Chart Beat Podcast: Predicting Songs of the Summer With ABC Radio's Andrea Dresdale

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Justin Timberlake? Rihanna? Ariana Grande? ABC Radio's manager of entertainment programming looks ahead to who'll have the biggest songs this summer.

Now that it's past Memorial Day, the (educated) guessing can get more serious: who'll have the song of the summer?

ABC Radio's manager of entertainment programming Andrea Dresdale joins host, and Billboard co-director of charts, Gary Trust on the new episode of the Chart Beat Podcast, to predict who might have the biggest songs this summer. Among the early contenders: established smashes like Justin Timberlake's "Can't Stop the Feeling!," Drake's "One Dance" (featuring WizKid and Kyla) and Desiigner's "Panda," as well as building hits by Rihanna, Adele, Ariana Grande and more.

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The topic is a passion of Dresdale's (and, of course, music fans worldwide) each year as the weather turns warmer. "When it comes to the song of the summer," Dresdale says, "it's what's pouring out of the radio, on the beach, what's playing at the backyard barbecue, what's playing at the local bar."

Dresdale also champions the medium of radio. "Despite the fact that you can drive around listening to custom playlists," she says, "there's still the serendipity of that great moment when you hear a song and you're like, 'What is that?' I love that."

Previous episodes:
Chart Beat Founder Paul Grein / Fred Bronson / Hit Songs Deconstructed on Drake & Selena Gomez / WTBU's Anne Donohue / Mike Curb / Billboard News Director Shirley Halperin / RCA's Joe Riccitelli / Columbia's Pete Cosenza / Nielsen Music's Dave Bakula

Enjoy the entire latest Chart Beat Podcast and stay tuned for more upcoming episodes with label execs, radio programmers, songwriters, producers and more, all as we analyze the factors that go into making chart hits.

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