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 Tuesday 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 Billboard.com).
On the latest episode, we welcome singer/songwriter Tori Kelly to the show! The rising star stopped by to talk about a range of topics in a rapid-fire Q&A — including what it’s like working with Max Martin, the first album she purchased, and if her manager Scooter Braun ever sleeps (he also manages Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande). Earlier in 2015, Kelly’s Unbreakable Smile debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart and launched the singles “Nobody Love” and “Should’ve Been Us” (which both hit the top 20 on the Pop Songs chart). Her current single, “Hollow,” is on the verge of debuting on the tally.
In addition, Keith and Katie talk about the Justin Bieber vs. One Direction showdown for No. 1 on next week’s Billboard 200, Elle King’s first top 10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 (with “Ex’s & Oh’s”), Adele’s continuing reign with “Hello,” and how the Dixie Chicks are going on their first U.S. tour in a decade.
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