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Lil Nas X Hits No. 1 With the Genre-Blending ‘Old Town Road’ & Flashing Back Like It’s 1999: Chart Beat Podcast

An in-depth discussion about the Hot 100's new leader.

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 the second of two new podcasts this week, Billboard executive editor Ross Scarano joins for a Mariah Carey concert review and senior editor Andrew Unterberger returns for an in-depth discussion about Lil Nas X‘s leap to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, including its pop culture impact and how the track has sparked widespread conversation about genre definition and the evolution of country and hip-hop.


Gary, Trevor and Andrew also continue celebrating the music of 1999, traveling back (with a stop in South Park, Colorado) to some of the biggest hits, lost gems and notable trends from 20 years ago.

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