Chart Beat Podcast: Guest RaeLynn on Her No. 1 Album & We Predict Sam Smith's Sophomore Success

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RaeLynn & Sam Smith

RaeLynn chats about her rise at country with Warner Music Nashville CEO/chairman John Esposito and Billboard's Jim Asker. Plus, can Sam Smith continue the momentum of his first 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, rising country star RaeLynn and Warner Music Nashville CEO/chairman John Esposito chat with Billboard senior chart manager Jim Asker, following the No. 1 debut on the Top Country Albums chart of RaeLynn's debut LP, WildHorse, in April.

Among the topics covered is the well-documented lack of women on the country charts. "My honest opinion is … there's got to be a change, because women are putting out incredible music right now," RaeLynn says. "When I see that, it just makes me sad, because it's ridiculous."

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Meanwhile, Gary and Trevor discuss Sam Smith's debut at No. 5 on the latest Billboard Hot 100 (dated Sept. 30) with "Too Good at Goodbyes." The ballad is the lead single from his forthcoming second LP, after 2014's In the Lonely Hour, which generated three Hot 100 top 10s. Smith is one of five artists this decade who have earned at least three Hot 100 top 10s from a debut album. How did they fare on the Hot 100 upon their returns? A look at their follow-ups and what Smith could expect with his new music.

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