Pop Shop Podcast: Hilary Duff Discusses New Album, Ed Sheeran & Her Seven-Year Break

Hilary Duff, 2014
Trish Halpin

Hilary Duff visits Billboard's New York offices on July 24, 2014.

Listen to the latest episode of Billboard.com's weekly audio 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 last week's episode).

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Hilary Duff is this week's special Pop Shop Podcast guest, and the pop star gets personal about why she left her singing career behind, what fans can expect from her new music and what it was like working with her current musical idol, Ed Sheeran. Before that, Jason and Keith celebrate pop music's "Australia" week" by discussing 5 Seconds of Summer's huge debut atop the Billboard 200 chart, and Sia's arrival in the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart. There's also an early prediction for Jessie J, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj's "Bang Bang," an update on Pharrell's "Come Get It Bae," rising hits from Enrique Iglesias and Jason Aldean, Tom Petty's impending No. 1 album debut, an Xtina chart stat of the week and why Will Smith returning to music would be the best (for Jason, anyway).

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