Pop Shop Podcast

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Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discuss the hottest music news and cover the year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between are invited to this weekly half-hour discussion.

Daft Punk's Biggest Pop Moments, Coachella, Grammys & Beyond
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Before Daft Punk announced Monday they were calling it quits, the French EDM duo helped usher dance music to its highest heights over nearly three decades of service. Some of those heights included the top of the Billboard charts, the top prize at the Grammys and the top U.S. festival.


Taylor Swift Joins the History of Re-Recorded Music -- But She's Taking It Even Further
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02/16/2021

On this week's Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we take a look back at the history of pop stars re-recording their music, from Prince's new version of "1999" or Def Leppard reclaiming their biggest hits, but no one has ever taken it to the lengths that Swift has in store.


The Weeknd Proves That Greatest-Hits Albums Can Still Work in 2021
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02/09/2021

On the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we talk about why The Weeknd's "The Highlights" collection proves greatest-hits albums can still make sense. Plus, we share our favorite greatest-hits albums of all time.


What Super Bowl Halftime Hints Did The Weeknd Drop in New Interview?
#417
02/02/2021

On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, we chat with Billboard dance director Katie Bain about her cover story interview with The Weeknd and what she learned about his Super Bowl halftime plans.


Melanie C on Giving Fans What They Wanted With 'Into You' & Spice Girls Anniversary Plans
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01/26/2021

Melanie C joins the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her latest single “Into You” and why it was the right single to release right now, how an “epiphany” during the Spice Girls tour in 2019 led to her new self-titled album and what upcoming plans the Spice Girls may have to commemorate this year’s 25th anniversary of the release of their debut single and album. Plus, the Pop Shop poses this burning question to Melanie C: If she could assemble her dream girl group, among all female artists from the past and present, who would be in the group? Her...


AJR on Following Top 10 Hit 'Bang!' With the 'Most Extreme' Album They've Ever Made
#415
01/19/2021

The brother trio tells Billboard's Pop Shop Podcast that they're experimenting with hip-hop, Americana & more sounds on March 26 album "OK Orchestra."


Introducing 'Must Watch: Netflix Edition'
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01/14/2021

Each week, Observer senior entertainment reporter Brandon Katz and Hollywood Reporter contributor Jean Bentley highlight the new Netflix titles they're excited about. Recent guests: Daniel Fienberg from The Hollywood Reporter, Joanna Robinson from Vanity Fair, and Megan Vick from TV Guide.

Click Must Watch: Netflix Edition to follow the show on your podcast app.


Could Taylor Swift Have the Best-Selling Album of 2021 Too?
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01/12/2021

With Taylor Swift scoring her record fifth best-selling album of the year, the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast breaks down why the achievement is such a big deal and makes (very, very early) predictions for who might score the top-selling album in 2021.


Which Female Artists Have the Most No. 1 Albums — And Where Does Taylor Swift Rank After ‘Evermore’?
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12/22/2020

On the final Billboard Pop Shop Podcast of 2020, hosts Katie and Keith team up with Ask Billboard columnist Gary Trust to answer questions from chart fans. Which woman has the most No. 1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart? What about the all-female group with the most chart-toppers? And where does Taylor Swift, now that she has an eighth No. 1 with "Evermore," fit into the list? Those questions, and more, are answered on the latest Pop Shop Podcast.


Is Taylor Swift Mulling a Country Return? We Think She Did It With This 'Evermore' Song
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12/15/2020

One of the most talked-about songs on Taylor Swift's 'Evermore' album is the twangy Haim collaboration "No Body, No Crime" -- and its Nashville vibe has us wondering: Is Taylor ever getting back together with country music?


5 Fresh & Festive Holiday Hits, From Mariah Carey to Jonas Brothers
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12/08/2020

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast wishes you a Merry Christmas -- and a happy new playlist! On our latest episode, we take a listen to five 2020 holiday hits, from Mariah Carey's new "girl group" with Ariana Grande and Jennifer Hudson on "Oh Santa!" to Jonas Brothers' melancholic mistletoe ballad "I Need You Christmas."


How Does Dua Lipa's Studio 2054 Livestream Compare to a Concert?
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12/02/2020

Dua Lipa's Future Nostalgia finally got the concert experience it deserved thanks to her Studio 2054 livestream. But how did it stack up to the real concertgoing experience? Listen to that and more on this week's Billboard Pop Shop Podcast.


Josh Groban on Finding 'New Meaning' in Classic Songs for His Quarantine-Recorded 'Harmony' Album
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11/25/2020

Josh Groban joins the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to chat about his new album “Harmony,” and how recording the set was “one of the most inspirational processes” of his career. Plus, the Pop Shoppers discuss the just-announced Grammy Award nominations! 


Our Picks for 2021 Grammy Noms: Dua Lipa, Megan Thee Stallion & Beyond
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11/17/2020

After months of predictions and theories, we'll find out who scores nominations in all 84 categories for the 2021 Grammy Awards next Tuesday (Nov. 24). Katie & Keith are highlighting top contenders and personal favorites in the Big Four categories: album, record and song of the year and best new artist.


Miley Cyrus & Stevie Nicks Mash-Up Has Us Dreaming Up More Diva Duos
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11/10/2020

Has there ever been a more natural remix than the brand-new mash-up of Miley Cyrus' "Midnight Sky" with Stevie Nicks' 1982 hit "Edge of Seventeen"? The perfect pairing has us wondering: What other cross-generational divas would we like to see team up? On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), Katie & Keith riff on some possibilities.


Joel Corry & MNEK on Why the Timing Was Just Right for 'Head & Heart'
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11/03/2020

Joel Corry and MNEK talk to the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast about their global dance smash "Head & Heart," which spent six weeks at No. 1 in their native U.K. and just broke through to the Billboard Hot 100.


24kGoldn & Iann Dior on Going From No. 1 With 'Mood' All the Way to 'Hell' for a New Halloween Podcast
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10/28/2020

24kGoldn and Iann Dior, the artists behind the current No. 1 Billboard Hot 100 hit “Mood,” join the Pop Shop Podcast to chat about the breakthrough success of their single, as well as their co-starring roles in the spooky new podcast “Halloween In Hell.” Plus, there’s chart news about Ariana Grande, Taylor Swift and more.


Adele's 'SNL' Hosting Gig: Our Theories About What It All Means
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10/20/2020

On Sunday, Adele announced that she's returning to the Saturday Night Live stage this weekend -- but this time, it's to host for the very first time. So what does it all mean? Will she perform as well, or is this truly just a hosting gig? On this week's Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, Katie & Keith break down all the many possibilities surrounding Adele's SNL announcement.


Mariah Carey's Mistletoe Mystery: Who Is On Her Latest Christmas Collab?
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10/13/2020

Last week, Mariah Carey got the Lambily all worked up when she tweeted a photo of three director's chairs with some unexplained initials on them: MC, AG & JH. The photo's caption -- a single Christmas tree emoji -- was equally cryptic. So what does it all mean? Well, the Pop Shop Podcast is here to investigate this mistletoe mystery.


Julia Michaels Is In Love & It Shows on Upcoming Debut Album: ‘We’re Pretty Cute’
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10/07/2020

Singer-songwriter Julia Michaels catches up with the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to talk about how an upside-down kiss with JP Saxe led to her new single “Lie Like This” and why her upcoming debut full-length album is about “finding love and being in love.” Plus, the Pop Shop team dives into big chart news from Travis Scott, Machine Gun Kelly and Fleetwood Mac.


What Does Justin Bieber’s ‘Holy’ Mean for His Next Move?
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09/30/2020

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team discusses what Justin Bieber’s new single “Holy” could mean for his next musical moves. Plus, hot takes on SuperM’s new album and Travis Scott’s new single “Franchise,” along with chart news about Taylor Swift breaking a longstanding Whitney Houston chart record on the Billboard 200.


Sara Bareilles Has No Doubt Broadway Will Bounce Back: 'To Me, It's a Question of When'
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09/23/2020

Sara Bareilles joins the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her TV series “Little Voice,” the “beautiful” reception it has received, her new companion album to the show titled “More Love: Songs From Little Voice Season One,” what movies she’s been binging in lockdown, and how she has no doubt Broadway will bounce back. Plus: chart news about YoungBoy Never Broke Again, as well as hot takes on Justin Bieber's new single "Holy," and Lady Gaga's new video for "911."


Ava Max Had Doubts About Her Pop Career: 'I Never Thought I Would Make It Through'
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09/16/2020

Ava Max joins the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to chat about her new hit single “Kings & Queens,” how she is “living proof that it can take over 15 years to make it any industry” and what she thinks a tour in support of her new album Heaven & Hell might look like (“it’s gonna be wild”).


Fall Music Preview 2020: The Albums We Can’t Wait To Hear (And the Ones We Hope Finally Arrive)
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09/08/2020

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team reviews some of the major albums that are slated for release this fall, along with those efforts that are on the horizon – or at least rumored to be! Could Adele and Rihanna issue their long-awaited new albums? Will Demi Lovato drop a surprise release? And might Kanye West’s previously announced album materialize? All that and more is discussed on the latest episode.


Why Blackpink's 'Ice Cream' Could Be Their Breakout Moment
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09/01/2020

On the new Pop Shop Podcast, the team discusses if Blackpink’s new single “Ice Cream” is potentially the song that will take the act to the next level in America after years of steadily growing their fanbase in the States. Plus, there’s chart news on BTS’ big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Dynamite” and how Taylor Swift’s “Folklore” ties for the most weeks at No. 1 in 2020 on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Beyond that, the team chats about Katy Perry’s new album “Smile,” Dua Lipa’s remix set “Club Future Nostalgia,” Calvin Harris and The Weeknd’s new single “Ove...


Previewing the MTV VMAs and The Impact of BTS’ ‘Dynamite’
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08/26/2020

On the new Pop Shop Podcast, the team previews the upcoming MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 30) and wonders what to expect from the socially distanced show. Plus, the Pop Shoppers discuss BTS’ new single “Dynamite,” and if this could be the track that not only gives the act its first huge U.S. radio hit, but also some Grammy Awards attention and a possible first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.


How Cardi B & Megan Thee Stallion’s ‘WAP’ Notched the Biggest Debut Streaming Week Ever
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08/18/2020

On the new Pop Shop Podcast: How Cardi B’s “WAP,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, broke the record for the biggest debut streaming week ever in the U.S. for a song. Plus, a breakdown of new singles and videos from Drake (“Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk), Dua Lipa (“Levitating” remix featuring Madonna and Missy Elliott), Miley Cyrus (“Midnight Sky”) and Katy Perry (“Smile”).


How Harry Styles' 'Watermelon Sugar' Hit No. 1, Plus Pentatonix Talks Going Back to 'Roots' on New EP
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08/12/2020

On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, the team reviews Harry Styles’ ascent to his first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart with “Watermelon Sugar,” while Pentatonix’s Kirstin Maldonado and Kevin Olusola join the show to discuss the group’s recent covers EP "At Home," their upcoming new original songs, and a forthcoming holiday album.


Unpacking Taylor Swift's Huge 'Folklore' Debut, Plus Alessia Cara Talks 'Nostalgic' New Album
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08/05/2020

The latest Pop Shop Podcast breaks down Taylor Swift's big chart debut with "Folklore" and how it could factor into the album of the year race at the Grammy Awards. Plus, the episode features an interview Alessia Cara about her new album "This Summer: Live off the Floor."


Jessie Ware Shares Her Dream Scenario For Playing ‘What’s Your Pleasure?’ Live
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07/29/2020

Jessie Ware discusses her new “sophisticated” dance album “What’s Your Pleasure?” on the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast. “It was intentionally cinematic,” Ware says of the project, which was inspired by scandalous nightclubs like New York’s famed Studio 54 and Berlin’s Berghain. Plus, Ware discusses her dream scenario for playing the album live.


Ellie Goulding Explains How Bjork (And a Vodka Drink) Made Her Believe She Could Sing
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07/21/2020

Ellie Goulding joins the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her new album “Brightest Blue” and how it’s about “finding love for myself,” working with Juice WRLD on the album’s “Hate Me,” and what “pivotal” moment involving Björk (and a bit of vodka) made her believe she could be a singer.


Why Pop Smoke & Juice WRLD’s Posthumous Albums Have Connected With Fans
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07/15/2020

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team takes a closer look at Pop Smoke’s "Shoot for the Stars Aim for the Moon" and Juice WRLD’s "Legends Never Die" albums, why the two posthumous projects have connected with fans, and discuss the complications and concerns involved with releasing albums by artists who are no longer with us. Plus, chart news about the "Hamilton" cast album surging to a new peak on the  Billboard 200, and The Weeknd's sustained success with "Blinding Lights" on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.


How Big Will the ‘Hamilton’ Bump Be?
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07/07/2020

Following the Disney+ premiere of “Hamilton: An American Musical” on July 3, could the show’s cast album soar back up the Billboard 200 chart? And if so, just how big will that post-premiere bump be? On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, hosts Jason and Keith dive into a discussion about the blockbuster musical’s Disney+ premiere, their experiences watching the show (both on Disney+ and live on stage), and just what kind of surge the cast album will get on the Billboard 200 chart. Plus: chart news on Lil Baby, Jack Harlow and Harry Styles.


Song of the Summer 2020: Which Hit is the Early Favorite?
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06/30/2020

Which hit single is the early favorite to take home the crown of Song of the Summer 2020? On the latest Pop Shop Podcast, that's the point of discussion, plus, the team also revisits the top song of the summer for each year over the past decade.


Here's How Darren Criss Convinced Mark Hamill to Sing a Song About Giant Genitalia on Quibi
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06/23/2020

Darren Criss joins the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss his new musical comedy series “Royalties,” in which he stars as one-half of a struggling songwriting duo trying to make it big in the music industry. Plus, we talk about how he got Mark Hamill to guest star on the show (and getting him to sing a song about King Kong's penis), why last year was “one of the most difficult, complicated, most fulfilling, and concurrently frustrating years” of his life, and an update on the status of his COVID-19-delayed Broadway show “American Buffalo.”


Early Best New Artist Grammys Contenders: Megan Thee Stallion, Summer Walker, SuperM & More
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06/17/2020

On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, some possible best new artist nominees for the upcoming Grammy Awards are discussed – including Doja Cat, Megan Thee Stallion, Tones and I, Summer Walker and SuperM. 


Lady Gaga’s ‘Chromatica’ Breaks Male Monopoly at No. 1 on Billboard 200
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06/09/2020

On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, with Lady Gaga’s “Chromatica” marking just the second album by a woman to be No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2020, the team discusses why there have been so few leading ladies atop the chart this year, some near misses from some notable women, and which upcoming projects might turn the tide for female artists at No. 1.


After Lady Gaga & Ariana Grande’s ‘Rain On Me,’ Which Other Superstars Still Need to Team Up?
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05/27/2020

On the new Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, the team discusses why -- in an era of wall-to-wall music collaborations -- Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande's "Rain On Me" has broken through the pop culture noise as an event record. Plus, the Pop Shoppers pontificate on what superstars they’d like to see team-up for a fantasy pairing.


Charli XCX Explains Why She's Loving Lady Gaga, Dua Lipa & the 'Happy' Pop Revival
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05/20/2020

Charli XCX joins the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast to discuss her new made-in-quarantine album "How I'm Feeling Now," and how "it felt like a very ripe time" for her to write new music. Plus, she discusses the upswing in popularity of disco-tinged "happy" pop music from the likes of Lady Gaga and Dua Lipa.


Doja Cat’s ‘Say So’ Success & A Brief History of Remix-Boosted No. 1s
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05/13/2020

Doja Cat’s “Say So,” featuring Nicki Minaj, is the latest remix to help a single jump to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. The new Pop Shop Podcast takes a look at some of the other hits of yesteryear that have climbed to the top in part thanks to a remix – including tunes by Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Rihanna and more. Plus: Chart news about Drake tying Madonna’s record for the most top 10s on the Hot 100 chart.