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 welcome Noah Cyrus! The singer/songwriter has been enjoying a run on both the Billboard Hot 100 and Pop Songs airplay charts with her debut chart hit "Make Me (Cry)," featuring Labrinth. Cyrus talked to us about the making of the song, the sound of her upcoming debut album NC-17 (and that she's likely co-written basically every song on the record), and how her dad Billy Ray Cyrus is her "biggest musical inspiration."
Noah says that with "Make Me (Cry)," she's excited about stepping into the spotlight on her own. "I'm now able to show who I am as an artist… it's cool to step away for a second and be my own person other than just somebody in a known family." (That known family, of course, also includes her sister Miley and brother Trace.)
In addition to our discussion with Noah, we've got chart chat about Future's historic debut at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart and The Chainsmokers' big week on the Hot 100 (where they are suddenly in the same company as The Beatles and Bee Gees). Plus, we've got news on Ed Sheeran's headed-for-No. 1 ÷ (Divide) album, the iHeartRadio Music Awards, and we remember our friend -- and former Billboard publisher -- the late Tommy Page.
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