola sift through the biggest snubs and surprises from this year's Grammy nominations with r/popheads users Akane and Yetti. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 female rappers. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @popheads on Twitter or @popheadsreddit on…
 
Welcome to Main Pod Girl! In our first ever episode, we go over our predictions and hopes for the 2021 Grammy Nominations with r/popheads mods Carlie and Edrick. Stick around until the end of the episode to hear our Top 5 Ariana Grande songs. You can follow AJ at @ajmarksofficial, Sola at @iamsolamusic, and popheads at r/popheads on Reddit, @pophea…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Disco in Black Country Disco, with our musical guide: Tom Aspaul, a songwriter whose credits include Kylie Minogue, MNEK, AlunaGeorge and more. What's the difference between British pop and Britpop? Who sings with their British accent? How do American approach songwriting differently? Only one way to find…
 
In this two part episode, we're putting the Black Country in Black Country Disco, with our tour guide: songwriter Tom Aspaul from Wolverhampton. Tom walks us through the geographical inspiration for his new album, Megan is jed with laughter, and AJ cor believe this is ayn made up. You can follow Tom at @tom_aspaul, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at…
 
Topics: Biggie death, Erykah Badu, Eve's Bayou, Miss Evers' Boys (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) Notes 1997 1. President: Bill Clinton 2. Feb -A Santa Monica jury finds former football legend O.J. Simpson is liable for the deaths of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. 3. Feb - North Hollywood shootout: Two heavily armed bank robbers conflict with officers f…
 
We're back with Freddie Long to air out our British grievances and discuss MORE British slang (there is still so much)! You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic, and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. The song played in this episode is "The Nowhere Times" by Freddie Long. Send us your questions/comments…
 
The AIA crew are joined by faux slang expert Freddie Long to chat about British slang from a southern perspective. Megan shares a minging tale, AJ discovers the meaning of his nickname, and Freddie shells out bare jokes. You can follow Freddie at @freddielongmusic, Megan at @iamsolamusic and AJ at @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played…
 
AJ and Megan team up with Matt Bankhurst for the first ever AIA Sportscast. Don't worry, it's a normal episode, but it's just about sports. Specifically, cricket, rugby, baseball, American football, and s****r. You can follow Matt's band at @primylvinyl and the hosts @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all platforms. The songs played in this epis…
 
Topics: Tupac death, Fugees, Set It Off, Moesha (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com 1996 Snapshots 1. President: Bill Clinton 2. Jan - Whitewater scandal: U.S. First Lady Hillary Clinton testifies before a grand jury. 3. Feb - Daniel Green is convicted of the murder of James Jordan, the father of basketball star Michael Jordan. …
 
Happy freshers! But since y'all can't go out this year due to the pandemic, Megan and AJ are bringing the party straight to you! It's a pub quiz, a drinking game, it's American Idiots Abroad! Your DJ and bartender for the night will be none other than AmyElle. You can find her socials using the handle @amyelleDJ, AJ by searching for @ajmarksofficia…
 
We're back with Guinness World Records Editor-in-chief Craig Glenday to discuss Scottish rhyming slang and dialect. You can follow Craig at @craigglenday, Guinness World Records at @GWR, and @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial on all social media platforms. Send us your questions/comments/Lorraine Kelly fanfic to AIAhosts@gmail.com, or DM us on our …
 
Holy haggis! It's a new episode of American Idiots Abroad, hosted by aforementioned American idiots Megan and AJ. But there's a Scottish twist! Editor-in-chief of Guinness World Records Craig Glenday is here to make the podcast less sucky with his Scottish wisdom and that! On this episode, we talk about dinosaur vomit, giggle at the word bahoochie,…
 
Topics: Million Man March, TLC, Friday, UPN (Bonus Artist: Luck Pacheco) http://afropopremix.com 1995 Notes 1. Snapshots 2. President: Bill Clinton 3. Jan - The WB Television Network and The United Paramount Network (UPN) launches. 4. Mar - Yahoo! was incorporated and soon became the first popular online directory and search engine on the World Wid…
 
Everyone spray "cheese!" It's another episode about food, with special guest Izzy Engler. Americans can learn all about the grape of the UK while Britons need some education on corndogs and PopTarts. You can follow Izzy at @izzy_millie and your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. The song played in this episode is "Sugar Honey Spice" by Wi…
 
Once again, we tackle the art of American slang with our friend and fellow idiot abroad Nigel Sand! In this episode, AJ discovers that his quesadillas are "hard" and "cold", Megan advocates for "legitly", the origin of "dude" is unearthed, and more! You can follow Nigel at @sensei_sand and retweet your hosts at @iamsolamusic and @ajmarksofficial. T…
 
Topics: OJ Simpson, R. Kelly & Aaliyah, Samuel Jackson, Black TV Cancellation (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton is President 2. Jan - In Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. Tonya later pleads …
 
Topics: OJ Simpson, R. Kelly & Aaliyah, Samuel Jackson, Black TV Cancellation (Bonus Artist: hidingtobefound) http://afropopremix.com Snapshots 1. Bill Clinton is President 2. Jan - In Detroit, Michigan, Nancy Kerrigan is clubbed on the right leg by an assailant, under orders from figure skating rival Tonya Harding's ex-husband. Tonya later pleads …
 
Megan and AJ finally sit down with videographers James Amos and Freddy Williams of Casa to debate the word pavement, the right side of the road vs. the correct side, what your car says about you, and more. Listen to AJ get worked up over the price of British vehicles and Megan audibly shiver upon the mere mention of a roundabout. You can follow Cas…
 
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