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On Billboard's Chart Beat podcast, Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson of Billboard's charts department look at why what's on the charts is on the charts. With discussions with artists, record label executives, radio programmers, songwriters …


Hit Writer Tayla Parx’s Burnout Camp, Pt. 2
Oct 24 • 53 min
Tayla Parx, co-writer of Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” and more Hot 100 hits, and four fellow creators chat with Gary, Trevor and Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Dave and Yael Penn (pt. 2 of 2). For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Hit Writer Tayla Parx’s Burnout Camp, Pt. 1
Oct 16 • 51 min
Tayla Parx, co-writer of Ariana Grande’s “Thank U, Next” and “7 Rings” and more Hot 100 hits, and four fellow creators chat with Gary, Trevor and Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Dave and Yael Penn (pt. 1 of 2). For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
From Classic to Current, Rock Isn’t Dead
Oct 9 • 38 min
Haley Jones, director of radio, Nielsen Music, and Jon Miller, vp of audience insights, Nielsen Audio, return to discuss the state of rock, which, according to multiple metrics, is thriving among its many sub-genres. For information regarding your data…
Lizzo & Lil Nas X’s Big Week & Guest Zach Williams
Sep 26 • 36 min
Williams chats with Jim Asker and performs a live version of the hit title track from his forthcoming album, “Rescue Story.” Plus, Gary and Trevor discuss Lizzo and Lil Nas X’s latest Hot 100 feats. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Finneas on Billie Eilish’s No. 1 ‘Bad Guy’
Sep 18 • 46 min
Finneas joins Gary, Trevor and Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Dave and Yael Penn to analyze the writing and production processes that led to Billie Eilish’s “Bad Guy” topping the Billboard Hot 100. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Goo Goo Dolls on New Album ‘Miracle Pill’ & More
Sep 11 • 36 min
Two boys named Goo - John Rzeznik and Robby Takac - are our special guests, performing and chatting about their new album “Miracle Pill,” their classic record-setting chart hit “Iris” and their uncommon longevity. For information regarding your data…
Lizzo & Tayor Swift’s Landmark New No. 1s
Sep 6 • 48 min
Gary and Trevor discuss “Truth Hurts” and “Lover” leading the Hot 100 and Billboard 200, respectively, Plus, Jed Hilly of the Americana Music Association previews the 20th Americanafest, Sept. 10-15 in Nashville. For information regarding your data…
Trisha Yearwood on New Album ‘Every Girl’ & More
Sep 4 • 42 min
Country cornerstone Yearwood and Pearl/Gwendolyn Records gm Lesly Simon chat about the state of country and more with Billboard senior chart manager Jim Asker. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Next Taylor Swift ‘Lover’ Singles Should Be …
Aug 29 • 48 min
The title cut? “The Man”? “Cruel Summer”? Gary, Trevor and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger (attempt to) pick the next singles from Taylor Swift’s new album, “Lover.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Billie Eilish Dethrones Lil Nas X From No. 1
Aug 21 • 59 min
Billiie Eilish earns her first Hot 100 No. 1 with “Bad Guy.” As it dethrones Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” after an unprecedented 19-week reign, how long might his record last? Plus, a flashback to the top song 40 years ago this week. For information…
Lisa Loeb & Hot 100’s Top 25 This Week 1994
Aug 14 • 95 min
Special guest Lisa Loeb recalls topping the Hot 100 with her classic “Stay (I Missed You),” touring on the Lilith Fair and segueing to Grammy Award-winning children’s music, as Gary and Trevor count down the top 25 hits 25 years ago this week. For…
Lady Antebellum on ‘Returning Home’ With New LP
Aug 7 • 56 min
Lady Antebellum - Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott - and BMLG president/CEO Jimmy Harnen chat with Jim Asker. Plus Gary and Trevor recount the latest chart feats for Lil Nas X, Billie Eilish, Lil Tecca and more. For information regarding…
16 (Or More …) Thoughts on ‘Old Town Road’
Jul 24 • 50 min
An analysis of Lil Nas X’s record run atop the Hot 100. Plus, singer-songwriter Lizzie No performs three songs ahead of the release of her new album “Vanity.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
BTS, Elton John & 2019’s Biggest Touring Stars
Jul 18 • 51 min
Billboard touring chart manager Eric Frankenberg joins Gary and Trevor to recap the biggest stars of stage over the first half of the year, from BTS to Elton John, Ed Sheeran, New Kids on the Block and more. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Ariana Grande, Lizzo & 2019’s First-Half Stars
Jul 10 • 52 min
Gary, Trevor and Andrew Unterberger recap the head of the class on Billboard charts at midterm time. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Taylor Swift, Drake & Madonna Chart Chat
Jun 27 • 58 min
Billboard Pride writer Stephen Daw discusses Swift’s new LGBTQ-friendly hit and “Open Your Heart” co-writer Peter Rafelson muses about the wild backstory of Madonna’s ’80s classic. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jonas Brothers’ Return & Runaway June Performs
Jun 20 • 77 min
An inside look at how Billboard’s recent cover story on the Jonas Brothers, new atop the Billboard 200 this week, was written by Taylor Weatherby. Plus, special guests Runaway June perform their hit “Buy My Own Drinks.” For information regarding your data…
Katy Perry Returns & Special Guest Howard Jones
Jun 14 • 58 min
Katy Perry, Cardi B & Miley Cyrus send new songs onto the Hot 100 and Gary and Trevor analyze their starts. Plus, very special guest Howard Jones discusses his new album, “Transform,” and classic ’80s hits, including “Things Can Only Get Better.” For…
Country’s Radio Rule & Streaming Future
Jun 7 • 64 min
Country has long ruled radio ratings. How is it adapting in a streaming era? Scott Musgrave, Nielsen Music head of U.S. radio, and Jon Miller, Nielsen Audio, vp audience insights, join Gary and Trevor to discuss the state of the genre. For information…
Ed Sheeran, Ava Max & Lizzo Leading Atlantic
May 30 • 63 min
John McMann, senior vp pop and rhythmic promotion for Atlantic Records, joins Gary and Trevor to discuss the latest successes for Ed Sheeran, Ava Max, Lizzo and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
for KING & COUNTRY Performs In-Studio
May 29 • 50 min
for KING & COUNTRY, the duo of Joel and Luke Smallbone, discusses its Christian chart reign with Billboard’s Jim Asker and performs exclusive acoustic versions of “Burn the Ships” and “God Only Knows.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Ed Sheeran’s Evolution; Ariana & Bruno’s, Too
May 23 • 52 min
From “The A Team” to his latest, Ed Sheeran has “Shape”-shifted musically. Historically, hit acts have ever since The Beatles, and Gary, Trevor and Andrew Unterberger analyze key artists that have evolved sonically the most successfully. For information…
Shawn Mendes’ Return, Pop vs. Hip-Hop in 2019
May 15 • 47 min
Shawn Mendes launches at a career-best No. 2 on the Hot 100 with “If I Can’t Have You.” Still, hip-hop continues to dominate streaming, and Nielsen’s Haley Jones & Jon Miller analyze hip-hop’s growth. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
The Best Lead Singles of the Past 25 Years
May 9 • 58 min
As Taylor Swift’s “ME!” blasts to No. 2 on the Hot 100, a look back at the most notable lead singles from albums over the past 25 years, from Boyz II Men to Beyonce to Justin Bieber. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Taylor Swift’s Lead Singles Ranked & The Rua Performs
May 2 • 52 min
Can Taylor Swift’s new single “ME!” dethrone Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road” on the Hot 100 next week? Until then, we look back at how she has previously intro’d albums. Plus, UK sibling pop trio The Rua visits for a chat & an exclusive performance. For…
How ‘Shallow’ Was Written & BTS’ Big Week
Apr 25 • 67 min
BTS launches atop the Billboard 200 & in the Hot 100’s top 10. Plus, very special guests Paul Williams, president/chairman of ASCAP, & Anthony Rossomando, co-writer of Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow.” For information regarding your data privacy,…
Will ‘Boy With Luv’ Be BTS’ Biggest Hit?
Apr 18 • 55 min
KJYO Oklahoma City program director JJ Ryan returns to discuss BTS’ new single with Halsey. Plus, how Billy Ray Cyrus, enjoying his first Hot 100 No. 1 via Lil Nas X’s “Old Town Road,” has taken numerous successful, if not surprising, career turns. For…
Lil Nas X Hits No. 1 & Flashing Back Like It’s 1999
Apr 12 • 68 min
An in-depth discussion about Lil Nas X’s leap to No. 1 on the Hot 100 with “Old Town Road.” Plus, we time-travel back 20 years to an especially memorable year in pop music. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Drake, Carrie Underwood & the NHL’s Live Music Goals
Apr 10 • 48 min
NHL chief content officer Steve Mayer joins as the Stanley Cup Playoffs begin. Cage the Elephant kicks off the postseason with a free concert in Tampa, continuing the league’s live music evolution “Music and sports go hand-in-hand,” says Mayer. For…
Billie Eilish Roundtable With Bill(ie)board Staffers
Apr 4 • 51 min
With Billie Eilish set to debut at No. 1 on the Bill(ie)board 200 with her debut LP, Bill(ie)board editors Lyndsey Havens and Andrew Unterberger join Gary and Trevor to discuss the alt/pop artist’s breakthrough. Bill(ie)board … get it? For information…
Rising Country Star Carly Pearce & Big Machine’s Kris Lamb
Apr 3 • 45 min
On a special episode recorded live at The Good Cup in Franklin, Tenn., Billboard senior chart manager Jim Asker welcomes singer-songwriter Carly Pearce and Big Machine Records vp of promotion Kris Lamb. Proceeds from the event benefit the Leukemia &…
Ariana Grande’s Continued Reign & the Future of Podcasts
Mar 28 • 63 min
Ariana Grande matches her longest Hot 100 rule, as “7 Rings” spends, fittingly, a seventh week at No. 1. Will she - and women - continue to dominate throughout 2019? Plus, in a very meta chat, iHeartRadio chief product officer Chris Williams discusses the…
BTS, Travis Scott & the Changing Faces of Touring
Mar 21 • 41 min
Touring chart manager Eric Frankenberg joins Gary and Trevor to discuss Billboard’s new touring charts & industry trends in live music. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
New Kids on the Block’s Danny Wood on Boy Band Longevity
Mar 14 • 67 min
Jonas Brothers celebrate their first Hot 100 No. 1, “Sucker,” and Gary and Trevor, plus Billboard’s Taylor Weatherby, discuss what powered their long-awaited coronation. Plus, special guests Danny Wood, of New Kids on the Block, and Jessie Chris on their…
Is This Lady Gaga’s Best Chart Week Ever?
Mar 7 • 67 min
Recapping 10 years of Gaga, from “Born This Way” to “A Star Is Born.” Plus, special guest Sam DeRosa, co-writer of lovelytheband’s record-breaking hit “Broken.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Khalid, Normani & Dua Lipa’s Record Radio Longevity
Feb 28 • 56 min
Edison Research’s Sean Ross chats about the record longevity being earned by Khalid, Normani, Dua Lipa, Halsey and more, as hits by them have recently logged record stays on Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Ariana Grande’s Record Week, With Guest Njomza
Feb 21 • 47 min
Grande becomes the first artist since The Beatles to rank at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 in a week on the Hot 100. Gary and Trevor discuss her achievement and welcome guest Njomza, who co-wrote two of those smashes: “7 Rings” and “Thank U, Next.” For information…
From Women to Hip-Hop, Diversity Won the Grammys
Feb 14 • 63 min
With Grammy Awards wins in the big four categories for Kacey Musgraves, Dua Lipa and Childish Gambino, we discuss how women and hip-hop dominated this year, reversing last year’s key storylines. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Will Ariana Grande, Lady Gaga & Camila Cabello Win Grammys?
Feb 7 • 68 min
Paul Grein and Andrew Unterberger return for a Grammy Awards roundtable. Plus, special guest Tiffany recalls her Hot 100 top 10 “All This Time,” which was at its No. 6 peak 30 years ago this week. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Ariana Grande Hits No. 1, Plus Grammys Chat
Jan 31 • 76 min
Grammy Awards experts Paul Grein and Billboard’s Andrew Unterberger join Gary and Trevor for the first of a two-part Grammys roundtable. Plus, chart chat about Ariana Grande, who tops the Hot 100 with “7 Rings.” For information regarding your data…
How Lifetime Made The ‘Surviving R. Kelly’ Documentary
Jan 25 • 47 min
Lifetime executive Brie Miranda Bryant and “Surviving R. Kelly” executive producers Jesse Daniels and Tamra Simmons discuss how the documentary began, and grew to six hours, and what its legacy can be. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
What to Make of R. Kelly’s Catalog Now
Jan 17 • 56 min
Following the Jan. 3-5 premiere of Lifetime’s “Surviving R. Kelly,” a roundtable discussion about the controversial R&B singer-songwriter’s music, with KRNB Dallas music director Keith Solis, Vibe’s Shenequa Golding and Billboard’s Gail Mitchell. For…
How Halsey Hit No. 1, With Capitol’s Greg Marella
Jan 11 • 57 min
“Without Me” marks likely the biggest achievement yet for Halsey: her first Hot 100 No. 1 as a lead artist. Capitol executive vp of promotion Greg Marella chats with Gary and Trevor about her rise. Plus: 19 No. 19 hits … for ‘19. For information regarding…
The Best of 2018, Plus Guest DJ Earworm
Dec 27, 2018 • 58 min
Gary and Trevor, along with Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger, look back at 2018’s most surprising hits, biggest memes, most notable videos and more. Plus, guest DJ Earworm on his latest “United State of Pop” mash-up. For information…
The No. 1 Hot 100 Hits of Every Year, 1990-2018
Dec 20, 2018 • 112 min
Gary and Trevor continue their trip through six decades of year-end Billboard Hot 100 No. 1s, covering the top hits of each year from 1990 to 2018. Plus, they welcome special guest Flo Rida, who led the year-end list 10 years ago with his smash “Low.” For…
The No. 1 Hot 100 Hits of Every Year, 1958-1989
Dec 14, 2018 • 72 min
Former Chicago singer Bill Champlin looks back at “Look Away” in the first of a two-part episode, as Gary and Trevor flashback to year-end No. 1 smashes by The Beatles, Paul McCartney (solo), Rod Stewart, Blondie, Prince and more. For information…
Holiday Music Jingles Back for the Season
Dec 6, 2018 • 50 min
Nielsen’s Haley Jones and Jon Miller discuss holiday music trends. Plus, Gary and Trevor recap Travis Scott’s first Hot 100 No. 1 and Drake’s domination on the 2018 year-end charts. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mariah Carey’s 20 Biggest Hot 100 Hits
Nov 29, 2018 • 66 min
Among the classics on Mariah Carey’s best-of tally: “Vision of Love,” “Dreamlover,” “Hero,” “Fantasy” and “We Belong Together,” as Gary and Trevor count down her top 20 Hot 100 classics. Plus, chart chat & reviews of Carey’s new album “Caution.” For…
Special Guest Bebe Rexha Deconstructs ‘Meant to Be’
Nov 15, 2018 • 54 min
Bebe Rexha analyzes her smash “Meant to Be,” with Florida Georgia Line, with Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Dave and Yael Penn, and Gary and Trevor, as the song spends a record-extending 50th week at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart. For…
Kane Brown & Mgr. Martha Earls on ‘Experiment’
Nov 9, 2018 • 33 min
Special guests Kane Brown and his manager, Martha Earls, chat with Billboard’s Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker about Brown’s second LP, “Experiment,” out Nov. 9. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How Ariana Grande Is Dominating Pop
Nov 8, 2018 • 52 min
Jagger from WKSS (Kiss 95.7) in Hartford talks about playing both “God Is a Woman” and “Breathin” in power rotation, as Ariana Grande releases another new smash, “Thank U, Next.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Can Ballads by Lady Gaga & Camila Cabello Cut Through?
Nov 1, 2018 • 43 min
Fly 92.3’s Ally Reid chats about the influx of ballads at pop radio, as Camila Cabello’s “Consequences,” Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s “Shallow” and Dean Lewis’ “Be Alright” are all scaling Billboard’s Pop Songs airplay chart. For information regarding…
How Pop Has Ceded the Spotlight to Hip-Hop
Oct 25, 2018 • 51 min
In just three years, pop and hip-hop have essentially traded domination of the Hot 100, as the likes of Adele and Justin Bieber have given way to a wave of hip-hop hits. Gary and Trevor analyze the shake-up. Plus, special guest Lil Jon on his crunk…
Is Lady Gaga at a New Career Peak?
Oct 18, 2018 • 49 min
With her new big screen success, thanks to “A Star Is Born,” is Lady Gaga at a new highpoint in pop culture? Plus, Gary and Trevor go around the charts, discussing new No. 1s for Florida Georgia Line and Janet Jackson. Plus, special guest Martha Reeves…
Alt 92.3 New York Programmer Mike Kaplan
Oct 12, 2018 • 43 min
Alt 92.3 New York program director Mike Kaplan discusses the state of the alternative format with Gary and Billboard rock chart manager Kevin Rutherford. Plus, Gary and Trevor look at Lil Wayne’s historic week on the Billboard Hot 100. For information…
Dave Grohl on Foo Fighters’ Rock Reign
Oct 11, 2018 • 18 min
Special guest Dave Grohl celebrates Foo Fighters ranking as the No. 1 act in the 30-year history of Billboard’s Alternative Songs chart. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Keith Urban on Two Decades of Hitting No. 1
Oct 4, 2018 • 49 min
Urban, owner of 16 No. 1s on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, and Universal Music Group Nashville president Cindy Mabe are this week’s special guests. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Maroon 5 Hits No. 1, Plus Guest Chris Janson
Sep 27, 2018 • 68 min
Gary and Trevor discuss whether Maroon 5 is building (or has already built) a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame resume. Plus, special guests Chris Janson and Warner Music Nashville chairman/CEO John Esposito chat with Billboard’s Nashville-based senior chart…
Who’s Had the Best Year Ever on the Hot 100?
Sep 20, 2018 • 65 min
The Beatles in 1964? Michael Jackson in 1983? Drake … in 2018? Gary Trust and Andrew Unterberger (filling in for Trevor Anderson) dig through 60 years of Hot 100 history. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Guest Tori Kelly on New Gospel Album
Sep 13, 2018 • 62 min
Kelly muses about her first gospel album, “Hiding Place,” and her recent Country Airplay chart top 10, “Take Back Home Girl,” with Chris Lane. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Hits, Nos. 25-1
Aug 22, 2018 • 69 min
The finale of a 4-part countdown celebrating the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, with smashes from Usher, Ed Sheeran, LeAnn Rimes, Chubby Checker and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Hits, Nos. 50-26
Aug 16, 2018 • 54 min
Part 3 of a 4-part countdown celebrating the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, with smashes from Mariah Carey, The Police, Adele, Rihanna and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Hits, Nos. 75-51
Aug 9, 2018 • 51 min
Part 2 of a 4-part countdown celebrating the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, with smashes from Kanye West, Meghan Trainor, Whitney Houston and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100’s All-Time Top 100 Hits, Nos. 100-76
Aug 2, 2018 • 47 min
Part 1 of a 4-part countdown celebrating the Hot 100’s 60th anniversary, with smashes from Ed Sheeran, Michael Jackson and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Lori McKenna on Writing Smash Country Hits
Jul 26, 2018 • 63 min
Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Lori McKenna chats about her new album, “The Tree,” and performs two songs from it live at Billboard: “People Get Old” and “A Mother Never Rests.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hot 100 This Week in 1988 With Richard Marx
Jul 19, 2018 • 46 min
Richard Marx chats about his first Hot 100 No. 1, “Hold On to the Nights,” his thoughts on social media and his new version of the Grammy Award-winning “Dance With My Father,” which he co-wrote with Luther Vandross, who originally made it a hit in 2003.…
Lauren Daigle on New Album, ‘Look Up Child’
Jul 13, 2018 • 35 min
Daigle sat down for a special Billboard podcast with Christian chart manager Jim Asker to discuss her new album, “Look Up Child,” her upcoming tour and dealing with the expectations of following a wildly successful debut LP. For information regarding your…
Cardi B’s No. 1 & Guest Mike Adam of WNEW
Jul 5, 2018 • 59 min
“I Like It,” by Cardi B, Bad Bunny & J Balvin, tops the Billboard Hot 100. Plus, Gary & Trevor welcome WNEW (Fresh 102.7) afternoon talent Mike Adam, who discusses radio in New York, interviewing President Obama & Kanye West & more. For information…
BTS, Cardi B, Drake & More: Best of 2018 … So Far
Jun 28, 2018 • 54 min
Who’s the MVP? What hits should’ve been bigger? And, what stories may have gone under the radar? From BTS to Camila Cabello, Cardi B, Drake, Ella Mai and more, Gary, Trevor and Billboard senior editor Andrew Unterberger muse about the year in music so far…
Justin Tranter on Writing With Imagine Dragons
Jun 21, 2018 • 60 min
Part one of a two-part chat with the artist & social activist, won songwriter of the year honors at the 2018 BMI Pop Music Awards for the second consecutive year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hot 100 This Week in 1990 With Roxette’s Per Gessle
Jun 14, 2018 • 80 min
Roxette’s Per Gessle is our special guest, as we count down the Hot 100’s top 20 this week in 1990. Plus, chart chat about the newest Hot 100, where Post Malone’s “Psycho” hits No. 1 and three songs enter the top 10. For information regarding your data…
Florida Georgia Line on ‘Meant to Be’ & More
Jun 7, 2018 • 59 min
Country superstars Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley and BMLG president Jimmy Harnen chat with Billboard’s Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker about Florida Georgia Line’s smashes “Meant to Be,” “Cruise” and “H.O.L.Y.” and new hit “Simple.” For…
BTS Breaks Through Again With ‘Fake Love’
May 31, 2018 • 35 min
KJYO (KJ103) Oklahoma City program director JJ Ryan returns to discuss BTS’ latest chart achievements, as well as potential songs of the summer. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ed Sheeran, Drake & Bruno Mars: 2018’s Stars So Far
May 24, 2018 • 55 min
Dave and Yael Penn of Hit Songs Deconstructed return to analyze the key trends in the Hot 100’s top 10 in the first few months of 2018. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Camila Cabello’s ‘Havana’ Deconstructed
May 17, 2018 • 59 min
Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Dave & Yael Penn analyze Cabello’s smash. Plus, chart chat about Childish Gambino’s “This Is America” & a flashback to one of Janet Jackson’s biggest hits ahead of her Icon Award coronation at the 2018 Billboard Music Awards. For…
Drake’s Domination & Your Chart Questions Answered
May 10, 2018 • 36 min
Drake, Post Malone & Camila Cabello infuse the Hot 100’s top 10 and, for our special 100th episode, the 212-493-4021 Chart Beat Podcast hotline debuts! For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Will Ariana Grande Get Her First Hot 100 No. 1?
May 3, 2018 • 62 min
Billboard’s Andrew Unterberger chats about Grande’s chances. Plus, special guest Bill Danoff, who co-wrote John Denver’s classic “Take Me Home, Country Roads” (as interviewed by another special guest). For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Drake’s Domination, with The Ringer’s Victor Luckerson
Apr 26, 2018 • 59 min
Victor Luckerson, staff writer for The Ringer, joins Gary and Trevor to chat about what he’s dubbed … The Drakeover. Plus, we have a new Chart Beat Podcast Hotline: call 212-493-4021 to leave a comment or question and be on an upcoming episode! For…
ACMs Recap & Bad Wolves on ‘Zombie’
Apr 19, 2018 • 56 min
Billboard’s West Coast editor Melinda Newman recounts her conversations with Jason Aldean and others at the ACMs (April 15) and Bad Wolves’ Tommy Vext discusses the band’s hit cover of The Cranberries’ classic “Zombie.” For information regarding your data…
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’ at Pop Radio
Apr 12, 2018 • 55 min
As latest “Reputation” single “Delicate” climbs the Pop Songs airplay chart, radio expert Sean Ross stops by to discuss Swift & the state of top 40. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Beatles’ 1964 Hot 100 Fab Feat
Apr 4, 2018 • 65 min
A flashback to April 4, 1964, when The Beatles set a Hot 100 record by monopolizing the entire top five. Renowned collector and Capitol Records vet Dave Morrell shares stories and folk-pop duo The Well Pennies perform a fab cover. For information…
Mary Chapin Carpenter on New Album & More
Mar 30, 2018 • 29 min
Carpenter muses about her many country hits & deep-cut classics, as well as her new album, “Sometimes Just the Sky,” which reimagines songs from throughout her catalog. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hillsong Worship on ‘Anthems of the Soul’
Mar 29, 2018 • 50 min
Hot 100 chart chat about Drake, Florida Georgia Line, Lil Dicky & more, plus special guests Brooke Ligertwood, Dave Ware and Jad Gillies of Hillsong Worship, as the music of Hillsong Church continues to dominate Billboard’s Christian charts. For…
Diane Warren & The Hot 100’s Top 20 This Week in 1996
Mar 23, 2018 • 75 min
A chat with the songwriter extraordinaire caps a top 20 countdown of the Billboard Hot 100 this week in 1996, with hits by Alanis Morrissette, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion and more.. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Top 40 ‘American Idol’ Hits, Part 2, Kelly Clarkson & More
Mar 15, 2018 • 85 min
Gary and Trevor count down Nos. 20 through 1 of our exclusive look at the top 40 Billboard Hot 100 hits by “American Idol” contestants. Plus, “Idol” expert Fred Bronson reviews the new season’s start. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Top 40 ‘American Idol’ Hits, pt. 1, with Scotty McCreery
Mar 8, 2018 • 87 min
Part one of a two-part look at the 40 biggest Hot 100 hits by “American Idol” contestants. Plus, special guest Scotty McCreery, the show’s 2011 champion, and Triple Tigers gm/partner Norbert Nix. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Bebe Rexha & Dua Lipa’s Warner Bros. Wins
Mar 1, 2018 • 69 min
Warner Bros. Records’ Mike Sherwood offers insights on “Meant to Be,” “New Rules” and other songs that have taken the label to its highest Hot 100 heights since earlier this decade. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Special Guests The Aces Chat & Perform
Feb 22, 2018 • 54 min
Utah quartet The Aces discuss women’s resurgence at rock and perform new track “Volcanic Love” and debut chart hit “Stuck.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Men, Moodiness & Minor Keys Make the Hits
Feb 15, 2018 • 55 min
Yael & Dave Penn of Hit Songs Deconstructed look at more trends that defined 2017’s biggest hits. Plus, is this the most historic week in Billboard chart history? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Is It ‘God’s Plan’ for Drake to Be No. 1 Long-Term?
Feb 8, 2018 • 58 min
Is Drake’s “God’s Plan” in for a long run atop the Hot 100? Plus, Dave and Yael Penn of Hit Songs Deconstructed begin a two-part look at the trends that defined 2017’s biggest hits. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Matt Sheeran on Brother Ed’s ‘Perfect’
Feb 1, 2018 • 39 min
“I didn’t really take any notice” of “Perfect,” Matt Sheeran admits, with a laugh, of the first time that brother Ed played him the eventual No. 1 smash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Grammys Preview: ‘Despacito’ to ‘DAMN.’
Jan 25, 2018 • 74 min
Chart Beat founder and Grammy aficionado Paul Grein joins to preview Sunday night’s awards. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Camila Cabello on ‘Havana’ Hitting No. 1
Jan 23, 2018 • 11 min
Cabello called in to the Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 Countdown on Facebook Live (Jan. 22) and celebrated her first No. 1, “Havana.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bruno Mars, Cardi B & Ed Sheeran’s Fast 2018 Start
Jan 18, 2018 • 45 min
Atlantic Records senior vp pop & rhythmic promotion John McMann returns with more inside insights about Bruno Mars, Cardi B and Ed Sheeran. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bruno Mars & Cardi B’s ‘Finesse’ vs. Justin Timberlake’s ‘Filthy’
Jan 11, 2018 • 77 min
Bruno Mars & Cardi B’s ‘Finesse’ vs. Justin Timberlake’s ‘Filthy’ For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Jackie Jackson on The Jacksons’ ‘Legacy’
Dec 21, 2017 • 44 min
Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Jackie Jackson and author Fred Bronson join to discuss the new retrospective book, “The Jacksons: Legacy.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Mariah Carey Chat & Guest Lindsay Ell
Dec 20, 2017 • 65 min
Gary & Trevor discuss Carey’s 23-year sleigh ride to the Hot 100’s top 10 with “All I Want for Christmas Is You.” Plus, Billboard’s Jim Asker chats with rising country artist Lindsay Ell. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Best of 2017: Ed Sheeran, ‘Despacito’ & More
Dec 14, 2017 • 62 min
A look at Sheeran’s historic 2017 on the charts, as well as year-end honors for Luis Fonsi, Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber’s “Despacito,” Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road” and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Post Malone’s Manager Dre London on ‘Rockstar’ & More
Dec 8, 2017 • 74 min
Following a breakout 2017 for Post Malone, London shares insights & previews the rapper’s forthcoming sophomore album. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Will ‘MIC Drop’ Be BTS’ Breakthrough Radio Hit?
Dec 6, 2017 • 15 min
KJYO Oklahoma City program director JJ Ryan returns to chat about the K-pop kings’ new song. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Clive Davis on Whitney Houston’s ‘I Will Always Love You’
Nov 28, 2017 • 113 min
The legendary executive remembers Houston’s iconic ballad, as Gary and Trevor count down the Hot 100’s top 40 hits from Nov. 28, 1992. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Taylor Swift’s ‘Reputation’: What Should the Next Singles Be?
Nov 16, 2017 • 0 min
Gary & Trevor play record executives. Plus, insights on “Reputation” from B96 Chicago’s Erik Bradley, and Billboard’s Nashville-based chart manager Jim Asker discusses topical new tracks from Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. For information regarding your data…
Portugal. The Man’s Eric Howk on Smash ‘Feel It Still’
Nov 9, 2017 • 0 min
The band’s guitarist is our special guest. Plus, chart chat about Camila Cabello’s “Havana” (& Kenny G’s, too). For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Rap Roundtable on Cardi B, Post Malone & More
Nov 2, 2017 • 0 min
A look at rap’s streaming-driven rise with three guests: Beats 1 host LowKey, Vibe music editor Mikey Fresh and Billboard Latin’s Marjua Estevez. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shawn Mendes’ Manager, Andrew Gertler
Oct 26, 2017 • 57 min
Gertler chats with Gary and Trevor about Mendes’ rise from Vine cover singer to chart-topping pop star. Plus, chart talk about Taylor Swift and Garth Brooks and (you’ve been warned) a Halloween ghost story. For information regarding your data privacy,…
The Top 25 Pop Songs of the Past 25 Years
Oct 19, 2017 • 58 min
Gary and Trevor countdown the biggest hits on Billboard’s Pop Songs radio airplay chart since its 1992 inception, a recap that includes smashes from Britney Spears, Rihanna & more. Plus, radio expert Sean Ross looks at where the genre’s sound could be…
Kix Brooks on Hosting ‘American Country Countdown’
Oct 12, 2017 • 61 min
Brooks, who notched 20 Hot Country Songs No. 1s as half of Brooks & Dunn, reflects on his role as “ACC” host, and how his experience as an artist informs his presentation. Plus, Tom Petty & Beyonce chart chat. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Kelly Clarkson on Her Breakout ‘Moment’ in 2002 & More
Oct 5, 2017 • 109 min
Special guests Kelly Clarkson & “American Idol” expert Fred Bronson join Gary & Trevor on a countdown of the Hot 100’s top 40 hits from Oct. 5, 2002. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The One Radio Station in the U.S. Playing BTS
Sep 29, 2017 • 14 min
KJYO (KJ103), in Oklahoma City, is sampling “DNA.” Programmer JJ Ryan chats about championing the K-pop song, BTS’ first Hot 100 hit. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Cardi B & Atlantic Records’ Huge 2017
Sep 28, 2017 • 67 min
Atlantic’s John McMann chats about the label’s wildly successful year & new Hot 100 No. 1, Cardi B’s “Bodak Yellow (Money Moves).” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Guest RaeLynn & Predicting Sam Smith’s Sophomore Success
Sep 21, 2017 • 67 min
RaeLynn chats about her rise at country with Warner Music Nashville CEO/chairman John Esposito and Billboard’s Jim Asker. Plus, can Sam Smith continue the momentum of his first album? For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Can Taylor Swift Hit Even Greater Heights With ‘Reputation’?
Sep 14, 2017 • 65 min
For all that she’s already achieved on the charts, can Taylor Swift reach further key milestones? Plus, songwriter-producer Sam Martin discusses crafting hits for Jason Derulo, Maroon 5 & more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Will Taylor Swift Be the Artist of the Decade?
Sep 7, 2017 • 0 min
As the “Reputation” era begins, Swift could be primed to rule charts for the ’10s. Plus, three Houston radio programmers discuss how they’re helping the community through Hurricane Harvey. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Hot 100 This Week in 1987, pt. 2, With Debbie Gibson
Aug 31, 2017 • 83 min
Classic songs by Madonna, Michael Jackson & more highlight Nos. 20 through 1, as Gibson celebrates the 30th anniversary of her debut album, “Out of the Blue.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Hot 100 This Week in 1987, pt. 1, With Special Guest Tiffany
Aug 24, 2017 • 96 min
Classic songs by Prince, Gloria Estefan & more highlight Nos. 40 through 21 this week 30 years ago, while Tiffany recalls her career launch and counts down her five favorite songs that she’s recorded. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Chart Beat Podcast: Ranking the 14-Week No. 1s, From Boyz to Bruno to Bieber
Aug 16, 2017 • 59 min
“Despacito” joins seven other songs that led for 14 weeks, the second-longest command in the chart’s history. A look back at their reigns, plus former “American Top 40” staffer Sandy Stert Benjamin stops by to remember recording the show this week in 1977…
The Top 40 – Hey, ‘Macarena’! – This Week in 1996
Aug 3, 2017 • 85 min
Before “Despacito,” “Macarena” ruled the Hot 100. Gary and Trevor time-travel back 21 years and chat with Jammin Johnny Caride, one of the Bayside Boys who remixed Los Del Rio’s smash. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Guest Maren Morris on Women ‘Chipping Away’ at Men’s Country Command
Jul 27, 2017 • 71 min
Maren Morris, Grammy winner, & Randy Goodman, CEO/chairman of Sony Music Nashville, share insights from each side of the artist-label relationship. Plus: Charlie Puth & Shawn Mendes are sneaking up on other male stars with their latest top 10s. For…
Will ‘Despacito’ Lead the Hot 100 the Longest & ‘Body Like a Back Road’ Deconstructed
Jul 20, 2017 • 56 min
Atop the Hot 100 for 10 weeks, can “Despacito” make it to 16 weeks … or more? Plus, Hit Songs Deconstructed analyzes Sam Hunt’s “Body Like a Back Road.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100 This Week in 2007, From No. 40 to No. 1
Jul 13, 2017 • 99 min
Gary and Trevor time-travel back 10 years and chat with RCA Records’ Joe Riccitelli about P!nk’s then-comeback hit, “U + Ur Hand.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Hot 100 This Week in 1997, From No. 40 to No. 1
Jul 6, 2017 • 76 min
Gary and Trevor time-travel back 20 years and chat with Paul Cole, who ranked in the top 40 this week in 1997 with her breakthrough smash “Where Have All the Cowboys Gone?” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
After Rihanna, Who’ll Be Next With 30 Top 10 Hot 100 Hits?
Jun 29, 2017 • 57 min
Gary & Trevor muse about Drake, Taylor Swift & more. Plus, more insights from Z100 New York’s Mark Medina, Billboard’s top pop programmer of the year. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Chart Beat Podcast: Z100’s Mark Medina & Justin Bieber’s Historic Sales Week
Jun 22, 2017 • 49 min
The boss of the biggest top 40 radio station in the U.S. shares insights. Plus, Bieber bests prior stars who achieved notable domination on the Digital Song Sales chart. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Predicting Fifth Harmony’s Post-Camila Cabello Success
Jun 8, 2017 • 48 min
How will new single “Down” do on the charts? Plus, radio programmer Charlie Quinn remembers making the “Friends” theme a No. 1 hit in 1995. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Summer Showdown: Justin Bieber’s 2017 vs. Pharrell’s 2013
Jun 1, 2017 • 48 min
Bieber is featured on what should be two of this summer’s biggest songs, just like Pharrell in 2013. Plus, ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale recaps covering the Billboard Music Awards and previews more summer hits. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Miley Cyrus vs. Hannah Montana, Plus Adele & Beyonce News
May 25, 2017 • 50 min
Miley Cyrus/Hannah Montana is (are?) on an elite list of artists with at least 20 Hot 100 entries under different billings. Plus, Columbia’s Lee Leipsner reveals whether any more singles will be released from Adele’s “25.” For information regarding your…
Future & Justin Bieber’s Historic Consecutive No. 1s
May 18, 2017 • 51 min
After no acts had done so for more than a half-century, since March, Future & Bieber have notched new No. 1s on the Billboard 200 & Hot 100 in consecutive weeks. Coincidence or trend? Plus, Columbia Records’ latest hits. For information regarding your…
Justin Bieber’s Post-‘Purpose’ Hits & Guest Billy Ray Cyrus
May 11, 2017 • 57 min
Bieber has now landed more top five Hot 100 hits in featured roles post-“Purpose” than he did with songs from his smash 2015 album. Gary and Trevor discuss, while Billboard’s Jim Asker chats with Cyrus about 25 years of “Achy Breaky Heart.” For…
Bruno Mars’ 2010s vs. Michael Jackson ’80s
May 4, 2017 • 54 min
A look at Mars’ current success vs. Jackson’s in the ’80s, and Pandora’s Rachel Whitney discusses the service’s country programming with Billboard’s Jim Asker. Plus, do we discuss, and play, everything from Ja Rule to Louis Armstrong and Bette Midler? (We…
Justin Bieber (in Spanish) & Kendrick Lamar Reign
Apr 27, 2017 • 55 min
Gary and Trevor discuss Kendrick Lamar’s new Hot 100 No. 1 “Humble.” & Justin Bieber’s multi-lingual singing skills. Plus, songwriting analysts Yael & Dave Penn break down The Chainsmokers’ “Closer.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Songwriting Secrets of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Shape of You’
Apr 20, 2017 • 46 min
Hit Songs Deconstructed’s Yael & Dave Penn break down the 12-week Hot 100 No. 1’s composition. Plus, Harry Styles’ debut & a flashback to 1990. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bruno Mars’ R&B Takeover
Apr 13, 2017 • 43 min
Atlantic Records’ John McMann offers insights about Mars’ successful sonic transformation with the “24K Magic” album. Plus Hot 100 chart action for Kendrick Lamar & Sam Hunt. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Luke Bryan & Universal’s Mike Dungan
Apr 6, 2017 • 51 min
Country king Luke Bryan and Universal Music Group Nashville chairman/CEO Mike Dungan chat with Jim Asker. Plus, hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson discuss Ed Sheeran’s latest chart feats and flashback to TLC’s late ’90s reign. For information regarding…
Ed Sheeran’s Chart Domination & Lady Gaga’s Resurgence
Mar 30, 2017 • 42 min
Atlantic Records’ John McMann chats with Billboard’s Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson about Sheeran’s success and previews what songs could be future singles from the “÷” album. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
High Dive Heart on Colbie Caillat Co-Writes & More
Mar 15, 2017 • 23 min
High Dive Heart – the married pop duo of Jason Reeves and Nelly Joy – discuss their own songs and Reeves’ Colbie Caillat co-write “Bubbly.” Caillat had begun writing the song and, says Reeves, “Once a song starts out great, it’s not hard to take it home.”…
Katy Perry, Niall Horan & Jon Bellion: How Capitol Is Ruling Radio
Mar 1, 2017 • 40 min
Capitol Records vp of pop promotion Joe Rainey shares insights on the label’s latest successes. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz
Feb 15, 2017 • 23 min
“I remember liking it all,” The Monkees’ Micky Dolenz recalls of the band’s ’60s pinnacle. “We were selling all those records and getting that incredible reaction. We caught lightning in a bottle.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Jimmy Harnen, BMLG Records President
Feb 8, 2017 • 39 min
Harnen chats with Billboard’s Jim Asker about running the label that includes Florida Georgia Line & reminisces about his own chart success in 1989 with beloved ballad “Where Are You Now.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Phil Galdston, NYU Director of Songwriting
Jan 25, 2017 • 49 min
Galdston discusses the elements of teaching songwriting, as well as his own legacy, having co-written Vanessa Williams’ 1992 Hot 100 No. 1 “Save the Best for Last.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Elvis Duran
Jan 11, 2017 • 34 min
Duran discusses his legendary Radio Hall of Fame career, including more than 20 years waking up listeners on Z100 New York. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Ask the Billboard Charts Dept.
Dec 21, 2016 • 30 min
In the podcast’s 2016 finale, Billboard VP of charts Silvio Pietroluongo joins co-directors of charts Keith Caulfield and host Gary Trust to field listener and reader questions and preview future chart developments. For information regarding your data…
Indie Folk-Pop Duo Goodbye Blue
Dec 8, 2016 • 43 min
Husband and wife Charlotte Kendrick and Dan Rowe discuss mixing music with parenting, as well as the challenges and rewards of being an independent act. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Alex Da Kid
Nov 30, 2016 • 39 min
The hitmaker chats with host Gary Trust about writing and producing for Dr. Dre, Bono, Eminem & more. Plus, the backstory of his new single, “Not Easy,” a collab with IBM’s Watson program. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Billy Porter, Vanessa Carlton & Tina Shafer on the NY Songwriters Circle
Nov 16, 2016 • 40 min
Tony and Grammy Award winner Billy Porter, chart-topper Vanessa Carlton and artistic director and host of the New York Songwriters Circle Tina Shafer chat with Billboard’s Gary Trust and Alex Vitoulis about the showcase’s rich legacy. For information…
Marc Myers, Author of “Anatomy of a Song”
Nov 10, 2016 • 46 min
Myers chats with host Gary Trust about his new book, “Anatomy of a Song, The Oral History of 45 Iconic Hits That Changed Rock, R&B and Pop.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Anthony Head Remembers “Buffy the Vampire Slayer”
Nov 6, 2016 • 30 min
Giles himself fondly recalls the show’s Joss Whedon-written and -directed “Once More, With Feeling” musical episode. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Suzanne Vega
Nov 2, 2016 • 39 min
“I have a very curious mind, and I like to play,” acclaimed singer-songwriter Suzanne Vega muses. “What is the point of writing something that everyone else has already written?” For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Bobby Bones
Oct 26, 2016 • 38 min
“I’m telling you my truth,” says the iHeartMedia country morning radio talent. “Sometimes you’re not gonna like it, but just respect, hopefully, that I’m always coming from a place of being authentic.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Cumulus Media’s Mike McVay
Oct 19, 2016 • 43 min
The veteran programming executive chats with Billboard’s Jim Asker about the chain’s “smorgasbord” of formats and platforms, including WSM-FM Nashville and WNSH New York. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
How Daya Broke Through on New Label Artbeatz
Oct 12, 2016 • 38 min
Steve Zap & Gino Barletta, co-founders of Artbeatz, recount the rise of the label’s breakout signee. Barletta also talks about co-writing Daya’s hits “Hide Away” & “Sit Still, Look Pretty.” For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
KCSN Los Angeles’ Sky Daniels on Radio & Station Fan Paul McCartney
Oct 5, 2016 • 44 min
KCSN Los Angeles programmer Sky Daniels shares insights about the adult alternative station and radio overall. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Timothy B. Schmit on New Album & Future of the Eagles
Sep 28, 2016 • 26 min
The voice behind the Eagles’ classic “I Can’t Tell You Why” & more talks about his new album, “Leap of Faith,” and what might, or might not, lie ahead for the iconic band following the passing of Glenn Frey. For information regarding your data privacy,…
Billboard Chart Historian Joel Whitburn
Sep 21, 2016 • 43 min
Chart fans around the world surely have libraries of Joel Whitburn Billboard chart reference books. On a recent visit to New York, Whitburn chatted with Billboard’s Gary Trust and Alex Vitoulis about his hobby that led to his becoming Billboard’s…
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande & More: Fall Preview
Sep 13, 2016 • 36 min
ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale joins host and Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust to predict who might have the hottest songs as the weather turns cooler. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Debbie Gibson on New Movie “Summer of Dreams” & Her Chart-Topping Career
Aug 31, 2016 • 50 min
Debbie Gibson joins host (and Gibson fan) Gary Trust to discuss her new Hallmark Channel movie, “Summer of Dreams,” and her chart-topping career. Gary also tries to keep calm when he realizes he has apparently inspired (co-written?) a new Gibson song…
Hit Songs Deconstructed on The Chainsmokers, Meghan Trainor, Prince & More
Aug 24, 2016 • 53 min
Dave and Yael Penn of Hit Songs Deconstructed join host Gary Trust to breakdown how and why, based on the music, The Chainsmokers’ “Don’t Let Me Down,” Meghan Trainor’s “No” & Prince’s “When Doves Cry” have all hit the Hot 100’s top 10 in 2016. For…
Lionel Richie on ‘Endless Love’ & How ‘Love Never Goes Out of Style’
Aug 15, 2016 • 48 min
Lionel Richie joins Billboard’s Trevor Anderson to chat about the R&B/pop icon’s legendary career, including the including the whirlwind recording of “Endless Love” with Diana Ross. There were “so many moving parts,” as, due to deadlines, the recording…
Chubby Checker on the Hot 100’s All-Time No. 1, ‘The Twist’
Jul 27, 2016 • 34 min
On the latest episode of the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, the iconic Chubby Checker joins host and Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust, in honor of “The Twist” reigning as the Billboard Hot 100’s all-time No. 1 song. Its appeal, says Checker?…
WFUV Radio’s Rita Houston
Jul 20, 2016 • 57 min
On the latest episode of the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, WFUV New York program director Rita Houston joins host and Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust, and Billboard’s rock charts manager Kevin Rutherford, to chat about her 22-year legacy of…
Perez Hilton on Justin Bieber, Madonna, Taylor Swift & More
Jul 13, 2016 • 31 min
Celebrity blogger, and celebrity himself, Perez Hilton chats with host and Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust about his longtime love of music and the Billboard charts, as well as his personal redemption. “I have tons of regrets,” Hilton says of…
How Twenty One Pilots Ascended to New Heights With ‘Blurryface’
Jul 7, 2016 • 37 min
Roadrunner execs Mike Easterlin and Mitch Mills chat with host and Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust about how twenty one pilots have ascended from core alternative faves to the mainstream with their album “Blurryface.” Plus, insights about…
Producer Dave Cobb & Americana Exec Jed Hilly
Jun 29, 2016 • 37 min
Super-producer Dave Cobb (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Mary Chapin Carpenter) and Americana Music Assn. executive director Jed Hilly discuss the growth of the Americana genre with Nashville-based Billboard chart manager Jim Asker. For information…
SiriusXM’s Kid Kelly
Jun 22, 2016 • 54 min
SiriusXM vp of music programming Kid Kelly chats with host Gary Trust about how he picks hits for the satellite service’s pop channels, recounts his colorful radio career and reveals that it might be time to retire his long-running syndicated ’80s/’90s…
Original MTV VJ Martha Quinn
Jun 15, 2016 • 37 min
Longtime MTV queen Martha Quinn chats with host Gary Trust about her helping define pop culture in the ’80s, her new role as morning host on San Francisco’s iHeart80s radio station & more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Music Choice’s Damon Williams
Jun 8, 2016 • 38 min
Music Choice’s Damon Williams chats with host Gary Trust about the service’s deep menu of cable TV audio channels, its many interactive features planned for the summer and its upcoming fourth-quarter expansion of its video presentation. For information…
ABC Radio’s Andrea Dresdale
Jun 1, 2016 • 41 min
ABC Radio’s manager of entertainment programming Andrea Dresdale joins host Gary Trust to predict who might have the biggest songs this summer, from Justin Timberlake, Drake and Desiigner to Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande and more. For information…
Nielsen Music’s Dave Bakula
May 25, 2016 • 45 min
Nielsen Music’s Dave Bakula chats with Billboard co-directors of charts Keith Caulfield and host Gary Trust about how Nielsen has tracked music consumption for a quarter-century. Also: a countdown of the five best-selling albums in the U.S. of the past 25…
Columbia Records’ Pete Cosenza
May 18, 2016 • 47 min
Columbia Records senior VP of promotion, adult radio, Pete Cosenza chats with host Gary Trust about the label’s recent successes with Adele, Rachel Platten, Ruth B and more. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
RCA Records’ Joe Riccitelli
May 11, 2016 • 46 min
RCA Records EVP/GM Joe Riccitelli discusses how the label promotes hits from its star-packed artist roster, which includes, among others, Zayn, Britney Spears and Justin Timberlake. For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy
Shirley Halperin
May 4, 2016 • 45 min
Billboard’s News Director Shirley Halperin chats with co-director of charts and host Gary Trust about Billboard’s mindset behind covering, analyzing and presenting news about the music business. For information regarding your data privacy, visit…
Mike Curb
Apr 27, 2016 • 76 min
Curb Records founder and Curb/Word chairman Mike Curb chats with Billboard’s Jim Asker about Curb’s more than 50 years of making hits in Nashville, how artists get signed and why his labels will never leave the city’s historic Music Row. For information…
Anne Donohue
Apr 26, 2016 • 38 min
Host Gary Trust chats with Anne Donohue, faculty advisor of Boston University’s student-run radio station, WTBU, about rebuilding after a recent fire. Also discussed: the changing state of journalism and the legacy of WTBU alum, and station fan, Howard…
Hit Songs Deconstructed
Apr 26, 2016 • 52 min
Host Gary Trust chats with Dave and Yael Penn, who created the Hit Songs Deconstructed website, which analyzes the characteristics of songs that soar to the top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100, including Drake’s “Hotline Bling” and Selena Gomez’s “Same Old…
Fred Bronson
Apr 6, 2016 • 43 min
On the second edition of Billboard’s Chart Beat Podcast, Billboard co-director of charts Gary Trust chats with Fred Bronson about the latter’s renowned career, which includes 16 years writing Billboard’s “Chart Beat” column, as well as his “The Billboard…
Paul Grein
Mar 30, 2016 • 37 min
Welcome to Billboard’s new Chart Beat Podcast, where host Gary Trust, Billboard’s co-director of charts, and other members of Billboard’s charts department analyze the numerous factors that go into making a Billboard chart hit. First up: longtime…