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Welcome to the latest 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, Jason and Keith welcome Billboard staffers Jessica Letkemann, Chris Payne and Alex Gale to preview the summer 2014 festival season ahead of the upcoming Coachella fest. Is Outkast headlining most of the major festivals a good thing? Which U.S. festival offers the best all-around experience, and which one has the best lineup this year? How much do major festival performances affect the charts? The guys also discuss 5 Seconds of Summer's huge chart debut on the Billboard 200, Sam Smith's quiet takeover of the Hot 100 and Ed Sheeran's hot new single. There's also Kanye talk, the possibility of Ellie Goulding as a festival headliner, Duck Sauce, Future Islands, Keith's chart stat of the week, ABBA, and much more.