The Christmas season is here, and there are a bevy of pop stars unveiling new holiday tunes and albums. Among the most notable new full-length sets are John Legend’s first holiday album, A Legendary Christmas, and Pentatonix’s latest holiday effort, Christmas Is Here! And there are new seasonal tunes and albums from Katy Perry, RuPaul, Tyler, the Creator, Ally Brooke, Eric Clapton and Aretha Franklin, among many others.
On the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast, we dive into a discussion (listen below) of some of the season’s new songs, specifically Ally Brooke’s cover of Wham!’s “Last Christmas”; Legend’s redux of the classic “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas,” featuring Esperanza Spalding; Pentatonix’s take on Amy Grant’s “Grown-Up Christmas List,” featuring Kelly Clarkson; Perry’s new original tune “Cozy Little Christmas”; RuPaul’s new original song “Hey Sis, It’s Christmas,” featuring Markaholic; and Tyler, the Creator’s reworking of “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch.”
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Also on the Pop Shop Podcast — Keith and Katie discuss news of Taylor Swift leaving Big Machine Records and signing with Republic Records and the always music-filled Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. Plus, they chat about Kane Brown scoring his first No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart with Experiment, The Beatles’ White Album returning to the top 10, and Panic! at the Disco notching its first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 songs chart in more than 12 years with “High Hopes.”
On top of all that, the Pop Shoppers go in deep on the Chart Stat of the Week, reflecting on the 35th anniversary of Pat Benatar’s smash single “Love Is a Battlefield” hitting the top 10 of 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 senior director of charts Keith Caulfield and deputy editor, digital Katie Atkinson 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.)