Pop Shop Podcast: Connor Franta Talks Heard Well Label, Chris Stapleton's Huge Chart Week & More
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 co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday 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 on Billboard.com).
On the latest episode, we welcome YouTube superstar and Heard Well label co-founder Connor Franta to the show! The social-media king (who has 5 million YouTube subscribers, 4 million Instagram followers, and 3.5 million Twitter followers) talks to the Pop Shop team about why he launched his label (which has turned out multiple curated compilations), his Common Culture brand, his involvement with The Thirst Project (and how he and his fans have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to build wells in Africa), and what he thinks of his bestie Troye Sivan’s recent musical endeavors. Whew!
In addition, Keith and Katie talk about Chris Stapleton’s crazy week on the charts (and how he re-entered the Billboard 200 at No. 1 with his Traveller album, thanks to his exposure on the CMA Awards), how One Direction and Justin Bieber are going head-to-head with their new albums, Ariana Grande and Meghan Trainor’s latest top 10 singles on the Billboard Hot 100, and Coldplay’s new disco-leaning single. Plus, the Pop Shoppers celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Sound of Music film soundtrack hitting No. 1 on the Billboard 200.
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