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Billboard's Hot 100: Hits, History and Kinks (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)

Billboard's Hot 100: Hits, History and Kinks (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)

Update: 2022-08-111
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Every episode of Pop Pantheon contains at least some mention of the Billboard's iconic singles chart, the Hot 100. So for this week's B-Side, DJ Louie is joined by chart analyst, cultural critic and host of Slate's podcast Hit Parade to talk the 60 year history of the chart, the way its metrics have evolved over time, what role having hits on the Hot 100 plays in a pop star's mythology and legacy, whether or not we can compare current hits like this week's #1 "Break My Soul" to past ones given how Billboard's methodology has been altered to fit new data and music-consuming ecosystems, some weird kinks that have prevented massive hits like "I'm a Slave 4 U" from reaching to the top of the charts, and what fixes Chris might make to improve the Hot 100, still our best tool for measuring a hit record.

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Billboard's Hot 100: Hits, History and Kinks (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)

Billboard's Hot 100: Hits, History and Kinks (with Hit Parade's Chris Molanphy)

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