Last week, Taylor Swift surprised fans with the brand-new album Evermore, not even five months after the release of yet another surprise album, Folklore. One of the most talked-about songs on the new album is the twangy Haim collaboration “No Body, No Crime” — and its Nashville vibe has us wondering: Is Taylor ever getting back together with country music?
On the latest episode of the Billboard Pop Shop Podcast (listen below), we talk about whether the story song — which details a saga of infidelity and, ultimately, murder — could be embraced by country radio and perhaps lead to a full new country album. It’s already getting love from The Chicks, whose own “Goodbye Earl” was a No. 13 hit in 2000 on Hot Country Songs and tells a similarly dark revenge tale. “Sisters before misters,” The Chicks cheekily tweeted at Swift and Haim on Friday.
Folklore had its own country breakout moment as well, with “Betty” peaking at No. 6 on the Hot Country Songs chart and becoming a fixture on country radio. Swift even performed the track at the ACM Awards in September. So it feels like “No Body, No Crime,” with its even larger hit potential, could lead to a mighty return atop the country charts.
We’ll have to wait and see what’s next, but in the meantime, enjoy our conversation about Swift’s latest country move above.
Also on the show, we’ve got very jolly chart news about how Mariah Carey’s “All I Want for Christmas Is You” returns to No. 1 on the Hot 100 and is the most popular song in the world, as it hits No. 1 on our Global 200 chart. Plus, there’s a record-tying five holiday songs in the top 10 of the Hot 100, where Jose Feliciano’s “Feliz Navidad” hits the top 10 for the very first time. Meanwhile, over on the Billboard 200 albums chart, Shawn Mendes gets his fourth No. 1, plus half of the top 10 albums this week are holiday sets — the first time that’s happened since 2013.
The Billboard Pop Shop Podcast is your one-stop shop for all things pop on Billboard‘s weekly charts. You can always count on a lively discussion about the latest pop news, fun chart stats and stories, new music, and guest interviews with music stars and folks from the world of pop. Casual pop fans and chart junkies can hear Billboard‘s deputy editor, digital, Katie Atkinson and senior director of charts Keith Caulfield every week on the podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in Apple Podcasts or your favorite podcast provider. (Click here to listen to the previous edition of the show on Billboard.com.)