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 look ahead to Fifth Harmony‘s likely debut on next week’s Billboard Hot 100 with new single “Down,” featuring Gucci Mane, the group’s first release since the December departure of Camila Cabello. What has chart history taught about how well groups do after a member leaves? From The Supremes following Diana Ross‘ exit to other acts, we analyze how select star groups have fared, as well as the fortunes of soloists forging their own chart paths.
Plus, radio programmer Charlie Quinn checks in to remember his key role in turning the theme to NBC’s Friends into a No. 1 hit, as The Rembrandts‘ “I’ll Be There for You” began an eight-week reign on Billboard‘s Radio Songs chart 22 years ago this month (beginning June 17, 1995). Then program director of pop WYHY (now WRVW) Nashville, Quinn and music director Tom Peace looped the less-than-1-minute theme song into a longer version and began playing it in power rotation. Despite the song’s appeal among listeners, however, both The Rembrandts and their label asked Quinn to stop playing it. Quinn explains why, how the act eventually felt about the song becoming so big and whether he’s heard from any of the Friends cast.
Wrapping up the podcast, Gary and Trevor look at (and listen to) other TV theme songs that became chart hits, from Miami to Hazzard County.
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