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 special guest is Bleachers mastermind/fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff, who talks about his new album “Strange Desire,” how a solo album sprouted from fun.’s last world tour, the anthemic sadness of “I Wanna Get Better” and what the future holds for fun. and Bleachers. Jason and Keith also discuss the surprisingly strong sales debut of “Weird Al” Yankovic’s “Mandatory Fun” album, and how his promotional strategy led to his first No. 1 album; the impending arrival of 5 Seconds of Summer’s debut album on the charts, and why they’ve been able to thrive when other young pop groups have not; Pharrell and Miley Cyrus’ new video for “Come Get It Bae”; and Kiesza’s Hot 100 debut with “Hideaway,” a song you should watch. All that, plus a fun chart stat of the week (with the classic chart stat music!), Kanye vs. 50 Cent, Will Smith, David Letterman, Austin Mahone and more.
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