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 extra-long episode, Jason and Keith are joined by a very special guest: Tyler Oakley, the Internet sensation and pop culture personality best known for his hilarious YouTube videos, his Psychobabble podcast, his recent Slumber Party tour and his LGBT youth advocacy. The guys chat about what lies ahead for Tyler’s career, then switch over to music for a full 2015 pop preview. Can Rihanna do no wrong at this point in her career? Will Justin Bieber clean up his act and achieve pop dominance? What lies ahead for Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, 5 Seconds of Summer and One Direction? And will 2015 be the year in which Adele finally returns? The guys also discuss their favorite new pop artists of the year — including Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, MNEK and Betty Who — and make their personal music wishes for the year ahead. There’s a good chance that Keith mentions Madonna, and that Jason mention Björk!