Pop Shop Podcast: OMI Discusses Hitting No. 1 & How 'Cheerleader' Almost Wasn't a Song

OMI Cheerleader Billboard's New York offices on July 15, 2015.
Trish Halpin

OMI visits Billboard's New York offices on July 15, 2015.

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

OMI stops by the show on the same week that his reggae-pop confection "Cheerleader" hits No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart; the Jamaican artist discusses the slow international growth of "Cheerleader," why the lyrics shouldn't offend anyone and how "Cheerleader" was nearly left as an album interlude instead of a proper single. Before that, Jason and Keith talk about the Weeknd's recent Hot 100 hot streak, Fetty Wap scoring another Top 20 hit, One Direction's one baby on the way, the inaugural Hot 100 Festival, next week's 100th Pop Shop Podcast and a change in the podcast taping schedule. Oh, and Billy Joel vs. Elton John!

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