How Country Rules Radio & How It's Adapting to a Streaming Era: Chart Beat Podcast

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Plus, a look at male artists' domination of the genre.

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 cover Lil Nas X's continued domination of the Billboard Hot 100 with "Old Town Road," featuring Billy Ray Cyrus, who himself debuts his own music on the Country Album Sales chart. Plus, new songs from Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Mark Ronson featuring Camila Cabello are about to make their chart marks.

Meanwhile, our special guests are Scott Musgrave, Nielsen Music head of U.S. radio, and Jon Miller, Nielsen Audio vp audience insights, who join in to discuss the state of the country genre. The format has long ruled radio, but how is it adapting to the next generation of listeners that has grown up streaming? Plus, a look at how male artists continue to populate radio playlists almost exclusively at the expense of women.

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