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 the previous episode).
On this week’s episode, Jessie J stops by the Pop Shop Podcast to discuss the making of her new Top 10 hit “Bang Bang,” including why she, Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj form the ultimate “girl band” even though they hadn’t met when the song was released; the U.K. singer also performs an acoustic version of “Bang Bang” exclusively on the Pop Shop Podcast! Jason and Keith also discuss Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy” vs. MAGIC!’s “Rude” as the Song of the Summer battle heats up; Tom Petty’s first No. 1 album, a Top 5 soundtrack surprise and the “Frozen” soundtrack finally (slightly) slipping; and Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” blasting into the Top 10 of the Hot 100 chart, and the importance of the surprise hit. There’s also a quick recap of One Direction’s performance at MetLife Stadium, a Max Martin chart stat of the week, Eric Clapton, Nicki Minaj’s pop culture takeover, and much more.