Pop Shop Podcast: Robin Thicke, Sam Smith, Charli XCX & More

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



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On this week's episode, Jason and Keith discuss Robin Thicke's confusing new album "Paula" and its startling first-week sales projection; Ed Sheeran's No. 1 debut and Sam Smith's "In The Lonely Hour" holding at No. 2, which creates a nifty chart stat; impressive chart starts for G-Eazy and Shawn Mendes; Trey Songz's new album "Trigga"; and a pop news roundup with Charli XCX, Ariana Grande, Jessie J and Nicki Minaj. There's also Becky G's "Shower," Ariana's "Break Free," Susan Boyle, Christina Aguilera, the inescapability of MAGIC!'s "Rude," the most frustrating No. 1 hit ever, and much more.

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