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Jonas Brothers’ Return With ‘Happiness Begins’ & Runaway June Performs: Chart Beat Podcast

An inside look at how Billboard's recent JoBros cover story was written.

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 welcome Billboard associate editor Taylor Weatherby for an inside-journalism look at how Billboard‘s recent Jonas Brothers cover story was written, ahead of their debut at No. 1 on this week’s Billboard 200 with Happiness Begins, their first studio album in a decade. Taylor recaps spending time with the reunited trio in Minneapolis and the responsibility she felt, as a writer and longtime fan, to tell the story of the act’s comeback as insightfully as possible. (Also noted: what it was like to sit on a couch with Joe Jonas.)

Plus, special musical guest Runaway June chats with Billboard‘s Nashville-based country chart manager Jim Asker about the trio’s latest single “Buy My Own Drinks,” which has become the first top 20 Country Airplay hit by an all-female group in 14 years. The members – Naomi Cooke, Hannah Mulholland and Jennifer Wayne – discuss their rise, offer pointed opinions about the lack of female artists in the genre and give background about their first LP, Blue Roses, due June 28 on Wheelhouse Records.

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