Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly audio breakdown of the Billboard charts, hottest music news and year’s biggest musical events. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).
On the latest show, the Pop Shop team goes on location — to Charlie Puth’s house! We sat down with the singer/songwriter in his home studio in Los Angeles, where he walked us through some of the recording process of his new single “Attention.” In the podcast, Puth plays some of the 250-plus individual tracks that make up the song — a tune he created from the ground up on his own. (On the June 10-dated Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Attention” became Puth’s fifth top 40-charting hit, rising 45-35.)
Puth tells Billboard that “Attention” was inspired by a post he read on Instagram. “I was reading someone’s Instagram,” he says, “and they had poured their heart out about this girl. And the only thing I could think about was — I think they were trying to convey some sort of message like ‘I’m moved on and I’m a guy and I’m strong.’ But what I got from that was, ‘Wow, this girl completely played you and this girl just wanted attention.’ And I just started singing, ‘You just want attention…’”
On the show, Puth also talks a little bit about his forthcoming second full-length album, working with his friend Liam Payne on his debut album, and how he’s looking forward to heading out on the road on tour with Shawn Mendes this summer.
In addition, the latest show is a special edition of the Pop Shop Podcast, dedicated to the most unlikely songs of the summer. As we are about to unveil the first weekly Songs of the Summer chart for 2017 — the chart returns to Billboard.com for the summertime on June 6 — we thought we’d revisit the most surprising songs of the summer of years’ past. From John Denver’s “Annie’s Song” and Carpenters’ “Close to You” to Zager & Evans’ “In the Year 2525” and Clay Aiken’s “This Is the Night,” the Pop Shop Podcast has you covered.
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