Chart Beat Podcast: Justin Bieber Finds New 'Purpose' Between Albums & Billy Cyrus Remembers His 'Achy Break'-Through Hit
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.
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, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, Gary and Trevor discuss how Justin Bieber has now achieved four top five Billboard Hot 100 hits since late last year, eclipsing his total of three (granted, all No. 1s) from his 2015 album Purpose, helping quench Beliebers' thirst for new music from the pop superstar until his next album. Other acts have similarly scored notable hits in between albums, including another Justin – Timberlake – a decade earlier.
Plus, as DJ Khaled's "I'm the One," featuring Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper and Lil Wayne, soars in at No. 1 on the Hot 100 (dated May 20), marking the first leader by as many as five individually credited artists, Gary and Trevor flash back to prior chart hits that feature a mini-festival's worth of acts, from hip-hop to rock to country.
Meanwhile, Billboard senior chart manager Jim Asker chats with Billy Ray Cyrus, who muses about the 25th anniversary of his first hit, "Achy Breaky Heart," which topped Hot Country Songs and crossed over to a No. 4 peak on the Hot 100. Notably, the line-dancing anthem could obscure the depth of parent album Some Gave All (whose title cut is a ballad tribute to Vietnam War veterans). Did that potential disconnect bother Cyrus back then? "At that time, I [was] living in my car," he says. "Have you ever lived in a Chevy Beretta? There's not a lot of room." (In other words, his answer is no, he was not bothered.)
Cyrus also discusses the now-wide-ranging chart history of the Cyrus family, which includes hits by current Billboard cover star Miley, as well as Trace and Noah. "I'm proud of all of 'em," he beams. "Really proud."
Wrapping up the podcast, Gary and Trevor travel back to this week in 1991, when, as with "I'm the One" this week, an all-star collab was making headlines on the Hot 100. Instead of five acts, however, nearly 100 artists, athletes, TV and movie stars, models and more banded together for the charity single "Voices That Care." One of those acts even makes a cameo on the podcast, recalling her contribution to the song (and chuckles at her early-'90s fashion sense).
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