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).
For the first episode of 2015, the Pop Shop Podcast welcomes one of the potential breakout stars of the year: Ella Henderson, whose single “Ghost” was a smash in the U.K. and could be taking over American radio soon. The X Factor alum chats about her debut album Chapter One, working with Ryan Tedder, fearing she’d never make it and getting compared to Adele. Before that, Jason and Keith discuss Justin Bieber‘s impending comeback, his new Calvin Klein ads and what he needs to do to win America’s heart back; Bruno Mars & Mark Ronson‘s “Uptown Funk” replacing “Blank Space” at No. 1 on the Hot 100; Kanye West‘s touching new song, and whether or not “Only One” is a durable hit; and Taylor Swift‘s continued run at No. 1 with 1989, and what upcoming releases could loosen its grip on the albums chart. There’s also a throwback soundtrack discussion, the Coachella and Governors Ball lineups, Sia‘s “Elastic Heart” video, a Pearl Jam chart stat of the week and much more.