When Lady Gaga’s Chromatica album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart, it not only marked the superstar’s sixth chart-topper, but also just the second No. 1 album by a woman in 2020. Out of the 18 No. 1 albums this year, the only other album by a woman to lead the list is Selena Gomez’s Rare, which debuted at No. 1 in January.
On the latest Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), the team discusses why there have been so few leading ladies atop the chart in 2020, some near misses from some notable women this year, and which upcoming projects might turn the tide for female artists at No. 1.
Elsewhere in the new episode of the Pop Shop Podcast, hosts Jason and Keith discuss chart news about how DaBaby’s “Rockstar,” featuring Roddy Ricch, hits No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and Jimmy Buffett scoring his highest charting album on the Billboard 200 in over 15 years. Plus, there’s a Chart Stat of the Week about the Dixie Chicks’ Taking the Long Way album topping the Billboard 200 this week in 2006.
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 senior director, music, Jason Lipshutz 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.)