Pop Shop Podcast: Taylor Swift’s Huge Week, Beyonce’s Platinum Edition, Calvin Harris & 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.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).
On this week’s episode, the guys recap Taylor Swift’s enormous 1989 debut sales week — why sales projections grew so quickly, how this album topped her previous (massive) debuts and what pushed “Shake It Off” back to the top of the Hot 100 chart. Jason and Keith then move on to Beyonce’s new platinum edition, how the box set will be counted on our charts and why the announcement was ever-so-slightly disappointing; Calvin Harris’ new album, and why EDM artists struggle to sell full-lengths; and Imagine Dragons’ new single, which is starting off a little slower than expected. There’s also Led Zeppelin returning to the Top 10, CMAs sales bumps, a chart stat of the week that Don Johnson could appreciate, and Jason and Keith bickering about whether or not Skrillex is a household name.
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