Pop Shop Podcast: Little Mix Talk 'Girl Power' Tour With Ariana Grande, 'Saucy' New Video & More; Plus Kendrick Lamar Returns to the Charts
"Fans over here are so crazy, in the most incredible way possible," Leigh-Anne says of touring in America.
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 episode, we're joined by British girl group Little Mix! The ladies sat down with us poolside on the rooftop of their Los Angeles hotel when they were in town last week for Ariana Grande's Dangerous Woman tour stops in Anaheim and L.A. "She has the most incredible fans," Perrie Edwards says of Grande's Arianators. "They're very supportive. And a lot of the time, we see Little Mix T-shirts and Little Mix banners [in the crowd], which makes us feel very special. Ariana's got a girl power to her going on. So we are just living life with all the girlies. It's brilliant!"
Plus, Little Mix are loving the enthusiasm from American concertgoers. "Fans over here are so crazy, in the most incredible way possible," Leigh-Anne Pinnock says. "You guys just give us everything."
The video for Little Mix's latest Glory Days single, "No More Sad Songs" featuring Machine Gun Kelly, came out the day before we sat down with the group. The U.K. girls surprised fans with the all-American Coyote Ugly-inspired clip, shot in a Nashville honky-tonk -- so how did the country concept come about? "It was a bit random, really," Jade Thirlwall says. "The director for the video, he suggested the whole Coyote Ugly thing, and at first we were like, 'This really doesn't go with "No More Sad Songs"!' But then when we actually did the shoot, it's quite refreshing, isn't it? Because it's not what you'd expect when you watch it.
"I think it's one of our favorite videos," Jade adds. "It ticks every box: It's fun, it's a bit saucy, and we look good and we feel good in it."
Listen to the podcast above to hear about Little Mix meeting MGK for the first time on the video set, how their massive Brit Awards opening number came together, their plans between the Dangerous Woman tour and their own European headlining tour, and much more.
But wait, there's more! We've got news about the Backstreet Boys infiltrating the Academy of Country Music Awards, Calvin Harris' new star-studded single with Ariana Grande, Pharrell Williams and Young Thug, and Victoria Beckham (a.k.a. Posh Spice) flirting with a Carpool Karaoke with James Corden -- but can Corden ever get all five Spice Girls in one car? Plus, we've got chart updates on Drake's More Life album and its second week at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, Luke Bryan's six Country Airplay No. 1s from latest album Kill the Lights, and Kendrick Lamar's return to the charts with new singles "The Heart Part 4" and "Humble," all leading up to a possible new album coming Friday.
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