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 episode is an extended breakdown of all things 1989, Taylor Swift’s blockbuster new album which is headed for a record debut sales week. Jason and Keith discuss the album’s current sales forecast, and the factors leading to her possible third million-plus sales week; how Taylor Swift has made 1989 an experience that consumers need to own; whether or not the album is her best yet; how many songs from the album could debut on the Hot 100; and which songs from the album should be considered as radio singles. Also, TIME Magazine’s Sam Lansky stops by to talk about the ultra-exclusive Taylor Swift listening session at her apartment, and Keith gets on the phone with Enrique Iglesias, who just broke an amazing record on Billboard’s Latin Songs chart!