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 podcast, Jason and Keith break down Taylor Swift’s triumphant No. 1 debut on the Hot 100 chart: how “Shake It Off” made it happen, why debuting atop the Hot 100 chart is so rare, and whether or not the single’s run at No. 1 can continue for multiple weeks. Meanwhile, Nicki Minaj’s “Anaconda” has slithered to No. 2 on the Hot 100 — can the single reach the heights of “Super Bass” or “Starships”? The guys also discuss Wiz Khalifa’s No. 1 album debut and his track record as a hit-maker (as well as a giant blunt-roller), and forecast Ariana Grande’s sales for the first week of My Everything. There’s also Meghan Trainor’s bad luck, Motley Crue’s country tribute, Baauer’s “Harlem Shake,” a wacky chart stat of the week, and much more.
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