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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, while also looking at current chart action in a historical context for even greater insights.
This week, joining Gary and Trevor, Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker chats with Billboard's top new country artist of 2016 and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris and CEO and chairman of Sony Music Nashville Randy Goodman, as they share insights from each side of the artist-label relationship.
Included is the much-discussed angle of women at country, as Asker cites that in the top 30 of the Aug. 5-dated Hot Country Songs chart, Morris, Miranda Lambert and Carly Pearce are the only women with songs unaccompanied by male artists. "It's a staggering number," Morris says. However: "We're chipping away at it a little bit. More women songwriters are becoming artists; that's what I came from. I think it's letting the floodgates open for better songs."