Chart Beat Podcast: Special Guest Tori Kelly on New Album, 'Hiding Place,' Plus Drake & Eminem Chart Chat

Myriam Santos
Tori Kelly

Kelly muses about her first gospel album & recent Country Airplay top 10, "Take Back Home Girl," with Chris Lane.

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, Gary and Trevor discuss Drake's continued domination on the Billboard Hot 100, as "In My Feelings" reigns for a ninth week. Drake passes Usher for the most weeks at No. 1 among male soloists in the chart's history (48) and ties Usher for the most weeks at No. 1 in a single year (28). Also, a look at how Eminem returned to the Hot 100's top 10, with two tracks, after a five-year absence, as his new album, Kamikaze, launches at No. 1 on the Billboard 200.

Plus, special guest Tori Kelly chats with Billboard's Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker about her new album, Hiding Place, due tomorrow (Sept. 14). The set is her first gospel LP and first album since 2015's pop release Unbreakable Smile and has already produced the Hot Gospel Songs hits "Help Us to Love," featuring the HamilTones, and "Never Alone," featuring genre cornerstone Kirk Franklin, who co-wrote and co-produced multiple tracks on the album.

"This gospel project and the songs I've had in the past … it's all me," Kelly says. "Even though it's different genres, it all feels like me."

Kelly also discusses being managed by Scooter Braun, who also manages Justin Bieber (and Usher), among others. "He gets so excited about vocals. When I was first thinking about partnering with him, I was like, 'I don't know if I'm this genre, or this genre.' All I knew was I had my guitar and I love to sing. I think he's done such a good job of reminding me that that's how I started. And, that's what I wind up going back to: just a girl and her guitar."

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