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 co-director of charts Keith Caulfield every Tuesday on the free Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous episode).
On the latest episode, Keith and guest co-host Katie Atkinson (Billboard.com’s senior editor) welcome Duran Duran to the show. We caught up with the band backstage at the iHeartRadio Music Festival and played our not-so-famed fishbowl Q&A game with them. The guys also talk about working with Nile Rodgers on their latest album, Paper Gods (which just gave them their first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 in 22 years), and how they are eager to hear Sam Smith’s new James Bond theme song, “Writing’s On the Wall.”
Keith and Katie also discuss Ryan Adams’ new 1989 album — which is Adams’ interpretation of Taylor Swift’s chart-topping set of the same name, and which other albums could also get the same kind of cover treatment. (Who could rework Adele’s 21, for example?) In addition, the Pop Shop Podcast team chat about The Weeknd achieving the rare feat of replacing himself at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, and how Drake and Future are heading for a big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart with their surprise new album What a Time to Be Alive.
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