Pop Shop Podcast: Sarah McLachlan on New Holiday Album, Being a 'Serious Fan of Christmas' & More

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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 our latest show, we've got an interview with Sarah McLachlan! The three-time Grammy Award winner called in to chat about her new holiday album Wonderland and how the Christmas season is her "favorite time of year" and much more. Listen below:


McLachlan also talks about her love of holiday music, how she got Emmylou Harris and Martha Wainwright to join her on the album, and why she chose to cover the spiritual "Go Tell it on the Mountain" and the "wonderfully depressing" song "Snow." Plus, we talk about how she'll be performing on the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. We quiz her about if she gets to pick the float she'll be on in the show, if she gets any fabulous swag from Macy's afterward, and how (even though she's Canadian) she celebrates the American holiday of Thanksgiving ("any opportunity to have a turkey dinner!").


Plus, we've got chart chat about a new No. 1 album on the Billboard 200 chart from A Tribe Called Quest; how Metallica, Bruno Mars and Miranda Lambert are all headed for the top of the chart next week, and could "Side to Side" become the first No. 1 for both Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj on the Billboard Hot 100?

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