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 comprehensive preview of fall’s biggest album releases, as Jason and Keith are joined by Billboard staffers Harley Brown, Steven Horowitz and Megan Buerger. The roundtable discusses what we can hope for from Taylor Swift’s 1989 album, Nicki Minaj’s trending-upward stock before The Pinkprint‘s release, whether or not One Direction’s Four is their last big hurrah, and how rock fans should feel about Foo Fighters’ ambitious new project. All of your fall music questions are answered — what’s the chance that Lil Wayne and Kanye West actually release new albums in 2014? What will likely sell more, Jason Aldean’s album or Florida Georgia Line’s album? Can Gwen Stefani and Fergie make successful comebacks this fall? Which dance and R&B artists are the most intriguing artists to watch this season? There’s also Lecrae’s No. 1 album debut, Meghan Trainor continuing her Hot 100 reign, Garth Brooks, Weezer, Charli XCX, Frank Ocean, Lady Antebellum and who we think will be the breakout star of Q4.
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