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Chart Beat Podcast: Post Malone’s Manager Dre London on ‘Rockstar’ & Why the Rapper Is a ‘Modern-Day Elvis’

Following a breakout 2017 for Post Malone, London shares insights & previews the rapper's forthcoming sophomore album.

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.

In our second podcast this week – following a return visit from JJ Ryan, program director of KJYO (KJ103) Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the leader in U.S. plays of BTS‘ new single “MIC Drop,” which makes history on the Billboard Hot 100 this week, becoming the first top 40 Hot 100 hit ever for a K-pop act – Gary and Trevor chat with Dre London, manager of Post Malone, atop the Hot 100 for an eighth week with “Rockstar,” featuring 21 Savage.

London recounts the rise of Post Malone, who, prior to “Rockstar,” earned his first Hot 100 top 10, “Congratulations,” featuring Quavo, in July. Just this week (on the chart dated Dec. 16), the rapper’s debut LP, Stoney, crowns Billboard‘s Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart at last, in its 51st week on the survey.

“He’s a multi-genre artist. You can’t put him in one bracket. And, why should you?” London says. “He plays guitar. He also does hip-hop music by rapping and singing. Why should we have to put his music in a box?

“We all want something different. We all want something new,” London muses. “He is, to me, the all-around artist of today. We’re looking at the modern-day Elvis.”

As for the arrival date of Post Malone’s second album? It’s “85 percent done,” London says. “I feel like you could get a present before the end of the year. If it’s not Christmas, it’ll definitely be at the top of the year.”


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