Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly pop music breakdown.
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).
On this week's episode, Jason and Keith welcome three other charts experts -- associate director of charts (radio) Gary Trust, social/streaming charts manager William Gruger and rock charts manager Emily White -- to debate what 2014's song of the summer will be. Is Iggy Azalea's "Fancy" the odds-on favorite, or is Ariana Grande's "Problem" the one to watch? What about Michael Jackson's "Love Never Felt So Good," Ed Sheeran's "Sing" or Calvin Harris' "Summer"? And don't count Nico & Vinz's fast-moving hit "Am I Wrong," or Katy Perry's latest summer bid, "Birthday." The crew also discusses Coldplay scoring the biggest sales week of 2014, Brantley Gilbert's impressive No. 2 bow, Iggy Azalea achieving a chart feat that only the Beatles have scored before, and the just-launched Billboard Twitter Real-Time Charts, and why they're an essential new part of the charts world. Plus: Jason Derulo's big-butt anthem, HAIM, "I Luh Ya Papi," Vic Mensa, Rita Ora and much more.