Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown.
Ring in 2014 with this brand-new 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, Keith reviews Britney Spears' 'Piece of Me' Las Vegas residency and describes the atmosphere on the star-studded opening night. Then, Jason and Keith pose some general questions about the state of popular music in 2014. Will there be an album that sells one million copies in its first week? Will ballads and racy music videos be bigger than ever? Can another major artist pull off a "sneak-attack" album release like Beyonce's latest? Finally, the guys pontificate about the Hot 100 chart, where Pitbull's "Timber" might creep to No. 1 thanks to a post-Christmas wrinkle. There's also Katy Perry, "Laffy Taffy," Taylor Swift's return, Miley being Miley, "Pac-Man Fever," more "Laffy Taffy," and much more.