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 co-director of charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday 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 the latest episode, Pentatonix pays a visit to the Pop Shop to talk about their new self-titled album — their first full-length album of original material — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart. The quintet chat about how they “never wanted to just be kind of a cover band,” working with Jason Derulo on the new project, and how they can now “showcase who we want to be as an artist.”
In addition, Keith and Katie discuss Adele’s new single “Hello” and how its aiming for a No. 1 debut on the Billboard Hot 100, how Drake’s “Hotline Bling” is again denied the top slot on the Hot 100, and new singles from Gwen Stefani, Justin Bieber and Missy Elliott. Also on the show, they chat about how Taylor Swift’s 1989 is only the fifth album to spend its first year in the top 10 of the Billboard 200, and a fun Chart Stat of the Week about Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. (Plus Keith sings a little bit of Barbra Streisand’s “Woman In Love,” and who would want to miss that?)
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