Pop Shop Podcast: 2014 Music Preview

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Taylor Swift, Kanye West, U2, Robyn

Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio breakdown.

Welcome to an extra-long 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).



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This week's episode is an action-packed preview of 2014 in music: the most anticipated albums, the established artists who are ready to make the leap to superstardom and the unknowns who everyone will be talking about by year's end. Jason and Keith are joined by Billboard.com hip-hop editor Erika Ramirez, Billboard.com features editor Brad Wete and Billboard.com editorial assistant Chris Payne, who discuss Taylor Swift's studio return; post-"Yeezus" Kanye West; Rihanna's possible chart records in the next year; Ed Sheeran's ascendance; U2's long-awaited next act; Hunter Hayes and Eric Church as the next male country phenoms; promising acts like Sam Smith, Banks, Kevin Gates, Betty Who and Francis & the Lights; and many, many more topics.

Listen above, or click here to stream/download in iTunes. And be sure to find Jason or Keith on Twitter with any questions or comments!