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, we recap Ariana Grande‘s continued reign on the Billboard Hot 100 with “7 Rings”; Marshmello and Bastille‘s blast to No. 2 after the former’s Fortnite concert Feb. 2; Maroon 5 and Cardi B‘s record-tying 33rd week in the top 10 with “Girls Like You”; and Billie Eilish‘s biggest Hot 100 hit so far, as “Bury a Friend” flies from No. 74 to No. 14 after its first full week of tracking.
Plus, one more look at the 61st annual Grammy Awards, as we recap the predictions we got right (and the many more we didn’t), joined again by Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger. With wins in the big four categories for Kacey Musgraves (album of the year for Golden Hour), Dua Lipa (best new artist) and Childish Gambino (record and song of the year for “This Is America”), women and hip-hop dominated, reversing last year’s top storylines.
We also analyze what changes the Grammys might make going forward. In an era where many artists are deemphasizing albums, does it still makes sense to wrap with the album of the year presentation? Should video of the year be a major category? How about playlist of the year? And (cue Seinfeld music), what’s the deal with the music they play when cutting off artists’ speeches? Why hasn’t it changed in decades? Couldn’t it update to something that sounds like it’s actually from the rock era?!
Those key questions and more in the latest Billboard Chart Beat Podcast.
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