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, the guys welcome Nick & Knight, the new duo composed of Backstreet Boys’ Nick Carter and New Kids on the Block’s Jordan Knight, who discuss their first collaborative project, upcoming tour and their favorite songs from each other’s boy bands. Jason and Keith also break down U2’s surprise, free album release at the Apple event, how Songs of Innocence will impact the Billboard charts, and what the stunning strategy means for the music industry at large. The guys also chat about Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” hitting No. 1 on the Hot 100, and what pushed the song past Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”; Maroon 5 scoring another No. 1 album, and edging out Jeezy in the process; Bob Marley’s highest-charting album ever; and a Moroder-tastic chart stat of the week, among many other topics.