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Chart Beat Podcast: Guest Maren Morris on Women ‘Chipping Away’ at Men’s Country Chart Command

Plus: Charlie Puth & Shawn Mendes are sneaking up on other male stars with their latest top 10s.

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, joining Gary and Trevor, Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker chats with Billboard‘s top new country artist of 2016 and Grammy Award winner Maren Morris and CEO and chairman of Sony Music Nashville Randy Goodman, as they share insights from each side of the artist-label relationship.

Included is the much-discussed angle of women at country, as Asker cites that in the top 30 of the Aug. 5-dated Hot Country Songs chart, Morris, Miranda Lambert and Carly Pearce are the only women with songs unaccompanied by male artists. “It’s a staggering number,” Morris says. However: “We’re chipping away at it a little bit. More women songwriters are becoming artists; that’s what I came from. I think it’s letting the floodgates open for better songs.”

Gary and Trevor also look at Charlie Puth‘s “Attention” and Shawn Mendes‘ “There’s Nothing Holdin’ Me Back,” each artist’s third Billboard Hot 100 top 10 (with the former reaching the region this week). For months, Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, DJ Khaled, Justin Bieber and other more established male pop stars have hoarded the most, well, chart attention. Could Puth and Mendes be headed for even greater levels of success?

Plus, a flashback to this week in 1974, when Elton John took “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” to No. 2 on the Hot 100, more than a decade-and-a-half before he sent a live version, with George Michael, to No. 1. Gary and Trevor recall other acts that made the same song a hit twice thanks to different recordings – including a Spanish duo that was on its way to No. 1 this week in 1996 with a historic hit that will be the focus of next week’s episode …


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