Chart Beat Podcast: ACMs Recap & Bad Wolves' Tommy Vext on Their Remake of The Cranberries' 'Zombie'

Jason Aldean
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Jason Aldean performs onstage at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards at MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15, 2018 in Las Vegas.

Billboard's West Coast editor Melinda Newman recounts her conversations with Jason Aldean & others.

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, Billboard's rock, social and streaming chart manager Kevin Rutherford subs for Trevor, as, as always, we cover highlights of the Billboard Hot 100, where Drake replaces himself at No. 1, as "Nice for What" launches at the summit, dethroning his 11-week leader "God's Plan."

Plus, Billboard's West Coast editor Melinda Newman joins the podcast to recap Sunday night's (April 15) 53rd Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards, the first event for many country acts in Las Vegas since the mass shooting tragedy at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in October, when Jason Aldean was on-stage.

Newman recounts chatting with Aldean Sunday and offers other observations from the evening, including about Sugarland, Taylor Swift and (a very fit) Reba McEntire.

Plus, Bad Wolves frontman Tommy Vext stops by to chat about the band's remake of The Cranberries' "Zombie," as the cover ranks at No. 4 on the Mainstream Rock Songs chart (and No. 67 on the Hot 100).

"It's about honoring her legacy. We love The Cranberries," Vext says of the late Dolores O'Riordan, whose band's classic "Zombie" spent six weeks at No. 1 on Billboard's Alternative Songs chart in 1994.

Bad Wolves had recorded its cover and sent it to O'Riordan, who replied that she wanted to sing on it. She was set to add her vocals on Jan. 15, but died that day in London at age 46. On Jan. 19, the group released its version, with partial proceeds benefiting O'Riordan's family.

"The fact that all these people are falling in love with the song for the first, or second, time is a testament to her songwriting, and her timelessness," Vext says of O'Riordan. "Her work is carrying on."

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