How Lifetime’s R. Kelly Documentary Became ‘A Breeding Ground of Trust’ for Survivors: Chart Beat Podcast

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A dialogue with the executives behind "Surviving R. Kelly."

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, the place every week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts division, talk about why what's on the charts … is on the charts, whereas additionally present chart motion in a historic context for even larger insights.

This week, we proceed discussing R. Kelly, following the Jan. Three-5 premiere of Lifetime's Surviving R. Kelly docuseries, which recounts the numerous accusations of sexual assault towards the R&B singer-songwriter, largely by way of interviews with over 50 girls who share their tales.

Joining us are Brie Miranda Bryant, Lifetime senior vp of unscripted growth and programming, and Surviving R. Kelly govt producers Jesse Daniels and Tamra Simmons.

"The strategy was 'persistence first'," Bryant recollects of the delicate strategy of interviewing individuals on-camera. "These survivors had been screaming into the wind and hadn't been heard. It took persistence [and became] a breeding floor of belief. They had a lot to say, and it was a secure place."

"Partnering with the suitable community, Lifetime, additionally helped them have the arrogance that they didn't have earlier than," says Simmons.

Making for a considerably unintended legacy for the collection, and maybe most significantly, notes Daniels of those that got here forth to interview, "Today, they're therapeutic collectively. A variety of them have grow to be pleasant, and see one another as a help system, which is one thing we're actually happy with."

Plus, Gary and Trevor recap this week's charts, together with Halsey's return to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Post Malone's newest high 10 and Ariana Grande's impending debut – presumably at No. 1? – on subsequent week's Hot 100 with new single "7 Rings."

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