Listen to the first episode of Billboard.com's brand-new, weekly audio breakdown.
Casual pop fans, chart junkies and everyone in between: lend us your ears. Welcome to the debut episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, a weekly half-hour series that will present Billboard's expert chart analysis and nonstop music coverage through a dynamic audio format.
Led by Billboard.com associate editor Jason Lipshutz and Billboard associate director of charts Keith Caulfield, the Pop Shop Podcast will offer weekly Billboard chart breakdowns, discussions of the hottest music news and coverage of the year's biggest musical events. Expect special guests, song snippets, exclusive interviews and general pop geekery. It's all free, and can either be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes every Thursday.
In the Pop Shop Podcast's debut episode, Jason and Keith break down Lorde's stunning ascent to the top of the Hot 100 with "Royals"; the massive debut of Drake's "Nothing Was The Same" album on the Billboard 200 chart; Miley Cyrus' risk-taking new album, "Bangerz"; and a special video interview with Cher. Also discussed: next week's Billboard 200 (hi again, Justin Timberlake!), Grammys, the "Me Against The Music" music video, and much more.
Listen above, or click here to download in iTunes. And don't forget to share your thoughts on any of the Pop Shop Podcast topics in the comments section!