Welcome to the new episode of the Billboard.com Pop Shop Podcast, Billboard's weekly 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 charts Keith Caulfield and Billboard.com senior editor Katie Atkinson every Tuesday on the Pop Shop Podcast, which can be streamed on Billboard.com or downloaded in iTunes (click here to listen to the previous Tuesday's edition of the show on Billboard.com).
On the latest show, we've got an interview with Bebe Rexha! The singer/songwriter has been burning up Billboard's charts the past few years with hit collaborations with G-Eazy ("Me, Myself & I"), David Guetta ("Hey Mama") and Martin Garrix ("In the Name of Love") but now she's got a hit that's all her own: "I Got You." The track recently became her eighth charting effort on the Pop Songs airplay tally, and her first solo track to reach the top 20 of the list. Rexha stopped by the show to talk about that tune's success, her first headlining tour (which continues through March) her new All Your Fault EPs, and more.
During our conversation, Rexha says she always thought she would be in the music business in some capacity -- even if it was as a music executive or songwriter, instead of a performer. "I just knew that I was obsessed with music and that I would be doing it," Rexha says. "Even when I was broke at one point, I never worried about money because a check would always come in the second I was about to hit zero. It was always for music. …I was so focused and immersed in the music that I never worried about money." That's not to say that she came from a rich family and didn't have to worry about paying the bills: "I didn't grow up wealthy or anything," she says, "my parents were poor immigrants, but I just loved music so much, I didn't have a Plan B."
In addition to our chat with Rexha, we've got chart news on Ed Sheeran's big debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart with ÷ (Divide) and why Metallica's Hardwired… To Self-Destruct suddenly jumped from No. 14 to No. 2 on the list. Plus, we chat about Drake's upcoming More Life album (due out on March 18), Nicki Minaj's three new songs, and the Kids' Choice Awards (where both Fifth Harmony and former member Camila Cabello were on hand).
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