Billie Eilish, Ariana Grande & Lizzo Shine in First Half of 2019: Chart Beat Podcast

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The stars are among those boasting A's on this year's midterm report card.

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, Trevor and Billboard.com senior editor Andrew Unterberger recap those at the head of the class over the first six months of 2019, from Billie Eilish and Lizzo's chart breakthroughs to Ariana Grande's biggest Billboard Hot 100 success yet. Also with report cards worth posting on the fridge: Billy Ray and Miley Cyrus (and Trent Reznor), Lady Gaga, Shawn Mendes and, of course, 14-week Hot 100 leader (so far) Lil Nas X.

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