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 cover all the action on the Billboard Hot 100 and Billboard 200, from Drake to Lady Gaga, plus a trip around the charts for other notable feats by Ella Mai, Luke Combs, John Mayer and more. Also, a deep dive into Hit Song’s Deconstructed’s new report that analyzes how, in three years, pop and R&B/hip-hop have essentially traded domination in the Hot 100’s top 10, as the likes of Adele and Justin Bieber have given way to a tidal wave of hip-hop hits.
Plus, special guest Lil Jon reflects on his breakout hit “Get Low,” as the track, with the East Side Boyz and featuring Ying Yang Twins, peaked at No. 2 on the Hot 100 exactly 15 years ago (Oct. 25, 2003). The hit marked a mainstream breakthrough for crunk, which Jon describes as “black punk rock,” for its infectious, unyielding energy.
Further solidifying Lil Jon’s pop culture immersion at the time, Dave Chappelle parodied him and his trademark “Yeah!,” “Okay!” and “What?” sayings on a 2004 episode of Chappelle’s Show. “I remember being in the airport and a white family came up to me and they all knew who I was,” Lil Jon recalls. “They might never know my music, but they liked that character.”
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