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Country Update
Country Update
BILLBOARD.COM/NEWSLETTERS
INSIDE
Jon Pardi Knocks
‘Boots’ To Chart Peak
>page 10
Cumulus Shuffles
National Talent
>page 10
Vince Gill Builds
Team For
Opry Moment
>page 11
Makin’ Tracks:
Miranda Lambert’s
‘Vice’
>page 15
Stark Report: ‘Worst
Interviews Ever’
Elicits Best Reactions
>page 16
Country Coda:
Jo Dee Messina’s
‘Burn’ Sizzled
>page 21
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AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 1 OF 21
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Dog Days Ain’t Over: Country Business
Cycles Through Hot Tour Season
After Kip Moore headlined an outdoor concert on Aug. 10
and spent a late night in the studio the following evening, he
­struggled to get out of bed on Aug. 12.
“I’m a whipped dude right now,” he confessed during a latemorning phone call.
Moore is on his way to a f ifth consecutive
year in which he will spend more time on the
road than at home. Travel is often physically and
mentally e
­ xhausting, so fatigue is typical this
time of year for country artists, who tour heavily
during the toasty summer months when fairs,
festivals and a
­ mphitheaters keep them playing
sweat-filled shows.
MOORE
Other parts of the business experience their
own cycles during the dog days of summer, and
they’re usually related to the artists’ schedules. Booking agents
and radio ­stations, for example, are working at peak activity levels, while songwriters slow down.
For the journalists who cover
the ­business, late July and ­August
can ­b ecome a ­d ifficult period.
Plenty of executives take time off
or go out of town to see their artists, and the ­remaining staff is naturally slower to ­respond. Thus, the
dog days of summer have an impact even on the people who make
THE CADILLAC THREE
their l­ iving covering those acts.
“From a news perspective, the road is usually ­noneventful,”
says CMT.com managing editor Calvin Gilbert. “Not to say
that everybody working in the country music industry checks
out by July, but after the CMA Music Festival [in June], a lot of
people use the opportunity to recharge by ­t aking
vacations. It’s a time for them to sort of catch
their breath.”
Not so for most artists. For them, it’s time to
go into overdrive. The advent of county fairs and
music festivals creates a demand that n
­ ecessarily
means busy bus schedules and more frequent-flier
­m ileage. Travel is physically taxing, the heat takes
an understandable toll, and the temporary nature
of the business — where every venue and city has
its own peculiarities — creates a lot of ­challenging
uncertainties.
Artists, of course, know what they signed up for. But they’re
still tested by the unexpected
hurdles that go with the job.
The Cadillac Three’s Jaren
­J ohnston, who spent 13 years
traveling in a van b
­ efore the band
graduated to a bus in 2013, found
that the cliché phrase ­“emotional
rollercoaster” was practically
­invented for touring.
“There’s days when you’re in
the van, and the air goes out, and
you’re in Texas [heat], and you’re going, ‘What the hell am I doing this for?’ ”
he says. “Then you play a show, and you’re like, ‘Ah, son, I get it.’ ”
Artists’ summer touring schedules create some wonky d
­ ynamics as
they overlap with their associates. Record labels, for example, have some
­employees away on vacations, while those who remain on the job take on
additional ­d uties. By the end of the summer, many are occupied with
extra meetings and phone conferences planning for the always-intense
fourth quarter.
Songwriters, who are increasingly motivated by economics to write with
artists, book fewer sessions during the summer ­— or head out to write on
the bus with the acts. Songwriter Josh Osborne (“Take Your Time,” “John
­C ougar, John Deere, John 3:16”) sees writing sessions get canceled more
often as the temperature rises and pretty much expects a slowdown in the
four weeks prior to Labor Day.
“I don’t know if it’s the heat or what,”
he says. “But I notice it in my own life. I
feel like I’m in a malaise, and I think it’s
­summer in general. Once kids are back in
school and all that kind of stuff, I think
­everybody kind of snaps back in line a little
bit. But I think everybody gets kind of lazy
over the summer.”
Not quite everybody. Radio stations,
still considered country’s best ­m edium
for ­exposure, enter high gear. ­P romotions
for their advertisers tend to peak during
the ­s unniest season, and stations use
­o utdoor events — i­ ncluding the same
fairs and festivals that book countr y
BALLARD
­a rtists — to burnish their image in the
local m
­ arket. Among their most difficult
tasks is ­deciding when to put a cap on the activities.
“I can recall one war story in that area when we would have to staff the
Utah State Fair booth from open to close for the entire 10-day run,” says
Spotify global head of country music ­programming John Marks, who was a
PD in six different markets, including KKAT Salt Lake City, before he moved
to national platforms. “That was a point of burnout and certainly a point of
‘Hey, why are we doing this for this entire time and d
­ evoting all this energy
and effort?’ As I recall, we started tailoring that down.”
Also at peak levels are the booking agencies, who often have to put out lastminute fires at their artists’ current shows at the same time they’re ­t rying
to book a year in advance with promoters who are itching to announce 2017
headliners at the close of their 2016 festivals.
“You’re thinking in two years at the same time almost,” says William
­Morris Endeavor line agent Becky Gardenhire.
The promoters have the same issues ­— working out last-minute snafus at
the same time they’re trying to get commitments a year in advance — and the
push and pull between the acts and promoters in high-pressure ­circumstances
creates a certain amount of tension at the end of summer.
“There are a lot of short tempers out there in the industry,” she says with a
laugh. “You try to work through that as much as you can. That’s not ­a nyone’s
fault. It’s part of the stress of this industry.”
The artists — who live out the dog days on the front lines — are generally
able to adapt. Moore, despite being whipped, was a veritable cheerleader at
the Aug. 10 outdoors concert.
Frankie Ballard, whose current schedule is loaded with open-air
­p erformances, shrugs off the heat — and the fatigue that goes with it — as
part of the gig.
“We would probably always prefer to play inside,” he says. “But people
love going outside and seeing shows and being part of a bigger thing. As long
as that’s true, we’re going to be doing shows in the summertime one after
­a nother. It’s just the way it is.”
Meanwhile, The Cadillac Three — whose heavy tour schedule has taken
them to eight foreign countries in 2016 even as they finished their just-­
released album, Bury Me in My Boots — is already using the Christmas break
as ­motivation to keep performing at the highest level possible.
“Saturday night after the show,” recounts Johnston, “we came off stage
and we were all wringing wet. It was 110 degrees, playing outside, and we
all sat down and poured a shot and a cold beer. And I go, ‘Boys, it’s August.
There’s light at the end of the tunnel.’ ”
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 2 OF 21
LoCash greeted decision-makers from several Minnesota radio
stations when it played We Fest in Detroit Lakes, Minn. From left:
LoCash’s Chris Lucas, KZPK St. Cloud assistant PD/music director
Brook Stephens and LoCash’s Preston Brust.
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ROBBY KLEIN
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The Band Perry performed “Comeback Kid” on NBC’s Today on Aug. 11
in Rio de Janeiro. The trio met several Olympic athletes during its visit,
including swimmer Allison Schmitt, who won two medals. From left:
Neil Perry, Schmitt and Kimberly and Reid Perry.
Maren Morris (center) paid a visit to KKIX Fayetteville, Ark., on Aug.
10 as she works her current single, “80s Mercedes.” She’s shown with
Columbia Nashville manager of Southwest promotion Mark Janese
(left) and KKIX director of programming and operations Dave Ashcraft.
RaeLynn met with KFRG Riverside-San Bernardino, Calif., music
director Scott Ward (left) and PD Lee Douglas as she promotes her first
Warner Music Nashville single, “Love Triangle.”
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AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 4 OF 21
ON THE CHARTS JIM ASKER [email protected]board.com
Jon Pardi’s ‘Boots’ Kicks Up
First Country Airplay No. 1
SOME WORDS ABOUT ‘WORDS’ Blake Shelton achieves his 26th top 10 on
Hot Country Songs, as “She’s Got a Way With Words” (Warner Bros./Warner
Music Nashville) lifts 12-10. It’s buoyed by a 3 percent increase on Country
Airplay, where it bumps 12-11 with 25.8 million in audience.
Shelton’s If I’m Honest, his 10th studio album, reclaims the No. 1 spot on
Top Country Albums due to a 99-cent sale tag in the Google Play music store.
It logs a fourth total week at the summit, ascending 3-1 and ­ballooning by 93
percent to 44,000 copies sold. On the all-genre,
consumption-based Billboard 200, the set surges
9-4 (49,000 equivalent albums, up 72 percent).
CAREER BEST On Top Country Albums, Cody
Johnson’s sixth studio set, Gotta Be Me (Cojo),
gives the Texas singer-songwriter his most
­successful week on the list, arriving at No. 2 with
23,000 sold. On the Billboard 200, it begins at
No. 11 (25,000). Johnson’s 2014 LP Cowboy Like
Me became his first Top Country Albums entry,
starting at its No. 7 peak (8,000).
Among other debuts in the Top Country Albums
top 10: The Cadillac Three’s second set and first
to hit the chart, Bury Me in My Boots (Big Machine/
BMLG) (No. 5; 11,000), and Chris Lane’s first fulllength, Girl Problems (Big Loud) (No. 8; 6,000).
AIRPLAY ACTION Dierks Bentley’s “Different
for Girls,” featuring Elle King (Capitol Nashville),
enters Country Airplay’s top 10 (11-9), gaining
by 10 percent to 28.7 million. It’s his 21st top
10 and alt-pop-rock artist King’s first ... Ronnie
Dunn’s “Damn Drunk” (Nash Icon), with old friend Kix Brooks, opens on
Country Airplay at No. 58 (1 million, up 244 percent). As a duo, Brooks & Dunn
rolled up 20 Country Airplay No. 1s (1991-2005); the pair is tied for sixth place
among all acts for the most leaders in the chart’s history.
DANIEL BOCZARSKI/GETTY IMAGES
In its 46th week, Jon Pardi’s traditional-flavored “Head Over Boots” (­ Capitol
Nashville) steps 3-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 27), i­ ncreasing
9 percent to 43.2 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
Only three songs have needed more time to reach No. 1 than the Pardi- and Luke
Laird-penned “Boots,” dating to Country Airplay’s Jan. 20, 1990, launch. Chris
Young’s “Voices” completed the longest rise to the top: 51 weeks, c­ ulminating
(during two release cycles) on Feb. 19, 2011. Tied for second place with twin 49week trips are Canaan Smith’s “Love You Like
That” (July 25, 2015) and David Nail’s “Let It Rain”
(featuring Sarah Buxton) (Jan. 21, 2012).
“Head Over Boots” marks Pardi’s fifth C
­ ountry
Airplay appearance. His previous best showing
was the No. 11-peaking “Up All Night” in 2014.
“It means a lot to have this No. 1,” the 31-year-old
from Dixon, Calif., tells Billboard. “I’ve had four
years of experience with radio, and we’ve had some
wins and we’ve had some losses. ‘Head Over Boots’
is a very traditional song, and it’s no secret that I’m
a traditional-leaning artist. I’m flattered and proud
to be in that category. Everyone has their own lane,
and this is mine.”
Was the song a tough sell to radio p
­ rogrammers
at first? “To be honest, ‘Boots’ wasn’t one of my
­f avorites when it was released,” says KKBQ
­Houston PD Johnny Chiang. “But once it got on
the air, our audience clearly loved it; 1,400 spins
and counting. I am very glad that the song, which
has a throwback feel to it, resonates with today’s
PARDI
country audience.”
WKLB Boston PD Mike Brophey concurs. “This
is another example of a great song and a great artist, and persistence pays off,”
he says. “We [first] put it in rotation back in September.”
On the hybrid Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, sales and
streaming, “Boots” hops 8-5 (up 2 percent), reaching a new best rank.
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HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville 43.210
+3.651
7709
811
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28
FROM THE GROUND UP W
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Dan + Shay
42.047
+3.291
7361
598
2
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25
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
42.040
+3.014
7208
531
3
6
24
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville
Jake Owen
39.571
+3.115
6852
356
4
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22
PETER PAN B lack River
Kelsea Ballerini
38.300
+4.431
6632
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5
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Chris Lane
38.288
-7.393
6079
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28
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Eric Church
33.611
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5565
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12
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14
23
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17
27
Jon Pardi
Florida Georgia Line
31.236
-4.127
4977
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9
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
28.702
+2.621
4902
529
10
Justin Moore
28.359
+1.797
5222
452
8
Blake Shelton
25.812
+0.751
4453
190
11
Tucker Beathard
20.987
+1.894
3900
264
13
I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviverLoCash
19.413
+1.755
3748
317
14
Zac Brown Band
19.342
+1.199
3655
157
16
Kip Moore
19.197
-0.148
3732
-73
15
William Michael Morgan
19.001
+1.413
3943
284
12
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville HH Most Increased Audience HH Kenny Chesney Feat. P!nk
18.993
+5.312
2976
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15
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TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
8
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AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
25
5
MOVE C apitol Nashville
21
4
VICE R CA Nashville
24
25
22
32
26
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Billy Currington
17.937
+2.973
3502
461
17
Brad Paisley Featuring Demi Lovato
17.408
-0.618
3365
-69
18
17.253
+1.579
3031
249
20
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Luke Bryan
17.173
+4.211
2768
690
23
Miranda Lambert
16.086
+1.433
2641
214
25
Brett Young
14.689
+1.409
2828
336
22
Big & Rich Featuring Tim McGraw
14.655
+0.730
3305
126
19
Jason Aldean
14.587
+1.979
2694
551
24
Drake White
11.132
-0.325
2448
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LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution
Cole Swindell
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME M
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LIVIN’ THE DREAM D
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30
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Tim McGraw
10.339
+0.932
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180
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29
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SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME R CA Nashville
Old Dominion
10.015
+0.489
1984
116
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Jennifer Nettles
9.940
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9.089
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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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Granger Smith
7.560
+0.177
2018
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Brothers Osborne
6.670
-0.035
1763
-19
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Brett Eldredge
6.514
+0.817
1471
147
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VACATION V alory
Thomas Rhett
5.565
-0.058
1204
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High Valley
4.921
+0.186
1142
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Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
4.423
+0.128
1284
42
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Chris Stapleton
4.272
+0.079
1426
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Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
3.894
+1.920
666
349
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MAY WE ALL B MLG
Chris Janson
3.771
+0.195
960
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HH Breaker HHLANco
3.714
+0.219
776
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Josh Abbott Band With Carly Pearce
3.654
+0.859
442
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WASN’T THAT DRUNK P retty Damn Tough/1608
HH Breaker HH Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill
3.530
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863
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THE WEEKEND V alory
Brantley Gilbert
2.973
+0.698
515
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Craig Campbell
2.896
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42
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SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT R CA Nashville
HH Most Added HH
Michael Ray
2.806
+0.329
803
34
Dustin Lynch
2.674
+0.175
814
77
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The Band Perry
2.580
-1.182
633
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48
47
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Josh Turner
2.486
+0.123
730
-12
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50
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LIPSTICK W
heelhouse
Runaway June
2.257
+0.118
740
30
44
53
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Eli Young Band
2.193
+0.291
452
42
53
52
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THERE’S A GIRL 1 9/Republic/Dot
Trent Harmon
2.112
+0.194
501
50
51
52
49
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ARE YOU WITH ME M
ercury
Easton Corbin
1.926
-0.258
682
81
46
53
l
54
l
55
l
5
l6
57
l
5
l8
54
15
ROOTS S toney CreekParmalee
1.865
+0.060
612
16
49
BEER CAN IN A TRUCK BED R CA Nashville
55
17
56
2
HEARTBREAK SONG C apitol Nashville
57
8
YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO GOOD S toney Creek
NEW
LOVE TRIANGLE W
arner Bros./WMN
NEW
DAMN DRUNK N
ash Icon
59
59
4
60
l
RE-ENTRY
Old Dominion
1.736
+0.060
134
27
-
Mickey Guyton
1.476
+0.030
431
28
56
Thompson Square
1.401
+0.127
438
57
55
HH Hot Shot Debut HHRaeLynn
1.049
+0.245
282
111
-
Ronnie Dunn Featuing Kix Brooks
1.008
+0.715
269
242
-
Darius Rucker
0.999
-0.208
392
13
57
Gary Allan
0.983
+0.020
480
-15
52
IF I TOLD YOU C apitol Nashville
DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME? E MI Nashville
GOING FOR ADDS
8/22
KANE BROWN
Thunder In The Rain
Zone 4/RCA Nashville
STEVIE MONCE
Everything’s Better With A Buzz
Mucho Love
RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES FOR KENNY CHESNEY
+/–
17
KENNY CHESNEY
FEATURING PINK
Setting The
World On Fire
8/29
In its third week on Country Airplay,
the track ignites 23-17, increasing
39 percent to 19 million audience
impressions. The track, from Chesney’s
17th full-length, Cosmic Hallelujah (due
Oct. 28), falls from No. 1 on Country Digital
Songs to No. 2, down to 32,000 sold from his
career-best weekly sum of 93,000.
CHRIS LANE
For Her
Big Loud
SHAWN B. WELLS
As Long As I’ve Got You
Shawn Wells
9/5
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Dirty Laundry
19/Arista Nashville
CONGRATULATIONS
KIX BROOKS
ON
10 YEARS
WITH
& YOUR EXTENDED PARTNERSHIP WITH CUMULUS
...NOT ALL OF HIS BEST SHOWS
ARE ON THE STAGE!
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 9 OF 21
Country Airplay
MOST ADDED®
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
NEW AND ACTIVE
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist ADDS
24
18
18
18
17
14
12
10
7
6
COMEBACK KID Interscope/Mercury
The Band Perry
MOVE C
apitol Nashville
L
uke Bryan
MAY WE ALL BMLG
Florida Georgia Line Feat. Tim McGraw
DAMN DRUNK N
ash Icon
R
onnie Dunn With Kix Brooks
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville Kenny Chesney Feat. P!nk
ARE YOU WITH ME M
ercury Nashville
Easton Corbin
HOW I’LL ALWAYS BE M
cGraw/Big Machine
Tim McGraw
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME M
acon/Broken Bow
Jason Aldean
BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME R
CA Nashville
Old Dominion
ADDS
BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
0.878
7
7
UNDONE R
ed Bow
J
oe Nichols
0.697
35
3
THUNDER IN THE RAIN Z one 4/RCA Nashville Kane Brown
0.649
8
1
SUITCASE C
reative Nation/New Revolution
Steve Moakler
0.594
23
0
Dylan Scott
0.523
35
2
CHASING DOWN A GOOD TIME S
toney Creek Randy Houser
0.484
17
4
MY GIRL C
urb
RECURRENTS
MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE
GAIN
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist (IN MIILIONS)
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville K
enny Chesney Feat. P!nk
PETER PAN B
lack River
Kelsea Ballerini
MOVE C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
HEAD OVER BOOTS C
apitol Nashville
Jon Pardi
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR
Dan + Shay
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R
CA Nashville
Jake Owen
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
ercury
Billy Currington
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS C
apitol Nashville
D
ierks Bentley Feat. Elle King
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME M
acon/Broken Bow
Jason Aldean
TOTAL
TOTAL
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist AUDIENCE STATIONS
+5.312
+4.431
+4.211
+3.651
+3.291
+3.115
+3.014
+2.973
+2.621
+1.979
THIS
WEEK TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
TOTAL AUD.
(IN MILLIONS)
1
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood
27.816
2
LIGHTS COME ON B
roken BowJason Aldean
24.709
3
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol NashvilleKeith Urban
23.808
4
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C
apitol NashvilleDierks Bentley
22.490
5
T-SHIRT V
alory
Thomas Rhett
20.550
6
THINK OF YOU R CA Nashville/BMLGChris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
16.952
7
SNAPBACK R
CA NashvilleOld Dominion
15.612
8
DIE A HAPPY MAN Valory
Thomas Rhett
15.541
9
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B
ig MachineRascal Flatts
13.400
10
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMNBlake Shelton
13.302
BILLBOARD COUNTRY BOXSCORE
MOST INCREASED PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
GAIN
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville Kenny Chesney Feat. P!nk
HEAD OVER BOOTS C
apitol Nashville
Jon Pardi
MOVE C
apitol Nashville
L
uke Bryan
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR
Dan + Shay
PETER PAN B
lack River
Kelsea Ballerini
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME M
acon/Broken Bow
Jason Aldean
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS C
apitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley Feat. Elle King
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
ercury
Billy Currington
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V
alory
Justin Moore
+874
+811
+690
+598
+576
+551
+531
+529
+461
+452
Gross
Artist
Attendance
$598,449
$79/$25
$585,288
$69/$20
$489,002
$135/$55
$364,308
$122/$36.90
$217,326
$30
BRAD PAISLEY
DTE Energy Music Theatre, Clarkston, Mich./July 31
BRAD PAISLEY
Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind./July 30
DOLLY PARTON
Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids, Mich./Aug. 6
DOLLY PARTON
U.S. Cellular Center, Cedar Rapids, Iowa/July 19
CHRIS YOUNG, ERIC PASLAY, LOCASH...
House of Blues, Boston/May 29
15,315
sellout
16,956
21,000
5,195
5,552
4,546
5,560
7,494
8,170
Ticket Price(s)
Venue/Date(s)
Capacity
Promoter(s)
LIVE NATION
LIVE NATION
NS2, FRANK
PRODUCTIONS
35 CONCERTS,
AEG LIVE
LIVE NATION
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 ([email protected]).
TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT
WEEK ENDING AUGUST 14, 2016
THIS
WEEK
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
1
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15
DAY ONE (Greenhorse) 2
11
WITH YOU I AM (Independent)
4
22
LITTLE THAT WE’RE LIVIN’ ON ( Independent)
6
14
SAN ANTONE (Independent)
9
18
WHERE THE SEEDS FALL (Independent)
6
5
25
NEXT BIG THING ( Independent)
7
7
8
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SPINS
SPINS
+/–
THIS
WEEK
Pat Green 1643
116
11
l
12
21
ONE BOOT IN THE GRAVE ( Independent)
Cody Johnson 1625
96
12
11
18
SELLOUT SONG (Independent)
13
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15
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16
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17
ME AND THESE BOOTS (Independent)
16
18
SIMPLE LIFE (Independent)
15
11
REDNECKS WITH PAYCHECKS ( Independent)
18
20
WHISKEY MAKES HER MISS ME ( Independent)
Dustin Sonnier
922
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
Mario Flores 1154
97
Kevin Fowler feat. Zane Williams 1152
-27
Cameran Nelson 1518
15
Randy Rogers Band 1516
90
Matt Kimbrow 1460
201
William Clark Green 1399
-47
21
WASN’T THAT DRUNK ( Pretty Damn Tough) Josh Abbott feat. Carly Pearce 1319
-5
17
17
24
IF THE BOOT FITS (Independent)
Granger Smith
887
0
10
16
MERCURY ( Independent)
Turnpike Troubadours 1245
52
18
8
20
BLUEBONNETS (JULIA’S SONG) ( BIG/Thirty Tigers)
Aaron Watson
872
-395
9
1
23
FEELS THIS RIGHT ( Almost Country)
Casey Donahew Band 1235 -390
11
WHY HAVEN’T YOU LEFT YET ( Texas Evolution) Mark McKinney & Bri Bagwell
871
39
13
12
LONELY STREET (Independent)
19
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19
10
l
33
13
BREAKING ME OUT ( Write On)
759
130
Jake Ward 1229
190
Kylie Frey 1126
127
Green River Ordinance 1109
184
Kyle Park 1021
87
Cory Morrow
66
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
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 10 OF 21
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Big Machine Label Group artist Ryan Follese played for Billboard and
Nielsen Music employees on Aug. 10 in Nashville. From left: Nielsen
client solutions director Josh Bennett, Follese, Billboard Southeast
advertising director Lee Ann Photoglo and Billboard country charts
manager Jim Asker.
LANE, PARDI, MOORE DISTINCT FOR WSIX
When WSIX Nashville set the lineup for its annual Guitar-B-Que fundraiser,
the station could not have known that the bill would feature two artists with
back-to-back No. 1 singles: Chris Lane’s “Fix” took the top slot on Country
Airplay leading into the Aug. 10 show, while Jon Pardi’s “Head Over Boots”
claims that position this week (see On the Charts, page 4).
But the station could have foreseen that the benefit for St. Jude ­Children’s
­R esearch Hospital made a statement for the format. While critics have
­complained that country has become homogenized in recent years, all the
acts in the lineup, headlined by Kip Moore, made a case for ­i ndividuality.
Each of t hem ow ned t heir ow n
distinctive turf:
Countr y tends to borrow inf luences from other genres about 15
years after those trends peak, and
Moore showed that continues with
his rock-­leaning set. Often compared
to Bruce Springsteen, who owned
the 1980s, Moore used a muscular,
sinewy framework that more closely
resembled early-2000s power pop. A
cover of Jimmy Eat World’s “The
Middle” fit p
­ erfectly, e
­ xemplifying
the point.
Dustin Lynch’s wardrobe ­— a cowboy hat and a Guns ’N Roses T-shirt
—supported his musical story, which
teeters between arena-rock sounds
and country. There were plenty of Chris Janson (right) visited with
musical fireworks with the punchy KAWO Boise, Idaho, PD Rich
“Seein’ Red” and amped-up “Hell of Summers on Aug. 9 before a
a Night,” though his voice translated station-sponsored performance at
best on the traditional ballad “Cow- Powderhaus Brewing.
boys and Angels.”
Bobby Bones & The Raging Idiots
are the country equivalent of ­Tenacious D, with a show and songs that
satirized the 21st-century c­ oncert experience but left room for a little serious business, particularly a cover of Prince’s “Purple Rain” with Natalie
Stovall and Lindsay Ell.
Pardi displayed an energetic hard-country sound and a personal enthusiasm
that veers between aw-shucks humility and jaded sarcasm. He’s a singular
character with a unique style and a set full of hooky melodies.
Lane’s falsetto makes him the country equivalent of a Robin Thicke or
Joe “Cake by the Ocean” Jonas with just enough clanging banjo to make
it work in country. “Fix” is likely just the start.
Brandy Clark insists in a recent single that she’s not “the girl next door,”
but there’s a neighborly quality to her voice that underscores the truth of
her insightful — sometimes acerbic — lyrics. There should always be a spot
in the genre for smart observation.
•
•
•
•
•
•
Just days after announcing it had renewed its agreement with Kix Brooks, Cumulus revealed major changes to its syndicated show lineup. While Brooks remains
the host of American Country Countdown, his overnight show Kickin’ It With Kix
is replaced with The Blair Garner Show as Garner leaves America’s Morning Show,
returning to the daypart he occupied for two decades with After Midnite. Joining AMS is Ty Bentli, a former morning host at adult
top 40 WRQX Washington, D.C. … Chuck Williams
stepped in Aug. 9 as Emmis/­Indianapolis senior vp/
market manager, overseeing a four-station cluster that
includes country WLHK. The former Radio One/Indianapolis market manager replaces Charlie Morgan, who
took a similar position at Emmis/New York … Dougie
Stylz and Justin Roman start Sept. 6 as the new WUSN BENTLI
Chicago morning team, replacing “Ramblin’ ” Ray
Stevens and Lisa Dent. They spent the previous 12 years on-air at top 40 WBBM
Chicago … Cumulus/Detroit promoted two executives, both of whom will have
oversight at country WDRQ. Greg Smith was elevated to vp/GM from vp sales,
while Robby Bridges became director of FM programming. Bridges will continue
to anchor afternoon drive for hot adult contemporary WDVD … Chris Kellogg is
the new ­Cumulus/Fort Walton Beach, Fla., operations manager, where the fivestation cluster includes country WYZB. He previously held the same position at Cumulus/Columbia, Mo., where the station roster included country KBBM … WIVK
Knoxville, Tenn., added Nikki Thomas as PD. The Knoxville native was most
recently KATM Modesto-Stockton, Calif., PD … Jeff Meltesen signed up as Cumulus/Nashville senior account executive/sponsorship sales, handling advertising for country WKDF and WSM-FM, and sponsorships for the five-station group.
Meltesen was most recently Nash Country Weekly publisher … Kristina Carlyle
started Aug. 15 as KVOO-FM Tulsa, Okla., assistant PD/music director, RadioInfo.com reported. She was previously KTGX Tulsa PD … KILT Houston made
Nick Russo the official afternoon-drive host following a two-month stint with
an interim tag, according to RadioInfo.com. He first appeared on-air at KILT two
years ago as a part-timer … Christine Martindale returned to afternoon drive
at KKGO Los Angeles on Aug. 15, InsideRadio.com reported. Martindale, who
spent three years with the station before departing in March, replaces the retiring Paul Freeman … James Robinson was named iHeartMedia/Washington,
D.C., vp sales, according to InsideRadio.com. The role includes work with country
WMZQ. Robinson had been general sales manager for iHeartMedia/St. Louis, a
cluster that includes country KSD … A GoFundMe campaign has been established
to cover memorial expenses for WQDR Raleigh, N.C., promotion director Dede
Wakefield, who died in an Aug. 8 car accident. The goal is to raise $15,000.
’ROUND THE ROW
Reviver shifted three 1608 regional promotion directors to Reviver promotion
manager posts: Paul Williams (Northeast), Suzanne Durham (Midwest) and
Glenn Noblit (Southwest). Remaining at 1608 are Southwest/Midwest promotion manager Clay Henderson and West Coast manager Ben Bieri … ­Valory
promoted Ashley Sidoti to national director of radio promotion from Southeast
director … Kelli Haywood returns to the Starstruck
Management Group as manager/vp artist development. She left in 2015 to start her own KCH Entertainment … Big Machine Music and 19 Publishing
established a co-venture in which Big Machine will
administer the rights for Trent ­Harmon and Nick
Fradiani … ­Bluegrass agencies Moonstruck Management and Hope River ­Entertainment merged under
HAYWOOD the Moonstruck ­banner … Nashville-based business
management agency Smith Wiles & Co. rebranded as
Wiles + Taylor & Co. Partner/co-founder Dwight Wiles remains in a leadership
role with Rob Taylor boosted to vp/partner from GM … Sara Evans signed a
recording deal with Concord Music Group. A new album is expected in 2017
on Sugar Hill … Craig Wayne Boyd inked with Harmon Music Management.
CEO Rusty Harmon was formerly Average Joes Management president … William Morris Endeavor added country/Americana artist Troy Cartwright to
its roster … Bluegrass artist Ray Caldwell will release a solo album, Tennessee
Moon, on Pinecastle later in 2016.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 11 OF 21
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
MUSIC NOTES
ON THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC
Garth Brooks announced Aug. 15 that his song
“Pure Adrenaline” will be the theme music for
CBS Sports’ SEC Game of the Week during the
2016 college football season. ­Meanwhile, Brad
Paisley is reviving his Country Nation College
Tour, presenting free shows in ­conjunction with
NCAA games. His September ­schedule ­includes
GILL
an Orlando, Fla., appearance on Sept. 4, ­leading
into the Ole Miss/Florida State game, plus a
Sept. 9 gig a
­ dvancing a West V
­ irginia/Youngstown State match and a Sept. 15
show at Ohio State, two days before it plays the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman,
Okla. More shows are forthcoming.
CBS has set a Sept. 9 airdate for the Academy of Country Music’s first ­televised
edition of the ACM Honors. The event takes place Aug. 30 at Nashville’s Ryman
Auditorium. Performers include Jason Aldean, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan,
Keith Urban, Maren Morris and Kelsea ­Ballerini. Lady Antebellum will
host the two-hour special, which counts Tanya Tucker, Glen Campbell, Carrie
Underwood and Little Big Town among the previously announced honorees.
The bittersweet story of Joey + Rory continues: The duo secured four
­nominations for the Gospel Music Association’s Dove Awards. Joey Feek died
March 4 after battling cervical cancer, but her graceful struggle captured n
­ ational
attention, with the album Hymns reaching No. 1 on Top Country Albums. That
project is up for bluegrass/country album and longform video of the year, while
their versions of “I’ll Fly Away” and “He Touched Me” are also on the ballot.
Jimmy Fortune snagged three Dove nominations, and Shenandoah earned
two. Danny Gokey, who initially pursued a country career after his run on
American Idol, is up for four trophies. The Doves will be presented Oct. 11.
Top Headlines from
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.com
Aug. 15
2014 — Easton Corbin performs at Chicago’s U.S. Cellular Field as
the Grand Ole Opry joins the White Sox to celebrate Country Music
Night at the ballpark. The Chisox defeat the Toronto Blue Jays, 11-5.
1996 — Travis Tritt sings the national anthem
for delegates the night Bob Dole accepts the
nomination for president during the ­Republican
National Convention in San Diego.
•
•
Aug. 16
1980 — Alabama registers its first No. 1 single
in Billboard with “Tennessee River.”
•
CORBIN
Aug. 17
2012 — Florida Georgia Line performs “Cruise” during its Grand
Ole Opry debut.
2006 — After 25 years as a country station, KZLA Los Angeles
switches format, temporarily leaving the nation’s top two markets
— New York and L.A. — without a country signal. The last song played
before the change: Keith Urban’s “Tonight I Wanna Cry.”
•
•
Aug. 18
2010 — LeAnn Rimes performs “Swingin’ ” in a two-piece bathing
suit on the NBC series America’s Got Talent.
1986 — Randy Travis has a role in six nominations for the ­Country
Music Association’s 20th annual awards. The Judds and Reba
McEntire earn five nominations each, and George Strait takes four.
•
•
Aug. 19
2003 — Capitol releases Dierks Bentley’s self-titled debut album.
•
Aug. 20
2015 — Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s “Smoke Break” to radio.
•
Aug. 21
2004 — Merle Haggard makes a guest appearance to sing “Mama
Tried” during Toby Keith’s concert at Los Angeles’ Staples Center.
Also surprising the audience: Jerry Lee Lewis with “Great Balls
of Fire.”
1990 — Alan Jackson records “Don’t Rock the Jukebox,” ­“Someday”
and “Midnight in Montgomery.”
•
•
Source: RolandNote.com, the Ultimate Country Music Database
Prince Estate To Sell Six Properties
Following Judge Approval
MOMENTS BY MOSER PHOTOGRAPHY
CHRIS HOLLO
Vince Gill has been a willing accompanist for a multitude of his cohorts
­throughout his career, so it’s appropriate that when he celebrated 25 years as a
Grand Ole Opry member on Aug. 13, he enlisted a ton of guests for support. With
Charlie Worsham on guitar and Paul Franklin on steel, Gill rolled out such
guests as Patty Loveless, Rodney Crowell, Amy Grant, Ashley ­Monroe, Bill
Anderson and The Time Jumpers. Most were
still on hand (along with daughter Jenny Gill
and Andrea Zonn ) when Gill closed the night
with “Liza Jane.” He packed so much music in
that the first of the night’s two Opry shows ran
nearly an hour late.
Pennsylvania Is The Latest State
To Tax Streaming Services
Music’s 30 Top Business Managers
Estate Manager For The Doors, Joplin:
Life After Death Can Be Profitable
Elvis Presley’s Graceland To Undergo Major Facelift
The Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame announced Aug. 9 the addition
of four new members, set for induction in October. From left are Aaron
Barker (“Love Without End, Amen,” “What About Now”), Bob Morrison
(“Lookin’ for Love,” “Love the World Away”), Beth Nielsen Chapman
(“This Kiss,” “Happy Girl”) and Will Van Zandt, son of late inductee
Townes Van Zandt (“Pancho and Lefty,” “If I Needed You”).
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 12 OF 21
Hot Country Songs
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7
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J.MOI (BUSBEE,N.CYPHERT,W.W.LARSEN)
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MAKE YOU MISS ME
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,J.OSBORNE,M.RAMSEY)
FROM THE GROUND UP
D.SMYERS,S.HENDRICKS (D.SMYERS,S.MOONEY,C. DESTEFANO)
PETER PAN
F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.MASSEY (K.BALLERINI,F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.LEE)
HEAD OVER BOOTS
B.BUTLER,J.PARDI (J.PARDI,L.LAIRD)
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
R. COPPERMAN (S.MCANALLY,J.T.HARDING)
RECORD YEAR
J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,J.HYDE)
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
S.MCANALLY,R. COPPERMAN (R.COPPERMAN,A.GORLEY,J.JOHNSTON)
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE
B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (R.COPPERMAN,M.JENKINS,J.OSBORNE)
S.HENDRICKS (W.EARP,A.ALBERT,M.BEESON)
VICE
F.LIDDELL,E.MASSE,G.WORF (M.LAMBERT,S.MCANALLY,J.OSBORNE)
CHURCH BELLS
M.BRIGHT (Z.CROWELL,BRETT JAMES,H.LINDSEY)
LIGHTS COME ON
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HH No. 1 (15 weeks) HH
M.KNOX (B.KELLEY,T.HUBBARD,J.M.SCHMIDT,J.ROBBINS,B.WARREN,B.WARREN)
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY
WASTED TIME
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK
J.S.STOVER,J.RAYMOND,S.BORCHETTA (R.CLAWSON,M.DRAGSTREM,N.HEMBY)
CASTAWAY
ROCK ON
Kenny Chesney Featuring P!nk
B
LUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Blake Shelton
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
Miranda Lambert
R
CA NASHVILLE
Carrie Underwood
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE
Jason Aldean
B
ROKEN BOW
Billy Currington
M
ERCURY
Luke Bryan
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Cole Swindell
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
Keith Urban
H
IT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE
Justin Moore
V
ALORY
Zac Brown Band
Tucker Beathard
A.PETRAGLIA (T.BEATHARD,C.BEATHARD,M.CANNON-GOODMAN)
D
OT
VACATION
Thomas Rhett
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (THOMAS RHETT,T.ALLEN,H.BROWN,M.DICKERSON,S.M.DOUGLAS,G.GOLDSTEIN,L.L.JORDAN,C.W.MILLER,L.OSKAR,A.SCHULLER,H.E.SCOTT,JOE LONDON,E.FREDERIC,J.RYAN)
V
ALORY
MOVE
Luke Bryan
J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,M.CARTER,J.CLEMENTI)
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
I MET A GIRL
William Michael Morgan
J.RITCHEY,S.HENDRICKS (T. ROSEN,S.HUNT,S.MCANALLY)
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
CAME HERE TO FORGET
Blake Shelton
S.HENDRICKS (C.WISEMAN,D.RUTTAN)
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
WITHOUT A FIGHT
Brad Paisley Featuring Demi Lovato
B.PAISLEY,L.WOOTEN (B.PAISLEY,K.LOVELACE,L.T.MILLER)
A
RISTA NASHVILLE
23
WILLIAM
MICHAEL
MORGAN
I Met A Girl
Florida Georgia Line
B
MLG
Sam Hunt
M
CA NASHVILLE
Dan + Shay
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
Kelsea Ballerini
B
LACK RIVER
Jon Pardi
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Dierks Bentley Featuring Elle King
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Eric Church
E MI NASHVILLE
Jake Owen
R
CA NASHVILLE
S
OUTHERN GROUND/JOHN VARVATOS/REPUBLIC/DOT
Z.BROWN (Z.BROWN,N.MOON,W.DURRETTE,C.BOWLES,J.D.HOPKINS)
CERTIFIED
PEAK
POSITION
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43
The traditional-sounding single,
co-written by Sam Hunt, pushes 26-23
on Hot Country Songs, helped by its
staying power on Country Airplay; in its
45th week on the latter list, it steps 18-16
(19 million in audience, up 8 percent).
CREDIT TKB
THIS
WEEK
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
HIGH
VALLEY
Make You
Mine
The banjo- and guitar-fueled song
from brothers Brad and Curtis Rempel
rises 48-43 on Hot Country Songs. It’s
aided by its 36-35 bump on Country Airplay,
adding 4 percent to 4.9 million in audience. It
also increases by 21 percent to 4,000 sold.
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Hot Country Songs
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
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45
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Kane Brown
30
Brett Eldredge
A
TLANTIC/WMN
29
Maren Morris
C
OLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
H
ST/EMI NASHVILLE
Big & Rich Featuring Tim McGraw
B
$R/NEW REVOLUTION
Jason Aldean
M
ACON/BROKEN BOW
Drake White
D
OT
Jennifer Nettles
B
IG MACHINE
Chris Stapleton
M
ERCURY
Brothers Osborne
E MI NASHVILLE
Tim McGraw
M
CGRAW/BIG MACHINE
Florida Georgia Line Featuring Tim McGraw
B
MLG
30
The Band Perry
42
High Valley
A
TLANTIC/WEA
Chris Young Featuring Vince Gill
R
CA NASHVILLE
Dustin Lynch
B
ROKEN BOW
Brantley Gilbert
V
ALORY
Granger Smith
W
HEELHOUSE
Brett Young
B
MLG
Josh Abbott Band With Carly Pearce
P
RETTY DAMN TOUGH/1608
Keith Urban
H
IT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE
43
SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME
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S.MCANALLY (M.RAMSEY,T. ROSEN,B.TURSI,M.JENKINS)
I KNOW SOMEBODY
L.RIMES (R.AKINS,R.COPPERMAN,J.S.STOVER)
HH Hot Shot Debut HH
THUNDER IN THE RAIN
M.R.MCVANEY (K.BROWN,J.HOGE,M.R.MCVANEY)
WANNA BE THAT SONG
HH Digital Gainer HH
R.SKAGGS,B.HERMS (H.SCOTT,E.L.WEISBAND,B.HERMS)
LOVIN’ LATELY
B.KENNY,J.D.RICH (W.K.ALPHIN,J.D.RICH,T.MCGRAW)
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME
M.KNOX (W.MOBLEY,T.MARTIN,J.FLOWERS)
LIVIN’ THE DREAM
R. COPPERMAN,J.S.STOVER (T.DOUGLAS,J.JOHNSTON,L.LAIRD)
UNLOVE YOU
D.HUFF (J. NETTLES,B.CLARK)
PARACHUTE
D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (C.STAPLETON,J.BEAVERS)
21 SUMMER
J.JOYCE (J. OSBORNE,T.J. OSBORNE,C.WISEMAN)
HOW I’LL ALWAYS BE
B.GALLIMORE,T.MCGRAW (J.S.STOVER,C.JANSON,J.PAULIN)
MAY WE ALL
J.MOI (R.CLAWSON,J.MOORE)
COMEBACK KID
B.CASSETTE,K.PERRY,R.PERRY,N.PERRY (K.PERRY,R.PERRY,N.PERRY)
25
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28
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R. COPPERMAN,B.ELDREDGE (B.ELDREDGE,R.COPPERMAN,SCOOTER CARUSOE)
BUSBEE,M.MORRIS (M.MORRIS,BUSBEE)
HH Streaming Gainer HH
28
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MAKE YOU MINE
S.MOSLEY (B.REMPEL,S.MOSLEY,B.STENNIS)
SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT
C.CROWDER,C.YOUNG (C.YOUNG,B.WARREN,B.WARREN)
SEEIN’ RED
M.J.CONES (T.KENNEDY,K.ALLISON,S.BOGARD,J.SEVER)
THE WEEKEND
D.HUFF (B.GILBERT,A.DEROBERTS)
IF THE BOOT FITS
G.SMITH,F.ROGERS (J.M.SCHMIDT,A.ALBERT,M.TENPENNY)
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW
D.HUFF (B.YOUNG,T.REEVE,K.SCHILENGER,T.TOMLINSON)
WASN’T THAT DRUNK
D.BAKER,J.ABBOTT (M.J.MCGINN,N.A.MEDLEY,E.L.WEISBAND)
BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR
D.HUFF,K.URBAN (S.L.OLSEN,H.LINDSEY,C.LAGERBERG)
PEAK
POSITION
26
B.JAMES,K.MOORE (K.MOORE,T.VERGES,B.DALY)
22
CERTIFIED
Brett Young
B
MLG
Kip Moore
M
CA NASHVILLE
Old Dominion
R
CA NASHVILLE
LoCash
R
EVIVER
RUNNING FOR YOU
28
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IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL
D.HUFF (B.YOUNG,K.ARCHER,J.EBACH)
25
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STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
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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
SALES Album Sales
’15
’16
16.9 million
’14
14.6 million
DIGITAL TRACKS SALES
75.4 million
000.0 million
’16
57.6 million
For week ending August 11, 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
476,000
182,000
1,640,000
Last Week
476,000
178,000
1,849,000
0.0%
2.2%
-11.3%
771,000
273,000
2,163,000
-38.3%
-33.3%
-24.2%
Change
’15
Overall Unit Sales
Weekly Unit
’15 Sales
This Week Last Year
Change
2015
2016
CHANGE
Albums
16,860,000
14,587,000
-13.5%
Digital Tracks
75,412,000
57,649,000
-23.6%
Sales by Album Format
Physical
Digital
2015
2016
10,637,000
9,532,000
9.0%
6,224,000
5,055,000
-18.8%
*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
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IF I’M HONEST
1
2
CODY JOHNSON
GOTTA BE ME
2
1
2 SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE
KENNY CHESNEY FEAT. P!NK(Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN)
27 24 11 CASTAWAY
ZAC BROWN BAND(Southern Ground/John Varvatos/BMLG/Republic)
3
3
4 VICE
MIRANDA LAMBERT(RCA Nashville/SMN)
28 12
1
COJO 1748
STAPLETON
67 CHRIS
MERCURY 019405*/UMGN
AMERICAN LOVE
7
8 27 FROM THE GROUND UP
DAN + SHAY(Warner Bros./WMN)
CHRIS LANE
GIRL PROBLEMS
8
7
12 SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS
BLAKE SHELTON(Warner Bros./WMN)
33 33 47 DIE A HAPPY MAN
THOMAS RHETT(Valory/BMLG)
9
6
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THOMAS RHETT(Valory/BMLG)
34
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ERIC CHURCH(EMI Nashville/UMGN)
35 32 30 SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH
DIERKS BENTLEY(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
28 MAKE YOU MISS ME
SAM HUNT(MCA Nashville/UMGN)
36 26 30 THINK OF YOU
CHRIS YOUNG DUET WITH CASSADEE POPE(RCA Nashville/SMN)
ELVIS PRESLEY
2
1
HST/EMI NASHVILLE 025056/UMGN
RCA 531810*/LEGACY
RCA NASHVILLE 507015*/SMN
BIG LOUD 002
URBAN
14 KEITH
HIT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE 023591*/UMGN
10
5
5
11
9
8
12
8
7
BENTLEY
11 DIERKS
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 024745*/UMGN
13
6
4
HUNT
94 SAM
MCA NASHVILLE 021502/UMGN
1
RHETT
46 THOMAS
VALORY RT0200A/BMLG
9
+ RORY
26 JOEY
FARMHOUSE/GAITHER 49134*/CAPITOL CMG
16
6
SWINDELL
14 COLE
WARNER BROS. 554671/WMN
MORRIS
17 15 12 10 MAREN
COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 516885*/SMN
STEVEN TYLER
DOT 025219/BMLG
2
2
TANGLED UP
15 11
HYMNS
YOU SHOULD BE HERE
HERO
CHURCH
18 16 41 ERIC
EMI NASHVILLE 024200*/UMGN
BALLERINI
21 16 18 65 KELSEA
BLACK RIVER 2015
STORYTELLER
0
MR. MISUNDERSTOOD
THE FIRST TIME
8 IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO
BILLY CURRINGTON(Mercury/UMGN)
13 15
32 48
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6 80S MERCEDES
MAREN MORRIS(Columbia Nashville/SMN)
NEW
DAMN DRUNK
RONNIE DUNN FEAT. KIX BROOKS(Nash Icon/BMLG)
37 37 4 BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR
KEITH URBAN(Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
38 38 42 TENNESSEE WHISKEY
CHRIS STAPLETON(Mercury/UMGN)
14 11 19 CHURCH BELLS
CARRIE UNDERWOOD(19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
39 40 9 SLEEP WITHOUT YOU
BRETT YOUNG(BMLG)
15 9 23 AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
JAKE OWEN(RCA Nashville/SMN)
40 35 35 YOU SHOULD BE HERE
COLE SWINDELL(Warner Bros./WMN)
16 27
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WE’RE ALL SOMEBODY FROM SOMEWHERE
UNDERWOOD
19 14 14 42 CARRIE
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 510539*/SMN
30 34 4 IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW
11 DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
BRETT YOUNG(BMLG)
DIERKS BENTLEY FEAT. ELLE KING(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
31 29 30 T-SHIRT
19 PETER PAN
THOMAS RHETT(Valory/BMLG)
KELSEA BALLERINI(Black River)
12 13 41 HEAD OVER BOOTS
JON PARDI(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
BLACK
MONTEVALLO
NEW
10 10
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SONY MUSIC/UNIVERSAL 024990/UME
11
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KILL THE LIGHTS
VARIOUS ARTISTS NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL COUNTRY, VOLUME 9
14 13
4
LOVE REMAINS
BURY ME IN MY BOOTS
BIG MACHINE 30100*/BMLG
BRYAN
10 53 LUKE
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 022813/UMGN
3
29 31 4 A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME
JASON ALDEAN(Macon/Broken Bow/BBMG)
JAKE OWEN
1
18 12
8 SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME
OLD DOMINION(RCA Nashville/SMN)
5
NEW
7
THUNDER IN THE RAIN
KANE BROWN(Zone 4/RCA Nashville/SMN)
ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL)
I MET A GIRL
26 23 4 WILLIAM MICHAEL MORGAN(Warner Bros./WMN)
6
THE CADILLAC THREE
9
15 H.O.L.Y.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE(BMLG)
TITLE
ELVIS: WAY DOWN IN THE JUNGLE ROOM
1
10
ARTIST (IMPRINT/LABEL)
4
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NEW
1
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—
Title
TRAVELLER
2
1
WKS ON
CHART
—
SHELTON
12 BLAKE
WARNER BROS. 555352/WMN
IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL
LAST
WEEK
2
WKS ON
CHART
4
LAST
WEEK
1
THIS
WEEK
4
PEAK
POS.
2 WEEKS
AGO
3
NEW
CERT.
LAST
WEEK
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THIS
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COUNTRY
DIGITAL SONGS
TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS
41 41 15 ROCK ON
TUCKER BEATHARD(Dot/BMLG)
31 FIX
CHRIS LANE(Big Loud)
17 22 14 MIDDLE OF A MEMORY
COLE SWINDELL(Warner Bros./WMN)
42 47 23 CAME HERE TO FORGET
BLAKE SHELTON(Warner Bros./WMN)
18 20 23 HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ AND LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
LUKE BRYAN(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
43 44 3 LOVIN’ LATELY
BIG & RICH FEAT. TIM MCGRAW(B$R)
19 17 31 MY CHURCH
MAREN MORRIS(Columbia Nashville/SMN)
44 39 20 WASTED TIME
KEITH URBAN(Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
20 21 30 HUMBLE AND KIND
TIM MCGRAW(McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG)
21 18 16 THY WILL
HILLARY SCOTT & THE SCOTT FAMILY(HST/EMI Nashville/UMGN)
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PARACHUTE
CHRIS STAPLETON(Mercury/UMGN)
RE-ENTRY
I KNOW SOMEBODY
LOCASH(Reviver)
1
THE LACS & HARD TARGET: RACKET COUNTRY
WELCOME TO DODGE CITY
22 19 19 LIGHTS COME ON
JASON ALDEAN(Broken Bow/BBMG)
47 43 4 MAY WE ALL
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. TIM MCGRAW(BMLG)
8
JON PARDI
CALIFORNIA SUNRISE
23 16 10 WANNA BE THAT SONG
BRETT ELDREDGE(Atlantic/WMN)
48 46 2 COMEBACK KID
THE BAND PERRY(TheTenTwentySix/Mercury/Interscope/UMGN/IGA)
SHELTON
22 20 42 BLAKE
WARNER BROS. 551788/WMN
RELOADED: 20 #1 HITS
OLD DOMINION
25 24 24 40 RCA NASHVILLE 513496/SMN
MEAT AND CANDY
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23 17 15
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CAPITOL NASHVILLE 024744*/UMGN
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.
4 MOVE
LUKE BRYAN(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
47 BUY ME A BOAT
CHRIS JANSON(Warner Bros./WMN)
49 49 9 WITHOUT A FIGHT
BRAD PAISLEY FEAT. DEMI LOVATO(Arista Nashville/SMN)
50
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UNLOVE YOU
JENNIFER NETTLES(Big Machine/BMLG)
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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.
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CHART
TITLE
H.O.L.Y.
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
MAKE YOU MISS ME
SAM HUNT
DIE A HAPPY MAN
THOMAS RHETT
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS
DIERKS BENTLEY FEAT. ELLE KING
PETER PAN
KELSEA BALLERINI
RECORD YEAR
ERIC CHURCH
HEAD OVER BOOTS
JON PARDI
FROM THE GROUND UP
DAN + SHAY
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
SAM HUNT
T-SHIRT
11 12 22 T HOMAS RHETT
SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS
12 14 6 BLAKE SHELTON
CHURCH BELLS
13 11 13 CARRIE UNDERWOOD
HUMBLE AND KIND
14 19 23 T IM MCGRAW
VICE
15 18 3 M
IRANDA LAMBERT
TAKE YOUR TIME
16 16 85 SAM HUNT
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY
17 25 2 C OLE SWINDELL
CRUISE
18 20 174 FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
TENNESSEE WHISKEY
19 15 41 CHRIS STAPLETON
ARTIST
LAST
WEEK
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
THIS
WEEK
KANE
BROWN
Thunder In
The Rain
Written by Brown, Josh Hoge and Matthew
McVaney, the single sold 27,000 downloads
in its first week and arrives on Country
Digital Songs at No. 4 and Hot Country
Songs at No. 30, marking each chart’s
highest debut. Sales of Brown’s Chapter 1 EP
also increase by 90 percent (to 2,000).
WKS ON
CHART
1
4
4
LAST
WEEK
THIS
WEEK
COUNTRY
STREAMING SONGS
CREDIT TKB
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
TITLE
ARTIST
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L UKE BRYAN
IERKS BENTLEY
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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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MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected]
When Miranda Lambert unveiled the first single from her next album, the
stark a cappella opening practically begged the listener to lean into the speaker.
In essence, Lambert was launching the album with a statement: Listen closely,
’cause I’m about to get really personal.
“It’s just basically writing a journal and putting it on a record and allowing the
world to see it,” says Lambert. “I felt like the first song needed to show people
that that’s what we’re doing.”
It was, by all accounts, a brave decision. Lambert co-wrote “Vice” in July
2015, the same month that her five-year marriage
to Blake Shelton ended in divorce. Lambert and
LAMBERT
co-writers Shane McAnally (“Noise,” “T-Shirt”)
and Josh Osborne (“Sangria,” “Wild Child”)
mixed drinks that day in Nashville, then started
mining her emotional story for what became an
exercise in exploring her own imperfections.
“Everybody else knew what was going on in my
life anyway, so I wasn’t really hiding anything,”
reflects Lambert. “We just started writing it, and I
think when one person in a co-write is just ­willing
to be honest and lay it out there, it sort of opens the
door for everybody, and Shane and Josh sort of
made it their story as well. So it’s sort of like little
parts of all of us.”
“It’s based on a true story, but it’s not, in its
­detail, autobiographical,” adds McAnally. “It’s
not spelling out necessarily what she did. It’s just
saying people get over things in different ways, and
she was clearly getting over something.”
It began with the same sort of cure for heartbreak that Eric Church cited in
“Record Year”: music. Lambert had her mind on indie artist John ­Moreland
as they fashioned the opening line — “Sting of the needle dropping on a
vinyl” — but it could have been any number of acts that helped her unpack
her ­emotional baggage.
“People have those records that take them to a place,” she explains.
­“Sometimes you’re just in the mood to hurt, because it makes you not feel alone.”
Using “sting” and “needle” in that opening phrase suggests that the topic is
addiction. But it’s really escape. They added alcohol, travel and casual sex to
the list of elixirs that one might use to mask internal pain.
“If you look at the definition of vice, it’s got a negative connotation, but it’s
also pretty broad,” reasons Lambert. “I describe it as something you run to
when you’re running from something else, sort of a remedy for the moment to
get past whatever’s going on.”
They didn’t know what the title would be until they inserted “vice” into the
first line of the chorus, which added another layer of emotion. The verses were
laden with fragility, but the chorus uses a descending chord structure, passing
through some minor chords and darkening the mood of “Vice,” which is cast
in a major key. “A lot of times, any sort of walk down adds tension to a song, and
I think that’s what’s coming across as minor-y in that chorus,” says Osborne.
The tension reaches its apex in the final verse as Lambert finds herself
­“standing at the sink not looking at the mirror.” The image ties cleverly to
­“Bathroom Sink,” a track from her previous album, Platinum. More i­ mportantly,
it makes a huge statement about the song’s protagonist — the opportunity for
self-reflection is right in front of her, and she’s doing her best to avoid it.
“Mirrors can be your friend and tell you the honest truth,” she explains. “Or
they can be your biggest enemy.”
At the day’s conclusion, Osborne played guitar as Lambert committed a vocal
to her cellphone. It was, he concedes, a “nerve-racking experience.”
“I’m trying to not mess it up as we play it, and I’m kind of singing harmony with
her, [which is] always kind of intimidating,” he says. “We just wrote the song,
we didn’t know it that well yet, and she might get one great pass at it to where
we get it perfect, and if I screw the guitar up we could wreck that. Honestly, the
fact that she’s Miranda Lambert makes me think, ‘OK, I can’t screw this up.’ ”
Recording the master of “Vice” — in fact, recording just about everything
on the album — was difficult. The song wrapped up a host of emotions, and
­because they were all specific to Lambert’s personal journey, they had to be
represented with the right mix of sounds. ­Producer Frank Liddell (David Nail,
Lee Ann ­Womack) ­co-produced with bass player
Glenn Worf (George Strait, Alan Jackson)
and ­engineer Eric Masse (Charlie Worsham,
Dierks Bentley), whose East Nashville studio,
The ­C asino, provided a comfortable, homey
environment.
“It was a very small band, five people in the
room,” says Liddell. “There was a lot of ­discussion
about what this thing is: ‘Let’s find Miranda in this
song.’ ”
Lambert inadvertently provided the answer.
As she sang the opening line on her own, L
­ iddell
­r ecognized it needed to start with her alone,
­sonically naked, revealing her truth. From there
it became a matter of framing her with the right
textures to emphasize the imperfections in the
storyline. “I didn’t want it to be too pretty or too
‘done,’ ” she says.
Most, if not all, of her final vocal was c­ aptured
alongside the band in the tracking session.
­Guitarist Luke Reynolds later added some agonizing guitar tones, including
a buzzy effect that some observers have compared to Rush’s “Tom Sawyer.”
Reynolds also incorporated a subtly disturbed guitar solo in overdubs, and
singer-songwriter Madi Diaz came up with some ghostly background vocals
that Lambert enhanced with her own stacks of harmony.
“This song sounds so heavy; it sounds so dark,” says McAnally admiringly.
“It sounds somewhat cryptic, but the truth is it’s a great therapeutic release.”
It was Lambert’s idea to envelop her voice in the opening with the sound of a
scratchy stereo needle, accomplished with something from Masse’s personal
collection: a Beatles album, guesses Lambert. The potential chain of events
amused Liddell. “I was thinking, ‘If we do this, then we make a vinyl record, is
there going to be a vinyl noise playing on a vinyl?’ ” he muses.
Lambert went back and forth between potential first singles, and Liddell
wasn’t much help. “I didn’t know if we had 20 singles or zero,” he admits.
But Lambert’s manager, Shopkeeper owner Marion Kraft, lobbied for
“Vice” throughout the process. RCA shipped it to country radio via Play MPE
on July 18, and the fan response in streaming and downloads — combined with
its ­immediate airplay — made the song rocket to No. 2 on Hot Country Songs in
its second week. It’s currently at No. 11.
Lambert performed it publicly for the first time on July 28 in Cleveland, her
expressions revealing on the video screen the risk she was feeling as she got
firsthand reaction to a song that she knew would create enormous amounts of
speculation. A casual Internet search shows that public guesswork has indeed
taken place, as listeners debate what activities created Lambert’s emotions and
just when they occurred.
In the end, Lambert is convinced that if people can listen to “Vice” the same
way she experiences a Moreland record, they’ll find the humanity in it and get
their own sense of comfort, which is the ultimate goal of art.
“I want people to listen to it with an open mind and not overanalyze it,” says
Lambert. “If you listen to it as if it’s your own story, it changes the picture.”
BECKY FLUKE
Miranda Lambert’s ‘Vice’
Puts A Broken Spirit On Display
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AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 16 OF 21
THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK phyl[email protected]
WGNA’s Worst Interview Ever
Series Lives Up To Its Name
Country artists are routinely interviewed while visiting radio stations and
have become accustomed to a certain level of professionalism during those
on-air chats with personalities. So imagine the stars’ surprise when they
find themselves being grilled on camera by a sweaty, awkward and palpably
­u ncomfortable man who reads a series of insipid questions to them from a
legal pad or an elementary school composition book, then vigorously nods
or gapes at them bug-eyed while they try to answer.
That’s exactly the scenario country artists face when they happen into WGNA
Albany, N.Y.’s Worst Interview Ever series, a bit that completely lives up to its
name. The series is the brainchild of Nick Kessler, the promotions manager for
Townsquare Media’s Albany cluster who also hosts a Sunday afternoon show
on WGNA. He enlisted the help of
the cluster’s digital m
­ anaging e
­ ditor
­A riana Sheehan, who shoots and
edits the clips, then promotes them
on social media.
Kessler originally hoped ­someone
else at the station would pick up his
idea and run with it, but when ­nobody
seemed w
­ illing to play the role of
the b
­ uffoon, he took it on ­h imself,
­c onducting the f irst ­i nterview in
May. So far, he has pranked si x
­country stars, and is now ­expanding
the concept to WGNA’s s­ ister stations
in other formats, ­b eginning with an
­i nter view with John Cooper of
KESSLER (left) and HARMON
­C hristian rock band Skillet.
Kessler a nd Sheeha n say t he
­a rtists and their teams are never in
on the joke, and it takes them v
­ arying
amounts of time to catch on. The
­a rtists are only told ­K essler is new
to ­i nterviewing. ­C onsequently, the
­conversations ­produce some ­classic
­reactions, like when the Eli Young
Band’s Mike Eli gave Kessler some
­s erious side-eye or when A
­ merican
Idol winner Trent Harmon all but
rolled his eyes and looked like he
wanted to crawl into a dusty ­p otted
plant p
­ urposely placed so close it
was touching him. K
­ essler says
­during their interview, and for about
10 m
­ inutes after ward, H
­ armon
“thought the radio station let a
­special-needs person win a contest to
interview him. That’s why he was going with ­everything I said. He didn’t want
to shoot anything down.” Adds Sheehan, “And that’s exactly what we want.”
Each WGNA video provides countless squirm-inducing moments, much
like WSIX Nashville afternoon hosts Tige and Daniel’s hilarious and longrunning Tiny Couch interview series, in which they squeeze themselves onto
either side of a star perched on a love seat and lob stupid questions. (Watch Tiny
Couch segments with Maren Morris and Eric Paslay here.) Kessler insists on
calling Dustin Lynch “Dusty” during their chat and repeatedly refers to Eli
as “Eli Young” or just “Eli.” (Watch all of his interviews here.)
During an interview with Justin Moore, Kessler paused to check his phone,
then explained that when an alarm on his device goes off, his therapist told him
he’s supposed to look in a mirror and compliment himself. He i­ mmediately
produced a hand mirror and proceeded to do just that. When he asked the
singer if he ever gets nervous, Moore shot back, “No, but clearly you do.”
While interviewing Eli in the backseat of a car, Kessler poked at the large
“highways and broken hearts” tattoo on the singer’s arm, then asked him,
“Does that mean anything to you?” Another straight-faced question he had
for Eli: “Do you think the back of your knees should be called ‘knee pits?’ ”
Kessler began an interview with Kip Moore by thrusting his hands toward
the singer and asking if they smelled like gasoline. He also randomly asked
Moore, “If you could collaborate with Celine Dion, would you do it?”
In the middle of a chat with Harmon, Kessler paused at length to jot down
notes on his legal pad. He also sang
to Harmon and asked the Idol star
to c­ ritique him, then followed up by
­asking if he was related to actor Mark
Harmon.
The artists’ reactions are p
­ riceless.
“They have no idea what’s going on,”
says K
­ essler, who notes that Justin
Moore’s b
­ odyguard “was about to
break me in half.”
Kessler admits his goal is to make
things “as weird as possible” and
­produce comedy gold in the p
­ rocess.
He’ l l d rop a water b ot t le or do
­whatever it takes to “create chaos,”
according to Sheehan. Even when the
artists do catch on, Kessler says they
still don’t know what questions are
coming, so that keeps them off guard.
“I try to throw some curve balls in
there,” he says.
Says Sheehan, “My favorite part
is when Nick starts ­t ouching his
­forehead and looking really upset that
it’s not going well, ­because you can tell
the artists actually feel for him.”
Sheehan and Kessler have
­d iscovered they need to kick other
staffers out of the room when they
conduct these train wreck ­interviews
so they don’t give the joke away by
laughing. But even Sheehan says she
has a hard time playing it straight and
often finds herself looking down at
KESSLER (left) with ELI
the floor to keep from losing it.
“I just sit there straight-faced with
a camera and seem ­encouraging of his dumbness,” she says. “I have a really
hard time, and by the end I just crack. But by the end, they usually u
­ nderstand
the joke.”
Adds Kessler, “They either pick it up within 30 seconds or they will go the
whole time not knowing.” And while he does actually prep for the interviews,
he has found that the less he knows about the stars, the more ridiculous his
questions can be.
Kessler promises future interviews are going to get “way more awkward and
crazy.” And while he knows media attention about his series might ­u ltimately
spoil the element of surprise, he hopes artists will recognize that he’s ­making
a fool of himself rather than them and they’ll still want to play along.
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AUDIENCE
(IN MILLIONS)
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WEEK
LAST
WEEK
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MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
2
22
PETER PAN B lack River Kelsea Ballerini
4576
+327
8.527
1
24
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville Jake Owen
4428
+87
8.278
4
27
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR Dan + Shay
4307
+91
8.175
7
48
HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville Jon Pardi
4051
+69
7.839
9
12
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS C apitol Nashville Dierks Bentley Feat. Elle King
3832
+538
7.090
8
41
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V alory Justin Moore
3609
+240
6.933
1
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PLAYS
THIS WEEK
+/–
+374
HH No. 1 (1 week) HH
Sam Hunt
4593
THIS WEEK
8.649
10
10
SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS W
arner Bros./WMN Blake Shelton
3457
+190
6.301
12
18
CASTAWAY S outhern Groud/Varvatos/Republic/Dot Zac Brown Band
2921
+16
5.523
10
5
36
FIX B ig Loud Chris Lane
2831
-1198
5.217
11
13
43
RUNNING FOR YOU M
CA Nashville Kip Moore
2825
-67
5.411
12
14
14
WITHOUT A FIGHT A
rista Nashville Brad Paisley Feat. Demi Lovato
2562
-57
4.513
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IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
ercury Billy Currington
2510
+164
4.373
18
41
I MET A GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN William Michael Morgan
2507
+291
4.858
17
28
I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviver LoCash
2480
+238
4.407
16
20
ROCK ON D
ot Tucker Beathard
2439
+125
4.296
19
15
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY W
arner Bros./WMN Cole Swindell
2238
+169
4.169
20
4
VICE R CA Nashville Miranda Lambert
2192
+153
3.902
30
3
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville HH Most Increased Plays HH
Kenny Chesney Feat. P!nk
2028
+674
3.572
21
19
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU B MLG Brett Young
1925
+191
3.489
24
5
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME M
acon/Broken Bow Jason Aldean
1845
+307
3.337
26
4
MOVE C apitol Nashville Luke Bryan
1814
+310
3.227
22
31
LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw
1738
+27
3.331
24
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25
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1614
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HOW I’LL ALWAYS BE M
cGraw/Big Machine Tim McGraw
1593
+95
2.655
28
10
SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME R CA Nashville Old Dominion
1581
+117
2.659
29
8
80S MERCEDES C olumbia Nashville Maren Morris
1578
+102
2.585
25
34
LIVIN’ THE DREAM D
ot Drake White
1572
+29
2.867
31
31
UNLOVE YOU B ig Machine Jennifer Nettles
1335
+13
2.208
32
24
IF THE BOOT FITS W
heelhouse Granger Smith
1221
+41
1.819
25
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
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WANNA BE THAT SONG A
tlantic/WMN Brett Eldredge
1099
+113
1.657
33
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PARACHUTE M
ercury Chris Stapleton
1073
0
1.598
33
34
10
VACATION V alory Thomas Rhett
1003
-7
1.372
34
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A LITTLE MORE LOVE C urb Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
870
+32
1.351
35
37
11
SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT R CA Nashville Chris Young Feat. Vince Gill
845
-1
1.319
36
36
20
BLUEBONNETS T he BIG Label/Thirty Tigers Aaron Watson
691
-193
1.161
37
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621
+31
1.036
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Florida Georgia Line Feat. Tim McGraw
595
+444
0.846
40
12
HOLDIN’ HER W
arner Bros./WAR Chris Janson
582
+17
0.807
40
41
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MAKE YOU MINE A
tlantic/WEA High Valley
483
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0.725
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SEEIN’ RED B roken Bow Dustin Lynch
464
+7
0.585
52
2
COMEBACK KID Interscope/Mercury The Band Perry
460
+224
0.576
43
43
6
IF I TOLD YOU Capitol Nashville Darius Rucker
433
-34
0.661
44
44
5
A FEW MORE COWBOYS S how Dog Nashville Toby Keith
429
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0.527
45
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ARE YOU WITH ME M
ercury Nashville Easton Corbin
415
+54
0.520
45
6
WITH YOU I AM C oJo Cody Johnson
412
+33
0.537
BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
406
+358
0.584
6
HEARTBREAK SONG C apitol Nashville Mickey Guyton
342
+2
0.390
49
47
7
DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME? E MI Nashville Gary Allan
339
-17
0.470
50
48
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OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN R ed Bow Craig Campbell
315
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0.560
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FRIENDS WITH BOATS K eith Walker Keith Walker
311
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0.473
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THE WEEKEND Valory Brantley Gilbert
271
+88
0.341
54
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SUMMER SONG H
omegrown Band Homegrown Band
236
+21
0.301
54
51
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THY WILL H
ST/EMI Nashville Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
226
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0.318
LONG LIVE TONIGHT A
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186
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THERE’S A GIRL 1 9/Republic/Dot Trent Harmon
183
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59
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LIPSTICK W
heelhouse Runaway June
177
+7
0.185
58
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WASN’T THAT DRUNK P retty Damn Tough/1608 Josh Abbott Band Feat. Carly Pearce
171
0
0.322
55
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ROOTS S toney Creek Parmalee
165
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0.267
ROAD LESS TRAVELED 1 9/Interscope/Mercury Lauren Alaina
162
0
0.178
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
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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 2
80S MERCEDES International Dog Music, BMI/BMG
Platinum Songs, BMI (M.Morris, busbee) 3 0
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) 4
ARE YOU WITH ME P retty Woman Publishing, LLC, BMI/
Super Phonic Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Orbison Music,
LLC, BMI/Turn Me On Music, BMI/Crazy Water Music, ASCAP/Little Blue
Egg, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP (T.L.James,
T.A.McBride, S.McAnally) 5 2
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 4
C 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) 14
COMEBACK KID Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI/Pearlfeather
Publishing, BMI/Famdamily Music, BMI/When I Go To The Moon
Music, BMI (K.Perry, R.Perry, N.Perry) 4 7
D DAMN DRUNK Starstruck Writers Group, ASCAP/Giving Out
Wings Music, ASACP/Songs Of Starstruck, SESAC/Vision Board Songs,
SESAC/Airplanes For Stars Music, SESAC/The Stennis Mightier Music,
BMI/Dead Aim Music, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America,
Inc., BMI (L.Hengber, A.Kline, B.Stennis) 5 8
DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music
Group Ltd., GMR/Songs Of SMP, ASCAP/Mighty Seven Music Publishing
LLC, ASCAP/Heavy Metal Disco, ASCAP (S.McAnally, J.T.Harding) 9
DO YOU WISH IT WAS ME? Crystal Beach Music,
BMI/Super Big Music, ASCAP/Jett Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Morendorffin Music, BMI (G.Allan, J.Singleton, A.Dorff) 6 0
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) 6
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
H HEAD OVER BOOTS Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI/Songs
Of Song Factroy, BMI/Rancho Fiesta Music, BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI (J.Pardi, L.Laird) 1
HEARTBREAK SONG M
ickey’s Island Publishing, BMI/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Future Heartbeat Publishing, ASCAP/ole
Purple Cape Music, BMI (M.Guyton, M.Trussell, A.Geesbreght) 5 5
HOLDIN’ HER R ed Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI/Buckkilla Music, BMI/
Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Eldorotto Music Publishing, BMI/WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI (C.Janson, J.Otto) 3 9
H.O.L.Y. B MG Platinum Songs, BMI/Pulse Ventures, BMI/
BRRCOFFEE, BMI/IDAP Music, ASCAP/BMG Rights Management
Scandinavia AB, STIM (busbee, N.Cyphert, W.W.Larsen) 8
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Country Airplay Index
HOMETOWN GIRL D owntown DLJ Songs, ASCAP/Son Of
Ron Songs, ASCAP/Diver Dann Music, ASCAP/International Dog Music,
BMI (M.Beeson, D.Tashian) 4 8
HOW I’LL ALWAYS BE O le Red Cape Songs, ASCAP/Real
Big Red Tunes, ASCAP/Red Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI (J.S.Stover, C.Janson, J.Paulin) 2 7
I IF I TOLD YOU EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By
Red Room, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music,
ASCAP/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR (R.Copperman,
J.M.Nite, S.McAnally) 5 9
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) 3 1
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) 13
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) 16
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) 18
L LIPSTICK M
agic Mustang Music Inc., BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
MAKE YOU MISS ME Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU Super Big Music, ASCAP/Caliville
Sam Hunt Publishing, 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/
Spirit Two Nashville, ASCAP (S.Hunt, J.Osborne, M.Ramsey) 3
Publishing, ASCAP/Downtown DMP Songs, BMI/Stars And Stripes
And Maple Leaf Music, BMI/Wordspring Music, LLC, SESAC/W.B.M.
Music Corp., SESAC (B.Young, K.Archer, J.Ebach) 2 3
MAY WE ALL R ound Hill Works, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/
Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Team Destiny,
ASCAP (R.Clawson, J.Moore) 3 8
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY Sony/ATV Tree Publishing,
BMI/Colden Rainey Music, BMI/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/External
Combustion Music, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants To
Buy My Publishing, ASCAP (C.Swindell, A.Gorley, Z.Crowell) 2 0
MOVE Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill Songs, BMI/
Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, ASCAP/243 Music, ASCAP (L.Bryan,
M.Carter, J.Clementi) 2 1
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) 4 4
P PARACHUTE W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Ken Tucky Music, ASCAP/
Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Dontcallmebrett Musicm, BMI (C.
Stapleton, J.Beavers) 3 7
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) 5
R Publishing Corp., BMI/Little Duchess Music, BMI/Songwriters of
RECORD YEAR Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Longer And
Platinum Pen Publishing, BMI/Legends Of Magic Mustang Music,
Louder Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs, BMI/Mammaw’s Fried Okra
SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/Thunder Cookie, SESAC/Hatchoo
Music, BMI (E.Church, J.Hyde) 7
Music, SESAC/Music Of Platinum Pen, SESAC/Hannah Mulholland
Publishing, BMI/Hyper Hobby Music, SESAC/Tri Star Sports and
ROCK ON B ig Music Machine, BMI/Fayde 49 Music, BMI/Sony/
Enterainment Group, SESAC/Fabulicious Music, SESAC/Do Write Music,
ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring Circus Songs, BMI/Scrambler
LLC, BMI/Round Hill Works, BMI/Music From Riding Songs, BMI/Songs
Music, ASCAP/My My My Music, ASCAP (T.Beathard, C.Beathard,
of Colton Entertainment, BMI (J.Wayne, N.Cooke, H.Mulholland, C.Hobby,
M.Cannon-Goodman) 12
E. Hoffman, R.L.Howard) 4 9
ROOTS M
usic Of Big Deal, BMI/The Stennis Mightier Music, BMI/
A LITTLE MORE LOVE Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music
Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/Dead Aim Music,
Group Ltd., GMR/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room,
BMI/Young Guns Publishing, LLC, BMI/ Parallel Music Publishing, LLC,
BMI/HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse
BMI (J.Mullins, B.Stennis, B.Bollinger) 5 3
Songs, BMI/Hello Jerry, SESAC (S.McAnally, R.Copperman, N.Hemby,
RUNNING FOR YOU M
usic Of Stage Three, BMI/Songs
K.Neumann) 3 6
Of Cornman, BMI/Roll Through Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME W
arnerBMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Songs From The Engine Room,
Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Fonde Moutian Music, BMI/Sony/
BMI/Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, BMI/Internal
ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Casa Jaco Music, BMI/ole, BMI/Who Wants
Combustion Music, BMI/Kickin’ Grids Music, BMI (K.Moore, T.Verges,
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music
B.Daly) 15
Publishing, ASCAP/Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP (W.Mobley,
S T.Martin, J.Flowers) 2 5
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) 2 6
LONG LIVE TONIGHT W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/Concession 114 Music, BMI/Neon Cross Music, BMI/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Sonic Graffiti, ASCAP (B.Lancaster, J.Reeves) 4 0
LOVE TRIANGLE W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/A Girl Named Charlie, BMI/Round Hill Songs Jimmy Robbins,
ASCAP/Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP/Super Big Music,
ASCAP/Prescription Songs, LLC., ASCAP/I Take The Bull By The Horns,
ASCAP (N.Galyon, J.Robbins, RaeLynn) 5 7
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/Spirit Of Nashville One, BMI
(W.K.Alphin, J.D.Rich, T.McGraw) 2 4
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) 3 5
SALTWATER GOSPEL EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Songs By Red Room, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/A Girl Named Charlie, BMI/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP (R.Copperman,
N.Galyon, A.Gorley) 5 0
SEEIN’ RED M
agic Mustang Music Inc., BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/This Is Magic Mustang Music, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music
Corp., SESAC/Casa Del Amour Music, SESAC/Little Champion Music,
ASCAP/Big Deal Notes, ASCAP/Leighalu Music, ASCAP (T.Kennedy,
K.Allison, S.Bogard, J.Sever) 4 6
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE EMI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/Highly Combustible
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Jenkalenk Tunes, ASCAP/Who
Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Smackville Music, ASCAP/Anderson Fork In The Road Music, ASCAP/
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP (R.Copperman, M.Jenkins,
J.Osborne) 17
SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS W
estern
Legend Music, BMI/Downtown DLJ Songs, ASCAP/Son Of Ron Songs,
ASCAP (W.Earp, A.Albert, M.Beeson) 11
SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT EMI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Sony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/Goodbye Pants Music, BMI/
Sagequinnjude Music, BMI (C.Young, B.Warren, B.Warren) 4 2
SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME Carrot Seed Songs,
ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/Smackville
Music, ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music, ASCAP/
Unfair Entertainment, ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Gold
Songs, ASCAP/Wooden Ships, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Jenkalenk
Tunes, ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP (M.Ramsey, T.
Rosen, B.Tursi, M.Jenkins) 2 8
T THERE’S A GIRL Big Music Machine, BMI/19 Music Publishing
Worldwide, BMI/Trent Harmon Publishing, BMI/Round Hill Songs
Jimmy Robbins, ASCAP/Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP/
Jammy Rabbins Music, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/Oh Denise Publishing, BMI (T.Harmon, J.Robbins, L.Veltz) 5 1
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, Bary Dean, J.Robbins) 4 5
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing, ASCAP/House
Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway 508 Songs, ASCAP (J. Nettles,
B.Clark) 2 9
V VACATION EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Cricket On The Line,
BMI/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Far Out Music, Inc., ASCAP/WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Eastman Pond Publishing, BMI/
Frederic And Reid Music, BMI/Songs From The Boardwalk Music
Publishing, LLC, BMI/Sony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/The Family Songbook, BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Bob Erotik
Music, BMI/Artist 101 Publishing Group, BMI/The Viking Pimp Music,
BMI/Honua Songs, BMI/Nice Life, BMI (Thomas Rhett, T.Allen, H.Brown,
M.Dickerson, S.M.Douglas, G.Goldstein, L.L.Jordan, C.W.Miller, L.Oskar,
A.Schuller, H.E.Scott, Joe London, E.Frederic, J.Ryan) 3 4
VICE Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Pink Dog Publishing, BMI/
Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/Anderson Fork In The
Road Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/
Smackville Music, ASCAP (M.Lambert, S.McAnally, J.Osborne) 2 2
W WANNA BE THAT SONG Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI/
Paris Not France Music, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By
Red Room, BMI/Scrambler Music, ASCAP/Abbott’s Creek Music, ASCAP
(B.Eldredge, R.Copperman, Scooter Carusoe) 3 3
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) 4 1
THE WEEKEND W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/Indiana Angel Music, BMI/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Lanercost
Publishing, ASCAP (B.Gilbert, A.DeRoberts) 4 3
WITHOUT A FIGHT N ew House Of Sea Gayle Music,
ASCAP/ClearBox Rights, ASCAP/Making The Turn Music, ASCAP/The
Country And Western Music, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI (B.Paisley, K.Lovelace, L.T.Miller) 19
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) 10
YOU MAKE IT LOOK SO GOOD B MG Platinum
Songs, BMI/Sixteen Stars Music, BMI/Universal Tunes, SESAC/Buzzcut
Music, SESAC/Brave Sons Cuts, BMI (M.Dodson, T.Cecil, J.Bussey,
M.Lane) 5 6
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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
80S MERCEDES International Dog Music, BMI/BMG
Platinum Songs, BMI (M.Morris, busbee) 3 2
A AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG E MI
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) 8
B BLUE AIN’T YOUR COLOR W
arner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Songs Of The Corn, BMI/
HillarodyRathbone Music, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs,
ASCAP/House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Spirit Catalog
Holdings, S.a.r.l./Spirit Two Nashville, ASCAP (S.L.Olsen,
H.Lindsey, C.Lagerberg) 5 0
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) 2 4
CASTAWAY D ay 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) 1 9
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) 1 2
COMEBACK KID S ony/ATV Countryside, BMI/
Pearlfeather Publishing, BMI/Famdamily Music, BMI/
When I Go To The Moon Music, BMI ( K.Perry, R.Perry,
N.Perry) 4 2
D DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS S mack Hits, GMR/
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/Songs Of SMP, ASCAP/
Mighty Seven Music Publishing LLC, ASCAP/Heavy Metal
Disco, ASCAP ( S.McAnally, J.T.Harding) 6
F 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) 3
H HEAD OVER BOOTS S ony/ATV Countryside, BMI/
Songs Of Song Factroy, BMI/Rancho Fiesta Music, BMI/
Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI
(J.Pardi, L.Laird) 5
H.O.L.Y. B MG Platinum Songs, BMI/Pulse Ventures,
BMI/BRRCOFFEE, BMI/IDAP Music, ASCAP/BMG Rights
Management Scandinavia AB, STIM ( busbee, N.Cyphert,
W.W.Larsen) 1
HOW I’LL ALWAYS BE O le Red Cape Songs,
ASCAP/Real Big Red Tunes, ASCAP/Red Vinyl Music, Inc.,
BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI (J.S.Stover, C.Janson,
J.Paulin) 4 0
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
S ony/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 5
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 7
I KNOW SOMEBODY E MI 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) 2 9
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY S ony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/Colden Rainey Music, BMI/Combustion
Engine Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB
Music Corp., ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/
Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP (C.Swindell, A.Gorley,
Z.Crowell) 1 6
MOVE S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill
Songs, BMI/Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, ASCAP/243
Music, ASCAP ( L.Bryan, M.Carter, J.Clementi) 2 2
P PARACHUTE W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Ken
Tucky Music, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Dontcallmebrett Musicm, BMI (C.Stapleton, J.Beavers) 3 8
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown
PETER PAN S ongs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music,
Music, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three
Mules Music, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (T. Rosen, S.Hunt,
S.McAnally) 2 3
ASCAP/ole Purple Cape Music, BMI/Honey Lee Music, BMI
(K.Ballerini, F.G.Whitehead, J.Lee) 4
IN CASE YOU DIDN’T KNOW S uper Big
Music, ASCAP/Caliville Publishing, ASCAP/Brown Hound
Publishing, BMI/Kyle Schlienger Productions, ASCAP/Big
Spaces Music, BMI/Bootheel Music, BMI/Big Mosquito
Music, BMI/Amplified Admin., BMI ( B.Young, T.Reeve,
K.Schilenger, T.Tomlinson) 4 8
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO C oconut
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) 1 4
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 3
A LITTLE MORE SUMMERTIME W
arner-
Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Fonde Moutian Music,
BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Casa Jaco Music,
BMI/ole, BMI/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP ( W.Mobley, T.Martin,
J.Flowers) 3 5
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)
36
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/Spirit Of Nashville One, BMI (W.K.Alphin, J.D.Rich,
T.McGraw) 3 4
M MAKE YOU MINE C entricity 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) 4 3
MAKE YOU MISS ME U niversal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Sam Hunt Publishing, 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/Spirit Two Nashville, ASCAP ( S.Hunt, J.Osborne,
M.Ramsey) 2
MAY WE ALL R ound Hill Works, BMI/Farm Town
Songs, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/BMG Gold Songs,
ASCAP/Team Destiny, ASCAP (R.Clawson, J.Moore) 4 1
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) 7
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) 2 0
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 7
S SEEIN’ RED M
agic Mustang Music Inc., BMI/Warner-
Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/This Is Magic Mustang
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Legends Of Magic
Mustang Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/Casa
Del Amour Music, SESAC/Little Champion Music, ASCAP/
Big Deal Notes, ASCAP/Leighalu Music, ASCAP ( T.Kennedy,
K.Allison, S.Bogard, J.Sever) 4 5
SETTING THE WORLD ON FIRE E MI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/
Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Jenkalenk Tunes, ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy
My Publishing, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Smackville Music, ASCAP/Anderson Fork In The Road
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP (R.Copperman, M.Jenkins, J.Osborne) 9
SHE’S GOT A WAY WITH WORDS W
estern
Legend Music, BMI/Downtown DLJ Songs, ASCAP/Son Of
Ron Songs, ASCAP (W.Earp, A.Albert, M.Beeson) 1 0
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU S uper Big Music, ASCAP/
Caliville Publishing, ASCAP/Downtown DMP Songs,
BMI/Stars And Stripes And Maple Leaf Music, BMI/
Wordspring Music, LLC, SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC
(B.Young, K.Archer, J.Ebach) 2 6
SOBER SATURDAY NIGHT E MI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/Sony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/Goodbye Pants
Music, BMI/Sagequinnjude Music, BMI ( C.Young, B.Warren,
B.Warren) 4 4
SONG FOR ANOTHER TIME C arrot Seed
Songs, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/Smackville Music, ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc.,
ASCAP/Smacktown Music, ASCAP/Unfair Entertainment,
ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs,
ASCAP/Wooden Ships, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing,
ASCAP/Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Jenkalenk Tunes, ASCAP/Who Wants To
Buy My Publishing, ASCAP ( M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi,
M.Jenkins) 2 8
T THUNDER IN THE RAIN S ongs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Kane Brown Music, BMI/EMI Foray Music,
SESAC/Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC/B Frank
Entertainment, BMI/Song House Publishing, BMI/Songs
Of Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI (K.Brown,
J.Hoge, M.R.McVaney) 3 0
THY WILL W
.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/EKT Publishing,
SESCA/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music,
ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/G650 Music, BMI (H.
Scott, E.L.Weisband, B.Herms) 3 3
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing, ASCAP/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway 508 Songs,
ASCAP (J. Nettles, B.Clark) 3 7
V VACATION E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Cricket On
The Line, BMI/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Far Out Music,
Inc., ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/
Eastman Pond Publishing, BMI/Frederic And Reid Music,
BMI/Songs From The Boardwalk Music Publishing, LLC,
BMI/Sony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/The Family Songbook, BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/
Bob Erotik Music, BMI/Artist 101 Publishing Group, BMI/
The Viking Pimp Music, BMI/Honua Songs, BMI/Nice Life,
BMI (Thomas Rhett, T.Allen, H.Brown, M.Dickerson, S.M.Douglas,
G.Goldstein, L.L.Jordan, C.W.Miller, L.Oskar, A.Schuller, H.E.Scott,
Joe London, E.Frederic, J.Ryan) 2 1
VICE S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Pink Dog
Publishing, BMI/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group
Ltd., GMR/Anderson Fork In The Road Music, ASCAP/
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/Smackville
Music, ASCAP ( M.Lambert, S.McAnally, J.Osborne) 1 1
W WANNA BE THAT SONG S ony/ATV
Countryside, BMI/Paris Not France Music, BMI/EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/
Scrambler Music, ASCAP/Abbott’s Creek Music, ASCAP ( B.
Eldredge, R.Copperman, Scooter Carusoe) 3 1
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)
49
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
THE WEEKEND W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/Indiana Angel Music, BMI/BMG Gold
Songs, ASCAP/Lanercost Publishing, ASCAP ( B.Gilbert,
A.DeRoberts) 4 6
WITHOUT A FIGHT N ew House Of Sea Gayle
Music, ASCAP/ClearBox Rights, ASCAP/Making The Turn
Music, ASCAP/The Country And Western Music, BMI/
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI ( B.Paisley,
K.Lovelace, L.T.Miller) 2 5
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) 1 8
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
CODA
16 Years Ago
Jo Dee Messina
Got All Fired Up
In 2000, Burn became
her first No. 1 on
Top Country Albums
AUGUST 15, 2016 | PAGE 21 OF 21
On Aug. 19, 2000, Jo Dee ­Messina’s
third studio album, Burn, bowed
atop Top Country Albums, ­marking
her first No. 1.
Burn’s lead single, “That’s the
Way,” penned by Holly Lamar
and A nnie Ro b o f f, ruled Hot
Country Songs for four weeks (beginning Sept. 16, 2000), becoming
Messina’s longest-leading of six
No. 1s. The Byron Gallimore produced album also yielded the
No. 1 “Bring On the Rain” (featuring Tim McGraw), while the title
track and “Downtime” reached Nos.
2 and 5, respectively (adding to her
total of 12 Hot Country Songs top
10s). Burn has sold 1.3 million copies,
­according to Nielsen Music.
Born in Framingham, Mass.,
and raised in nearby Holliston
before moving to Nashville at 19,
­Messina also crowned Top Country
­Albums with Greatest Hits (2003) and
­Delicious Surprise (2005). Following
her departure from Curb Records in
2012, she released her most recent
LP, 2014’s No. 19-peaking Me, on her
own Dreambound Records; eOne
distributed it.
—JIM ASKER
Messina performed
during the Super Bowl
Concert Series in February
2005 in Jacksonville, Fla.
AP PHOTO/DAVID DRAPKIN
R EW I N D I N G
THE
C O U N T RY
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