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 associate director of charts Keith Caulfield every Thursday 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 this week’s episode, Jason and Keith hold another session of ‘Ask The Pop Shop,’ answering Twitter questions about Madonna‘s next album, Taylor Swift‘s chart dominance, Ed Sheeran‘s chances of hitting No. 1 with “Thinking Out Loud,” their favorite interview subjects, the new single “Drop That Kitty” and much more. Before that, the guys discuss the surprise release — and huge chart debut — of Drake‘s new for-sale mixtape, and what its chart future might look like. They also run through the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack’s success, Taylor Swift’s “Style” reaching the Top 10 of the Hot 100, post-Grammy sales bumps for Sam Smith and Beck, and songs by Ariana Grande, Walk The Moon and Fetty Wap in the latest edition of Soon-To-Be Hits.
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