Brooks, who notched 20 Hot Country Songs No. 1s as half of Brooks & Dunn, reflects on his role as "ACC" host, and how his experience as an artist informs his presentation. Plus, Tom Petty & Beyonce chart chat.
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, special guest Kix Brooks chats with Billboard's Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker about Brooks' role as host of the syndicated, and renowned radio staple, American Country Countdown, a position that he's held since 2006. The show, co-created by Casey Kasem in 1973, counts down the top 30 titles each week, from No. 30 to No. 1, on Billboard's Country Airplay chart.
As half of Brooks & Dunn, Brooks charted 20 No. 1s – a record among duos – on the Hot Country Songs chart, beginning in 1991. "It's a victory to get to No. 1. It's something to really cheer about," he says, noting that he monitored the pair's performance on Billboard charts long before he held the ACC mic.