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 episode on Billboard.com).
Nick Carter, AJ McLean and Kevin Richardson of the Backstreet Boys talk to us about getting back into the studio and how country music might influence their new sound, and they reflect on the group’s staying power over the last 20-plus years. Further, they speak about their involvement with Chex Mix‘s new amusing advertising campaign involving the fake boy band Snackstreet Boys. Plus, we thought we’d quiz the guys about their stellar chart history — and we were surprised by their knowledge of their own chart stats.
Plus, we sat down with the fabulous drag queen — and season 6 winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race — Bianca Del Rio! We chatted about her new film Hurricane Bianca, upcoming stand-up tour, possible Grammy Award aspirations, the notion of releasing a comedy album and her thoughts on “manufactured” pop stars (her words, not ours!).
In addition to our guest interviews, we’ve got chart chat about how Lady Gaga‘s “Perfect Illusion” debuts straight into the top 20 on the Billboard Hot 100, a new No. 1 album from Jason Aldean on the Billboard 200 chart with They Don’t Know, and how The Beatles capture their 32nd top 10 album with Live at the Hollywood Bowl.
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