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, budding dance-pop star Kiesza stops by to discuss her debut album Sound of a Woman, working with Skrillex and Diplo, and that must-see performance on Letterman. Before that, Jason and Keith discuss the record-setting dominance of females in the Top 5 of the Hot 100 chart, and which songs by male artists have the best shot of disrupting the ladies’ streak. Will it be Jeremih, Ed Sheeran, Nick Jonas, or none of the above? The guys also break down Florida Georgia Line’s No. 1 album debut and country music’s recent run on the albums chart; Taylor Swift’s “Out Of The Woods” and a super-early forecast of her 1989 sales; Sheeran’s “Don’t” becoming his first Top 10 hit; U2’s Songs of Innocence at long last appearing on the Billboard albums tally; and an amazing return to the Hot 100 by none other than Glen Campbell. All that, plus Mr. Probz’s “Waves” (which Ed Sheeran shouted out months ago!), Hozier, Meghan Trainor, “California Gurls” vs. “Welcome To New York,” and much more.
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