Welcome to the latest episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard’s weekly 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 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 this week’s episode, we’re joined by the latest — and last? — American Idol winner, Trent Harmon, who came into the office not even 24 hours after he was showered with confetti at Los Angeles’ Dolby Theater. Harmon talked about his struggle with mono during Hollywood Week, Katie’s favorite performance of his from the season (which also happened to be his personal favorite), and what direction he’s planning to go on his debut country album (pick up the phone, Chris Stapleton!).
For the rest of this very special bicoastal Pop Shop Podcast, Keith and Katie discuss Kanye West debuting at No. 1 with The Life of Pablo after his very unconventional album rollout. We also talk about N.W.A being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the war of words between Ice Cube and Gene Simmons that has ensued, plus the many musical moments at the MTV Movie Awards, including Ariana Grande‘s performance and The Lonely Island‘s Will Smith medley.
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