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 week on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous episode on Billboard.com).
On our latest show, we chat with superstar diva RuPaul! The glamazon entertainer talks about his new album Butch Queen, the eighth season of the reality competition TV series RuPaul’s Drag Race (which premieres March 7 on Logo), his new game show Gay for Play (it bows in April) and the return of RuPaul’s DragCon — the convention for all things drag. All that, plus we challenge Ru to a fun game of Category Is: Girl Groups!, where RuPaul guesses famous pop girl groups after only hearing the first names of their respective members.
In addition, Keith and Katie talk about Kelly Clarkson’s top 10 debut on the Billboard Hot 100 with “Piece by Piece,” Fifth Harmony’s big bow with “Work From Home” and how Lady Gaga returns to the chart with “Til It Happens to You.” (And how it brings its co-writer, Diane Warren, back to the list after a number of years.) The Pop Shoppers also discuss The 1975 scoring its first No. 1 on the Billboard 200 with their latest album, and how Macklemore & Ryan Lewis fared on the list with their new set, This Unruly Mess I’ve Made.
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