For all she's already achieved on the charts, can she reach further milestones? Plus, songwriter-producer Sam Martin discusses crafting hits for Jason Derulo, Maroon 5 & more.
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.
After, on last week's podcast, analyzing Taylor Swift's vault to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with "Look What You Made Me Do," Gary and Trevor this week look ahead to the Nov. 10 arrival of her new album, Reputation, and discuss what new chart heights to which she could soar with the set and its singles.
Swift has already set the bar historically high with, among other honors, each of her five studio albums so far having outsold the last in their debut weeks. (The first-week sales number for Reputation to beat: 1.29 million copies sold, the total, according to Nielsen Music, with which 1989 arrived in 2014.)