Welcome to the latest episode of theBillboard.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 co-director of chartsKeith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday 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 Billboard.com).
On the latest episode, we welcome Time’s deputy culture editor — and first-time author — Sam Lansky as a guest co-host. Keith, Katie and Sam talk about a variety of acts that see big gains on the charts in the week after Christmas, including Twenty One Pilots, who fly into the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the first time. The team also discuss their pop wishes for 2016, including hopes for Taylor Swift, Frank Ocean,Sugababes/Mutya Keisha Siobhan, Coldplay, Madonna and developing artist Kiiara.
In addition, Lansky talks about his recent Time cover story about Adele (he says the diva is “the best,” just as you suspected) and his earlier interviews with stars like Madonna and Nicki Minaj. He also discusses his first book, the coming-of-age memoirThe Gilded Razor, due out Jan. 12 on Simon & Schuster’s imprint Gallery Books.
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