Is Lady Gaga at a New Career Peak? Tracing From 'Just Dance' to 'A Star Is Born' on the Chart Beat Podcast


Plus, visitor Martha Reeves reminisces about her Motown traditional “Dancing within the Street.”

Welcome to the Billboard Chart Beat Podcast, the place every week co-hosts Gary Trust and Trevor Anderson, from the Billboard charts division, focus on 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, because the soundtrack to A Star Is Born blasts in at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, and single "Shallow" soars to No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100, Gary and Trevor focus on whether or not Lady Gaga has hit a brand new profession peak, given the movie's buzz and field workplace success.

Plus, chart chat masking Florida Georgia Line's new No. 1 on Country Airplay, Janet Jackson's milestone 20th chief on Dance Club Songs and a pair of notable debuts on the rock charts.

Meanwhile, our very particular visitor is Martha Reeves, who chats with Trevor concerning the legacy of her Motown traditional "Dancing within the Street" (with the Vandellas), which reached No. 2 on the Hot 100 in October 1964. The tune, which Reeves supposed as a joyous occasion anthem however wound up tangled within the instances' racial divide, was initially recorded by one among its writers, Marvin Gaye, who finally supplied it to Reeves and her group.

"Marvin was singing 'Dancing within the Street' like a love tune, like he was singing to some lady, within the Marvin Gaye fashion," Reeves recollects. "I used to be standing within the doorway, observing, as a result of there was at all times an artist [at Motown's studios] saying, 'If they’ll't get it in a single or two takes, we will do it!' I adopted him round – he was such a improbable artist. He was handsome, too. That helped.

"He noticed me and evidently thought I might do the tune. He mentioned, 'Let's attempt the tune on Martha.' I used to be such in awe of him, I used to be in shock that he would even point out my identify, and provides me such a advantageous tune."

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(Special observe: you possibly can take heed to the March 1, 2017-dated Chart Beat Podcast with visitor Joe Rainey, who handed away Oct. 12. The affable and big-hearted senior vp of pop promotion and advertising for Capitol Records was beloved by numerous pals within the trade, for his humorousness, genuineness and devotion to household. In this podcast, Rainey mirrored not solely on his job, however his love of music and promotion. In discussing a Katy Perry tune, he might've been summing up his personal legacy: "If you possibly can mix one thing actual to say with enjoyable … man, all of the extra energy to you.")