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Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, where each week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts department, discuss why what's on the charts … is on the charts.
This week, Gary and Trevor recount Bruno Mars' coronation on the latest Billboard Hot 100, with "That's What I Like." The song is Mars' seventh No. 1, all since his first in 2010, extending his lead for the most among male soloists this decade. In fact, the sum ties for the second-best total in any decade for a solo male: Usher also notched seven in the 2000s, as did Phil Collins in the '80s. The three stars trail only Michael Jackson's male-best of nine Hot 100 leaders in the '80s. With two-and-a-half years left in the '10s, Gary and Trevor discuss whether Mars can match, or surpass, the King of Pop's single-decade record among men.
Also covered: The Chainsmokers' newly-minted year-long streak in the Hot 100's top 10 – Can they challenge Katy Perry's mark of 69 consecutive weeks in 2010-11? – and Ja Rule's history of Hot 100 hits, to offset his involvement in the ill-fated Fyre Festival, of which he served as co-organizer.