Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly 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 Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday’s edition of the show on Billboard.com).
On the latest show, we’re celebrating Girl Group Week! We’ve got a bevy of chart stats, surprising facts and trivia about some of the biggest girl groups of all time — from Spice Girls to TLC and beyond. For example, did you know that The Supremes’ first No. 1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, “Where Did Our Love Go,” was actually intended for a different girl group? Or, how The Pointer Sisters earned its first top 10 hit with a cover tune written by a soon-to-be rock superstar?
In addition to all the girl group goodness on the show, we’ve also got chart news about how Calvin Harris scores his highest charting album ever on the Billboard 200, how Imagine Dragons jump into the top 10 on the Pop Songs airplay chart with “Believer,” and how JAY-Z is heading for No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with his new album 4:44. We also dive into a discussion about Selena Gomez’s new single, “Fetish,” JAY-Z’s upcoming tour, and how Niall Horan is hitting the road — and plans to visit nine countries during his upcoming 21-date jaunt.
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