When Dua Lipa‘s Future Nostalgia album was released in March, concerts were being canceled as the pandemic surged, so the pop star was only able to piece together remote TV performances here and an occasional music video there — and forget about her dance-floor-ready music being played by DJs at now-shuttered nightclubs.
Eight months later and we’re still not out of the weeds, but Dua Lipa was able to stage her Studio 2054 livestream on Friday night — the grand-scale concert experience that her sophomore album deserved — and it beamed into fans’ homes around the world.
On the new episode of Billboard‘s Pop Shop Podcast, Katie & Keith talk about what it was like to watch a concert after months without live music, and how it compared to a real concertgoing experience. Did it feel like a live show as opposed to a long-form music video? Did the special guests (Miley Cyrus, Kylie Minogue, Elton John and more) live up to the hype? And whose livestream concert do we want to see next?
Listen to that and more below. And if you missed the concert, tickets are still available for the livestream through Sunday night at live-now.com.
Also on the show, we talk about the fallout from last week’s 2021 Grammy nominations, including The Weeknd blasting the Recording Academy after receiving zero nods. Plus, we’ve got news about BTS taking over the top slots on both the Billboard 200 albums chart and the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart, and the top 10 arrival of Shawn Mendes and Justin Bieber’s single “Monster” on the Hot 100.
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 deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of charts Keith Caulfield 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.)