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).
This week, Killers frontman Brandon Flowers stops by the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss his great new single “Can’t Deny My Love,” his upcoming solo record, his old-school inspirations and his destructive approach to creating a new sound for himself. Before that, Jason and Keith pour one out for Zayn Malik, who officially left One Direction; the guys talk about why this was the right move for the group, other pop acts that have survived after losing one member, and whether or not this was due to band friction. The guys also break down Kendrick Lamar’s To Pimp A Butterfly debut, the Empire soundtrack’s continued performance, Flo Rida earning another Top 10 single on the Hot 100 and soon-to-be hits by Meghan Trainor and twenty one pilots. Plus, Earl Sweatshirt, Kidz Bop, a throwback chart stat, and Jason serenades Keith with some of “Love Me Harder”!
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