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, we recap Ariana Grande‘s launch at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 Rings” and how her second leader in just over two months, and second No. 1 bow from her forthcoming album Thank U, Next, places her in rare historical company.
Plus, we begin a two-week Grammy Awards roundtable, leading up to the Feb. 10 festivities. Joining are special guests Paul Grein, founder of the Chart Beat column in Billboard‘s pages in 1981, and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger.
Among topics discussed: Is a bevy of hip-hop nominations in major categories a victory for the genre … or will it result in votes cancelling each other out, leaving room for other types of winners? … Is eight nominees, up from five in years past, in the big four categories (album, song and record of the year and best new artist), the right number, or does it clutter the voting process? … And, will Drake‘s monster year on the charts translate to Grammy gold?
No matter who wins, “Every artist grew up watching the Grammys,” says Grein, “and the American Music Awards, and the Billboard awards and dreamed that one day they would be there.”
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