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 note the Billboard Hot 100 debut of DJ Khaled‘s “Wild Thoughts,” featuring Rihanna and Bryson Tiller, at No. 4. The song marks Rihanna‘s 31st Hot 100 top 10, a sum third only to Madonna‘s record 38 and The Beatles‘ 34. Looking ahead, who might be the next to gain entrance to the exclusive club of acts with at least 30 top 10s? Among others, Drake and Taylor Swift each boast 20. Which superstar could reach the milestone first? Gary and Trevor debate.
Plus, part two with Billboard‘s top pop programmer of the year, WHTZ (Z100) New York program director Mark Medina, who shares more about what makes the iHeartMedia radio station the most-listened-to top 40 signal in the U.S. “As top 40 programmers, our goal is balance,” he muses. “We don’t ever want our station to sound [only] like the Imagine Dragons station, nor [only] the Drake station. The basis of what we do is to blend the two. When there’s a coalition that like both sides, that’s when top 40 does its best.”
Wrapping up the podcast, Gary and Trevor travel back to this week in 1988, when Michael Jackson made history on the Hot 100 as “Dirty Diana” became the fifth No. 1 from Bad, the first album to spin off a quintet of Hot 100 leaders. Since, only Katy Perry‘s Teenage Dream in 2010-11 has equaled the feat. Plus, remembering achievements for Off the Wall and Thriller that helped crown Jackson the King of Pop.
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