Previewing the MTV VMAs and The Impact of BTS’ ‘Dynamite’

The 2020 MTV Video Music Awards (Aug. 30) promises performances from an array of stars like BTS, Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande and The Weeknd, but also a possibly unique twist on what award shows will look like in the age of social distancing.

On the latest Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team wonders just what the show might look like, considering the precautions that will be in place due to COVID-19 concerns – and how such adjustments to the show may add an extra layer of anticipation to the live broadcast.

The Video Music Awards will beam from multiple locations on Aug. 30, and feature a number of performances, including BTS with the group's new single “Dynamite.” The Pop Shoppers also discuss if “Dynamite” could be the track that not only gives the act its first huge U.S. radio hit, but also some Grammy Awards attention and a possible first No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Also on the Pop Shop, there’s chart news about Drake’s “Laugh Now Cry Later,” featuring Lil Durk, debuted straight in at No. 2 on the Hot 100; how Morgan Wallen and Gabby Barrett brought country to the top 10 on the tally with their latest hits, and how Taylor Swift’s Folklore spends a fourth week atop the Billboard 200 albums chart.

Additionally, the team chats about Mariah Carey’s new single “Save the Day,” with Ms. Lauryn Hill; The Killers’ latest album Imploding the Mirage, Pharrell’s “Entrepreneur,” featuring JAY-Z; and a Chart Stat of the Week about the inaugural VMAs in 1984.

The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard's weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard's senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)  

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