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).
On this week’s episode, Jason discusses his experience at the 2014 iHeartRadio Music Festival, which included performances from Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Nicki Minaj, Usher, One Direction and more; you’ll hear snippets of backstage interviews with Iggy Azalea, 5 Seconds of Summer, Macklemore and more. Jason and Keith also chat about the Year of the Booty following the Top 20 debut of Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea’s “Booty” collaboration — why are pop fans suddenly liking big butts (and cannot lie)? The guys also break down Barbra Streisand’s No. 1 album debut, which blocked Chris Brown from scoring his third No. 1 album; early forecasts for Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett’s Cheek To Cheek album sales; new singles from Kendrick Lamar, Jessie J, Calvin Harris and Charli XCX, and whether they sound like future smashes; and why OneRepublic’s album is suddenly back in the Top 10 this week. All that, plus The Mysteries of Laura, a throwback chart stat of the week, male butts vs. female butts, and much more.