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).
In this week’s “ARTPOP”-tastic episode, Jason and Keith discuss all things Lady Gaga, including a first-week sales projection for “ARTPOP,” the performance of “Applause,” Jason’s “controversial” review of the new album, the experience at artRAVE and checking in on “Do What U Want” on the charts. There’s also a special podcast guest: A Great Big World, who call in to chat about performing on “The Voice,” working with Christina Aguilera and their single “Say Something,” which debuts at No. 1 on the Digital Songs Chart this week. Plus: toasting Eminem’s monster album debut, Celine Dion, Avril Lavigne, Pentatonix, Michael Jackson statues, Wu-Tang Clan confusion and much more.
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