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, Dawn Richard stops by to discuss her daring new album Blackheart, leaving Danity Kane, going totally independent and her nearly finished next album. Before that, Keith and Jason discuss Meghan Trainor‘s impressive No. 1 album debut this week; Fall Out Boy‘s new album and whether or not it will reach No. 1 on the albums chart; Ed Sheeran‘s highest-charting Hot 100 hit “Thinking Out Loud” and its chances of going No. 1; new Hot 100 hits by Maroon 5 and Sia; and the debut of Kelly Clarkson‘s “Heartbeat Song” on the charts. There’s also some Björk talk, the Munsters theme song, Taylor Swift‘s 1989, The Wanted, “My Heart Will Go On” and much more.