Billboard's Andrew Unterberger chats about Grande's chances. Plus, special guest Bill Danoff, who co-wrote John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads" (as interviewed by another special guest).
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, as Ariana Grande's "No Tears Left to Cry" blasts onto the Billboard Hot 100 at No. 3, Gary and Trevor chat about the song's chances to become her first No. 1; she's reached a No. 2 high to date with "Problem," featuring Iggy Azalea, in 2014. Billboard senior editor Andrew Unterberger joins in the discussion, following his analysis of which current stars have yet to crown the Hot 100, while citing who waited a few years for their first leaders, including Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Ed Sheeran, as well as Drake as a lead artist.