How BTS, Travis Scott & Lady Gaga Are Among the Changing Faces of Touring: Chart Beat Podcast


Touring chart manager Eric Frankenberg discusses Billboard’s new touring charts & industry trends.

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, as Ariana Grande's "7 Rings" returns to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Gary and Trevor recap how pop songs have dominated the survey over the past six months, after rap defined the sound of much of 2018. Plus, new chart honors for Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Marshmello and CHVRCHES, Dean Lewis and more.

We also welcome Billboard touring chart manager Eric Frankenberg to discuss Billboard's new touring charts, which shine a brighter spotlight than ever before on top-performing tours, individual shows, promoters and venues.

"The touring industry has always been topped by rock and pop acts, but now we're seeing this new wave of hip-hop acts," Eric says of the current state of touring, as such stars as Travis Scott and BTS soar in ticket sales – and add diversity among top live acts. "We're also seeing Latin artists graduate to arena status … K-pop artists, too. In BTS' case, they're playing a handful of stadiums this spring."

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