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How Pentatonix, Ariana Grande & More Are Helping to Jingle In a New Era of Holiday Hits: Chart Beat Podcast

Nielsen's Haley Jones & Jon Miller join to discuss trends regarding the sounds of the season.

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 Haley Jones, director of radio, Nielsen Music, and Jon Miller, vp audience insights, Nielsen Audio, to discuss the latest trends about holiday music, in terms of streaming and radio airplay. In addition to the classics, newer songs by the likes of Pentatonix, Ariana Grande, Sia and more could become a more established part of the season’s soundtrack, as their notable streaming totals could translate to more radio airplay, courtesy of attentive programmers.

Plus, Gary and Trevor chat about Travis Scott‘s first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1, “Sicko Mode,” and Billboard‘s bounty of year-end charts, as Drake reigns as 2018’s top artist; his “God’s Plan” is the Hot 100’s No. 1 song of the year; and Taylor Swift‘s reputation is the Billboard 200‘s top album of 2018.


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