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, the guys welcome special guest Cody Simpson, the teen star who discusses his change in musical direction, the status of his collaborative album with Justin Bieber and why he’s glad he hasn’t scored a Top 5 hit yet. Before that, Keith and Jason dive into the charts, including Taylor Swift‘s continued reign on the albums tally with 1989; Sam Smith‘s chances of finally going No. 1 with In The Lonely Hour, following a big Grammy night; “FourFiveSeconds” striding into the Top 10 of the Hot 100, and Paul McCartney‘s first smash in three decades; Ellie Goulding‘s new Top 10 hit from the Fifty Shades of Grey soundtrack; and Missy Elliott‘s triumphant return to the Hot 100. There’s also a new segment, titled Soon-To-Be Hits, in which the guys discuss songs to watch outside of the Hot 100’s Top 10, including new entries by Swift, Smith and Tove Lo!
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