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).
This week’s episode is a year-end extravaganza with Jason and Keith looking back at the biggest music of 2014 — but first, Keith discusses his recent interview with Madonna, her recently released new music and the most surprising points from their chat. The guys then move on to the year’s most inescapable music stories: Iggy Azalea as a cultural lightning rod; Taylor Swift and her blockbuster sales; One Direction as Billboard’s top artist of the year, and what that means; the prolific brilliance of producer Max Martin; the Year of the Booty and pop becoming racier every year; artists like Meghan Trainor and Sam Smith establishing themselves as more than just one-hit wonders; and Ed Sheeran, Lana Del Rey, Ariana Grande and Lorde making noticeable leaps toward superstardom. What’s YOUR pick for the most memorable musical moment of 2014? Tell us in the comments section!
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