Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly 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 Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).
On the latest show, we've got an interview with 16-time Grammy Award winner and Billboard chart-topper Sting!
In our chat, the superstar singer/songwriter talks about his new album, 57th & 9th, which is his first straight-ahead pop/rock effort in over a decade. Of that span of time, Sting says, “I’ve been making lots of records, but you could say they were more esoteric in a way where I was just following my curiosity or my whim, because that’s what I like to do.” He’s referring to works like his 2006 album of Elizabethan lute music, Songs From the Labyrinth; the 2009 holiday-themed effort If on a Winter’s Night; and the 2010 classical interpretations set Symphonicities.