Episode 229



April 30th, 2024

1 hr 3 mins 29 secs

Season 7

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About this Episode

Chris Molanphy from Slate's Hit Parade joins us to discuss the Big 5 and Sweden's entries for Eurovision 2024. How do the entries from France, Spain, Italy, Germany, the UK, and Sweden stack up to current US Billboard chart sensibilities? Are there any bangers in the mix?

About Chris Molanphy

Chris Molanphy is a chart analyst and pop critic who writes about the intersection of culture and commerce in popular music. For Slate, he created and hosts the Hit Parade podcast and writes their “Why Is This Song No. 1?” series. His most recent book is Old Town Road (DUP, 2023), about the Lil Nas X song of the same name and the chart history and race/genre intersections that led to its record-setting chart run. Chris’s work has also appeared in Rolling Stone, Pitchfork, Vulture, NPR Music’s The Record, The Village Voice, Billboard _and _CMJ. Chris has also been a frequent guest on National Public Radio (All Things Considered, On the Media, Planet Money, Soundcheck), on SiriusXM and on numerous podcasts including the Culture Gabfest and the New York Times Popcast.

"Authenticity" Summary

  • Welcome, Chris Molanphy! (0:46)
  • 🇫🇷 France - Slimane - "Mon Amour" ❤️‍🔥 (8:22)
  • 🇪🇸 Spain - Nebulossa - "ZORRA" 🦊 (16:46)
  • 🇮🇹 Italy - Angelina Mango - "La Noia" 🥱 (26:51)
  • 🇩🇪 Germany - ISAAK - "Always on the Run" 🏃 (33:34)
  • 🇬🇧 United Kingdom - Olly Alexander - "Dizzy" 😵‍💫 (41:32)
  • 🇸🇪 Sweden - Marcus & Martinus - "Unforgettable" 👯‍♂️ (49:43)
  • Final Thoughts (1:00:56)


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