Pop Shop Podcast: Madonna Leaks, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX & More


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Welcome to the latest episode of the 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 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 or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to last week's episode).

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On this week's episode, Jason and (a fired-up) Keith discuss Madonna's album leak: how something like this happens, why it's such a bummer, and what will happen to the pop superstar's next album. The guys then move on to new albums from J. Cole, Nicki Minaj, Charli XCX and D'Angelo, and how J. Cole conquered the masses, why The Pinkprint might not even hit No. 1, the greatness of Sucker and why Black Messiah's surprise release might not yield huge sales. There's also a recap of Billboard's Women In Music event (with audio snippets from Taylor Swift and Paramore's Hayley Williams!); 5 Seconds of Summer's live album and the band's overwhelming reaction at Jingle Ball; Ed Sheeran's highest-charting hit to date; meeting Aretha Franklin in person; a Madge-approved chart stat of the week; and much more.

Listen above, or click here to stream/download in iTunes. Click here to rate the Pop Shop Podcast on iTunes! And be sure to sound off about this week's episode in the comments section below!


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