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 episode, Jason and Keith discuss One Direction’s monster debut for “Midnight Memories,” and why the group has been able to guide its first three albums to No. 1 starts; a sales projection for Britney Spears’ “Britney Jean,” including a breakdown of the new album; Miley Cyrus’ triumphant return to the top of the Hot 100 chart (thanks, in part, to a certain viral video); and some predictions for the Grammy Award nominations. There’s also some Lorde talk, Garth Brooks, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, a Lil Kim shout-out and much more.