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, as Miley Cyrus scores her first Billboard Hot 100 top 10 since 2013’s “Wrecking Ball,” thanks to a 64-10 vault for “Malibu,” Gary and Trevor note how Cyrus has made 44 Hot 100 visits: 24 under her own name and 20 as her Disney alter ego Hannah Montana. Such dual success is rare in the Hot 100’s history, as she belongs to an exclusive club that includes Michael Jackson and Jackson 5/The Jacksons; Paul McCartney (including his work with Wings) and The Beatles; and Diana Ross solo, following with her hits with The Supremes.
Unlike those stars, Cyrus has padded her Hot 100 resume billed as both herself and a fictional character. Again, she has few peers in that category, preceded by the likes of Will Smith/The Fresh Prince in hitting the top 10 under an artist’s own name and an on-screen persona.
Plus, Columbia Records executive vp promotion Lee Leipsner returns to discuss more of the label’s biggest names in pop music. After offering inside insights last week on Harry Styles, The Chainsmokers, James Arthur and more, Leipsner this week expands upon Beyonce, Adele, HAIM and others.
Wrapping up the podcast, Gary and Trevor celebrate one of the top draws at Sunday’s (May 21) Billboard Music Awards: Celine Dion, who performed her beloved Hot 100 No. 1 “My Heart Will Go On” in tribute to Titanic, which was released nearly 20 years ago. The song wasn’t her only soundtrack smash, and Gary and Trevor look back at other hits that Dion mined from movies and which went on to become kings of the (chart) world.
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