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 last week’s episode).
On this week’s episode, Jason and Keith break down the 2015 Grammy nominations, including the biggest snubs and surprises. Why didn’t “Let It Go” or “Drunk In Love” get a major nod? Where are One Direction and 5 Seconds of Summer? How did Brandy Clark manage to lock up that best new artist nomination? The guys also discuss nominating the live versions of John Legend‘s “All Of Me” and Pharrell Williams‘ “Happy,” Meghan Trainor‘s record of the year and song of the year noms for “All About That Bass,” and Trainor’s second Top 10 hit on the Hot 100 chart with “Lips Are Movin’.” There’s also a J. Cole sales forecast, Mariah Carey‘s “All I Want For Christmas Is You,” Vance Joy vs. Foy Vance, Billboard.com’s new dance web series and a quick word about Avril Lavigne.
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