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Country Update
Country Update
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CMA Preps Research
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Kenny Chesney
Launches Stadium
Tour Season
>page 8
Makin’ Tracks:
Keith Urban’s
“Wasted Time”
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The Stark Report:
Is Country In For A
Summer Slowdown?
>page 13
Country Coda:
Rodney & Rosanne’s
“Small World”
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BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 1 OF 18
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Coca-Cola Cowboys Get Their
Share Of New Soda Campaign
As a homeless teenager, singer-songwriter Jimmy Wayne’s
life turned around when he met an elderly woman, Bea
­Costner, who hired him to cut her lawn every week. She would
­compensate him with $20 and a Coca-Cola, and he ended up
living with the Costners.
He has told that story through the
years at concerts; in his book, Walk to
Beautiful; and, more recently, on his
blog. Wayne finally got to recount it
to a gathering of Coke executives on
April 20.
“The room just cheered like you
wouldn’t believe,” he says. “I was like,
‘Man, this is not a one-time speech.
I’ve been trying to get your attention
for 18 years.’ ”
Appropriately, Coca-Cola is now
using one of Wayne’s songs, “I Love You
This Much,” among just seven country copyrights in its new Share a Coke
and a Song campaign, which d
­ ebuted
April 18. It’s an extension of the Share a
Coke program in which people’s names
were imprinted on the soft drink’s labels. Those names are now replaced by
WAYNE
the title — or a key lyric — from a song.
Taylor Swift’s “You Belong With
Me,” Faith Hill’s “The Way You Love Me” and Willie Nelson’s
“Always on My Mind” are among the country tracks in the effort, which uses ­approximately 70 songs total. They range in
eras from C
­ harlie Puth’s current pop single “One Call Away”
to the public-domain composition “Take Me Out to the Ball
Game,” and in styles from Bachman
Turner Overdrive’s classic-rocker
“Takin’ Care of Business” to Carlos
Vives’ Latin-pop release “Ella Es Mi
­Fiesta” (“She’s My Party”).
“We wanted to use the lyrics that
connect people and c­ reate those moments of sharing,” Coke global head
of music Joe ­B elliotti told Billboard
in March. “This was not about ­f inding
the most popular songs of today. This
was about finding ­lyrics that can help
you connect with ­someone. ­Because at
the end of the day, music and the lyrics in songs help you express what you
­sometimes aren’t able to put into words
yourself.”
Using phrases to connect people isn’t
an ­entirely new idea.
“It’s like those Valentine’s [Day]
sweet-tart things that have those little
messages on them,” says Shane McAnally, a co-writer of Kacey Musgraves’
“Follow Your Arrow,” which is also in the campaign.
And using music isn’t a new idea for Coca-Cola, either. A 1971 Coke ad built
around “I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing” is widely ­regarded as among the
most effective spots in history (one of its writers, British-born Roger Cook,
became a Nashville ­songwriter, responsible
for Don Williams’ “I Believe in You” and
George Strait’s “One Night at a Time”). Dottie West’s “Country Sunshine” was also part
of a Coke campaign.
In this modern Coke/music hookup, the
songs on the labels can be scanned with the
Shazam app, allowing consumers to hear a
part of a track — and maybe become aware of
the artist — and create a lip-synch video that
JAMES
they’re able to share.
“Coca-Cola should fit anyone, no matter
who they are — whatever race, whatever job they do,” says “Always on My
Mind” co-writer Mark James. “Coca-Cola has been around so long that it’s
just one of those icon things. You’d miss it if it wasn’t here anymore.”
Coke, in fact, is extremely protective of the brand. The recipe for its syrup is
a closely guarded secret, and its marketing efforts — particularly after its New
Coke debacle in 1985 — are meticulous.
“The world we’re living in today, everybody has to be so diplomatic about what
they believe in and [whether they] might
offend somebody,” says Wayne. “I thought,
‘Wow, I can hardly believe they’re going to
print my song on their cans and bottles.’ ”
Coke had to pass a test, too — and not the
Pepsi challenge. A line from Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” — “I’m
proud to be an American” — is included in
GREENWOOD
Coke’s ­campaign, but Greenwood isn’t in
a hurry to license it to everyone.
“I wouldn’t put it on a beer label,” says ­Greenwood. “But if Coke wants to
use it, I think it’s really cool to be associated with America’s most popular
and well-known brand.”
Coke has not revealed details of the deals it made with publishers, though
Greenwood says it’s a ­favored-nation agreement — thus, every title ­receives
the same compensation — and both sides hold an option to continue the association after one year.
That said, it’s difficult to believe that anyCLARK
one who thought the deal was a ­winner beforehand would want to get out of it after being
associated with the ­iconic Coke logo.
“It’s my favorite soft drink and it always has
been,” says “Follow Your Arrow” co-writer
Brandy Clark. “I just love the way it looks.
JAMES
I love the glass bottles.
To me, it’s ­A merican.
It’s like Ford and Chevy and Coke — but actually, Coke goes above Ford and Chevy for me.
You know, it’s like the [New York] Yankees.”
Clark is tied to one of the minor pitfalls in
the program. She received a Grammy nomination this year for her album cut
“Hold My Hand,” which is a title that’s featured on some Coke bottles. Her
fans might think it’s her song that’s being ­l icensed, though more consumers are likely to associate the title with Darius Rucker — “Hold My Hand”
was Hootie & The Blowfish’s 1994 breakthrough hit. But the actual track
in question, ­determined by using the Shazam app, is Jess Glynne’s 2015 release “Hold My Hand,” which reached the top 10 on Billboard’s Hot Dance/
Electronic Songs chart.
Less problematic is Luke Bryan’s “I Don’t Want This Night to End,” which
— much like Wayne’s song — represents a personal Coke connection to ­Dallas
Davidson, one of Bryan’s three co-writers. The Share a Coke campaign phrase
is ironic in his case — Davidson’s grandmother gave out Coca-Cola stock
­certificates at Christmastime, essentially sharing shares of the company. The
Georgia-born Davidson still holds his stock in the business, which he visited
­during a school function as a kid.
“That’s a pretty big deal how it all comes full circle,” says Davidson. “You’re
touring Coca-Cola when you’re 7 years old, and then when you’re 38 years old,
they’re putting your song title on the side of the can. That’s pretty badass.”
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 2 OF 18
Brothers Osborne performed “21 Summer” and “Stay a Little Longer”
when the duo made its Grand Ole Opry debut on April 19. From left:
Opry Entertainment Group president Steve Buchanan, T.J. Osborne,
John Osborne and Opry vice president/GM Pete Fisher.
Michael Ray visited with WIVK Knoxville, Tenn., PD Bob Raleigh during
an April 15 stop at Thompson-Boling Arena with Brantley Gilbert. From
left: Raleigh, Ray and Warner Music Nashville promotion manager
Stephanie Holzer.
Martina McBride delivered the inaugural Big Machine Label Group
special for HSN on April 17. From left: Nash Icon GM Jim Weatherson,
BMLG senior vp creative Sandi Spika Borchetta, BMLG president/CEO
Scott Borchetta, McBride and HSN CEO Mindy Grossman.
Drake White chatted with WNSH New York personality Shila Nathan
April 18 following a guest appearance on NBC’s Today
CLARK: PAMELA LITTKY; BROTHERS OSBORNE: RACHEL BLACK; MCBRIDE: RICK DIAMOND
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 3 OF 18
ON THE CHARTS JIM ASKER [email protected]
Florida Georgia Line’s “Confession” (Republic Nashville) crowns Billboard’s
radio something fresh with “Confession.” “FGL is one of the acts to pioneer a
Country Airplay chart (dated May 7), lifting 2-1, up 4 percent to 44.8 ­m illion
new sound, yet they’ve managed to mature as well,” he tells Billboard. “While
audience impressions in the tracking week ending April 24, according to
their music always performs with younger demos, this one also fared well with
Nielsen Music.
the older end of our audience.”
Penned by Rodney Clawson, Ross Copperman and Matt Jenkins,
­“Confession” marks a milestone for the duo of Brian Kelley and Tyler ­Hubbard.
‘T’ IS FOR TOP 10 As Dierks Bentley’s “Somewhere on a Beach” (­ Capitol
The fifth single from FGL’s sophomore album, Anything Goes, is the pair’s fourth ­N ashville) leads Billboard’s hybrid Hot Countr y Songs chart, which
to top Country Airplay, following “Sippin’ on Fire” (June 20, 2015), “Sun Daze” ­encompasses airplay, digital sales and streaming, for a second week, Thomas
(Feb. 28, 2015) and “Dirt” (Oct. 25, 2014). (The title-track fourth single peaked Rhett’s “T-Shirt” (Valory) enters the top 10 (12-9). “T-Shirt” is sparked by a
at No. 3 in October.)
14 percent increase on Country Airplay, where it also reaches
Florida Georgia Line’s first full studio set, Here’s to the Good
the top 10 (14-10; 28.5 million, up 13 percent). The track
Times, also produced four Country Airplay leaders (2012zooms 10-4 on Country Digital Songs (25,000 downloads
14), matching the record for the most No. 1s from a debut
sold; up 16 percent) and 10-5 on Country Streaming Songs
major-­label album, previously set by Brooks & Dunn (Brand
(2.3 million U.S. streams, up 14 percent). “T-Shirt” is Rhett’s
New Man, 1991-92) and Zac Brown Band (The ­Foundation,
sixth Hot Country Songs top 10 and seventh Country A
­ irplay
2008-10).
top 10.
Now, FGL joins ZBB as the only two acts to accomplish
Also on Country Airplay, Luke Bryan’s “Huntin’, Fishin’
four Country Airplay chart-toppers from each of their first
& Lovin’ Every Day” (Capitol Nashville) becomes his 21st top
two albums. ZBB’s second full-length, You Get What You Give,
10 (12-9; 30 million, up 10 percent).
produced the No. 1s “As She’s Walking Away” (featuring Alan
Jackson), “Colder Weather,” “Knee Deep” (featuring Jimmy
SIMPSON SAILS TO NO. 1 On Top Country Albums,
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
Buffett) and “Keep Me in Mind” (2010-11).
­A mericana singer-songwriter Sturgill Simpson tops the
“It still feels like a dream to us and we’re humbled,” FGL’s
survey for the first time as Sailor’s Guide to Earth (Atlantic/
Kelley tells Billboard. “ ‘Confession’ is in our hearts and we are thankful it had
Atlantic Group) bows with 52,000 in its opening week. It also starts at No. 1
a chance to be a single and have an impact. It really opens the door for what
on Top Current Albums, Top Rock Albums and Folk Albums. Simpson’s third
we’ve got coming on [April 29].”
appearance on Top Country Albums follows his No. 31-peaking 2014 debut,
“This is an amazing achievement and it couldn’t happen to nicer people,” High Top Mountain, and 2015’s Metamodern Sounds in Country Music (No. 8).
adds Big Machine Label Group executive vp and Republic Records president
Jimmy Harnen. “On the eve of launching their debut single from their third
MARIE’S NEW ‘MUSIC’ Marie Osmond achieves her first solo top 10 on the
LP, FGL continues to lead the pack.”
Top Country Albums chart in more than 41 years as Music Is Medicine (Oliveme)
Wait — what was that about April 29 and a new single and album? While not
­enters at No. 10 (4,000). She posts her first solo entry since 1989’s No. 68-­peaking
divulging the exact date, Harnen told Billboard that the duo’s third album will Steppin’ Stone and first top 10 since 1974’s In My Little Corner of the World (No. 10).
arrive in late summer.
Osmond tallied one top 10 since with brother Donny: 2011’s Donny & Marie
KKBQ Houston PD Johnny Chiang feels that Florida Georgia Line gave
opened and peaked at No. 7 (16,000).
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APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 4 OF 18
Country Airplay
THIS
WEEK
LAST
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CHART
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SNAPBACK R CA Nashville
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
THIS WEEK
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THIS WEEK
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CONFESSION R epublic Nashville Florida Georgia Line
44.761
+1.792
7940
215
1
Dierks Bentley
43.926
+4.288
7780
652
2
THINK OF YOU R CA Nashville/Republic Nashville HH Most Increased Audience HH Chris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
43.178
+4.526
7776
871
3
39.736
+1.935
7232
421
4
HH No. 1 (1 week) HH Old Dominion
5
1
32
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B ig Machine
Rascal Flatts
37.960
-8.553
6642
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Dustin Lynch
36.252
+3.189
6505
466
6
9
14
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine
Tim McGraw
31.791
+2.359
5863
533
7
Blake Shelton
30.363
+2.550
5565
544
8
Luke Bryan
29.982
+2.752
5153
438
10
Thomas Rhett
28.464
+3.230
5107
390
11
6
10
7
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN
12
7
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C apitol Nashville
14
13
T-SHIRT V alory
11
46
THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU C urb
13
17
MY CHURCH C olumbia Nashville
15
5
16
30
HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville
Jon Pardi
17
4
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
19
12
21
4
20
20
23
8
22
23
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER W
arner Bros./WAR
24
38
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
CA Nashville
25
25
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V alory
30
4
26
36
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury
27
12
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR
28
27
RUNNING FOR YOU M
CA Nashville
29
7
ROCK ON D
ot
31
9
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
32
29
I MET A GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN
34
16
LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution
NOISE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
Lee Brice
27.154
-0.231
5177
170
9
Maren Morris
26.444
+0.936
5092
172
12
Kenny Chesney
24.764
+1.914
4463
526
13
20.105
+1.424
4268
267
14
20.038
+4.477
3884
954
15
Eric Church
15.532
+1.656
3199
212
16
Jason Aldean
14.958
+3.123
2879
587
20
FIX B ig Loud
Chris Lane
14.244
+0.648
3005
96
17
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville
Jake Owen
12.810
+1.583
2625
294
21
Frankie Ballard
12.126
+0.723
2995
55
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LIGHTS COME ON B roken Bow
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
HH Airpower HH
HH Airpower HH
David Nail
11.333
+0.669
2912
239
Justin Moore
11.107
+0.628
2524
124
22
Carrie Underwood
11.091
+3.474
2299
854
24
Canaan Smith
10.475
+0.551
2405
153
23
Dan + Shay
10.311
+0.685
2194
68
26
Kip Moore
9.779
+0.881
2231
128
25
Tucker Beathard
9.320
+0.993
2006
377
27
Sam Hunt
7.389
+1.705
1457
181
29
William Michael Morgan
5.951
+0.340
1449
77
30
Big & Rich Featuring Tim McGraw
5.593
+0.431
1643
235
28
HH Most Added HH
BILLBOARD COUNTRY AIRPLAY PANEL — 151 STATIONS
Albany, N.Y.
WGNA
Albuquerque, N.M.
KBQI
KRST
Allentown, Pa.
WCTO
Atlanta
WKHX
WUBL
Augusta, Ga.
WKXC
Austin, Texas
KASE
Bakersfield, Calif.
KUZZ
Baltimore
WPOC
Baton Rouge, La.
WYNK
Birmingham, Ala.
WDXB
WZZK
Boise, Idaho
KAWO
KIZN
BostonWBWL
WKLB
Buffalo, N.Y.
WYRK
Charleston, S.C.
WCKN
WEZL
Charlotte, N.C.
WKKT
WSOC
Chattanooga, Tenn.
WUSY
ChicagoWEBG
WUSN
CincinnatiWUBE
ClevelandWGAR
Colorado Springs, Colo.
KATC
Columbia, S.C.
WCOS
Columbus, Ohio
WCOL
Corpus Christi, Texas
KRYS
DallasKPLX
KSCS
DenverKWOF
KYGO
Des Moines, Iowa
KHKI
KJJY
DetroitWYCD
El Paso, Texas
KHEY
Ft. Myers, Fla.
WCKT
WWGR
Ft. Wayne, Ind.
WQHK
Fresno, Calif.
KSKS
Gainesville, Fla.
WOGK
Grand Rapids, Mich.
WBCT
Greensboro, N.C.
WPAW
WTQR
Greenville, S.C.
WESC
WSSL
Harrisburg, Pa.
WRBT
Hartford, Conn.
WWYZ
HoustonKILT
KKBQ
Huntsville, Ala.
WDRM
IndianapolisWFMS
WLHK
Jacksonville, Fla.
WGNE
WQIK
Johnson City, Tenn.
WXBQ
Kansas City
KBEQ
WDAF
KFKF
Knoxville, Tenn.
WCYQ
WIVK
Lafayette, La.
KMDL
Lakeland, Fla.
WPCV
Las Vegas
KCYE
KWNR
Lexington, Ky.
WBUL
Little Rock, Ark.
KSSN
Los Angeles
KKGO
Louisville, Ky.
WAMZ
WQNU
Madison, Wis.
WWQM
McAllen, Texas
KTEX
MemphisWGKX
WLFP
MiamiWKIS
MilwaukeeWMIL
MinneapolisKEEY
KMNB
Mobile, Ala.
WKSJ
Monmouth/Ocean, N.J.
WKMK
Monterey, Calif..
KTOM
Nashville
WKDF
WSIX
WSM-FM
Nassau, N.Y.
WJVC
New Bern, N.C.
WRNS
New Orleans
WNOE
New York
WNSH
Norfolk, Va.
WGH
WUSH
Oklahoma City, Okla.
KJKE
KTST
Omaha, Neb.
KXKT
Orlando, Fla.
WWKA
PhiladelphiaWXTU
Phoenix
KMLE
KNIX
PittsburghWDSY
WOGI
WPGB
Portland, Maine
WPOR
WTHT
Portland, Ore.
KUPL
KWJJ
Providence, R.I.
WCTK
Raleigh, N.C.
WNCB
WQDR
Richmond, Va.
WKHK
Riverside, Calif.
KFRG
Roanoke, Va.
WSLC
Rochester, N.Y.
WBEE
Sacramento, Calif.
KBEB
KNCI
KNTY
St. Louis
KSD
WIL
Salt Lake City
KEGA
KSOP
KUBL
San Antonio, Texas
KAJA
KCYY
San Diego
KSON
San Jose, Calif.
KRTY
KSJO
Santa Rosa, Calif.
KFGY
Sarasota, Fla.
WCTQ
SeattleKKWF
KMPS
Shreveport, La.
KXKS
Spokane, Wash.
KXLY
Springfield, Mass.
WRNX
Springfield, Mo.
KTTS
Stockton, Calif.
KATM
Syracuse, N.Y.
WBBS
Tampa, Fla.
WFUS
WQYK
Tucson, Ariz.
KIIM
Tulsa, Okla.
KTGX
KVOO
KWEN
Visalia, Calif.
KJUG
Washington, D.C.
WMZQ
West Palm Beach, Fla.
WIRK
Wichita, Kan.
KFDI
KZSN
Wilkes Barre, Pa.
WGGY
Wilmington, Del.
WXCY
York, Pa.
WGTY
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APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 5 OF 18
Country Airplay
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
PETER PAN B lack River
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
THIS WEEK
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Kelsea Ballerini
4.749
+0.953
1207
210
33
Drake White
4.632
+0.263
1335
42
31
35
15
UNLOVE YOU B ig Machine
Jennifer Nettles
4.481
+0.106
1266
-13
32
40
12
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
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Billy Currington
3.732
+0.726
918
93
36
38
11
USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER Z one 4/RCA Nashville
Kane Brown
3.416
+0.019
873
56
37
34
39
11
MAYDAY A
rista NashvilleCam
3.410
+0.332
1040
101
41
13
SOUTHERN BOY B roken Bow
Jordan Rager With Jason Aldean
3.211
+0.326
933
73
35
49
4
CASTAWAY S outhern Ground/John Varvatos/Republic/Dot
Zac Brown Band
3.089
+1.348
517
283
47
GIRL NEXT DOOR W
arner Bros./WMN
42
11
48
9
44
11
Brandy Clark
2.483
-0.017
624
18
41
High Valley
2.359
+0.522
597
73
43
I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviverLoCash
2.332
+0.224
682
59
39
Brothers Osborne
2.199
+0.118
646
51
40
Trace Adkins
2.199
+0.038
811
61
38
Sam Hunt
2.100
+0.001
274
11
52
44
MAKE YOU MINE A
tlantic/WEA
46
10
21 SUMMER E MI Nashville
43
14
JESUS AND JONES W
heelhouse
45
19
RAISED ON IT M
CA Nashville
51
9
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU R epublic Nashville
Brett Young
1.834
+0.396
539
124
46
47
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IF THE BOOT FITS W
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Granger Smith
1.779
-0.098
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49
42
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SONG NUMBER 7 S toney Creek
Randy Houser
1.759
+0.444
530
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55
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TUXEDO M
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57
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GHOST TOWN N
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DANCE WITH YA C old River
THINK A LITTLE LESS A
tlantic/WEA
NEW
Drew Baldridge
1.375
+0.039
536
4
45
Martina McBride
1.276
-0.442
366
-60
49
Brooke Eden
0.973
+0.017
365
-36
50
48
Clare Dunn
0.972
+0.057
375
57
Breaking Southwest
0.862
+0.031
145
-19
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Michael Ray
0.859
+0.668
215
182
56
51
HH Hot Shot Debut HH
56
2
OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN R ed Bow
Craig Campbell
0.837
-0.005
339
62
58
3
BEER CAN IN A TRUCK BED R CA Nashville
Old Dominion
0.624
+0.010
50
1
-
59
2
LONELY GIRL C apitol Nashville
Charles Kelley
0.593
+0.105
233
98
54
RE-ENTRY
SAID NO ONE EVER E lektra Nashville/WAR
60
SOUTHERNALITY R epublic Nashville
6
RE-ENTRY
NEW
WASN’T THAT DRUNK P retty Damn Tough/1608
Jana Kramer
0.559
+0.154
220
20
55
A Thousand Horses
0.483
-0.000
262
7
53
Josh Abbott Band With Carly Pearce
0.464
+0.087
179
34
57
Tara Thompson
0.318
+0.083
167
6
59
SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE V alory
GOING FOR ADDS
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JASON
ALDEAN
Lights Come
On
The country-rock track rolls 21-17 on
Country Airplay (15 million in audience,
up 26 percent) and 19-16 on Hot Country
Songs, boosted by a 7 percent gain to
1.4 million U.S. streams. On April 22, a show
set for Sept. 9 at Boston’s Fenway Park on
Aldean’s upcoming Six String Circus Tour
sold out in less than two hours.
5/2
5/9
ALABAMA
Come Find Me
BMG Chrysalis
WILLIAMS HONOR
Send It To Me
All Hour
CHRIS JANSON
Holdin’ Her
Warner Bros./WAR
5/16
CHRIS STAPLETON
Parachute
Mercury Nashville
CYNDI THOMSON
Sippin’ Wine On The
Water
Dreamlined
HOMEGROWN BAND
Summer Song
Homegrown
LANCO
Long Live Tonight
Arista Nashville
PARMALEE
Roots
Stoney Creek
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 6 OF 18
Country Airplay
MOST ADDED®
NEW AND ACTIVE
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist ADDS
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
CASTAWAY S
outhern Groud/Varvatos/Republic/Dot
PETER PAN B
lack River
LIGHTS COME ON B
roken Bow
ROCK ON D
ot
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU Republic Nashville
LONELY GIRL C
apitol Nashville
THINK A LITTLE LESS A
tlantic/WEA
OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN R
ed Bow
MAYDAY A
rista Nashville
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
39
19
17
11
10
10
10
10
9
8
Carrie Underwood
Zac Brown Band
Kelsea Ballerini
Jason Aldean
Tucker Beathard
Brett Young
Charles Kelley
Michael Ray
Craig Campbell
Cam
ADDS
Olivia Lane
0.316
12
1
Parmalee
0.275
3
3
LIGHT IT UP S
tar Farm Nashville/Basis
D
avid Ray
0.270
18
0
IT’S ON YOU 1 7/in2une
M
att Gary
0.266
24
0
FISHIN’ WITH MY DAD B
lack River Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots
0.230
0
0
HOLDIN’ HER W
arner Bros./WAR
0.228
1
1
MAKE MY OWN SUNSHINE B
ig Spark
ROOTS S
toney Creek
Chris Janson
RECURRENTS
MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE
GAIN
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist (IN MIILIONS)
THINK OF YOU R CA Nashville/Republic Nashville Chris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C
apitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
T-SHIRT V
alory
T
homas Rhett
MIND READER B
roken Bow
Dustin Lynch
LIGHTS COME ON B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C
apitol Nashville
L
uke Bryan
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN
Blake Shelton
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine
Tim McGraw
TOTAL
TOTAL
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist AUDIENCE STATIONS
+4.526
+4.477
+4.288
+3.474
+3.230
+3.189
+3.123
+2.752
+2.550
+2.359
THIS
WEEK TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
TOTAL AUD.
(IN MILLIONS)
1
YOU SHOULD BE HERE W
arner Bros./WMNCole Swindell
31.191
2
LITTLE BIT OF YOU R
ed BowChase Bryant
26.316
3
DIE A HAPPY MAN V
alory
Thomas Rhett
22.134
4
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE A
tlantic/WMN
Brett Eldredge
5
BACKROAD SONG W
heelhouse
Granger Smith
17.999
6
HEARTBEAT 1 9/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood
7
I LOVE THIS LIFE R
eviver
LoCash
16.364
8
BEAUTIFUL DRUG S
outhern Ground/John Varvatos/DotZac Brown Band
9
STAY A LITTLE LONGER E MI NashvilleBrothers Osborne
14.015
10
HOME ALONE TONIGHT Capitol NashvilleLuke Bryan Feat. Karen Fairchild
13.243
20.059
17.832
16.223
BILLBOARD COUNTRY BOXSCORE
MOST INCREASED PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
GAIN
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
THINK OF YOU R CA Nashville/Republic Nashville Chris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C
apitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley
LIGHTS COME ON B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN
Blake Shelton
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine
Tim McGraw
NOISE B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
K
enny Chesney
MIND READER B
roken Bow
Dustin Lynch
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
+954
+871
+854
+652
+587
+544
+533
+526
+466
+438
Gross
Artist
Attendance
$841,100
$76, $46
$715,339
$79.50, $46
$676,344
$76, $46
$542,490
$76, $46
$475,939
$79.50, $46
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Pepsi Center, Denver/March 30
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Oracle Arena, Oakland/April 10
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Save Mart Center, Fresno, Calif./April 5
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Broadmoor World Arena, Colorado Springs/March 29
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Reno Events Center, Reno, Nev./April 8
12,830
sellout
9,775
10,375
9,534
sellout
7,935
sellout
6,234
sellout
Ticket Price(s)
Venue/Date(s)
Capacity
Promoter(s)
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
Reported worldwide boxscore figures for Country artists. Boxscore figures should be submitted to Bob
Allen by phone (615-891-1976), fax (615-891-2054) or email (bob.[email protected]).
TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT
WEEK ENDING APRIL 24, 2016
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Deryl Dodd 1687
83
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I CAN’T RUN ( Independent)
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DEAR MUSIC, (Independent)
Bart Crow Band 1143
45
17
11
SINGIN’ THING (Independent)
18
11
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH (Independent)
21
11
BACK TO BACK ( Independent)
Rich O’Toole
991
22
15
RHINESTONE WORLD (Mis B Havin)
Breelan Angel
965
55
24
10
GULF COAST TIME ( Independent)
Roger Creager
954
104
2
19
CAST NO STONES (Independent) 3
10
‘TIL IT DOES ( Lil Buddy Toons)
4
19
FEELS LIKE HOME ( Smith)
5
13
ALL NIGHTER (Independent)
8
16
HALF AS GOOD ( Independent)
Bri Bagwell 1494
127
7
17
THE LUCKY ONES ( Independent)
Sam Riggs 1416
28
9
14
BAD REPUTATION (Independent)
Mike Ryan 1359
74
HH 1 week at 1 HH 8
1
23
WINNING HAND (Independent)
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UH HUH (Independent)
Kaleb McIntire 1256
10
6
14
HERE’S TO YOU ( Independent)
Zane Williams 1221 -315
Cory Morrow 1309 -535
105
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
8
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN RIGHT & WRONG ( Independent) Josh Ward 1194
155
29
LET’S DO THIS THING (Stag)
126
Stephen Chadwick 1180
Jon Wolfe 1050
68
Curtis Grimes 1040
106
78
Texas Regional Radio Report Top 100 is compiled from weekly online playlist reports from 86 radio stations located in Texas and surrounding states, including reports from specialty
shows, internet and satellite radio outlets. Songs are ranked by total plays. For tracking, complete chart methodology and more information, visit www.texasregionalradio.com, or
contact Dave Smith at 817-283-7984. Copyright 2016, Texas Regional Radio Report
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 7 OF 18
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
executive. Adams arrives from Entercom, where she was national director
of e-commerce and digital sales ... iHeartMedia appointed Steve Weed as
Central California senior vp programming, according to InsideRadio.com.
He retains his role as Fresno senior vp, which includes oversight of country
KHGE. Country KTOM Monterey is also now under Weed’s jurisdiction ...
CBS Radio senior vp communications Karen Mateo will step down from her
position on May 6, InsideRadio.com reported.
’ROUND THE ROW
CMA RESEARCHES CONSUMER SHIFTS
As consumers and the music industry continue to adapt to a changing
­technological environment, understanding the fan base — and the rate at
which it is altering its behaviors — is increasingly challenging.
The Country Music Association will release important findings about
­consumers’ evolving behaviors and attitudes in a three-part webinar during
May. “Understanding Today’s Shifting Consumer Landscape and C
­ hanging
Country Music Audiences, Music Choices and Behaviors” launches at 2 p.m.
CT on May 3, with successive one-hour installments at the same time on
May 10 and 17.
Available to CMA members, the webinars are based on research conducted
during the fourth quarter of 2015 through the Futures Company. The data is
expected to provide clues about how country fans will interact with the genre
in the coming years.
The individual sessions are “Tomorrow’s Music Consumer and Emerging
Behaviors” (May 3), “New Ownership Beliefs and Music Spending Profiles”
(May 10) and “The Fan Economy Difference” (May 17).
For more info about accessing the webinar, email the CMA research
­department here.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Jay Cruze was appointed iHeartMedia/Kentucky-Indiana director of c­ ountry
programming, a post that includes oversight of WAMZ Louisville, Ky., WBUL
Lexington, Ky. and WUBG Indianapolis. He most recently was ­iHeartMedia/
Augusta, Ga., senior vp programming ... Scott Innes joined WRKN New
­Orleans-Baton Rouge, La., as a midday personality on April 21, a move that
accompanies the station’s rebranding as a regional outlet. P
­ rogramming
shifted simultaneously from a current format to one with a heavier ­emphasis
on c­ ountry gold. The on-screen voice for Scooby-Doo and Shaggy in several
movies, Innes previously was a personality at WYNK Baton Rouge ... Rick
­Daniels joined KQFC Boise, Idaho, on April 20 in afternoon drive. His ­previous
job was p
­ roduction manager at WSCH Lawrenceburg, Ind. ... Bobby Bones has
been added to the Musicians On Call board of directors ... Kelsea ­Ballerini hosts
Westwood One’s Summer Kick Off Memorial Day special, available May 28 to
30. Reach Westwood One senior director of radio syndication affiliate sales
Donny Walker here for more info ... Geisler Radio’s Today in Country Music
History marks 10 years on the air May 1. The two-minute short-form daily
airs on 25 stations ... CBS Radio/Chicago promoted Todd Cavanah to vp
­programming, overseeing six stations including country WUSN, The Chicago
Business Journal reported. He was PD of top 40 WBBM and classic hits WJMK
... Cherry Creek appointed Jonathan Brewster as its new CEO, according to
RadioInfo.com. He previously was Qantum Communications senior vp. The
chain has 15 country stations, including KAAR Butte, Mont.; KYSN Wenatchee,
Wash.; and KYYZ Williston, N.D. ... Cumulus/New Orleans named Rachel
Adams and Kelwynn Napoleon local sales managers for the four-station
cluster, RadioInfo.com reported. Napoleon is promoted from senior account
JOHN SHEARER
Frankie Ballard checked in with WKLB Boston assistant PD Ginny
Rogers when he played the House of Blues on April 15. From left:
Warner Music Nashville executive vp/GM Peter Strickland, Rogers,
Ballard and WMN WAR regional promotion manager Anna Cage.
BBR Music Group made six personnel moves that affect the promotions
­department, including two new hires. Renee Leymon was promoted to vp radio
syndication and group strategy, with Shelley
Hargis Gaines ­assuming ­L eymon’s previous
title, Red Bow vp promotion. Gaines’ old job as
Red Bow ­national ­director of promotion goes to
Neda Tobin, who arrives after ­serving as Southern Ground Southeast regional. Chelsey Flick
was upped to BBR ­director of marketing from
manager of national syndication, and ­Hilary
Hoover shifted to Stoney Creek director of
Northeast regional promotion from a similar
LEYMON
post at Red Bow. Newcomer Jeff Davis takes
Hoover’s Red Bow ­position after ­working as Nine
North/Turnpike vp promotion ... ­Universal Music
Group Nashville added Mike Harris as COO. He
previously was ­Caroline executive vp/GM ... Sony
Music Nashville hired Hannah Dudley as marketing director. She was in the m
­ arketing department
for Warner Music Group U.K. before b
­ ecoming a
­consultant for ­Nashville-based Dream Big. Reach
Dudley here ... MV2 ­Entertainment hired Kendall
­Lettow as creative director from the same role
she held at THiS Music ... Charley Pride joined
the stable of artists at ­Webster Public Relations
HARRIS
... Bluegrass band Steep Canyon R
­ angers has
aligned with Ramseur Management and New
Frontier Touring ... N
­ ashville’s Young E
­ ntertainment Professionals appointed
its 2016 board of directors, headed by executive d
­ irector Andrew Cohen (of
Suit Music) and co-chairs Jarrod ­Holley (Suit Music) and Garrison Snell (Gyrosity Projects). Go here for the entire board ... Music ­i ndustry veteran Bob
Tubert died April 10, The Hendersonville (Tenn.) Star-News ­reported. The producer, publisher and songwriter wrote such hits as Eddy Arnold’s “Here Comes
Heaven,” Marty Robbins’ “Gardenias in Her Hair” and Sonny James’ “You’re
the Only World I Know.”
Dustin Lynch (right) made an appearance on the new CMT program
The Ed Bassmaster Show on April 21.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 8 OF 18
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
MUSIC NOTES
ON THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC
CHESNEY: ALLISTER ANN
The stadium concert season began in earnest this past weekend as Kenny
Chesney launched his Spread the Love Tour on April 23 with the first-ever
concert at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Ala., the home of the Auburn
­T igers football team. Chesney included his opening acts in his set, with
­Miranda ­Lambert providing the female voice on “You and Tequila,” Sam
Hunt r­ eturning for “Come Over” and Old
­Dominion chipping in on “Save It for a
Rainy Day” in front of a reported 50,000
people. Meanwhile, Jason ­A ldean’s
Sept. 9 date at Boston’s Fenway Park with
Kid Rock sold out in a scant 90 minutes.
Two more charit y events are on the
­calendar for the week of the CMA Music
Festival in Nashville. Songwriter Craig
Wiseman (“Came Here to Forget,” “Live
Like You Were Dying”) booked his 12th
annual Stars for Second Harvest ­benefit
for June 7 at the Ryman ­A uditorium,
while Clay Walker scheduled his ­seventh
CHESNEY
­annual Chords of Hope concert for Bands
Against MS on June 8 at 3rd & Lindsley.
Special guests for both shows will be announced a later date. Among the week’s
previously announced charity outings: Darius Rucker’s seventh Darius &
Friends concert for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (June 6, Wildhorse
Saloon); City of Hope Celebrity Softball Game (June 7, First Tennessee Park);
and Marty Stuart’s 15th annual Late Night Jam (June 8, Ryman Auditorium).
Prince’s death on April 21 may have superceded the passing of Merle ­Haggard
in the public consciousness, but Haggard’s April 6 departure is still w
­ orthy
of attention. Toby Keith, who took over for Haggard at a Las Vegas date in
­February that now appears to be Hag’s last concert, will pay homage to him
­during the May 1 American Country Countdown Awards on Fox. One of Haggard’s collaborators, songwriter Freddy Powers (“I Always Get Lucky With
You,” “Let’s Chase Each Other Around the Room”) also is expected to provide
some insight on Haggard in his autobiography The Spree of ’83, due in February 2017 through Waldorf Publishing.
Luke Bryan may have held his last spring break concert at Spinnaker’s in
Panama City, Fla., but Dierks Bentley will invade the turf come Memorial
Day (May 30) for an appropriate Somewhere on a Beach Bash. The concert
comes three days after the release of Bentley’s new album, Black, and it’s
just down the road from Destin, where three of the “Somewhere on a Beach”
­songwriters conceived the single’s title last summer.
Top Headlines from
April 25
• 2006 — Kellie Pickler sings “Unchained Melody” in what proves to be
her final appearance as a contestant on Fox TV’s
American Idol.
• 2003 — Billy Currington sings “Walk a Little
Straighter” at his Grand Ole Opry debut.
April 26
• 2014 — Jake Owen is the musical guest at Peyton
Manning’s ­Celebration of Caring Gala in India- PICKLER
napolis. Manning climbs onstage to sing “Folsom Prison Blues” with
Owen.
• 2008 — Kenny Chesney’s right foot is caught between a mechanical lift and the stage at W
­ illiams-Brice Stadium in Columbia, S.C.,
­creating a severe hematoma. He still finishes the concert.
April 27
• 2015 — Warner Bros. releases Chris Janson’s “Buy Me a Boat” to
radio.
•1976 — Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and Emmylou Harris ­perform
together for the first time at a taping of the syndicated Dolly TV show.
April 28
• 2001 — Brooks & Dunn begin a six-week romp at No. 1 on the ­Billboard
country chart with “Ain’t Nothing ’Bout You.”
April 29
• 2011 — Garth Brooks sings “Friends in Low Places” at a Las Vegas
­wedding party for casino owner Steve Wynn. Also attending: Clint
Eastwood, Sylvester Stallone, Steven Spielberg and Donald Trump.
April 30
• 2013 — Keith Urban records “Little Bit of Everything” with producer
Nathan Chapman at Nashville’s Blackbird Studio.
May 1
• 2012 — Arista releases the Carrie Underwood album Blown Away.
• 2010 — Rascal Flatts sings the national anthem before the Kentucky
Derby at Louisville’s Churchill Downs. Little Big Town, Smokey
Robinson and Terry Bradshaw attend the race. Super Saver wins
the Run for the Roses.
Source: RolandNote.com, the Ultimate Country Music Database
.com
Facebook Reportedly Developing Standalone
Camera App
Prince’s ‘Purple Rain’ Is The Week’s Top-Selling Song,
As Six Of His Classics Re-Enter Hot 100
CBS Argues Remastered Versions of Old Songs
Original Enough to Be Copyrighted
Big Ruling in Copyright Lawsuit Over In-Flight Music
Spotify Denies Security Breach After Report of
Stolen Passwords, Addresses
Chris Lane connected with Indiana radio when he performed at the
Indiana-Purdue University campus in Fort Wayne, Ind., on April 19.
From left: WAWC Warsaw, Ind., personality Chris Cage, WQHK Fort
Wayne promotions director Sally Alleger, Lane and WQHK operations
manager/PD Dave Michaels.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 9 OF 18
Hot Country Songs
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IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL
HH No. 1 (2 weeks) HH
HUMBLE AND KIND
C.CROWDER,C.YOUNG (C.YOUNG,C.CROWDER,J.HOGE)
HH Airplay Gainer HH
SNAPBACK
S.MCANALLY (M.RAMSEY,T. ROSEN,B.TURSI)
DIE A HAPPY MAN
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (THOMAS RHETT,S.M.DOUGLAS,JOE LONDON)
CAME HERE TO FORGET
S.HENDRICKS (C.WISEMAN,D.RUTTAN)
CONFESSION
J.MOI (R.CLAWSON,R.COPPERMAN,M.JENKINS)
YOU SHOULD BE HERE
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,A.GORLEY)
T-SHIRT
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (A.GORLEY,L.LAIRD,S.MCANALLY)
HH Streaming Gainer HH
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT
J.DEMARCUS,RASCAL FLATTS (M.TRAINOR,J.FRASURE,S.MOONEY)
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,D.DAVIDSON,R.AKINS,B.HAYSLIP)
MY CHURCH
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Old Dominion
R
CA NASHVILLE
Thomas Rhett
V
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Blake Shelton
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ARNER BROS./WMN
Florida Georgia Line
R
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Cole Swindell
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
3
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
Rascal Flatts
B
IG MACHINE
Luke Bryan
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Maren Morris
C
OLUMBIA NASHVILLE
BUSBEE,M.MORRIS (BUSBEE,M.MORRIS)
MIND READER
28
B.BUTLER,J.PARDI (J.PARDI,L.LAIRD)
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G.WELLS,K.URBAN (K.URBAN,G.WELLS,J.ABRAHART)
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Jason Aldean
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Record Year
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WASTED TIME
H
IT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE
NOISE
RECORD YEAR
J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,J.HYDE)
NOBODY TO BLAME
D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (C.STAPLETON,B.BALES,R.BOWMAN)
FIX
J.MOI (S.BUXTON,J.FRASURE,A.STOKLASA)
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
S.MCANALLY,R. COPPERMAN (R.COPPERMAN,A.GORLEY,J.JOHNSTON)
HEARTBEAT
Z.CROWELL (C.UNDERWOOD,Z.CROWELL,A.GORLEY)
FROM THE GROUND UP
D.SMYERS,S.HENDRICKS (D.SMYERS,S.MOONEY,C. DESTEFANO)
CHURCH BELLS
M.BRIGHT (Z.CROWELL,BRETT JAMES,H.LINDSEY)
Church notches his 20th top 20 hit on Hot
Country Songs (21-19), a run that includes
at least one each year since 2009. The
track rises 19-16 on Country Airplay (up
12 percent to 15.5 million impressions) and
24-23 on Country Streaming Songs (up
5 percent to 1.5 million U.S. streams).
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From The
Ground Up
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7
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14
Eric Church
E MI NASHVILLE
Chris Stapleton
M
ERCURY
Chris Lane
B
IG LOUD
Jake Owen
R
CA NASHVILLE
Carrie Underwood
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE
Dan + Shay
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
Carrie Underwood
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE
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B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (K.CHESNEY,R.COPPERMAN,S.MCANALLY,J.M.NITE)
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B
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Jon Pardi
18
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Tim McGraw
CAPITOL NASHVILLE
M
CGRAW/BIG MACHINE
B.GALLIMORE,T.MCGRAW (L.MCKENNA)
THINK OF YOU
CERTIFIED
Dierks Bentley
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Written by the duo (Dan Smyers and Shay
Mooney) and Chris DeStefano, the track
was inspired by the death of Smyers’ and
Mooney’s grandparents. It lifts 26-24 on Hot
Country Songs, buoyed by a 25-18 jump
on Country Digital Songs (13,000 sold; up
7 percent). The pair’s sophomore album,
Obsessed, arrives June 3.
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Justin Moore
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ALORY
Canaan Smith
M
ERCURY
Jennifer Nettles
B
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Dierks Bentley
C
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Tucker Beathard
D
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Eric Paslay
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Cam
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Brothers Osborne
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William Michael Morgan
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Cole Swindell
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Drake White
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Jordan Rager With Jason Aldean
B
ROKEN BOW
Sturgill Simpson
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TLANTIC
Lauren Alaina
19/INTERSCOPE/MERCURY
Clare Dunn
M
CA NASHVILLE
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F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.MASSEY (K.BALLERINI,F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.LEE)
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK
J.S.STOVER,J.RAYMOND,S.BORCHETTA (R.CLAWSON,M.DRAGSTREM,N.HEMBY)
HOLE IN A BOTTLE
B.BEAVERS,J.ROBBINS (C.SMITH,B.BEAVERS,D.COUCH)
UNLOVE YOU
D.HUFF (J. NETTLES,B.CLARK)
WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY
R. COPPERMAN (R.COPPERMAN,J.KEAR,C.G.TOMPKINS)
ROCK ON
A.PETRAGLIA (T.BEATHARD,C.BEATHARD,M.CANNON-GOODMAN)
HIGH CLASS
J.FRASURE,M.ALTMAN (E.PASLAY,C.CROWDER,J.FRASURE)
MAYDAY
J.BHASKER,T.JOHNSON (C.OCHS,T.JOHNSON)
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1
RE-ENTRY
19
RE-ENTRY
4
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SOULSHINE
B.APPLEBERRY (W.HAYNES)
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CA NASHVILLE
FIRE AWAY
I MET A GIRL
8
HH Digital Gainer HH
D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (C.STAPLETON,D.GREEN)
4
2
43
PETER PAN
B.JAMES,K.MOORE (K.MOORE,T.VERGES,B.DALY)
J.JOYCE (J. OSBORNE,T.J. OSBORNE,C.WISEMAN)
J.RITCHEY,S.HENDRICKS (T. ROSEN,S.HUNT,S.MCANALLY)
STARS
M.CARTER (B.HAYSLIP,C.MCGILL)
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO
D.HUFF (B.CURRINGTON,C.R.BARLOWE,S.CARTER)
LIVIN’ THE DREAM
R. COPPERMAN,J.S.STOVER (T.DOUGLAS,J.JOHNSTON,L.LAIRD)
LOVIN’ LATELY
B.KENNY,J.D.RICH (W.K.ALPHIN,J.D.RICH,T.MCGRAW)
FLATLINER
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,M.BRONLEEWE,J.BOYER)
WHISPER
C. DESTEFANO (C. DESTEFANO,J.M.NITE,C.RICE)
SOUTHERN BOY
J.S.STOVER (L.LAIRD,B.DEAN,J.S.STOVER)
IN BLOOM
S.SIMPSON (K.COBAIN)
NEXT BOYFRIEND
BUSBEE (L.ALAINA,E.L.WEISBAND,M.MCVANEY)
TUXEDO
C.DUNN,B.WEST (C.DUNN,BRETT JAMES,B.WEST)
PEAK
POSITION
26
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RUNNING FOR YOU
CERTIFIED
Frankie Ballard
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
David Nail
M
CA NASHVILLE
Kelsea Ballerini
B
LACK RIVER
NIGHT’S ON FIRE
21 SUMMER
1
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40
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Nielsen Music. Descending titles below No. 25 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks.
COUNTRY MARKET WATCH
A Weekly National Music Sales Report
YEAR-TO-DATE
Year-Over-Year
ALBUM SALESAlbum Sales
’15
’16
7.8 million
’14
7.1 million
DIGITAL TRACKS SALES
36.6 million
000.0 million
’16
29.1 million
For week ending April 21, 2016. Figures are rounded. Compiled from
a national sample of retail store and rack sales reports collected and
provided by Nielsen Music.
ALBUMS
DIGITAL
ALBUMS*
DIGITAL
TRACKS
This Week
480,000
163,000
1,765,000
Last Week
450,000
141,000
1,954,000
6.7%
15.6%
-9.7%
607,000
255,000
2,546,000
-20.9%
-36.1%
-30.7%
Change
’15
Overall Unit Sales
Weekly Unit
’15 Sales
This Week Last Year
Change
Albums
Digital Tracks
2015
2016
CHANGE
7,806,000
7,087,000
-9.2%
36,573,000
29,110,000
-20.4%
Sales by Album Format
2015
2016
Physical
4,888,000
4,660,000
9.0%
Digital
2,917,000
2,427,000
-16.8%
*Digital album sales are also counted within album sales.
For inquiries about any Nielsen Music data, please contact Josh Bennett at 615-807-1338 or [email protected]
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SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
STURGILL SIMPSON
ATLANTIC 551380*/AG
CHRIS STAPLETON
2
1
1
51
3
2
2
+ RORY
10 JOEY
FARMHOUSE/GAITHER 49134/CAPITOL CMG
Traveller
MERCURY 019405*/UMGN
1
1
Hymns
1
1
4
4
5
RHETT
30 THOMAS
VALORY RT0200A/BMLG
Tangled Up
5
5
4
HUNT
78 SAM
MCA NASHVILLE 021502/UMGN
Montevallo
2
1
6
3
3
UNDERWOOD
26 CARRIE
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 510539*/SMN
Storyteller
0
1
7
6
9
BRYAN
37 LUKE
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 022813/UMGN
Kill The Lights
1
1
8
8
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MCGRAW
24 TIM
MCGRAW/BIG MACHINE TM0300A/BMLG
9
7
6
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25 ERIC
EMI NASHVILLE 024200*/UMGN
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3
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2
Music Is Medicine
10
SHELTON
15 16 26 BLAKE
WARNER BROS. 551788/WMN
Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits
2
YOUNG
23 CHRIS
RCA NASHVILLE 506963/SMN
I’m Comin’ Over
1
Midwest Farmer’s Daughter
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OLIVEME 81292*
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WHEELER WALKER JR.
Redneck Shit
9
DOMINION
16 13 24 OLD
RCA NASHVILLE 513496/SMN
Meat And Candy
3
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Django And Jimmie
1
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Full Circle
4
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19 19 26
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17 14
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NELSON / MERLE HAGGARD
29 41 WILLIE
LEGACY 509378
11
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LORETTA LYNN
LEGACY 51689*
19 20 17
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GRANGER SMITH
WHEELHOUSE 16777/BBMG
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
20 23 21 80 REPUBLIC NASHVILLE 021594/BMLG
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22 13 10
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6
RANDY HOUSER
3
JOEY + RORY
2
CHRIS LANE
SUGAR HILL/VANGUARD 39587/CONCORD
11
3
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10
23 26 25
Fix EP
23
24 27 3
BIG LOUD
ZAC BROWN BAND
1
20
Fired Up
STONEY CREEK 16767/BBMG
UNDERWOOD
24 12 23 72 CARRIE
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 500876/SMN
27 27 52
Anything Goes
4
HUMBLE AND KIND
T IM MCGRAW ( McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG)
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH
DIERKS BENTLEY ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
MY CHURCH
MAREN MORRIS ( Columbia Nashville/SMN)
T-SHIRT
THOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
THINK OF YOU
CHRIS YOUNG DUET WITH CASSADEE POPE ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
CAME HERE TO FORGET
BLAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
YOU SHOULD BE HERE
COLE SWINDELL ( Warner Bros./WMN)
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ AND LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
LUKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
DIE A HAPPY MAN
THOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
SNAPBACK
OLD DOMINION ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
LIGHTS COME ON
JASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
SOULSHINE
ADAM WAKEFIELD ( Republic)
HEAD OVER BOOTS
JON PARDI ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
WASTED TIME
KEITH URBAN ( Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT
RASCAL FLATTS ( Big Machine/BMLG)
RECORD YEAR
ERIC CHURCH ( EMI Nashville/UMGN)
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE
BRETT ELDREDGE ( Atlantic/WMN)
FROM THE GROUND UP
DAN + SHAY (Warner Bros./WMN)
TENNESSEE WHISKEY
CHRIS STAPLETON ( Mercury/UMGN)
NOBODY TO BLAME
CHRIS STAPLETON ( Mercury/UMGN)
MIND READER
DUSTIN LYNCH ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY
DIERKS BENTLEY ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
CONFESSION
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG)
CHURCH BELLS
CARRIE UNDERWOOD ( 19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
NOISE
KENNY CHESNEY ( Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN)
PETER PAN
26 29 3 K ELSEA BALLERINI ( Black River)
FIRE AWAY
27 22 7 CHRIS STAPLETON ( Mercury/UMGN)
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
28 40 7 JAKE OWEN ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL)
LAST
WEEK
WKS ON
CHART
LAST
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1
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BALLERINI
18 17 12 49 KELSEA
BLACK RIVER 2015
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Sailor’s Guide To Earth
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WEEKS
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TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS
TITLE
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29 12 32 L EE BRICE ( Curb)
LITTLE BIT OF YOU
30 33 2 CHASE BRYANT ( Red Bow/BBMG)
FIX
31 38 15 CHRIS LANE ( Big Loud)
UNLOVE YOU
32 RE-ENTRY JENNIFER NETTLES ( Big Machine/BMLG)
STARS
33 NEW COLE SWINDELL ( Warner Bros./WMN)
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER
34 45 14 FRANKIE BALLARD ( Warner Bros./WMN)
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
35 36 66 SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
FLATLINER
36 18 2 COLE SWINDELL FEAT. DIERKS BENTLEY (Warner Bros./WMN)
MAKE YOU MISS ME
37 39 12 SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
BEAUTIFUL DRUG
38 41 27 ZAC BROWN BAND (John Varvatos/Southern Ground/BMLG/Republic)
RUNNING FOR YOU
39 NEW KIP MOORE ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
HOME ALONE TONIGHT
40 44 25 LUKE BRYAN FEAT. KAREN FAIRCHILD ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
GIRL CRUSH
41 35 70 LITTLE BIG TOWN (Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
HEARTBEAT
42 42 24 CARRIE UNDERWOOD ( 19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
STONE COLD SOBER
43 RE-ENTRY BRANTLEY GILBERT ( Valory/BMLG)
USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER
44 RE-ENTRY KANE BROWN ( Zone 4/RCA Nashville/SMN)
HOLE IN A BOTTLE
45 NEW CANAAN SMITH ( Mercury/UMGN)
TAKE YOUR TIME
46 RE-ENTRY SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
HOUSE PARTY
47 RE-ENTRY SAM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
NIGHT’S ON FIRE
48 RE-ENTRY DAVID NAIL ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
BURNING HOUSE
49 48 43 CAM (Arista Nashville/SMN)
TOES
50 RE-ENTRY ZAC BROWN BAND (Home Grown/Bigger Picture/Atlantic/AG)
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Music. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2016, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
JOHN VARVATOS/SOUTHERN GROUND/BMLG 022962/REPUBLIC
The week’s most popular country albums, ranked by sales data as compiled by Nielsen Music. Albums are
defined as current if they are less than 18 months old or older than 18 months but still residing in the Billboard
200’s top 100. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2016, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
WKS ON
CHART
DIE A HAPPY MAN
T HOMAS RHETT
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
SAM HUNT
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH
DIERKS BENTLEY
CAME HERE TO FORGET
BLAKE SHELTON
T-SHIRT
THOMAS RHETT
SNAPBACK
OLD DOMINION
THINK OF YOU
CHRIS YOUNG DUET WITH CASSADEE POPE
HUMBLE AND KIND
TIM MCGRAW
YOU SHOULD BE HERE
COLE SWINDELL
CONFESSION
11 11 12 F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT
12 19 5 R ASCAL FLATTS
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE
13 13 14 BRETT ELDREDGE
MY CHURCH
14 14 9 M
AREN MORRIS
TENNESSEE WHISKEY
15 12 25 CHRIS STAPLETON
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
16 15 3 L UKE BRYAN
MIND READER
17 16 4 D USTIN LYNCH
MAKE YOU MISS ME
18 18 4 S AM HUNT
HOUSE PARTY
19 17 48 S AM HUNT
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CHART
THIS
WEEK
ADAM
WAKEFIELD
Soulshine
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
TITLE
1
3
In his top 12 performance on NBC’s The
Voice (April 18), Wakefield offered a
countrified rendition of the track, originally
recorded by The Allman Brothers Band in
1994. The update enters the Country Digital
Songs chart at No. 12 with first-week sales
of 19,000.
LAST
WEEK
THIS
WEEK
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STREAMING DATA
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on leading online music services. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright
2016, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
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APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 12 OF 18
MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected]
Keith Urban Uses Personal Heritage To
Push Country Limits In ‘Wasted Time’
When his father died on Dec. 5, 2015, Keith Urban was in the midst of ­working
on what would become Ripcord, an album that’s due May 6.
That kind of event is profoundly emotional, typically inducing ­questions
about the meaning of life, one’s core beliefs and how to prioritize one’s days.
For Urban, that pondering was bound to make its way into the threads
of Ripcord.
“The impact that it had is just bringing me again back into the moment
and the brevity of time,” he says. “That theme is in a few songs on this ­record
— ‘Wasted Time,’ for sure, is sort of reflective. When life is its simplest, it’s
really at its best.”
Released to radio on March 29 through Play MPE, “Wasted Time” finds
Urban doing what he seems to do best, pushing the boundaries of country
music while balancing his appreciation for its foundations. But it avoids the
moody, downcast atmosphere that would be expected from someone ­adjusting
to life without his dad.
Instead, the song begins with co-producer Greg Wells
(Adele, Katy Perry) playing an EDM-like synthesized
­keyboard. It’s a full 29 seconds before an electric guitar
thread and the choppy sounds of ganjo percussion move the
production to more ­familiar turf. By the time the j­ ourney
ends, Urban m
­ anages to fold those jarring dance tones into
his standard ­wheelhouse with a big singalong chorus, lots of
six-string sounds and a cheery, nigh-inspirational ­message
about life in the 21st century.
“I always chuckle when people go, ‘Oh, I’m trying to
make a different record,’ ” says Urban. “Anybody can make
a different record. But to try and make a different record
that still has enough familiarity to keep you listening to it,
URBAN
and it still feels and sounds right — that’s what I’m always
trying to balance in the studio.”
Wells played a big role in the “different” part of “Wasted Time” when they
started writing the song in late January or early February.
“Keith was actually the one really pushing to have it not sound like what
you would think maybe it should sound like,” says Wells. “He’s like, ‘Look,
I’ve been making records for 20 years. I will still bring my thing to it, but in
terms of what you do, Greg, I really want it to be fresh and kind of not what
you would think is possible.’ So I just went for it.”
The process started at Wells’ Rocket Carousel Studio in Culver City, Calif.,
with pop songwriter James “JHart” Abrahart, who has cuts on current ­albums
by Justin Bieber and Charlie Puth, bringing a third voice to the writing mix.
Wells and Urban had met only briefly during the 1990s, when they both were
part of a songwriting retreat at a French castle, so there was an introductory
period before the work began in earnest.
“We were kicking the can around as it were, and just getting to know each
other a little bit, and then at some point I just started hearing this r­ eally
funky, almost kind of Michael Jackson Off the Wall, very syncopated thing,”
­recalls Wells.
He developed a six-chord progression on the keyboard, Urban pulled a guitar
from the studio wall, and the music began to take shape. The big-picture life
stuff that his father’s death triggered came tumbling out in their ­conversation
as the Australian Urban, Canadian Wells and British-born, Atlanta-raised
Abrahart found commonalities in their upbringing.
“We were talking about some of the similar things we all did — crazy shit,
running around town, drinking too much, smoking too much, hanging out
down by a river,” says Urban. “Jay liked the title ‘Wasted Time.’ That’s kind
of what all that is, but it’s when you’re really living.”
Once the first verse was mostly finished, they took a break at a nearby
­Starbucks. When they got back to the music, Urban strapped on the guitar
again and instantly found the chorus by changing direction.
“It’s a big, straight-up, three-chord, power-chord chorus in the tradition
of The Who,” he says.
Wells recorded it all as they went along. Once the basic blueprint was laid,
he focused on building the tracks while Urban and Abrahart concentrated on
lyrics in the next room. Urban folded in a rope swing he and his friends played
on in Caboolture, Queensland. And they dropped in two references to Guns
N’ Roses, name-checking “Sweet Child O’ Mine” in the chorus and inserting
a “Guns on the radio” line in the prechorus.
“I remember us discussing whether we should clarify that we’ve got ‘Guns
N’ Roses on the radio,’ as opposed to we’ve got ‘Guns on the radio,’ because
that might be a different, more of an NRA song,” Urban says with a laugh.
“We were like, ‘Well, if someone thinks that, the chorus will clarify that here
pretty soon.’ ”
They didn’t finish it that day, but some of Urban’s original vocals would
­remain on “Wasted Time” all the way to the final product.
Urban and Abrahart also worked on background vocals
with Abrahart singing a third above the melody and both
of them stacking extra vocals way off the mic to create a
bigger sound.
“That’s a nice element to blend in,” says Wells. “You
don’t really hear it, but if you took it out, you would miss it.”
Late in the track’s development, Urban added ganjo,
heightening the country quotient.
“He grooves so hard when he plays that the banjo
­becomes like a sequencer almost,” says Wells. “It masks a
lot of the stuff that’s going on behind it. But when that banjo
went on, it not only sounded a billion times better, but it just
felt like the song had come home in terms of the listener.”
Urban, meanwhile, flashed back to some of the top 40
clubs he had played in the early part of his career, r­ emembering that even in
the midst of the dance grooves, the crowd always responded if the DJ played
John Denver’s “Thank God I’m a Country Boy.” Urban decided the ganjo was
the right choice for the solo section.
“That memory of ‘Thank God I’m a Country Boy’ has always stayed with
me, and I thought this would be the hoedown moment right smack dab in the
middle of this synth-based song,” says Urban.
Wells had him play for 20 minutes, then took the best pieces for the solo,
including an inventive snippet of slide banjo.
The final mix of “Wasted Time” was completed just days before it went to
radio, with its bouncy rhythms and upbeat message synced to summer’s playful
energy. It already is No. 15 on the Country Airplay tally in its fourth charted
week, paying homage discreetly to Urban’s father. Not only has Robert Urban’s death made Urban more philosophical, it also has brought a spotlight
to his dad’s influence on his music.
“I’m becoming more and more aware of the rhythmic blood that f lows
through me because of my father, who was a drummer his whole life, and
my grandfather, who played piano his whole life,” says Urban. “My lineage is
very rhythm-based, and I remember so much rhythm in our house from my
dad tapping on the table to jingling his keys to tapping on the dashboard of
the car. He was always in rhythm mode.”
“Wasted Time,” meanwhile, recognizes the ticking of the clock as one of
the rhythms of life. Urban views it metaphorically — the song digs up joy from
the past, but he doesn’t have to go backward to find happiness in living in
the moment.
“Right now I feel my life is the best it has ever been,” he says, “but p
­ robably
because it feels like it’s back to being in that place of enjoying life again. Which
I did when I was a kid.”
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 13 OF 18
THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK [email protected]
Country Radio Programmers Debate
Surplus Of Slow Songs For Spring
As warm spring weather arrives in most of the states, country radio fans
might be tuning in expecting to hear more of the uptempo fare that typically
­populates playlists from this time of year through the end of summer. Instead,
they’re h
­ earing more ballads and downtempo fare than usual, according to
Bob Walker, Hall Communications vp programming and PD at WCTK (Cat
Country 98.1) Providence, R.I., who asks, “What’s up with all the slow, sleepy
stuff from Nashville as we gear up for May?”
After crunching the numbers in his music scheduling system, Walker
notes, “In the Billboard top 30, I’ve got 10 coded as ‘ballad’ or ‘can’t play next
to b
­ allad.’ If you look at the top 30 as the s­ napshot of the format, a third of
it is too low-energy for late spring.
Then you look at what’s waiting in
the wings, [and] I’m getting sent
more ballads ... in April!”
Walker also wonders if this is
why hot AC and classic hits are
­“ kicking our butts this month,”
according to Nielsen’s ­P ortable
People Meter. “In the markets I
­p rogram against ­c ountry, we are
going to ram tempo down their
throat to boost our hot ACs. The
labels are just making it easier.”
While he does not see it as a
­r ef lection of the quality of the
songs themselves, which Walker
WALKER
notes are all “really good,” among
the currents he has coded as “slow
and sleepy” are Cole ­Swindell’s
“You Should Be Here,” Lee Brice’s
“That Don’t Sound Like You,” Tim
­M cGraw’s “Humble and Kind,”
Blake ­S helton’s “Came Here to
Forget,” Eric Church’s “Record
Year,” Frankie Ballard’s “It All
Started With a Beer” and Dan &
Shay’s “From the Ground Up.”
He adds to that list three more
coded as “low energy” and “can’t
play next to a ballad”: Brantley
­Gilbert’s “Stone Cold Sober,” Jon
Pardi’s “Head Over Boots” and
McKAY
­D ierks Bentley’s ­“ Somewhere
on a Beach.” Additionally, Walker
says there are “a slew” of songs below No. 30 on the Billboard chart that are
slow, and new projects with a similar tempo from Easton Corbin, Chris
Janson, Parmalee and Craig Campbell are in the pipeline. They all i­ mpact
before Memorial Day.
Walker adds that he’s “seriously thinking about a major [playlist]
­house-cleaning to ‘turn up the burners’ ... Radio success is all about flow,” he
says. “There comes a point where the flow is more important than any one song.”
But not all country programmers share Walker’s level of concern. WGH-FM
(97.3 The Eagle) Virginia Beach, Va., PD Mark McKay says the oversupply of
ballads is at least partially balanced by current singles from Jason Aldean,
Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Jake Owen and Zac Brown Band that “are
all mid- or uptempo.” McKay says the only problem the surfeit of slow singles
has caused for him is “additional pressure on our recurrent/gold ­libraries. It’s
increasingly tough to get a ballad to schedule, so the tempo songs in the library
are getting played a bit more than is optimal.” Plus, he admits, “It is taking a bit
longer to groom logs, that’s for sure.”
“The slow songs haven’t brought the station down much,” says WCYQ
­K noxville, Tenn., music director Opie Joe Creason. “A little more editing
time and an adjustment or two on a rule fixes most of the major issues ... If that
means three songs in our heavy category are ballads, so be it.”
WBWL (101.7 The Bull) Boston PD Lance Houston says the plethora of
downtempo songs this spring “isn’t a huge issue for me. I make sure that we
­balance the slower currents with the recurrent and gold records that are in the
clocks next to the currents anyway. There are also a few of the slower songs that
are on the chart that I’m not playing
yet, and that’s strategic.”
McKay says, “If we ­i gnored
‘­H umble and K ind,’ ‘From the
Ground Up’ and [Thomas Rhett’s
recu r rent] ‘Die a Happy Ma n’
­because they didn’t have screaming
guitars, we’d be missing out on big
songs. Does tempo get ­considered?
Sure. But if a ­ballad is a slam-dunk,
you just have to get creative with
what’s scheduled around it.”
Like Houston, KIIM Tucson,
Ariz., PD Buzz Jackson says, “I
don’t worry too much about tempo.
If you look at a music test, the songs
HOUSTON
at the top are a
­ lways [slow ones like]
‘Don’t Take the Girl’ or ‘The Chair’
or ‘The Dance.’ Our format a
­ ppeals
to emotions often, and tempo is a big
part of that. The trick is to find those
great songs that p
­ eople will still want
to hear in 10 years and balance that
with all the other things you strive
to ­balance the music blend with.”
As for ­current music, he says, “We
haven’t had a problem with tempo
yet, although it is something that I
keep an eye on. But a great song is a
great song, and nobody ever called
to complain that we were playing too
many great songs.”
JACKSON
McK ay sees it as a posit ive
­development. He says labels’ “old
theory” that a debut single from a baby act must always have tempo even if it’s
not the act’s best song “seems to be waning. I’m inclined to hear the best first. It
might be a slower climb, sure, but it beats a bad tempo record stalling in the 50s.”
Creason calls the current plentitude of slow songs “a nice change of pace
for country radio. For the longest time, all we had were uptempo, ‘live in the
­moment’ records. It’s nice to see country go back to where it came from with
songs that tell a story.”
Houston, meanwhile, has a piece of advice for any programmers concerned
about tempo right now. “I challenge stations to go out there and find good,
­uptempo songs to play that aren’t singles,” he says. “Why does Nashville have
to dictate to us what to play? I’m 700-plus spins into ‘Raised on It’ by Sam Hunt,
and it’s testing [like] a hit. I know other markets are playing Old ­D ominion’s
‘Beer Can in a Truck Bed,’ and some were playing Zac Brown [Band’s] ­‘Castaway’
before it was a single.”
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 14 OF 18
Country Indicator
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
WKS
ON
CHART
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3
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4
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16
THINK OF YOU R epublic Nashville/RCA Nashville
1
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5
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6
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
AUDIENCE
(IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
THIS WEEK
+/–
THIS WEEK
HH No. 1 (1 week) HH
Chris Young Duet with Cassadee Pope
4758
+208
8.937
14
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C apitol Nashville Dierks Bentley
4702
+136
8.821
20
SNAPBACK R CA Nashville Old Dominion
4493
+77
8.380
6
14
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine Tim McGraw
4388
+340
8.205
3
24
CONFESSION R epublic Nashville Florida Georgia Line
4251
-254
8.027
9
7
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C apitol Nashville Luke Bryan
3603
+333
6.730
7
29
MIND READER B roken Bow Dustin Lynch
3602
+120
6.653
6.469
8
15
MY CHURCH C olumbia Nashville Maren Morris
3531
+194
11
7
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN Blake Shelton
3429
+331
6.125
10
12
T-SHIRT V alory Thomas Rhett
3287
+120
6.071
11
12
49
THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU C urb Lee Brice
3004
-54
5.939
l
13
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14
l
15
l
16
l
17
l
18
l
19
l
20
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21
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22
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2
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25
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26
l
27
l
2
l8
29
l
3
l0
14
5
NOISE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville Kenny Chesney
2987
+357
5.395
13
32
HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville Jon Pardi
2890
+120
5.242
15
11
RECORD YEAR EMI Nashville Eric Church
2611
+132
4.962
12
17
4
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
2468
+361
4.441
16
23
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER W
arner Bros./WAR Frankie Ballard
2219
+8
4.020
20
25
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V alory Justin Moore
2065
+129
3.657
18
20
FIX B ig Loud Chris Lane
2059
+47
3.682
19
40
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
CA Nashville David Nail
2043
+85
3.603
21
8
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville Jake Owen
1947
+227
3.368
22
4
LIGHTS COME ON B roken Bow Jason Aldean
1912
+219
3.488
26
4
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
HH Most Increased Plays HH
Carrie Underwood
1774
+404
3.091
24
11
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR Dan + Shay
1575
+62
2.857
27
27
RUNNING FOR YOU M
CA Nashville Kip Moore
1476
+140
2.460
25
35
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury Canaan Smith
1446
+61
2.492
28
28
HIGH CLASS E MI Nashville Eric Paslay
1087
+36
1.720
30
6
PETER PAN B lack River Kelsea Ballerini
1067
+147
1.769
29
8
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville Sam Hunt
1035
+67
1.597
32
15
UNLOVE YOU B ig Machine
+60
1.452
33
12
MAYDAY A
rista Nashville Cam
+58
1.270
HH Most Added HH
Jennifer Nettles
851
831
BILLBOARD COUNTRY INDICATOR PANEL — 106 STATIONS
Abilene, Texas
KEAN
Alexandria, La.
KRRV
Amarillo, Texas
KGNC
Asheville, N.C.
WKSF
Atlantic City, N.J.
WPUR
Beaumont, Texas
KYKR
Beckley, W. Va.
WJLS
Biloxi, Miss.
WZKX
Bloomington, Ill.
WIBL
Bluefield, W. Va.
WHKX
Burlington, Vt.
WOKO
Cape Girardeau, Mo.
KEZS
Charleston, W. Va
WKWS
WQBE
College Station, Texas
KAGG
Columbia, Mo.
KCLR
Columbus, Ga.
WKCN
WSTH
Cookeville, Tenn.
WGSQ
Dothan, Ala.
WTVY
Duluth, Minn.
KKCB
Eau Claire, Wis.
WAXX
Elizabeth City, N.C.
WRSF
Erie, Pa.
WTWF
Eugene, Ore.
KKNU
Evansville, Ind.
WKDQ
Fargo, N.D.
KBVB
WSTH
Fayetteville, N.C.
WKML
Flagstaff, Ariz.
KAFF
Flint, Mich.
WFBE
Florence, Ala.
WXFL
Florence, S.C.
WEGX
Ft. Collins, Colo.
KUAD
Ft. Smith, Ark.
KTCS
Frederick, Md.
WFRE
Fredericksburg, Va.
WFLS
Green Bay, Wis.
WNCY
Hagerstown, Md.
WAYZ
Hot Springs, Ark.
KQUS
Huntington, Ky.
WDGG
Huntington, W. Va.
WTCR
Idaho Falls, Idaho
KTHK
Jackson, Miss.
WMSI
WUSJ
Janesville, Wis.
WJVL
Jonesboro, Ark.
KDXY
Joplin, Mo.
KIXQ
Kalamazoo, Mich.
WNWN
Kalispell, Mont.
KDBR
Kingmah, Ariz.
KFLG
Lafayette, Ind.
WKOA
Laredo, Texas
KRRG
Lansing, Mich.
WITL
Laurel, Miss.
WBBN
Lebanon, N.H.
Lincoln, Neb
Longview, Texas
Lubbock, Texas
Lufkin, Texas
Mason City, Iowa
Medford, Ore.
Meridian, Miss.
Montgomery, Ala.
Morgantown, W. Va.
Muskegon, Mich.
New London, Conn.
Odessa, Texas
Palm Springs, Calif.
Pensacola, Fla.
Peoria, Ill.
Poughkeepsie, N.Y.
Rapid City, S.D.
Rockford, Ill.
Rocky Mount, N.C.
Saginaw, Mich.
St. Cloud, Minn.
Salina, Kan.
Salisbury, Md.
San Angelo, Texas
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
WXXK
KFGE
KYKX
KLLL
KYKS
KIAI
KRWQ
WOKK
WLWI
WKKW
WMUS
WCTY
KHKX
KPLM
WXBM
WXCL
WRWD
KOUT
WXXQ
WDWG
WCEN
KZPK
KYEZ
WKTT
KGKL
KKJG
Santa Barbara, Calif.
KRAZ
Santa Maria, Calif.
KSNI
Sheboygan, Wis.
WBFM
Savannah, Ga.
WJCL
WUBB
Shreveport, La.
KXKS
Sioux Cty, Iowa
KSUX
South Bend, Ind.
WBYT
Springfield, Ill.
WFMB
Springfield, Mo.
KTTS
Terre Haute, Ind.
WTHI
Topeka, Kan.
WIBW
Traverse City, Mich.
WTCM
Tupelo, Miss.
WWZD
Utica, N.Y.
WFRG
Victor Valley, CA.KATJ
Waco, Texas
WACO
Wausau, Wis.
WDEZ
Wheeling, W. Va.
WOVK
Williamsport, Pa.
WILQ
Yakima, Wash.
KXDD
Youngstown, Ohio
WQXK
WWGY
Westwood One
HOT COUNTRY
MAINSTREAM COUNTRY
Music Choice
TODAY’S COUNTRY
Sirius XM
THE HIGHWAY
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 15 OF 18
Country Indicator
AUDIENCE
(IN MILLIONS)
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
WKS
ON
CHART
THIS WEEK
+/–
THIS WEEK
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32
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34
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35
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40
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31
13
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
ercury Billy Currington
819
+18
1.241
35
9
21 SUMMER E MI Nashville Brothers Osborne
790
+58
1.049
34
15
LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw
781
+19
1.239
36
25
I MET A GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN William Michael Morgan
756
+27
1.225
40
4
ROCK ON D
ot Tucker Beathard
743
+214
1.423
37
18
LIVIN’ THE DREAM D
ot Drake White
718
+56
1.232
38
12
I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviver LoCash
586
+8
0.939
41
8
IF THE BOOT FITS W
heelhouse Granger Smith
585
+61
0.931
50
2
CASTAWAY S outhern Groud/Varvatos/Republic/Dot Zac Brown Band
576
+328
1.199
39
10
USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER Z one 4/RCA Nashville Kane Brown
575
+20
0.826
42
16
MAKE MY OWN SUNSHINE B ig Spark Olivia Lane
507
+7
0.780
43
6
SONG NUMBER 7 S toney Creek Randy Houser
432
+2
0.721
47
4
BLUEBONNETS B IG Label Aaron Watson
388
+106
0.580
44
6
HEALING HIGHWAY B lue Light Brian Collins
381
+22
0.600
45
14
JESUS AND JONES W
heelhouse Trace Adkins
363
+19
0.524
46
10
TUXEDO M
CA Nashville Clare Dunn
316
+21
0.418
54
3
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU R epublic Nashville Brett Young
292
+72
0.330
48
8
SOUTHERNALITY R epublic Nashville A Thousand Horses
279
+6
0.374
51
10
SOUTHERN BOY B roken Bow Jordan Rager with Jason Aldean
270
+23
0.464
50
49
11
TAKE ME DOWN M
CA Nashville Vince Gill
253
-19
0.347
51
l
53
7
GIRL NEXT DOOR W
arner Bros./WMN Brandy Clark
221
0
0.321
52
52
7
RECKLESS N
ash Icon Martina McBride
214
-21
0.251
53
55
9
Y’ALL GIRLS P urple Cow Jake McVey
189
31
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OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN R ed Bow
NEW
57
4
PLAYS
HH Hot Shot Debut HH
Craig Campbell
183
-4
0.347
+87
0.253
0.288
MAKE YOU MINE A
tlantic/WEA High Valley
176
+31
LONELY GIRL C apitol Nashville Charles Kelley
151
+38
0.196
60
4
TELL ME V illa One/Grassroots Frank Ortega
151
+20
0.202
58
2
SAID NO ONE EVER E lektra Nashville/WAR Jana Kramer
148
+14
0.140
59
2
SPIN ME R yan Broshear Ryan Broshear
142
+9
0.187
SOUTHERN GENTLEMEN T hird Floor Diana Upton-Hill
138
+8
0.188
NEW
NEW
CHARTS LEGEND
RANKINGS
Country Airplay is ranked by
total audience impressions
for the week ending Sunday
based on monitored airplay of
151 stations by Nielsen BDS.
Audience totals on the chart are
derived, in part, using certain
Arbitron Inc. copyrighted
Persons 12+ audience
estimates (under license ©
2016, Arbitron Inc.) Country
Indicator is tabulated using
reported playlists and Nielsen
BDS-monitored airplay at 106
stations, ranked by total plays.
station downtime for the format.
Titles that decline in audience
but increase in detections will
also receive a bullet if the total
audience erosion for the week
does not exceed 3%. Bullets are
awarded on Country Indicator to
titles gaining plays or remaining
flat from the previous week.
BULLETS
TIES
On Country Airplay, if two songs
are tied in total audience, the song
with the larger increase in audience
is placed first. On Country Indicator,
if two songs are tied in total plays,
the song with the larger increase in
plays is placed first.
remaining flat from the previous
week. A song will also receive
a bullet if its percentage loss
in audience does not exceed
the percentage of monitored
RECURRENTS
On Country Airplay, descending
titles below No. 10 in either
audience or detections are moved
to recurrent after 20 weeks,
provided that they are not still
l Awarded on Country Airplay
to titles gaining audience or
gaining enough audience points
to bullet or if they rank below No.
10 and post a third consecutive
week of (non-bulleted) audience
decline, regardless of total chart
weeks. On Country Indicator,
descending, non-bulleted titles
below No. 10 are moved to
recurrent after 20 weeks or if they
post a third consecutive week of
decline in plays after 10 weeks.
HOT SHOT DEBUT
Awarded to the highest-ranking
new entry on Country Airplay and
Country Indicator, respectively.
MOST ADDED
The total number of new adds
officially reported to Billboard by
each reporting station, or by an
automatic-add threshold (seven plays
for the first time in a chart tracking
week, according to Nielsen BDS) for
stations that do not report adds.
MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE/
PLAYS
Most Increased Audience on
Country Airplay and Most
Increased Plays on Country
Indicator list the songs with the
greatest week-to-week increases
in total audience or plays,
respectively.
AIRPOWER
Awarded on Country Airplay to
titles ranking inside top 20 in
plays and audience rankings for
the first time, with increases in
both plays and audience.
BREAKER
Awarded on Country Airplay
to titles achieving airplay (at
least one detection) at 60% of
reporting stations for the first
time.
© 2016 Prometheus Global Media, LLC
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
TITLE P ublishing-Licensing Org.
(Songwriter) C hart Position
21 SUMMER W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Trampy McCauley, ASCAP/
All The Kings Pens, ASCAP/Songstein Publishing, ASCAP/Big Loud Shirt
Industries, ASCAP (J. Osborne, T.J. Osborne, C.Wiseman) 4 2
A AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/Sony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Combustion Engine Music,
ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Harmony, ASCAP/Texa
Rae Music, ASCAP (R.Copperman, A.Gorley, J.Johnston) 19
B BEER CAN IN A TRUCK BED Sonic Geo Music,
ASCAP/Calhoun Enterprises, ASCAP/Music Of RPM, ASCAP/HoriPro
Entertainment Group, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music, ASCAP/
ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Wrensong Publishing Corp., ASCAP/Unfair
Entertainment, ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP (M.Ramsey, T.
Rosen, M.Jenkins) 5 5
C CAME HERE TO FORGET R ound Hill Songs BLS JV,
ASCAP/Big Loud Proud Songs, ASCAP/Red Toe Rocker, ASCAP/WB
Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This
Music, ASCAP (C.Wiseman, D.Ruttan) 8
CASTAWAY Day For The Dead Publishing, SESAC/Southern
Ground, SESAC/Life On Fire Music, SESAC/Poppsolotamus Music, BMI/
Brighter Shade Publishing, BMI (Z.Brown, N.Moon, W.Durrette, C.Bowles,
J.D.Hopkins) 3 8
CHURCH BELLS External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs
Of Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of Brett, ASCAP/HillarodyRathbone Music, ASCAP/
BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP (Z.Crowell, Brett James, H.Lindsey) 2 3
CONFESSION B ig Red Toe, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/External Combustion
Music, ASCAP (R.Clawson, R.Copperman, M.Jenkins) 1
D DADDY’S MONEY W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/Muddy Magnolia Music, BMI/Mama’s Exit Publishing, BMI/
Music Of Parallel, BMI/Downtown DMP Songs, BMI (K.North, J.Wilson,
T.McHugh) 5 0
DANCE WITH YA Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/THiS Music, BMI/Goes Something Like This Music, BMI/Songs of
Sunset Beach, BMI/SONGS MP Publishing, BMI (D.Baldridge, C.Yarber,
J.Mitchell) 4 8
F FIX R ound Hill Works, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/Bux Tone
Music, BMI/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Telemitry Productions, BMI/Year Of
The Dog Music, ASCAP (S.Buxton, J.Frasure, A.Stoklasa) 18
FROM THE GROUND UP W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Beats
And Banjos, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay
Mooney Music, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/CDS Words And
Music, ASACP (D.Smyers, S.Mooney, C. DeStefano) 2 5
G GHOST TOWN Super Big Music, ASCAP/Jett Music, ASCAP/
Big Machine Music, BMI/Two Laine Collections, BMI (J.Singleton,
J.Thompson) 5 2
GIRL NEXT DOOR H ighway 508 Songs, ASCAP/House Of
Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Nettwerk One B Music, BMI/Revelry Music,
BMI/Jay Gatsby Music, BMI/Nettwerk One Music Limited Canada,
SOCAN/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (B.Clark,
J.J.Dillon, S.McAnally) 3 9
H HEAD OVER BOOTS G olden Vault Music, BMI/The Song
Factory, LLC, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music,
BMI (J.Pardi, L.Laird) 14
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 16 OF 18
Country Airplay Index
HOLE IN A BOTTLE B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Skinny Fat
Nashville Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/
Stalefish Music, BMI/Songs From The Couch, BMI (C.Smith, B.Beavers,
D.Couch) 2 4
HUMBLE AND KIND Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Hoodie
Songs, BMI (L.McKenna) 7
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill Songs, BMI/EMI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord Georgia Music, BMI/Brooks County Boy Music,
BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Tar-Cam-Knox Music, ASCAP/Thankful For
This Music, ASCAP (L.Bryan, D.Davidson, R.Akins, B.Hayslip) 9
I IF THE BOOT FITS Tree Vibez Music, LLC, ASCAP/Major
Bob Music, Inc., ASCAP/We-volve Music, ASCAP/Downtown DLJ
Songs, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI (J.M.Schmidt, A.Albert,
M.Tenpenny) 4 6
I KNOW SOMEBODY EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/EMI April
Music, Inc., ASCAP/ole Songs Of Countrywood, ASCAP (R.Akins,
R.Copperman, J.S.Stover) 4 1
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT Year Of The Dog
Music, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney Music, ASCAP/MTrain Music, ASCAP (M.Trainor,
J.Frasure, S.Mooney) 5
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music,
ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/
Smack Ink, ASCAP (T. Rosen, S.Hunt, S.McAnally) 2 9
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER Sony/ATV
Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/Nettwerk One B Music, BMI/
Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada House Music, BMI/Ole Red Cape Songs,
ASCAP/Real Big Red Tunes, ASCAP (J.Johnston, N.Mason, J.S.Stover) 2 0
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO Coconut Hut
Publishing, ASCAP/Castle Bound Music, Inc., SESAC/We Be Pawtying,
SESAC/BMG Rights Management (UK) Ltd., PRS/You Want How Much
Of What Publishing, BMI/Worldwide EMG Music B, BMI/BMG Platinum
Songs, BMI (B.Currington, C.R.Barlowe, S.Carter) 3 4
J JESUS AND JONES ole Purple Cape Music, BMI/ole, BMI/
MAYDAY M
arvelous Oaks Records, ASCAP/One Year
YesterdayPublishing, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse
Songs, BMI (C.Ochs, T.Johnson) 3 6
MIND READER EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Rhettro Music,
BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful
For This Music, ASCAP (R.Akins, B.Hayslip) 6
MY CHURCH International Dog Music, BMI/BMG Platinum
Songs, BMI/Hello I Love You Music, BMI (busbee, M.Morris) 12
N NIGHT’S ON FIRE Super Big Music, ASCAP/Jett Music, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie Music, SOCAN/Thankful For
This Music, ASCAP (J.Singleton, D.Ruttan) 2 1
NOISE Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Basuare Music, BMI/EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/Smack Hits, GMR/
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite
Music, ASCAP (K.Chesney, R.Copperman, S.McAnally, J.M.Nite) 13
O OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN Legends Of Magic Mustang
Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/Ole Red Cape Songs, ASCAP/
Full Of Bulls Music, ASCAP/Ole Ole, ASCAP (C.Campbell, D.Turnbull) 5 4
P PETER PAN Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music, ASCAP/ole
Purple Cape Music, BMI/Honey Lee Music, BMI (K.Ballerini, F.G.Whitehead,
J.Lee) 3 1
R RAISED ON IT U niversal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three
Mules Music, ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/JFLO Music, BMI/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing,
ASCAP (S.Hunt, Z.Crowell, J.Flowers) 4 4
RECKLESS R ound Hill Works, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/
Bux Tone Music, BMI/Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/I Love Pizza Music, ASCAP/Atlas Music
Publishing, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Heather Feather
Songs, BMI (S.Buxton, Z.Crowell, H.Morgan) 4 9
Rack City Publishing, BMI/BMG Blue, BMI/Songs Of Jim McCormick, BMI/
BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring
Circus Songs, BMI (T.Farr, J.McCormick, C.Beathard) 4 3
RECORD YEAR Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Longer And
L ROCK ON B ig Music Machine, BMI/Fayde 49 Music, BMI/Sony/
LIGHTS COME ON B ig Loud Mountain, BMI/Round Hill
Works, BMI/Pranch Ringle Music, BMI/T Hubb Publishing, BMI/Tree
Vibez Music, LLC, ASCAP/Freshy Music, ASCAP/Major Bob Music, Inc.,
ASCAP/We-volve Music, ASCAP/Round Hill Songs Jimmy Robbins,
ASCAP/Jammy Rabbins Music, ASCAP/Extraordinary Alien Publishing,
ASCAP (B.Kelley, T.Hubbard, J.M.Schmidt, J.Robbins, B.Warren,
B.Warren) 17
LIVIN’ THE DREAM Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Tomdouglasmusic, BMI/Sony/ATV Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music,
ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI (T.
Douglas, J.Johnston, L.Laird) 3 2
Louder Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs, BMI/Mammaw’s Fried Okra
Music, BMI (E.Church, J.Hyde) 16
ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring Circus Songs, BMI/Scrambler Music,
ASCAP/My My My Music, ASCAP (T.Beathard, C.Beathard, M.CannonGoodman) 2 7
RUNNING FOR YOU M
usic Of Stage Three, BMI/Songs Of
Cornman, BMI/Roll Through Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/
Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Songs From The Engine Room, BMI/
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, BMI/Internal Combustion
Music, BMI/Kickin’ Grids Music, BMI (K.Moore, T.Verges, B.Daly) 2 6
S SAID NO ONE EVER W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Music, ASCAP/ClearBox Rights, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI (C.
Stapleton, J.Frasure) 5 6
Corp., BMI/A Girl Named Charlie, BMI/HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative
Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/Jam Writers Group, BMI/Hello I Love You Music, BMI (N.Galyon,
N.Hemby, busbee) 5 7
LOVIN’ LATELY Big Love Music, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU Super Big Music, ASCAP/Caliville
LONELY GIRL W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/House Of Sea Gayle
Publishing America, Inc., BMI/J Money Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music
Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/StyleSonic Music, LLC, BMI (W.K.Alphin,
J.D.Rich, T.McGraw) 30
M MAKE YOU MINE Centricity Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Bluenort Records, SOCAN/CentricSongs, SESAC/2 Hour Songs, SESAC/
Pickin Publishing, BMI/Songs Of Kickingbird, BMI (B.Rempel, S.Mosley,
B.Stennis) 40
MAKE YOU MISS ME U niversal Music Corporation, ASCAP/
Three Mules Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/Sonic Geo
Music, ASCAP/Calhoun Enterprises, ASCAP/RPM Global Publishing, BMI/
Hori Productions America, ASCAP (S.Hunt, J.Osborne, M.Ramsey) 2 8
Publishing, ASCAP/Downtown DMP Songs, BMI/Stars And Stripes
And Maple Leaf Music, BMI/Wordspring Music, LLC, SESAC (B.Young,
K.Archer, J.Ebach) 4 5
SNAPBACK Carrot Seed Songs, ASCAP/Smackville Music, ASCAP/
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/
Smacktown Music, ASCAP/Unfair Entertainment, ASCAP/Songs Of
Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Wooden Ships, ASCAP (M.
Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi) 4
SOMEONE TO TAKE YOUR PLACE B ig Music
Machine, BMI/Songs Of Spoon Tunes, BMI/Songs Of Starstruck, SESAC/
Vision Board Songs, SESAC/Airplanes For Stars Music, SESAC/Sony/
ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Leslie Satcher Music, BMI (T.Thomas, A.Kline,
L.Satcher) 6 0
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH Peermusic III, Ltd., BMI/
Peertunes, Ltd., SESAC/Jaron Boyer Music, SESAC/BMG Silver Songs,
SESAC/Fuego Songs Publishing, SESAC/David Ryan Music, ASCAP/The
Real Brain Publishing, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Music Of The Corn,
ASCAP (M.Tyler, J.Boyer, A.Palmer, D.Kuncio, J.Mirenda) 2
SONG NUMBER 7 Legends Of Magic Mustang Music,
SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful
For This Music, ASCAP/Red Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI (J.Wilson, B.Hayslip,
C.Janson) 4 7
SOUTHERNALITY W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/
Carolina June Publishing, BMI/Greatshakin Music, BMI/Universal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Crowder Taylor Publishing, ASCAP/Nettwerk One
B Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada House Music, BMI (M.Hobby,
C.Crowder, N.Mason) 5 8
SOUTHERN BOY Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative
Nation Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI/Creative Pulse Music,
BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/ole Songs Of Countrywood, ASCAP/EMI April
Music, Inc., ASCAP (L.Laird, B.Dean, J.S.Stover) 3 7
T THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU M
ike Curb Music,
BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/
External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Out Of The Taperoom Music,
ASCAP/Songs Of Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP (L.Brice, R.Akins, A.Gorley) 11
THINK A LITTLE LESS EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon
Mark Nite Music, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Cricket On The
Line, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI/
Country Paper, BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/Extraordinary Alien Publishing,
ASCAP (J.M.Nite, Thomas Rhett, B.Dean, J.Robbins) 5 3
THINK OF YOU EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Goodbye Pants
Music, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Songs From The
Rose Hotel, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/EMI Foray Music, SESAC/
Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC (C.Young, C.Crowder, J.Hoge) 3
T-SHIRT External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/
Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative
Nation Music, BMI/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink,
ASCAP (A.Gorley, L.Laird, S.McAnally) 10
TUXEDO B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Leer Jet 87 Publishing, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of Brett, ASCAP/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/For The Kids Platinum, BMI/Legitimate Efforts Music, BMI (C.Dunn,
Brett James, B.West) 5 1
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing, ASCAP/House Of Sea
Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway 508 Songs, ASCAP (J. Nettles, B.Clark) 3 3
USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Kane Brown Music, BMI/EMI Foray Music, SESAC/Write 2 Be
Free Music, SESAC/B Frank Entertainment, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music
Publishing America, Inc., BMI/Song House Publishing, ASCAP (K.Brown,
M.McVaney, J.Hoge) 3 5
W WASN’T THAT DRUNK Thankful For This Music,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP
(M.J.McGinn, N.A.Medley, E.L.Weisband) 5 9
WASTED TIME Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Mary Rose Music,
BMI/Firehouse Cat Music, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/360 Music,
SESAC/Ray Daniels, SESAC/Jayded Ink Publishing, SESAC (K.Urban,
G.Wells, J.Abrahart) 15
Y YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK R ound Hill
Works, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/
Round Hill Songs BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud Proud Songs, ASCAP/
HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse
Songs, BMI (R.Clawson, M.Dragstrem, N.Hemby) 2 2
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Hot Country Songs Index
TITLE P ublishing-Licensing Org.
(Songwriter) C hart Position
21 SUMMER W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Trampy
McCauley, ASCAP/All The Kings Pens, ASCAP/
Songstein Publishing, ASCAP/Big Loud Shirt
Industries, ASCAP ( J. Osborne, T.J. Osborne, C.Wiseman) 3 9
A AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room,
BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Harmony,
ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP ( R.Copperman, A.Gorley,
J.Johnston) 2 2
C CAME HERE TO FORGET R ound Hill Songs
BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud Proud Songs, ASCAP/Red
Toe Rocker, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And
Maggie Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP
(C.Wiseman, D.Ruttan) 6
CHURCH BELLS E xternal Combustion Music,
ASCAP/Songs Of Southside Independent Music
Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My
Publishing, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of Brett, ASCAP/
HillarodyRathbone Music, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs,
ASCAP (Z.Crowell, Brett James, H.Lindsey) 2 5
CONFESSION B ig Red Toe, BMI/Farm Town
Songs, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By
Red Room, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Who Wants
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/External Combustion
Music, ASCAP ( R.Clawson, R.Copperman, M.Jenkins) 7
D DIE A HAPPY MAN E MI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Cricket On The Line, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Eastman Pond Publishing, BMI/
Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Nice Life, BMI/Frederic And
Reid Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI ( Thomas
Rhett, S.M.Douglas, Joe London) 5
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE S ony/ATV
Countryside, BMI/Paris Not France Music, BMI/EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Ross Copperman Songs,
BMI (B.Eldredge, R.Copperman) 1 5
F FIRE AWAY W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/New Sea
Gayle Music, ASCAP/Ole Ole, ASCAP/Black In The
Saddle Songs, ASCAP (C.Stapleton, D.Green) 3 0
FIX R ound Hill Works, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd,
BMI/Bux Tone Music, BMI/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/
Telemitry Productions, BMI/Year Of The Dog Music,
ASCAP (S.Buxton, J.Frasure, A.Stoklasa) 2 1
FLATLINER S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Colden
Rainey Music, BMI/Forest For The Trees Music, SESAC/
So Essential Tunes, SESAC/Peertunes, Ltd., SESAC/
Jaron Boyer Music, SESAC ( C.Swindell, M.Bronleewe,
J.Boyer) 4 5
FROM THE GROUND UP W
B Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Beats And Banjos, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney Music, ASCAP/EMI
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/CDS Words And Music, ASACP
(D.Smyers, S.Mooney, C. DeStefano) 2 4
H HEAD OVER BOOTS G olden Vault Music,
BMI/The Song Factory, LLC, BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI (J.Pardi, L.Laird) 1 4
HEARTBEAT C arrie-Okie Music, BMI/External
Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who
Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP ( C.Underwood, Z.Crowell,
A.Gorley) 2 3
HIGH CLASS W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Five Foot
Sixteen Publishing, ASCAP/Songs From The Rose
Hotel, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Telemitry
Productions, BMI ( E.Paslay, C.Crowder, J.Frasure) 3 7
HOLE IN A BOTTLE B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/
Skinny Fat Nashville Music, BMI/BMG Platinum
Songs, BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Stalefish Music,
BMI/Songs From The Couch, BMI (C.Smith, B.Beavers,
D.Couch) 3 3
HUMBLE AND KIND S ongs Of Universal, Inc.,
BMI/Hoodie Songs, BMI (L.McKenna) 2
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY
DAY Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill
Songs, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord
Georgia Music, BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Tar-Cam-Knox Music, ASCAP/
Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (L.Bryan, D.Davidson,
R.Akins, B.Hayslip) 1 1
I I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT Y ear Of The
Dog Music, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney
Music, ASCAP/MTrain Music, ASCAP ( M.Trainor, J.Frasure,
S.Mooney) 1 0
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/
Smacktown Music, ASCAP/Universal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/Smack
Ink, ASCAP ( T. Rosen, S.Hunt, S.McAnally) 4 0
IN BLOOM B MG Silver Songs, SESAC/The End Of
Music, SESAC ( K.Cobain) 4 8
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER S ony/
ATV Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/
Nettwerk One B Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/
Nevada House Music, BMI/Ole Red Cape Songs,
ASCAP/Real Big Red Tunes, ASCAP (J.Johnston, N.Mason,
J.S.Stover) 2 6
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO
Coconut Hut Publishing, ASCAP/Castle Bound Music,
Inc., SESAC/We Be Pawtying, SESAC/BMG Rights
Management (UK) Ltd., PRS/You Want How Much Of
What Publishing, BMI/Worldwide EMG Music B, BMI/
BMG Platinum Songs, BMI ( B.Currington, C.R.Barlowe,
S.Carter) 4 2
L LIGHTS COME ON B ig Loud Mountain, BMI/
Round Hill Works, BMI/Pranch Ringle Music, BMI/T
Hubb Publishing, BMI/Tree Vibez Music, LLC, ASCAP/
Freshy Music, ASCAP/Major Bob Music, Inc., ASCAP/
We-volve Music, ASCAP/Round Hill Songs Jimmy
Robbins, ASCAP/Jammy Rabbins Music, ASCAP/
Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP ( B.Kelley,
T.Hubbard, J.M.Schmidt, J.Robbins, B.Warren, B.Warren) 1 6
LIVIN’ THE DREAM S ony/ATV Tree Publishing,
BMI/Tomdouglasmusic, BMI/Sony/ATV Harmony,
ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI (T.Douglas,
J.Johnston, L.Laird) 4 3
LOVIN’ LATELY B ig Love Music, BMI/Songs Of
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/J Money
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/StyleSonic Music, LLC, BMI ( W.K.Alphin, J.D.Rich,
T.McGraw) 4 4
M MAYDAY M
arvelous Oaks Records, ASCAP/One Year
YesterdayPublishing, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/
These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (C.Ochs, T.Johnson) 3 8
MIND READER E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Rhettro Music, BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB
Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (R.
Akins, B.Hayslip) 1 3
MY CHURCH International Dog Music, BMI/BMG
Platinum Songs, BMI/Hello I Love You Music, BMI
(busbee, M.Morris) 1 2
N NEXT BOYFRIEND W
arner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Lylas Music, BMI/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP/A Frank
Entertainment, ASCAP/Song House Publishing,
ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP
(L.Alaina, E.L.Weisband, M.McVaney) 4 9
NIGHT’S ON FIRE S uper Big Music, ASCAP/
Jett Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And
Maggie Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP
(J.Singleton, D.Ruttan) 2 7
NOBODY TO BLAME W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Quackhead Music,
BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI ( C.Stapleton, B.Bales,
R.Bowman) 2 0
NOISE S ony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Basuare
Music, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs
By Red Room, BMI/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music
Group Ltd., GMR/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark
Nite Music, ASCAP (K.Chesney, R.Copperman, S.McAnally,
J.M.Nite) 1 8
P PETER PAN S ongs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB
Music, ASCAP/ole Purple Cape Music, BMI/Honey Lee
Music, BMI ( K.Ballerini, F.G.Whitehead, J.Lee) 2 8
R RECORD YEAR S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Longer And Louder Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs,
BMI/Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music, BMI (E.Church,
J.Hyde) 1 9
ROCK ON B ig Music Machine, BMI/Fayde 49 Music,
BMI/Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring Circus
Songs, BMI/Scrambler Music, ASCAP/My My My Music,
ASCAP (T.Beathard, C.Beathard, M.Cannon-Goodman) 3 6
RUNNING FOR YOU M
usic Of Stage Three,
BMI/Songs Of Cornman, BMI/Roll Through Music, BMI/
BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc.,
BMI/Songs From The Engine Room, BMI/Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, BMI/Internal
Combustion Music, BMI/Kickin’ Grids Music, BMI ( K.
Moore, T.Verges, B.Daly) 2 9
S SNAPBACK C arrot Seed Songs, ASCAP/Smackville
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music,
ASCAP/Unfair Entertainment, ASCAP/Songs Of Big
Deal, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Wooden Ships,
ASCAP (M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi) 4
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH P eermusic
III, Ltd., BMI/Peertunes, Ltd., SESAC/Jaron Boyer
Music, SESAC/BMG Silver Songs, SESAC/Fuego Songs
Publishing, SESAC/David Ryan Music, ASCAP/The Real
Brain Publishing, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Music
Of The Corn, ASCAP ( M.Tyler, J.Boyer, A.Palmer, D.Kuncio,
J.Mirenda) 1
SOULSHINE B uzzard Rock Music, BMI/Songs Of
Universal, Inc., BMI (W.Haynes) 3 1
SOUTHERN BOY S ongs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Creative Nation Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs,
BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/ole
Songs Of Countrywood, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc.,
ASCAP (L.Laird, B.Dean, J.S.Stover) 4 7
STARS W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This
Music, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP (B.
Hayslip, C.McGill) 4 1
T THINK OF YOU E MI Blackwood Music Inc.,
BMI/Goodbye Pants Music, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Songs From The Rose Hotel,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/EMI Foray Music,
SESAC/Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC ( C.Young, C.Crowder,
J.Hoge) 3
T-SHIRT E xternal Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs
Of Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing,
ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation
Music, BMI/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/
Smack Ink, ASCAP (A.Gorley, L.Laird, S.McAnally) 9
TUXEDO B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Leer Jet 87
Publishing, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of
Brett, ASCAP/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/For The Kids
Platinum, BMI/Legitimate Efforts Music, BMI (C.Dunn,
Brett James, B.West) 5 0
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing,
ASCAP/House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway
508 Songs, ASCAP (J. Nettles, B.Clark) 3 4
W WASTED TIME S ongs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Mary Rose Music, BMI/Firehouse Cat Music, ASCAP/
BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/360 Music, SESAC/Ray
Daniels, SESAC/Jayded Ink Publishing, SESAC (K.Urban,
G.Wells, J.Abrahart) 1 7
WHAT THE HELL DID I SAY E MI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/
Year Of The Dog Music, ASCAP/Champagne Whiskey
Publishing, BMI/Round Hill Songs Big Loud Songs,
ASCAP/Big Loud Songs, ASCAP/Play Animal, ASCAP ( R.
Copperman, J.Kear, C.G.Tompkins) 3 5
WHISPER E MI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark
Nite Music, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI/Dack
Janiel’s Publishing, BMI (C. DeStefano, J.M.Nite, C.Rice) 4 6
Y YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK
Round Hill Works, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/
Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/Round Hill Songs
BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud Proud Songs, ASCAP/
HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/
These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (R.Clawson, M.Dragstrem,
N.Hemby) 3 2
YOU SHOULD BE HERE S ony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP
(C.Swindell, A.Gorley) 8
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CODA
28 Years Ago
Rodney And
Rosanne Were
Together At
No. 1
“It’s Such a Small World”
became Crowell’s first Hot
Country Songs No. 1
APRIL 25, 2016 | PAGE 18 OF 18
On April 30, 1988, Rodney ­Crowell
a nd Ro s a n n e C a s h crow ned
­Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart
with the Crowell-penned “It’s Such
a Small World.” The two married in
1979 and collaborated creatively
many times — they co-wrote Cash’s
1985 No. 1 “I Don’t Know Why You
Don’t Want Me” — but “World”
marked their only Hot Country
Songs entry credited as a duo.
“World” was Crowell’s first Hot
Country Songs No. 1 and the first
of five chart-toppers from his album
Diamonds & Dirt, the first set to
­produce five No. 1s on the tally; Brad
Paisley matched the record with five
of his own from 2007’s aptly named
Fifth Gear. Crowell scored all five of
his No. 1 singles from Diamonds &
Dirt; Cash collected 11 Hot Country
Songs No. 1s.
The parents of three daughters
­together, Crowell, now 65, and Cash,
60, divorced in 1992. Each remains
a chart force: Crowell and ­Emmylou
Harris reached the top 10 of the Top
Country Albums chart with their
duets sets Old Yellow Moon (2013)
and The Travelling Kind (2015), while
Cash’s The River & the Thread hit
No. 2 in 2014.
—JIM ASKER
Cash and Crowell at the
inaugural American
Video Awards held at
the Beverly Theatre in
Beverly Hills in 1983.
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R EW I N D I N G
THE
C O U N T RY
C H A RT S

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