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Country Update
Country Update
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INSIDE
‘H.O.L.Y.’ Moses:
FGL Is Jumpin’
>page 4
Kenny Chesney
Tops Country’s
Moneymakers
>page 10
Carrie, Cam,
Stapleton Lead
CMT Nominees
>page 12
Makin’ Tracks:
Blake Shelton’s
‘Savior’s Shadow’
>page 16
Stark Report:
Station Mascots
Take Heat… Happily
>page 17
Country Coda:
The Judds’ ‘Grandpa’
>page 22
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MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 1 OF 22
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Nash Programmer John Shomby Adjusts
To Music City Pace, ‘New Cumulus’
On April 14, Cumulus CEO Mary Berner swept into Nashville
and dropped a bomb on one of the company’s highest-profile
properties. Country Weekly, a magazine that had been in print
for 22 years, was shut down in favor of a rebranded digital-only
outlet, NashCountryDaily.com. In the process, more than half
the publication’s staff was let go.
Oddly enough, the moment was reassuring to one of ­C umulus’ newest executives,
Nash Network director of p
­ rogramming
John Shomby, only in his seventh week on
the job. Berner could have easily delegated
the unpleasant task of telling people they
have no job to someone else. Instead, she
delivered the news herself, confirming for
Shomby what he thought of Cumulus when
he took his new position.
“That speaks volumes about what this
company is all about now,” says Shomby. “I
mean, not a lot of companies do that, but
SHOMBY
she did it, and I thought that was extremely
impressive.
“It’s a brand-new Cumulus,” he ­continues. “It really focuses
on the people, and that’s a real important draw for me.”
Important indeed. Employed by Cumulus in Michigan and
Georgia during the 1990s and early 2000s, Shomby spent the
last 13 years with Max Media/Norfolk-Virginia Beach (Va.),
where he was director of programming for a five-station ­cluster,
including country WGH-FM. His family had established roots
in the community, and he felt safe in the job.
Shomby had turned down opportunities to rejoin C
­ umulus
before. But when discussions with Cumulus senior vp c­ ontent
and programming Mike McVay started up this time, things were
different. Berner had said publicly she intended to ­decentralize
the company, providing its employees more ­o pportunity to
­utilize their skills. Plus, the job was a new
one that put Shomby in charge of several
­syndicated radio ­products: America’s Morning Show, Nash Nights Live (NNL), Kickin’ It
With Kix, numerous c­ ountry s­ pecials and the
daily Nash prep service, which provides content for morning shows.
Cumulus had established a state-of-theart studio for those operations with an eye
toward synergizing them all. But no one was
overseeing them as a unit on-site.
“There were a lot of spinning plates that spun
and broke,” says Shomby. “When Mike laid out
the position for me, he said, ‘We need someone
in that building to lead, to kind of point people in
a direction, because no one’s really been there every day with them.’ ”
It’s quite the leap, from cluster to network, though it still
uses a skill set that Shomby has put to work for years. That’s
­particularly true in talent coaching, a key part of every PD’s
job. In this case, it reunites Shomby with one of his former employees — A
­ merica’s Morning Show host Blair Garner was an
on-air talent when Shomby programmed top 40 KAFM Dallas-
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 2 OF 22
Fort Worth (now classic-rock KZPS) in the 1980s. But it also means he’s overseeing some well-established names. G
­ arner has hosted national daily shows
for more than a decade; NNL host Shawn Parr spent years at country stations
KZLA and KKGO Los Angeles, and still voices the Academy of Country Music
Awards, the American Music Awards and the Golden Globes; and Kix Brooks
is celebrating his 10-year anniversary as host of American Country Countdown.
Each of them has a distinct approach, evident in the way they conduct artist
interviews. It’s Shomby’s job to tinker without tampering.
“Blair, Chuck Wicks and Kelly Ford want to have a little fun with them, so
we’ll stick them in the Truth Booth, we’ll have them do a Fake-a-Song Friday
or something along that line,” says Shomby. “With Nash Nights Live, because
it’s a very [top 40-oriented] type of presentation, we try to keep answers to
the questions short and to the point so that we can carry it through a couple
­segments. And Kix is obviously a storyteller. He knows the background on a lot
of these people, so he knows how to ask a question from an artist s­ tandpoint.
So we have the three different moods of interview with these guys.”
The new job is extraordinarily collaborative. Cumulus vp country Charlie
Cook oversees a huge percentage of the stations that run the Nash properties,
so there’s plenty of interaction between the two Nashville offices. Westwood
One senior director radio syndication affiliate sales Donny Walker works in
the Nash building, and Shomby hears directly from numerous affiliates about
how the Nash brands fit into their local game plans.
Managing the music for all those affiliates has been the biggest p
­ rogramming
hurdle thus far. Adding a single to the playlist too soon means putting a song on
the radio that might not be played elsewhere on a station with a c­ onservative
music policy.
“In particular with America’s Morning Show, I’ve got to make sure we’re not
throwing a lot of unfamiliar music out there in morning drive,” notes Shomby.
“That’s the whole point. Since we are providing this to a number of radio
stations, we want to make sure that it doesn’t stray too far from the center.”
Shomby’s family has remained in Virginia so his daughter doesn’t have to
change high schools for her senior year, thus he’s work-intensive in the early
part of his new life. But adjusting to the opportunities in Nashville, country’s
epicenter, has already presented a challenge.
“If I wanted to, I could be out every night, seven days a week until midnight
and later than that seeing music,” he says. “You really have to catch hold of
yourself. The first two weeks I was running everywhere, and I realized I have
to slow down just because there is this thing I have called a job during the
day that I have to do, and I want to make sure that I’m a little alert for that.”
Meanwhile, NashCountryDaily.com went live May 6. Shomby is not in
charge of that property — it’s still guided by editor-in-chief Lisa Konicki — but
the digital format allows more collaboration from Shomby’s team via ­podcasts,
stories and audio/video elements.
“When this all happened, two of the personalities stepped up and said,
‘What can we do?’ ” recalls Shomby, underscoring the team mentality that he
has been asked to enhance. “We’re definitely working together.”
Florida Georgia Line made an April 21 visit to SiriusXM. From left:
FGL’s Tyler Hubbard, The Highway host Storme Warren and FGL’s
Brian Kelley.
Sam Hunt spent time with the team from The Bobby Bones Show on
April 30 during the iHeartCountry Festival in Austin. From left: The
Bobby Bones Show personality Dan “Lunchbox” Chappell, Bones Show
personality Amy Brown and Hunt.
Levi Hummon dropped by the Academy of Country Music office in
Encino, Calif., on May 5 during a West Coast run. From left: ACM senior
vp operations and events Erick Long, Hummon and ACM senior vp PR
and marketing Brooke Primero.
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ON THE CHARTS JIM ASKER [email protected]
FGL Flies To No. 1 On Hot Country
Songs; Bentley’s ‘Beach’ Blankets Radio
“H.O.L.Y.” (Republic Nashville), the new single from Florida Georgia Line
(Tyler Hubbard, Brian Kelley), vaults 39-1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs
chart (dated May 21). Written by Nate Cyphert, William Larsen and busbee
(aka Michael Busbee), “H.O.L.Y.” (named from the song’s “high on loving
you” chorus) is the first single from FGL’s third studio full-length, Dig Your
Roots, due in August.
On Country Digital Songs, “H.O.L.Y.” enters at the summit with 125,000
downloads in its first week (ending May 5), according to
Nielsen Music. It also starts atop Country Streaming Songs
with 5.8 million first-week U.S. streams. Following its first
full week of airplay, “H.O.L.Y.” bumps 26-25 on Country
Airplay, up 6 percent to 10.7 million in audience.
The track’s 39-1 vault on Hot Country Songs is the thirdgreatest in the history of the chart (which launched as an allencompassing genre survey in October 1958) and F
­ lorida
Georgia Line’s second-best. Jason Aldean’s “Burnin’ It
Down” scorched 42-1 in its second week (Aug. 9, 2014),
leading for 14 weeks total. FGL’s “Dirt” ranks second,
having leapt 40-1, also in its second week (July 26, 2014).
(Why does “H.O.L.Y.” make such a jump? It debuted on
the May 14 tally due only to its first two-plus days of airplay
following its April 29 arrival, as the Hot Country Songs
BENTLEY
chart’s airplay tracking week runs Monday-Sunday. Sales
and streaming are measured Friday-Thursday, however,
so the song soars to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs with the addition of its first
week of those two metrics.)
In addition, the track’s two-week trip to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs is the
fastest since Chris Stapleton’s “Tennessee Whiskey” crowned the chart in
its second frame (Nov. 21, 2015).
“H.O.L.Y.” is FGL’s fifth Hot Country Songs No. 1. Its first, “Cruise,” holds
the record for the lengthiest stay on top: 24 weeks (2012-13). Notably, “H.O.L.Y.”
marks a maturity in the pair’s sound. “Seth England, our manager, sent us the
song, and we knew it was a big one,” FGL’s Tyler Hubbard tells Billboard. “We
just weren’t sure it was for us. After listening a lot, we knew it was the exact
Country
UPDATE
­ irection we wanted to go. There were three instances where our wives asked
d
us about ‘H.O.L.Y.,’ and when we said we were considering it for FGL, they said
we had to cut it. We feel like the song is anointed.”
Says Big Machine Label Group executive vp/Republic Nashville president
Jimmy Harnen, “As we all know, music and art are subjective; beauty is in the
eye of the beholder. Artists, managers and record executives have a ­responsibility
to find music that inspires and moves people, because art that doesn’t sell is
an obsession with a storage problem ... When we played
‘H.O.L.Y.’ for country radio programmers and fans in the
months prior to release, it completely connected with them,
evoking huge emotion and reaction.”
BENTLEY BEACHES AT NO. 1 Dierks Bentley achieves his
14th Country Airplay leader, as “Somewhere on a Beach”
(Capitol Nashville) rises 2-1 (49.9 million, up 8 percent).
The song is the lead single from his eighth s­ tudio set,
Black, due May 27.
“ ’Somewhere on a Beach’ is setting up our summer just
like we wanted, putting the fans in the mood to party,” says
Bentley. “It’s hard to believe that it’s my 14th No. 1, and
I’m blown away at the reception of the new music. I can’t
wait to start peeling back more layers from the album.”
MILESTONE Kenny Chesney’s “Noise” (Blue Chair/­
Columbia Nashville) rises 12-10 (26.6 million, up 2 percent) to become his
landmark 50th Country Airplay top 10. In the chart’s 26-year history (dating
to its Jan. 20, 1990, launch), he trails only George Strait (61), Tim McGraw
(55) and Alan Jackson (51).
McBRIDE RETURNS As Chris Stapleton’s Traveller (Mercury/Universal Music
Group Nashville) leads Top Country Albums for a 20th week (25,000 sold),
Martina McBride’s Reckless (Nash Icon/Big Machine Label Group) debuts at
No. 2 (16,000). She scores her 11th top 10 and first since Everlasting debuted
as her fifth No. 1 in April 2014.
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Country Airplay
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
THIS WEEK
+/–
THIS WEEK
+/–
RANK
16
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C apitol Nashville Dierks Bentley
49.903
+3.828
8596
539
1
1
19
THINK OF YOU R CA Nashville/Republic Nashville
Chris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
45.326
-1.485
7820
-440
3
3
25
SNAPBACK R CA Nashville
Old Dominion
44.653
+2.300
8045
339
2
4
32
MIND READER B roken Bow
Dustin Lynch
42.347
+3.889
7650
814
4
Blake Shelton
36.123
+2.030
6687
493
5
Tim McGraw
35.192
+1.758
6339
298
6
Thomas Rhett
34.534
+4.363
6330
823
7
5
9
6
16
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine
10
15
T-SHIRT V alory
HH No. 1 (1 week) HH
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN
8
9
11
19
Luke Bryan
34.429
+2.767
6291
812
8
Maren Morris
27.865
+0.607
5429
210
9
12
7
NOISE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
Kenny Chesney
26.640
+0.460
4734
89
10
13
6
14
32
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
26.028
+2.516
4732
310
11
HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville
Jon Pardi
21.352
+0.648
4491
144
12
15
6
Jason Aldean
20.598
+2.706
3757
294
14
16
14
18
6
17
22
19
10
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville
20
25
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER W
arner Bros./WAR
21
40
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
CA Nashville
23
27
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V alory
22
14
FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR
25
29
RUNNING FOR YOU M
CA Nashville
24
38
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C apitol Nashville
MY CHURCH C olumbia Nashville
LIGHTS COME ON B roken Bow
Eric Church
18.610
+1.235
3801
226
13
Carrie Underwood
17.171
+3.098
3495
590
15
Chris Lane
16.532
+0.979
3283
66
17
Jake Owen
14.687
+0.813
3054
221
19
RECORD YEAR E MI Nashville
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
FIX B ig Loud
28
11
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
26
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H.O.L.Y. R epublic Nashville
27
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ROCK ON D
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HH Airpower HH
HH Airpower HH
30
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LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution
29
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I MET A GIRL W
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31
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PETER PAN B lack River
34
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CASTAWAY S outhern Ground/John Varvatos/Republic/Dot
HH Airpower HH
Frankie Ballard
14.637
+1.403
3362
216
16
David Nail
13.865
+1.626
3195
264
18
Justin Moore
13.189
+2.363
2943
373
20
Dan + Shay
12.959
+1.508
2835
360
21
Kip Moore
11.766
+1.455
2748
345
22
Canaan Smith
11.662
+0.901
2608
244
23
Sam Hunt
11.011
+2.111
2330
475
24
Florida Georgia Line
10.663
+0.597
1716
335
28
Tucker Beathard
9.983
+0.569
2269
119
25
26
Big & Rich Featuring Tim McGraw
7.117
+1.207
2003
330
William Michael Morgan
6.982
+0.486
1905
112
27
Kelsea Ballerini
6.814
+1.109
1556
173
29
Zac Brown Band
6.478
+1.656
1330
447
32
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Country Airplay
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
THIS WEEK
+/–
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Jennifer Nettles
5.726
+0.722
1464
110
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31
Drake White
5.650
+0.781
1503
36
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Billy Currington
4.862
+0.266
1143
37
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MIDDLE OF A MEMORY W
arner Bros./WMN HH Hot Shot Debut/ Most Increased Audience/Most Added HH Cole Swindell
4.847
+4.847
614
614
43
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I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviverLoCash
3.871
+0.651
796
33
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SLEEP WITHOUT YOU R epublic Nashville
Brett Young
3.826
+0.388
747
16
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MAYDAY A
rista NashvilleCam
3.811
+0.238
1117
61
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USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER Z one 4/RCA Nashville
Kane Brown
3.583
-0.006
966
24
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Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
3.394
+3.275
522
507
46
Brandy Clark
3.295
+0.710
704
71
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Jordan Rager With Jason Aldean
3.111
-0.000
897
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IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
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A LITTLE MORE LOVE C urb
NEW
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SOUTHERN BOY B roken Bow
43
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RAISED ON IT M
CA Nashville
41
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JESUS AND JONES W
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MAKE YOU MINE A
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RECKLESS N
ash Icon
Sam Hunt
2.691
+0.372
337
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Trace Adkins
2.661
-0.000
816
-40
37
High Valley
2.461
+0.167
585
17
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Brothers Osborne
2.143
-0.100
738
62
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Granger Smith
2.000
+0.007
662
-1
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Martina McBride
1.685
+0.077
448
23
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Randy Houser
1.658
+0.069
560
27
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Michael Ray
1.413
+0.074
456
56
49
416
190
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48
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SONG NUMBER 7 S toney Creek
49
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THINK A LITTLE LESS A
tlantic/WEA
57
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PARACHUTE M
ercury
Chris Stapleton
1.359
+0.628
51
50
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DANCE WITH YA C old River
Drew Baldridge
1.303
-0.034
520
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Craig Campbell
1.297
+0.153
486
53
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WASN’T THAT DRUNK P retty Damn Tough/1608
Josh Abbott Band With Carly Pearce
1.294
+0.425
236
47
60
52
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LONELY GIRL C apitol Nashville
Charles Kelley
1.170
+0.108
407
50
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GHOST TOWN N
ash Records
Breaking Southwest
1.035
+0.158
188
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Easton Corbin
0.938
+0.285
85
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CA Nashville
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Clare Dunn
0.929
-0.070
435
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Chris Janson
0.804
+0.531
270
180
56
ROOTS S toney CreekParmalee
0.704
+0.176
267
101
57
DADDY’S MONEY R ed Bow
0.681
-0.332
291
-97
55
HOLDIN’ HER W
arner Bros./WAR
Brooke Eden
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COLE
SWINDELL
Middle Of A
Memory
The follow-up to the Hot Country Songs and
Country Airplay No. 1 “You Should Be Here”
was released May 6, along with Swindell’s
sophomore album. Boosted by hourly plays
that day on iHeartMedia stations, “Memory”
debuts on Country Airplay at No. 34 with
4.8 million audience impressions.
CRAIG MORGAN
I’ll Be Home Soon
Black River
CYNDI THOMSON
Sippin’ Wine On The Water
Dreamlined
FAREWELL ANGELINA
Shotgun Summer
in2une Nashville/Dreamlined
GARRY LEE
America
Riverfront/SMG Nashville
MADDIE & TAE
Sierra
Dot/Republic Nashville
5/23
DAVID MCARTHUR
Good Old Fashioned
Country Butt Woopin
SMG Nashville
RUNAWAY JUNE
Lipstick
Wheelhouse
5/30
KENTON SITCH
Lover & Fighter
Riverfront/SMG Nashville
POST MONROE
Red Hot American Summer
KCH
STEVE DORIAN
Edge Of 18
VIMH
THE CADILLAC THREE
Drunk Like You
Big Machine
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Country Airplay
MOST ADDED®
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
NEW AND ACTIVE
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist ADDS
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45
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MIDDLE OF A MEMORY W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
A LITTLE MORE LOVE C
urb
Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
H.O.L.Y. R
epublic Nashville
Florida Georgia Line
CASTAWAY S
outhern Groud/Varvatos/Republic/Dot
Zac Brown Band
PARACHUTE U
niversal Music Canada
C
hris Stapleton
HOLDIN’ HER W
arner Bros./WAR
Chris Janson
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury
Canaan Smith
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
LOVIN’ LATELY B
$R/New Revolution
B
ig & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw
ADDS
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CA Nashville Old Dominion
0.561
2
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alory T
ara Thompson
0.483
23
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it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban Feat. Carrie Underwood
0.473
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MAKE MY OWN SUNSHINE B
ig Spark
Olivia Lane
0.422
13
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David Ray
0.290
20
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Maddie & Tae
0.280
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tar Farm Nashville/Basis
SIERRA D
ot/Republic Nashville
RECURRENTS
MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE
GAIN
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist (IN MIILIONS)
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
T-SHIRT V
alory
T
homas Rhett
MIND READER B
roken Bow
Dustin Lynch
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C
apitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley
A LITTLE MORE LOVE C
urb
Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C
apitol Nashville
L
uke Bryan
LIGHTS COME ON B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
Keith Urban
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V
alory
Justin Moore
TOTAL
TOTAL
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist AUDIENCE STATIONS
+4.847
+4.363
+3.889
+3.828
+3.275
+3.098
+2.767
+2.705
+2.516
+2.363
THIS
WEEK TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
TOTAL AUD.
(IN MILLIONS)
1
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B
ig MachineRascal Flatts
2
CONFESSION R
epublic NashvilleFlorida Georgia Line
26.279
24.076
3
YOU SHOULD BE HERE W
arner Bros./WMNCole Swindell
22.352
4
DIE A HAPPY MAN V
alory
Thomas Rhett
19.989
5
LITTLE BIT OF YOU R
ed BowChase Bryant
6
BACKROAD SONG W
heelhouse
Granger Smith
16.666
7
I LOVE THIS LIFE R
eviver
LoCash
16.328
8
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE A
tlantic/WMN
Brett Eldredge
15.467
9
HEARTBEAT 1 9/Arista NashvilleCarrie Underwood
14.274
10
STAY A LITTLE LONGER E MI NashvilleBrothers Osborne
13.243
17.602
BILLBOARD COUNTRY BOXSCORE
MOST INCREASED PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
GAIN
T-SHIRT V
alory
T
homas Rhett
MIND READER B
roken Bow
Dustin Lynch
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C
apitol Nashville
Dierks Bentley
A LITTLE MORE LOVE C
urb
Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN
Blake Shelton
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
CASTAWAY S
outhern Ground/John Varvatos/Republic/Dot
Zac Brown Band
+823
+814
+812
+614
+590
+539
+507
+493
+475
+447
Gross
Artist
Attendance
Capacity
Promoter(s)
$4,140,740
$215, $20
$1,329,130
$375, $25
$690,558
$76, $46
$687,352
$76, $46
$615,582
$75, $45
KENNY CHESNEY
Jordan-Hare Stadium, Auburn, Ala./April 23
IHEARTCOUNTRY FESTIVAL
Frank Erwin Center, Austin/April 30
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
AT&T Center, San Antonio/April 18
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
Pan American Center, Las Cruces, N.M./April 16
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
The Cajundome, Lafayette, La./April 24
48,423
50,430
13,405
sellout
9,918
10,666
10,582
sellout
9,474
10,089
MESSINA TOURING
GROUP/AEG LIVE
Ticket Price(s)
Venue/Date(s)
IHEARTMEDIA +
ENT., IN-HOUSE
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
AEG LIVE
Reported worldwide boxscore figures for Country artists. Boxscore figures should be submitted to Bob
Allen by phone (615-891-1976), fax (615-891-2054) or email ([email protected]).
TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT
WEEK ENDING MAY 8, 2016
THIS
WEEK
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
THIS
WEEK
1979
-43
Deryl Dodd 1874
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1
12
‘TIL IT DOES (Lil Buddy Toons) HH 2 weeks at 1 HH Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen
2
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6
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8
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21
FEELS LIKE HOME ( Smith)
3
15
ALL NIGHTER (Independent)
4
18
HALF AS GOOD ( Independent)
5
16
6
19
9
8
12
13
SINGIN’ THING (Independent)
11
14
THE FLAG (Red Dirt Legend Recordings)
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
10
31
LET’S DO THIS THING (Stag)
14
13
BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH (Independent)
15
13
BACK TO BACK ( Independent)
17
12
GULF COAST TIME ( Independent)
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
Stephen Chadwick 1306
37
Curtis Grimes 1238
135
Cody Canada & The Departed 1831
85
Bri Bagwell 1665
116
BAD REPUTATION (Independent)
Mike Ryan 1504
22
15
13
17
DEAR MUSIC, (Independent)
Bart Crow Band 1136
-35
THE LUCKY ONES ( Independent)
Sam Riggs 1491
15
24
6
BLUEBONNETS (JULIA’S SONG) ( BIG Label/Thirty Tigers)
Aaron Watson 1085
215
10
SOMEWHERE BETWEEN RIGHT & WRONG ( Independent) Josh Ward 1363
90
16
l
17
l
18
17
RHINESTONE WORLD (Mis B Havin)
Breelan Angel 1038
44
23
UH HUH (Independent)
Kaleb McIntire 1360
66
18
7
21
CAST NO STONES ( Independent)
Jon Wolfe 1351
153
18
I’M DONE (Independent)
76
19
l
20
l
20
Brandon Jenkins 1313
22
11
NEXT BIG THING ( Independent)
Rich O’Toole 1202
99
Roger Creager 1163
124
Cody Jinks 1020 -415
Jerrett Zoch and The OSR Band
996
21
William Clark Green
950
52
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
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 10 OF 22
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
Arizona senior vp programming, RadioInfo.com reported. Already the PD
for two adult-contemporary stations in Phoenix, the new position gives him
oversight of the chain’s programming at 15 stations in two markets, including
country outlets KNIX Phoenix and KYWD Tucson … Cumulus corporate PD
Bob Raleigh left the firm, according to ­I nsideRadio.com. He was operations
manager/PD at WIVK Knoxville, Tenn.
’ROUND THE ROW
May the Fourth be with you: LANco dropped in at Cumulus’ Nash
campus on National Star Wars Day to visit Nashville Nights Live.
Lightsaber-rattling from left: LANco members Eric Steedly and
Trip Howell, NNL co-hosts Elaina Smith and Shawn Parr, and LANco
members Brandon Lancaster, Chandler Baldwin and Jared Hampton.
COUNTRY’S SHAKIN’ IN MONEYMAKERS
Country artists own eight of the 40 positions on Billboard’s annual ranking
of music’s highest-paid musicians, a list that’s ruled by a pop star who began
her career in country.
Taylor Swift is credited with $73.5 million in income during 2015,
­easily outdistancing the field. Her touring receipts alone — an estimated­
$61.7 million — would have landed her at No. 1, more than $20 million ahead
of the nearest competitor. That No. 2 position is held by Kenny Chesney, who
raked in a cool $39.8 million, according to estimates, just ahead of The ­Rolling
Stones at $39.6 million. Luke Bryan is the genre’s only other act in the top
10, landing at No. 7, thanks to a $23.1 million revenue stream.
The other countr y ar tists on the list are Jason Aldean (No. 11,­
$18.9 million), Shania Twain (No. 12, $14.4 million), Florida Georgia Line
(No. 19, $11.5 million), Eric Church (No. 23, $10.1 million), Brad Paisley
(No. 35, $6.8 million) and Toby Keith (No. 38, $6.5 million).
Go here for the full report.
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Christina Albee joined Cumulus as New York-based chief marketing officer on May 9. She was previously Flipboard head of sales marketing … CBS
Local Digital Media promoted Adam Wiener to executive vp/GM on May
9, putting him in charge of digital operations for CBS’ 29 TV stations and
117 radio brands. He was previously senior vp for content, community and
operations. Wiener replaces Ezra Kucharz, who is now CBS Corporation
­special advisor to the CEO … WMZQ Washington, D.C., hired JT Bosch as
assistant PD/­evening host, beginning May 9. He was previously KASE/KVET
Austin PD … Bree ­Wagner added assistant PD stripes at KASE/KVET and
will serve as KVET midday host. She’ll split her time between Austin and San
Antonio, where she’s already assistant PD/music director at KAJA and KRPT,
and KAJA midday host … Adams Radio/Las Cruces, N.M., hired Aaron D.
Criswell as director of sales for the four-station cluster, including country
KGRT. He arrives from CBS Radio/Sacramento (Calif.), where he was a senior account manager … WKDF Nashville midday personality Becca Walls
announced her departure, effective May 11. She continues to freelance as
Nashville correspondent for Envision’s AmeriCountry prep services and for
WIL St. Louis … Dustin Lynch began a four-week stint as midday host on
KKGO Los Angeles … The Motor Racing Network’s NASCAR USA added Kid
Cruz as its country correspondent. Cruz, aka Steve Tate, has been MRN senior manager of radio partnerships since 2007 … WRTB Rockford, Ill., hired
Steve Summers to take over mornings, The Rockford Advocate reported. The
job begins Aug. 23, after the expiration of a noncompete clause from his previous job at crosstown WXXQ … Paul Kelley was promoted to iHeartMedia/
Newly founded Pennington Entertainment hired three new employees to the
staff, which already included CEO Shawn Pennington and associate manager
Cara Kozulak, both formerly with BBR Management. Digital and tour marketing manager Carly Brandt arrives from Marlaboo Marketing, where she
was digital marketing manager; digital marketing coordinator Nick Estrem
was previously a New Frontier Touring agent assistant; and associate publicist Kim Kaminske left a similar post with Lone Star PR. Pennington’s clients
include Thompson Square, Parmalee and Casee Allen … Jessica Amerson
was hired as studio manager at Station West Recording Studios, owned by
producer Luke Wooten (Dierks Bentley, Brad Paisley). She was previously
an executive assistant at Frank Liddell’s Carnival Music … Singer-songwriter
Waylon Payne re-signed his publishing deal with Carnival … Songwriter Marv
Green (“Wasted,” “Shotgun Rider”) extended his co-publishing agreement
with Warner/Chappell and THiS Music … Singer-songwriter Josh Martin
signed a publishing deal with Sony/ATV and Carole-Ann Mobley … Singersongwriter Logan Brill reached a publishing agreement with Warner/­Chappell.
She has already aligned with Red Light Management … Independent artist
Kalie Shorr enlisted Creative Artists Agency for concert booking … Salt Lake
City-bred Royal Bliss has signed with Clearview Artist Management, ­William
Morris Endeavour, Transfer Records Publishing and Splash! PR … Sylvia joined
the artist roster at Webster Public Relations … Garth Brooks, manager Bob
Doyle, Lon Varnell Enterprises president Ben Farrell and late Buddy Lee Attractions booking agent Joe Harris will be inducted into the International
­Entertainment Buyers Association Hall of Fame on Oct. 11 … The Country
Music Association conducts its first round of balloting for the 50th annual
CMA Awards July 5-15, with second-round votes to be cast Aug. 15-24 and
the final ballot open Oct. 10-25. The CMA is also accepting nominations in
seven professional categories through July 17 … Nominees for the Americana
Honors & Awards will be announced May 11 in Washington, D.C. … Singersongwriter Ned Miller died March 18 in Medford, Ore., The New York Times
reported. He took two singles into the top 10 on Hot Country Songs, including “From a Jack to a King” (No. 2, 1962), which was subsequently remade by
Ricky Van Shelton. Among his other compositions were Bonnie Guitar’s
“Dark Moon” and Sonny James’ “Behind the Tear.”
Warner Music Nashville act The Last Bandoleros surprised the
crowd with an appearance by Sting when the band played April 30 at
Rockwood Hall in New York. From left: band member Jerry Fuentes,
drummer Emilio Navaira IV, Sting and group members Derek James
and Diego Navaira.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 12 OF 22
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
Carrie Underwood, Cam and Chris Stapleton each made the list three
times as f inalists were announced May 9 for the CMT Music Awards.
­Underwood’s “Smoke Break” picked
up nods for video and female video of
the year, while a CMT Instant Jam version brought the song another nomination for CMT ­performance of the year.
Cam’s “Burning House” shows up in
the video, ­f emale video and breakthrough video ­categories. Stapleton’s
“Fire Away” will compete for video and
breakthrough video, while his CMT Instant Jam ­version of “Nobody to Blame”
is up for CMT ­p erformance. CMT’s
awards will air June 8 from N
­ ashville’s
Bridgestone Arena.
Darius Rucker was named a national
CAM
chair for the National Museum of
­A frican American Music, currently in
­development in Nashville. Other ­a rtists appointed to the board include gospel ­vocalist CeCe Winans, R&B singer-­songwriter India.Arie and bluesman
Keb’ Mo’. The organization received $4 million in commitments in recent
months, with plans to open the museum at 5th & Broadway in the Nashville
Convention Center, near both the Ryman Auditorium and Bridgestone Arena.
The Library of Congress has acquired hundreds of hours of audio-visual f­ ootage
from Marty Stuart’s private collection, which includes material from the
Grand Ole Opry, The Johnny Cash Show, Flatt & Scruggs’ Grand Ole Opry and
The Marty Stuart Show. Stuart and his band, The Fabulous Superlatives,
will play May 15 at the Library’s Packard Campus Theater in Culpeper, Va.,
in conjunction with the acquisition.
Just months after peaking at No. 2 on Country Airplay with “I Love This Life,”
LoCash will release its first full-length album on June 17 on the Reviver label.
Titled The Fighters, the package includes “I Love This Life” and current single
“I Know Somebody” (No. 35, Country Airplay). Other new projects on the way
include The Music of Nashville, Season 4, Volume 2, featuring Clare Bowen,
Chris Carmack, Sam Palladio and fellow cast members (due May 13, Big
­Machine); Jack Ingram’s Midnight Motel (June 24, Rounder); and ­Confederate
Railroad’s Lucky to Be Alive, featuring guest appearances by Willie Nelson,
John Anderson and Colt Ford (July 15, BFD/Sony RED).
Top Headlines from
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Warner Music Group Revenue Up Big,
Streaming Hits Milestone
May 9
• 2015 — Little Big Town’s “Girl Crush” kicks off a 13-week ride at the
top of the Billboard Hot Country Songs
chart.
• 1968 — Merle Haggard records “Mama
Tried” at the Capitol ­R ecording Studio
in Hollywood.
May 10
LITTLE BIG TOWN
• 2008 — Carrie Underwood is inducted
into the Grand Ole Opry, introduced by Garth Brooks. She performs
“Last Name,” “All-American Girl” and “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” the
latter with b
­ acking vocals by Vince Gill.
• 1993 — Arista releases Alan Jackson’s “Chattahoochee.”
LITTLE BIG TOWN: MATTHEW WELCH
ON THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC
May 11
• 2011 — A small rock hits songwriter Matt Warren below his right
eye as he’s doing some landscaping. While working to keep a positive
attitude, he comes up with the song title “Every Storm (Runs Out of
Rain),” which is destined to become a Gary Allan hit.
• 1996 — Charlie Daniels delivers the commencement speech and
receives an honorary doctorate of letters at the University of North
Carolina in Wilmington.
May 12
• 2013 — Donald Trump fires two contestants on NBC’s The ­Celebrity
Apprentice, leaving Trace Adkins to battle Penn Jillette for the
­championship. They are tasked with developing an ice cream flavor
that will be sold at Walgreen’s.
May 13
• 2014 — Big Machine releases the Rascal Flatts album Rewind.
May 14
• 2006 — Six weeks after breaking his wrist in a cross-country ­motorbike
race, Craig Morgan breaks his right leg in another c­ ompetition
in ­Vanleer, Tenn. He finishes the race, but has to perform from a
­
wheelchair or by using crutches for at least six weeks.
• 1984 — Alabama cops three trophies — entertainer of the year, top
vocal group and album of the year, for The Closer You Get — during
the 19th annual Academy of Country Music Awards, telecast by NBC
from Knott’s Berry Farm in Buena Park, Calif.
May 15
• 2012 — SiriusXM begins playing Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise,”
a key moment in launching the duo’s career.
Source: RolandNote.com, the Ultimate Country Music Database
Irving Azoff Jumps Into YouTube War:
‘On This We Are United’
Spotify Announces Original Video Programs
Including T-Bone Burnett, Tim Robbins
Video Social Network Musical.ly
Raising $100 Million At $500 Million Valuation
Digital Exclusives ‘Great For Business,
Not Great For Fans’
KAYLA SCHOEN
CAM: KRISTIN BARLOWE
MUSIC NOTES
Brett Eldredge assisted as the Country Music Association recognized
50 music teachers for excellence in their profession, presenting each
of them a $2,000 grant. From left: Warner Music Nashville president/
CEO John Esposito, Nashville Mayor Megan Barry, Eldredge, CMA CEO
Sarah Trahern and CMA Foundation board chairman Joe Galante.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 13 OF 22
Hot Country Songs
THIS
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J.MOI (BUSBEE,N.CYPHERT,W.W.LARSEN)
1
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11
4
9
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13
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19
16
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R. COPPERMAN (M.TYLER,J.BOYER,A.PALMER,D.KUNCIO,J.MIRENDA)
THINK OF YOU
C.CROWDER,C.YOUNG (C.YOUNG,C.CROWDER,J.HOGE)
HUMBLE AND KIND
B.GALLIMORE,T.MCGRAW (L.MCKENNA)
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,D.DAVIDSON,R.AKINS,B.HAYSLIP)
SNAPBACK
S.MCANALLY (M.RAMSEY,T. ROSEN,B.TURSI)
T-SHIRT
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (A.GORLEY,L.LAIRD,S.MCANALLY)
CAME HERE TO FORGET
S.HENDRICKS (C.WISEMAN,D.RUTTAN)
DIE A HAPPY MAN
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (THOMAS RHETT,S.M.DOUGLAS,JOE LONDON)
MIND READER
M.J.CONES (R.AKINS,B.HAYSLIP)
MY CHURCH
BUSBEE,M.MORRIS (BUSBEE,M.MORRIS)
YOU SHOULD BE HERE
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,A.GORLEY)
HEAD OVER BOOTS
14
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19
12
17
17
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G.WELLS,K.URBAN (K.URBAN,G.WELLS,J.ABRAHART)
19
25
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M.BRIGHT (Z.CROWELL,BRETT JAMES,H.LINDSEY)
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PARMALEE
Roots
7
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Artist
IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL
HH No. 1 (1 week)/Streaming Gainer HH
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH
13
48
PARMALEE: GETTY IMAGES
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B.BUTLER,J.PARDI (J.PARDI,L.LAIRD)
LIGHTS COME ON
M.KNOX (B.KELLEY,T.HUBBARD,J.M.SCHMIDT,J.ROBBINS,B.WARREN,B.WARREN)
RECORD YEAR
J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH,J.HYDE)
WASTED TIME
CHURCH BELLS
NOISE
B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (K.CHESNEY,R.COPPERMAN,S.MCANALLY,J.M.NITE)
FROM THE GROUND UP
D.SMYERS,S.HENDRICKS (D.SMYERS,S.MOONEY,C. DESTEFANO)
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE
R. COPPERMAN,B.ELDREDGE (B.ELDREDGE,R.COPPERMAN)
FIX
J.MOI (S.BUXTON,J.FRASURE,A.STOKLASA)
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG
S.MCANALLY,R. COPPERMAN (R.COPPERMAN,A.GORLEY,J.JOHNSTON)
PETER PAN
F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.MASSEY (K.BALLERINI,F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.LEE)
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
HH Digital Gainer HH
NIGHT’S ON FIRE
C.AINLAY,F.LIDDELL,G.WORF (J.SINGLETON,D.RUTTAN)
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER
M.ALTMAN (J.JOHNSTON,N.MASON,J.S.STOVER)
Opening at No. 48, the ballad is the
band’s fifth entry on Hot Country Songs,
a history led by the No. 2-peaking “Carolina”
in 2013. “Roots” takes hold at No. 59 on
Country Airplay, bowing with 704,000 in
audience. It’s the first single from the act’s
forthcoming sophomore album.
50
JERROD
NIEMANN &
LEE BRICE
A Little
More Love
Florida Georgia Line
R
EPUBLIC NASHVILLE
Dierks Bentley
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Chris Young Duet With Cassadee Pope
R
CA NASHVILLE/REPUBLIC NASHVILLE
Tim McGraw
M
CGRAW/BIG MACHINE
Luke Bryan
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Old Dominion
R
CA NASHVILLE
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
Blake Shelton
W
ARNER
BROS./WMN
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
Dustin Lynch
B
ROKEN BOW
Maren Morris
C
OLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Cole Swindell
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
Jon Pardi
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Jason Aldean
B
ROKEN BOW
Eric Church
E MI NASHVILLE
Keith Urban
H
IT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE
Carrie Underwood
1 9/ARISTA NASHVILLE
Kenny Chesney
B
LUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
Dan + Shay
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
Brett Eldredge
A
TLANTIC/WMN
Chris Lane
B
IG LOUD
Jake Owen
R
CA NASHVILLE
Kelsea Ballerini
B
LACK RIVER
David Nail
M
CA NASHVILLE
Frankie Ballard
W
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Niemann enlists new labelmate Lee Brice
for the former’s first release on Curb. Buoyed
by a No. 39 debut (3.4 million audience) on
Country Airplay, the track enters Hot Country
Songs at No. 50, marking Brice’s 15th
entry and Niemann’s 10th. They have
tallied six and three top 10s, respectively.
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RUNNING FOR YOU
B.JAMES,K.MOORE (K.MOORE,T.VERGES,B.DALY)
HH Hot Shot Debut HH
BROKE DOWN
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,M.CARTER,A.GORLEY)
36
5
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33
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B.BEAVERS,J.ROBBINS (C.SMITH,B.BEAVERS,D.COUCH)
31
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D.HUFF (J. NETTLES,B.CLARK)
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HOLE IN A BOTTLE
UNLOVE YOU
MAYDAY
FIRE AWAY
D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (C.STAPLETON,D.GREEN)
PICK UP
R. COPPERMAN (J.JOHNSTON,J.ROBBINS,A.DORFF)
I GOT A WOMAN
B.APPLEBERRY (R.CHARLES,R.J.RICHARD)
STAND BY YOUR MAN
B.APPLEBERRY (T.WYNETTE,B.SHERRILL)
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21 SUMMER
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J.JOYCE (J. OSBORNE,T.J. OSBORNE,C.WISEMAN)
HH Airplay Gainer HH
Z.BROWN (Z.BROWN,N.MOON,W.DURRETTE,C.BOWLES,J.D.HOPKINS)
J.RITCHEY,S.HENDRICKS (T. ROSEN,S.HUNT,S.MCANALLY)
HIGH CLASS
J.FRASURE,M.ALTMAN (E.PASLAY,C.CROWDER,J.FRASURE)
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO
D.HUFF (B.CURRINGTON,C.R.BARLOWE,S.CARTER)
LOVIN’ LATELY
B.KENNY,J.D.RICH (W.K.ALPHIN,J.D.RICH,T.MCGRAW)
THY WILL
R.SKAGGS,B.HERMS (H.SCOTT,E.L.WEISBAND,B.HERMS)
ALREADY READY
D.SMYERS,S.HENDRICKS (D.SMYERS,S.MOONEY,S.MCANALLY,J.ROBBINS)
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU
D.HUFF (B.YOUNG,K.ARCHER,J.EBACH)
LIVIN’ THE DREAM
R. COPPERMAN,J.S.STOVER (T.DOUGLAS,J.JOHNSTON,L.LAIRD)
SOUTHERN BOY
J.S.STOVER (L.LAIRD,B.DEAN,J.S.STOVER)
ROOTS
NV (J.MULLINS,B.STENNIS,B.BOLLINGER)
WASN’T THAT DRUNK
D.BAKER,J.ABBOTT (M.J.MCGINN,N.A.MEDLEY,E.L.WEISBAND)
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J.L.SLOAS,J.L.NIEMANN,L.BRICE (S.MCANALLY,R.COPPERMAN,N.HEMBY,K.NEUMANN)
A LITTLE MORE LOVE
PEAK
POSITION
Justin Moore
V
ALORY
Kip Moore
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CA NASHVILLE
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Cole Swindell
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Zac Brown Band
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William Michael Morgan
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Eric Paslay
E MI NASHVILLE
Billy Currington
M
ERCURY
Big & Rich Featuring Tim McGraw
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$R/NEW REVOLUTION
Hillary Scott & The Scott Family
H
ST/EMI NASHVILLE
Dan + Shay
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
Brett Young
R
EPUBLIC NASHVILLE
Drake White
D
OT
Jordan Rager With Jason Aldean
B
ROKEN BOW
Parmalee
S
TONEY CREEK
Josh Abbott Band With Carly Pearce
P
RETTY DAMN TOUGH/1608
Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
C
URB
38
S
OUTHERN GROUND/JOHN VARVATOS/REPUBLIC/DOT
I MET A GIRL
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CERTIFIED
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ARNER BROS./WMN
Tucker Beathard
D
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Canaan Smith
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ERCURY
Jennifer Nettles
B
IG MACHINE
Cam
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RISTA NASHVILLE
Chris Stapleton
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ERCURY
Dierks Bentley
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APITOL NASHVILLE
Adam Wakefield
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Mary Sarah
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Brothers Osborne
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ROCK ON
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COUNTRY MARKET WATCH
A Weekly National Music Sales Report
YEAR-TO-DATE
Year-Over-Year
ALBUM SALESAlbum Sales
’15
’16
9.1 million
’14
5.2 million
DIGITAL TRACKS SALES
’15
’16
41.3 million
000.0 million
32.6 million
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a national sample of retail store and rack sales reports collected and
provided by Nielsen Music.
Overall Unit Sales
Weekly Unit
’15 Sales
ALBUMS
DIGITAL
ALBUMS*
DIGITAL
TRACKS
This Week
467,000
157,000
1,823,000
Last Week
437,000
163,000
1,686,000
6.9%
-3.7%
8.1%
726,000
295,000
2,226,000
-35.7%
-46.8%
-18.1%
Change
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Digital Tracks
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2016
CHANGE
9,106,000
7,991,000
-12.2%
41,303,000
32,619,000
-21.0%
Sales by Album Format
2015
2016
Physical
5,665,000
5,244,000
9.0%
Digital
3,440,000
2,747,000
-20.1%
*Digital album sales are also counted within album sales.
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SALES DATA
COMPILED BY
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LUKE BRYAN
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THOMAS RHETT
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27 ERIC
EMI NASHVILLE 024200*/UMGN
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UNDERWOOD
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KILL THE LIGHTS
STORYTELLER
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I’M COMIN’ OVER
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DOWN TO MY LAST BAD HABIT
REMINGTON
19 29 21 CAMUNTAMED
RCA/ARISTA NASHVILLE 507049/SMN
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KANE BROWN
CHAPTER I (EP)
18 17
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LORETTA LYNN
FULL CIRCLE
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WHEELER WALKER JR.
23 20 21
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RANDY HOUSER
22 11
ZONE 4/RCA NASHVILLE 531694/SMN
LEGACY 51689*
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STONEY CREEK 16767/BBMG
CARRIE UNDERWOOD
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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 2014, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen SoundScan, Inc. All rights reserved.
H.O.L.Y.
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT
26 15 22 RASCAL FLATTS(Big Machine/BMLG)
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FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE(Republic Nashville/BMLG)
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TIM MCGRAW(McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG)
DIERKS BENTLEY(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
9 HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ AND LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
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CHRIS YOUNG DUET WITH CASSADEE POPE(RCA Nashville/SMN)
THOMAS RHETT(Valory/BMLG)
MAREN MORRIS(Columbia Nashville/SMN)
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CHRIS YOUNG
RCA NASHVILLE 513496/SMN
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MR. MISUNDERSTOOD
ANYTHING GOES
RCA NASHVILLE 506963/SMN
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VALORY RT0200A/BMLG
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A SAILOR’S GUIDE TO EARTH
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FARMHOUSE/GAITHER 49134/CAPITOL CMG
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COLE SWINDELL(Warner Bros./WMN)
CAME HERE TO FORGET
NEW
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DAN + SHAY(Warner Bros./WMN)
BRETT ELDREDGE(Atlantic/WMN)
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FRANKIE BALLARD( Warner Bros./WMN)
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
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LIGHTS COME ON
40 35 34 THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU
PETER PAN
GIRL CRUSH
41 37 72 LITTLE BIG TOWN(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
BLAKE SHELTON(Warner Bros./WMN)
DIE A HAPPY MAN
COLE SWINDELL(Warner Bros./WMN)
JON PARDI(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
DAN + SHAY(Warner Bros./WMN)
CARRIE UNDERWOOD(19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
JASON ALDEAN(Broken Bow/BBMG)
SAM HUNT(MCA Nashville/UMGN)
ROOTS
PARMALEE (Stoney Creek/BBMG)
CHRIS STAPLETON(Mercury/UMGN)
JENNIFER NETTLES(Big Machine/BMLG)
HILLARY SCOTT & THE SCOTT FAMILY( HST/EMI Nashville/UMGN)
CHRIS STAPLETON(Mercury/UMGN)
LEE BRICE(Curb)
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RECORD YEAR
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USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER
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CONFESSION
50 40 26 HEARTBEAT
KELSEA BALLERINI(Black River)
SNAPBACK
OLD DOMINION(RCA Nashville/SMN)
I GOT A WOMAN
SAM HUNT(MCA Nashville/UMGN)
RE-ENTRY
NEW
CRUISE
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE(Republic Nashville/BMLG)
MAYDAY
CAM (RCA/Arista Nashville/SMN)
CAM (Arista Nashville/SMN)
LUKE BRYAN FEAT. KAREN FAIRCHILD(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
MARY SARAH(Republic)
DIERKS BENTLEY(Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
WASTED TIME
DUSTIN LYNCH(Broken Bow/BBMG)
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE(Republic Nashville/BMLG)
NIGHT’S ON FIRE
DAVID NAIL(MCA Nashville/UMGN)
ROCK ON
TUCKER BEATHARD(Dot/BMLG)
KIP MOORE(MCA Nashville/UMGN)
CARRIE UNDERWOOD(19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
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MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 16 OF 22
MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected]
One of the bedrock, yin-yang foundations of country music — the S
­ aturday-night
sinner and Sunday-morning saint — is really about the coping m
­ echanisms
one uses to get through life and the loss that goes with it.
With the release of “Savior’s Shadow,” Blake Shelton firmly inhabits
both sides of that Saturday/Sunday equation. Much of his public persona
has been built on winking nods to the Saturday-night solution, with alcohol
weaving through such songs as “Sangria,” “Neon Light” and current single
“Came Here to Forget.”
“Savior’s Shadow,” the final track on his forthcoming album If I’m H
­ onest
(May 20, Warner Bros.), ref lects on the Sunday part. It’s a 21st-century
hymn, a humble piece of assurance that a higher power really does offer
guidance and comfort. Warner Music Nashville released it to country and Christian radio via Play MPE
on April 11, though it wasn’t part of the typical chart
­strategy in his career.
“I’m not trying to get a No. 1 song out of this,” says
Shelton. “I just feel like it needs to be shared with
­everybody. I feel like people need to be aware of this
song for whatever it might mean to them.”
“Savior’s Shadow” has enormous meaning for
­S helton. It was the residue from a dream he had at
his home in O
­ klahoma in May 2015. The events of
the dream were immediately forgotten, but four lines
of lyrics and melody were clear as day. He grabbed
his ­smartphone and sang the passage into the memo
­f unction before it was lost.
It was a difficult period in his life. His relationship
with then-wife Miranda Lambert was crumbling, and
the words — “I feel the rain, I hear the thunder/As He
SHELTON
cries for me” — became a powerful source of strength.
“That’s when it became apparent that, you know,
things weren’t going to work out with my marriage,” he says. “We both knew
that it wasn’t going to work out, and I was walking around, randomly s­ inging
that song to myself, and somehow it would make me feel better. At first I
thought it was that I’m so sad and pitiful that even God feels sorry for me
and He’s crying for me. And then I thought, ‘No, it’s just that He’s on this
journey with me and He’s walking with me.’ ”
That July, the same month that they divorced, Shelton made an effort at
his Los Angeles residence to finish “Savior’s Shadow.”
“I just knew that it came to me for a reason,” he says. “I had to do ­something
with it.”
But progress was fleeting at best. Finally, he turned to songwriter Jessi
­Alexander (“I Drive Your Truck,” “The Climb”), with whom he had ­co-written
“Friends” for the movie Angry Birds (due May 20) in March 2015. Ironically,
Alexander and her songwriter husband, Jon Randall (“Drink On It,” ­“Whiskey
Lullaby”), were experiencing their own potentially traumatic change: moving
into a new house.. She had just stepped into the home, ahead of Randall and
the movers, carrying boxes into the empty dwelling, when she received a text
from Shelton: “Sis, I need your help again.” Alexander knew instinctively that
he had a song idea, and she immediately made herself available.
“He texted, ‘What are you doing?’ ” she recalls. “And I’m like, ‘Nothing.’ ”
Shelton sent her the short “Savior’s Shadow” voice memo, and she was
struck by its raw vulnerability.
“It was so gut-wrenching and beautiful, like the most pure prayer,” she
says. “So J.R. walks in the door, and he’s asking me where to put the couch
and the boxes, and I got tears in my eyes. I’m like, ‘Well, we have to help
Blake finish this song.’ ”
It became sort of a tag-team affair. Alexander worked on the song while
Randall brought in more possessions. When she ran into a wall, he picked
up on the writing while she turned her attention to the house. Since it was a
gospel song, it offered sweet irony: At the same time they were unpacking
those cardboard boxes, they were working outside their usual creative boxes,
­u nconcerned about how a predefined audience might receive its tempo or
unconventional phrases.
“We didn’t have to deal with that,” says Randall. “Blake really felt the
song, and sometimes those songs — even if they don’t get recorded — they’re
still the most special songs you ever wrote.”
Calling on their own experiences with church music, Randall and ­A lexander
gave it the chorus it needed. They instinctively matched the rain and the
­thunder from Shelton’s verse with majestic ­mountains
and oceans in the final stanza, and Alexander gave
it one last twist. The chorus typically ended with
­“Standing in my savior’s shadow where I’m supposed
to be,” but she tagged one more line, “Standing in my
savior’s shadow, I’m who I’m supposed to be.”
“ ‘I’m who I’m supposed to be,’ for me, conjures up
a bigger picture,” explains Alexander. “I’m kind, I’m
patient, I’m a survivor, I’m humble, I’m powerful, I’m
a forgiver. It’s like I’ve got the traits that God gave me,
that I’m the way I’m supposed to be.”
They texted back and forth with Shelton ­throughout
the day and got the final voice memo with Shelton
­singing the entire song while they were standing in
the kitchen.
“What a way to bless the new house,” says Randall.
A few weeks later, Shelton f lew into Nashville
­w ithout telling the rest of his team for a quick demo
session that Randall booked at Zac Brown’s ­Southern
Ground recording studio on Aug. 20. Engineer
­Brandon Bell captured all three writers harmonizing over Randall’s ­Martin
guitar. When Shelton played that demo to p
­ roducer Scott Hendricks (Dan
+ Shay, Jana Kramer), Hendricks decided to use Randall’s guitar to gird
the final recording.
“Every studio musician has an array of guitars that sound differently,”
says Hendricks, “but this particular guitar, whatever it was or however his
was recorded, I love the sound of it. So I took it and, between myself and
another guy, edited it to make it feel a lot better.”
Hendricks cut Shelton’s final vocal back at Shelton’s home in Los ­A ngeles
— the third house he has been given while working on NBC’s The Voice. For
this album, the vocals were all done in a walk-in closet for best effect.
“It’s a pretty nice closet, I will say,” adds Hendricks with a laugh. “But
it didn’t matter. I mean, we were haulin’ and he was comfortable. That’s
what mattered.”
Returning to Nashville, Hendricks captured new harmonies from R
­ andall
and Alexander, and he invited Randall to visit while he recorded a string
­section — arranged by Charlie Judge — at Ocean Way. It was an appropriate
setting: a former church with an array of stained-glass windows to underscore
the ­s piritual solace in “Savior’s Shadow.” The final touch came with Russ
Pahl, who overdubbed bittersweet steel notes on top of the whole production.
Thanks to his party-boy image, even Shelton knows some fans will r­ esist
his gospel song —
­ “I can, on some level, understand a pushback,” he concedes
­­— but plenty of people who are able to see the Saturday/Sunday ­connotations
in their own lives have been moved to tears by the sincerity of Shelton’s
­p erformance and the resilience that it represents.
“This is from a different place,” says Shelton. “I feel like that song helped
save my life.”
JACK GUY
Blake Shelton Steps Out Of
His Own Past With ‘Savior’s Shadow’
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 17 OF 22
THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK [email protected]
Furry Confessions: Meet Some Of
Country Radio’s Most Beloved Mascots
Once a fairly popular part of a radio station’s brand and culture, mascots have Boy is all about making a positive impact in the lives of the KNIX listener.”
been on the wane in recent years. In fact, in a budget-conscious environment,
WXBQ has employed a rabbit mascot since the early 1980s when it was
only a handful of country stations still employ a full-time, salaried mascot. ­introduced in conjunction with a Volkswagen Rabbit giveaway. Gilmer, who
Yet if you ask the guy (or gal) in the furry suit, it’s not only the best gig in radio,
typically makes two to six appearances a week, says the gig is pretty fun,
but an invaluable asset to a station’s community relations efforts, even if they
­especially meeting celebrities and being onstage. “It’s fun to get out in front
sometimes have to deal with hostile drunks, terriof all those people and feel the energy of the room.
fied children and even the occasional reluctant reIt really pumps you up.”
cording artist.
Boatman is equally enthusiastic about her job,
Among the country stations with heritage massaying, “You’ve got to love it and the people you
cots are Cumulus/WIVK Knoxville, Tenn.’s Wivwork with.” She notes that she’s “very honored” to
ick the Frog; Bristol Broadcasting Co./WXBQ
play the part of Wivick, which has a heritage at the
­Bristol, Tenn.’s WXBQ Rabbit (sister stations WQBE
station dating back approximately 35 years. “I’ve
­C harleston, W.Va., and WKYQ Paducah, Ky., also
probably got the best job in the whole place,” she
have rabbit mascots, and share the c­ ompany’s “24
says. “I can be out every day meeting new people.”
Carrot Country” slogan); and iHeart Media/KNIX
Bar rel Boy has had nu merous “ama zing
Phoenix’s Barrel Boy. Unlike some stations that just
­moments” while in costume, including being a
throw the mascot costume on the nearest intern, Wivick the Frog with Kix Brooks (left) and
trending topic d
­ uring the 2015 Super Bowl media
these three e
­ mploy professionals for whom mascot Robin Meade.
day, being ­nominated for 2015 Country Music
duties are their primary job.
Assn. major-­market personality of the year award
The person inside the Wivick the Frog costume
and once being pulled up on stage during a Tim
for the last 20 years has been Peggy Boatman,
­M cGraw concert to ­p erform “Where the Green
an ­energetic 57-year-old woman who stands just
Grass Grows” with the country ­superstar in front
under 5 feet tall. For the last six years she has been
of a packed house that, he says, “went nuts.” But
the full-time frog, as well as the station’s remote co“hands down the [best] ­moment of my career was
ordinator, a combination that in 2013 earned her
when a s­ pecial-needs boy named ­Austin told me
the employee of the year award. She makes mulI was his hero.” Barrel Boy r­ esponded by inviting
tiple ­appearances per week on behalf of WIVK and
the child to “take over” the ­station for a day that
even keeps a “backup frog” (with a separate, larger
included a limo ride, a one-day KNIX ­employment
suit) for when the station is covering more than one
­c ontract, a cake and pizza party and a ­g uitar
event at a time.
­autographed by McGraw. “It was truly a moment
Inside the WXBQ Rabbit costume for the past 10 WXBQ Rabbit greets some young fans.
I will never forget,” says Barrel Boy.
years has been James Gilmer, whose other d
­ uties
The mascot job comes with challenges too.
­include k
­ eeping the station van cleaned and m
­ aintained, doing
Gilmer cites the heat and not being able to see very well. Plus, he
some of the updates on the rabbit’s social media pages and “a
says, “I’ve been battered by some drunks pretty good, [and] kids
little bit of everything” at the station, making him a jackrabbit
sometimes can catch you in the wrong spot with their heads.”
of all trades. He took on the mascot gig when he was between
Boatman agrees that some p
­ eople “try to play with you or hit
jobs, then fell in love with it.
you in the head.” An occasional hazard for Barrel Boy is “the
Barrel Boy, whom is discouraged by management from
fan who has a had a little too much fun who may try and use
­revealing his real name, originated the c­ haracter a decade
the barrel as a walker.”
ago, and three years ago fulf illed a long-held dream by
Gilmer says a staffer who preceded him in the mascot role
­adding night jock duties at KNIX to his tasks. Unlike the furry
once got a large drink thrown at him. Other people feel the
­characters, who admit heat is the biggest challenge of their
need to flip him off. The limited visibility of his costume also
jobs in the summer, Barrel Boy’s unique, year-round outfit
brings its own issues. Gilmer says he has been onstage “trying
consists of a c­ owboy hat, bowling shoes and a large barrel
to be really animated” and accidentally smacked a ­station DJ
hanging by suspenders. “Yes, being in a barrel is goofy, but
in the face. Another time he tripped over an object onstage,
it’s also memorable,” he says.
stumbling in front of a few thousand people. And while he says
With no pants or shirt included in the getup, his bigger
plenty of artists have been friendly and receptive, a few have a
­concern in the ­A rizona heat is sunburn rather than heat stroke.
childhood fear of furries, including one star who made it known
But unlike the frog and rabbit, who are prohibited from ­speaking
she didn’t want the rabbit anywhere near her.
or taking off their headpieces in public, Barrel Boy is freer to Barrel Boy with his dog,
Gilmer says there is an art to playing the mascot role. “I
interact normally with fans. While he admits the barrel “can get Grover.
don’t just stand there and wave. I keep active the entire time,”
a little heavy after an eight hour-day, and the bowling shoes are
he says. “Anybody can get in the suit, but to make it come to life
not as comfortable as a pair of Nike Air Maxes,” he says, “as long as I keep hyyou have to want to do it and you have to be a bit of a goof-off. You have to be
drated and keep a good layer of sunscreen on, you will not find me complaining. willing to step outside yourself and not worry what people think.”
I get paid to wear a barrel and work for a nationally renowned country station.
Boatman agrees that to do the job well, “you’ve got to have the heart for
“The part I enjoy the most is the interaction with the ­l isteners, whether
it.” And she’s saddened that station mascots are quickly becoming extinct.
[that means] giving them concert tickets at a morning show stop, helping them
“That’s kind of a loss. I hate that … That’s your brand. Everybody in town
in a time of need or simply making them laugh and smile,” he adds. “Barrel
knows Wivick the Frog. Everybody.”
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LAST
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CHART
1
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SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH C apitol Nashville
2
3
22
SNAPBACK R CA Nashville Old Dominion
3
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AUDIENCE
(IN MILLIONS)
PLAYS
THIS WEEK
+/–
THIS WEEK
-138
9.104
4612
-6
8.646
HUMBLE AND KIND M
cGraw/Big Machine Tim McGraw
4563
+58
8.581
9
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY C apitol Nashville Luke Bryan
4472
+386
8.436
9
CAME HERE TO FORGET W
arner Bros./WMN Blake Shelton
4217
+369
7.755
6
31
MIND READER B roken Bow Dustin Lynch
4095
+238
7.667
9
14
T-SHIRT V alory Thomas Rhett
3828
+341
7.184
8
2
18
THINK OF YOU R epublic Nashville/RCA Nashville Chris Young Duet w/ Cassadee Pope
3825
-1005
7.672
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MY CHURCH C olumbia Nashville Maren Morris
3684
+91
6.805
12
6
WASTED TIME H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
3334
+375
6.020
10
7
NOISE B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville Kenny Chesney
3315
+114
6.061
11
34
HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville Jon Pardi
3088
+94
5.602
13
13
RECORD YEAR EMI Nashville Eric Church
3079
+198
5.753
16
6
CHURCH BELLS 1 9/Arista Nashville Carrie Underwood
2675
+444
4.756
14
6
LIGHTS COME ON B roken Bow Jason Aldean
2594
+303
4.765
15
25
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER W
arner Bros./WAR Frankie Ballard
2412
+140
4.374
19
10
AMERICAN COUNTRY LOVE SONG R CA Nashville Jake Owen
2286
+202
4.142
17
27
YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK V alory Justin Moore
2235
+66
3.872
4.146
9
HH No. 1 (2 weeks) HH
Dierks Bentley
4699
20
42
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
CA Nashville David Nail
2219
+166
20
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FIX B ig Loud Chris Lane
2124
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FROM THE GROUND UP W
arner Bros./WAR Dan + Shay
1921
+200
3.445
22
29
RUNNING FOR YOU M
CA Nashville Kip Moore
1852
+273
3.305
23
37
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury Canaan Smith
1585
+145
2.827
25
10
MAKE YOU MISS ME M
CA Nashville Sam Hunt
1542
+285
2.446
24
8
PETER PAN B lack River Kelsea Ballerini
1467
+192
2.492
40
2
H.O.L.Y. R epublic Nashville
HH Most Increased Plays/Most Added HH
Florida Georgia Line
1170
+684
2.200
29
6
ROCK ON D
ot Tucker Beathard
1137
+236
2.025
27
27
I MET A GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN William Michael Morgan
1124
+166
1.894
34
4
CASTAWAY S outhern Groud/Varvatos/Republic/Dot Zac Brown Band
1095
+271
2.095
28
14
MAYDAY A
rista Nashville Cam
975
+41
1.519
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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
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IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO M
ercury Billy Currington
973
+87
1.418
32
17
LOVIN’ LATELY B $R/New Revolution Big & Rich Feat. Tim McGraw
968
+122
1.548
31
17
UNLOVE YOU B ig Machine Jennifer Nettles
924
+46
1.503
33
11
21 SUMMER E MI Nashville Brothers Osborne
858
+16
1.155
35
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LIVIN’ THE DREAM D
ot Drake White
825
+39
1.543
37
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IF THE BOOT FITS W
heelhouse Granger Smith
665
+27
1.050
36
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I KNOW SOMEBODY R eviver LoCash
664
+21
1.048
38
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USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER Z one 4/RCA Nashville Kane Brown
554
+12
0.887
39
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MAKE MY OWN SUNSHINE B ig Spark Olivia Lane
537
+16
0.835
42
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BLUEBONNETS B IG Label Aaron Watson
490
+51
0.787
45
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PARACHUTE U
niversal Music Canada Chris Stapleton
478
+115
0.781
41
8
SONG NUMBER 7 S toney Creek Randy Houser
453
+6
0.741
44
8
HEALING HIGHWAY B lue Light Brian Collins
427
+25
0.663
43
5
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU R epublic Nashville Brett Young
423
+17
0.548
46
12
TUXEDO M
CA Nashville Clare Dunn
373
+13
0.468
48
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SOUTHERNALITY R epublic Nashville A Thousand Horses
350
+40
0.464
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JESUS AND JONES W
heelhouse Trace Adkins
310
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279
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OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN R ed Bow Craig Campbell
264
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0.370
50
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TAKE ME DOWN M
CA Nashville Vince Gill
258
+4
0.354
53
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GIRL NEXT DOOR W
arner Bros./WMN Brandy Clark
231
+10
0.332
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RECKLESS N
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211
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MAKE YOU MINE A
tlantic/WEA High Valley
201
+11
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60
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ROOTS S toney Creek Parmalee
194
+45
0.385
58
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SAID NO ONE EVER E lektra Nashville/WAR Jana Kramer
194
+38
0.163
HH Hot Shot Debut HHCole Swindell
188
+188
0.343
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NEW
PLAYS
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A LITTLE MORE LOVE C urb Jerrod Niemann & Lee Brice
179
+178
0.285
57
4
SPIN ME R yan Broshear Ryan Broshear
162
+4
0.216
59
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TELL ME V illa One/Grassroots Frank Ortega
160
+8
0.206
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
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 20 OF 22
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HUMBLE AND KIND S ongs Of Universal, Inc.,
BMI/Hoodie Songs, BMI (L.McKenna) 6
21 SUMMER W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Trampy
McCauley, ASCAP/All The Kings Pens, ASCAP/Songstein
Publishing, ASCAP/Big Loud Shirt Industries, ASCAP ( J.
Osborne, T.J. Osborne, C.Wiseman) 4 5
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) 1 7
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.McFadden, S.McAnally) 5 6
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) 5
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) 3 0
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 5
D DADDY’S MONEY W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/Muddy Magnolia Music, BMI/Mama’s Exit
Publishing, BMI/Music Of Parallel, BMI/Downtown DMP
Songs, BMI ( K.North, J.Wilson, T.McHugh) 6 0
DANCE WITH YA W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/THiS Music, BMI/Goes Something Like This
Music, BMI/Songs of Sunset Beach, BMI/SONGS MP
Publishing, BMI ( D.Baldridge, C.Yarber, J.Mitchell) 5 1
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) 1 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 1
G GHOST TOWN S uper Big Music, ASCAP/Jett Music,
ASCAP/Big Machine Music, BMI/Two Laine Collections,
BMI (J.Singleton, J.Thompson) 5 5
GIRL NEXT DOOR H ighway 508 Songs, ASCAP/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Nettwerk One B
Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Jay Gatsby Music, BMI/
Nettwerk One Music Limited Canada, SOCAN/Universal
Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP ( B.Clark,
J.J.Dillon, S.McAnally) 4 0
H HEAD OVER BOOTS G olden Vault Music, BMI/
The Song Factory, LLC, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Creative Nation Music, BMI ( J.Pardi, L.Laird) 1 2
HOLDIN’ HER N ot Listed ( Not Listed) 5 8
HOLE IN A BOTTLE B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/
Skinny Fat Nashville Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Stalefish Music, BMI/Songs
From The Couch, BMI ( C.Smith, B.Beavers, D.Couch) 2 3
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) 2 5
MIDDLE OF A MEMORY S ony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/Colden Rainey Music, BMI/Combustion
Engine Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
Music Corp., ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/
Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill Songs, BMI/
EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord Georgia Music, Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants
BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB Music Corp.,
To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP (C.Swindell, A.Gorley,
ASCAP/Tar-Cam-Knox Music, ASCAP/Thankful For This
Z.Crowell) 3 4
Music, ASCAP ( L.Bryan, D.Davidson, R.Akins, B.Hayslip) 8
MIND READER E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
I Rhettro Music, BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB
IF THE BOOT FITS Tree Vibez Music, LLC, ASCAP/
Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (R.
Major Bob Music, Inc., ASCAP/We-volve Music, ASCAP/
Downtown DLJ Songs, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI Akins, B.Hayslip) 4
MY CHURCH International Dog Music, BMI/BMG
(J.M.Schmidt, A.Albert, M.Tenpenny) 4 6
Platinum Songs, BMI/Hello I Love You Music, BMI ( busbee,
I KNOW SOMEBODY E MI Blackwood Music
M.Morris) 9
Inc., BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/Songs By Red
N Room, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/ole Songs Of
Countrywood, ASCAP ( R.Akins, R.Copperman, J.S.Stover) 3 5 NIGHT’S ON FIRE S uper Big Music, ASCAP/Jett
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown
Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (J.Singleton,
Music, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three
D.Ruttan) 1 9
Mules Music, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (T. Rosen, S.Hunt,
NOISE S ony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Basuare Music,
S.McAnally) 2 8
BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room,
IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER S ony/ATV
BMI/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI
Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/Nettwerk One
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP ( K.
B Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada House Music,
Chesney, R.Copperman, S.McAnally, J.M.Nite) 1 0
BMI/Ole Red Cape Songs, ASCAP/Real Big Red Tunes,
O ASCAP (J.Johnston, N.Mason, J.S.Stover) 1 8
IT DON’T HURT LIKE IT USED TO C oconut OUTSKIRTS OF HEAVEN Legends Of Magic
Mustang Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/Ole
Hut Publishing, ASCAP/Castle Bound Music, Inc., SESAC/
Red Cape Songs, ASCAP/Full Of Bulls Music, ASCAP/Ole
We Be Pawtying, SESAC/BMG Rights Management (UK)
Ole, ASCAP ( C.Campbell, D.Turnbull) 5 2
Ltd., PRS/You Want How Much Of What Publishing, BMI/
P Worldwide EMG Music B, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI
PARACHUTE W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Ken
(B.Currington, C.R.Barlowe, S.Carter) 3 3
Tucky Music, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
J Dontcallmebrett Musicm, BMI (C.Stapleton, J.Beavers) 5 0
JESUS AND JONES o le Purple Cape Music, BMI/
ole, BMI/Rack City Publishing, BMI/BMG Blue, BMI/Songs PETER PAN S ongs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music,
ASCAP/ole Purple Cape Music, BMI/Honey Lee Music, BMI
Of Jim McCormick, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Sony/
(K.Ballerini, F.G.Whitehead, J.Lee) 2 9
ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring Circus Songs, BMI (T.
R Farr, J.McCormick, C.Beathard) 4 3
RAISED ON IT U niversal Music Corporation,
L ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/External Combustion
LIGHTS COME ON B ig Loud Mountain, BMI/
Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside Independent Music
Round Hill Works, BMI/Pranch Ringle Music, BMI/T Hubb
Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Publishing, BMI/Tree Vibez Music, LLC, ASCAP/Freshy
JFLO Music, BMI/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing,
Music, ASCAP/Major Bob Music, Inc., ASCAP/We-volve
ASCAP (S.Hunt, Z.Crowell, J.Flowers) 4 2
Music, ASCAP/Round Hill Songs Jimmy Robbins,
RECKLESS R ound Hill Works, BMI/Big Loud Proud
ASCAP/Jammy Rabbins Music, ASCAP/Extraordinary
Crowd, BMI/Bux Tone Music, BMI/Highly Combustible
Alien Publishing, ASCAP (B.Kelley, T.Hubbard, J.M.Schmidt,
J.Robbins, B.Warren, B.Warren) 1 3
Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside Independent
Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My
A LITTLE MORE LOVE S mack Hits, GMR/
Publishing, ASCAP/I Love Pizza Music, ASCAP/Atlas
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI Blackwood Music
Music Publishing, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing,
Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/HappyGoWrucke,
BMI/Heather Feather Songs, BMI ( S.Buxton, Z.Crowell,
BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs,
H.Morgan) 4 7
BMI/Hello Jerry, SESAC (S.McAnally, R.Copperman, N.Hemby,
K.Neumann) 3 9
RECORD YEAR S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Longer And Louder Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs, BMI/
LIVIN’ THE DREAM S ony/ATV Tree Publishing,
Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music, BMI (E.Church, J.Hyde) 1 4
BMI/Tomdouglasmusic, BMI/Sony/ATV Harmony, ASCAP/
Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
ROCK ON B ig Music Machine, BMI/Fayde 49 Music,
Creative Nation Music, BMI ( T.Douglas, J.Johnston, L.Laird)
BMI/Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Six Ring Circus
32
Songs, BMI/Scrambler Music, ASCAP/My My My Music,
LONELY GIRL W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/House Of Sea
ASCAP (T.Beathard, C.Beathard, M.Cannon-Goodman) 2 6
Gayle Music, ASCAP/ClearBox Rights, ASCAP/Rio Bravo
ROOTS M
usic Of Big Deal, BMI/The Stennis Mightier
Music, Inc., BMI (C.Stapleton, J.Frasure) 5 4
Music, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America,
LOVIN’ LATELY B ig Love Music, BMI/Songs Of
Inc., BMI/Dead Aim Music, BMI/Young Guns Publishing,
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/J Money
LLC, BMI/ Parallel Music Publishing, LLC, BMI (J.Mullins,
B.Stennis, B.Bollinger) 5 9
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/StyleSonic Music, LLC, BMI ( W.K.Alphin, J.D.Rich,
RUNNING FOR YOU M
usic Of Stage Three,
T.McGraw) 2 7
BMI/Songs Of Cornman, BMI/Roll Through Music, BMI/
M BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc.,
BMI/Songs From The Engine Room, BMI/Southside
MAKE YOU MINE C entricity Music Publishing,
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, BMI/Internal
ASCAP/Bluenort Records, SOCAN/CentricSongs, SESAC/2
Combustion Music, BMI/Kickin’ Grids Music, BMI ( K.Moore,
Hour Songs, SESAC/Pickin Publishing, BMI/Songs Of
T.Verges, B.Daly) 2 2
Kickingbird, BMI ( B.Rempel, S.Mosley, B.Stennis) 4 4
S MAKE YOU MISS ME U niversal Music
SLEEP WITHOUT YOU S uper Big Music,
Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/Songs
ASCAP/Caliville Publishing, ASCAP/Downtown DMP
Of Black River, ASCAP/Sonic Geo Music, ASCAP/Calhoun
Songs, BMI/Stars And Stripes And Maple Leaf Music,
Enterprises, ASCAP/RPM Global Publishing, BMI/
BMI/Wordspring Music, LLC, SESAC ( B.Young, K.Archer,
Hori Productions America, ASCAP ( S.Hunt, J.Osborne,
J.Ebach) 3 6
M.Ramsey) 2 4
MAYDAY M
arvelous Oaks Records, ASCAP/One Year
YesterdayPublishing, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/
These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (C.Ochs, T.Johnson) 3 7
SNAPBACK C arrot Seed Songs, ASCAP/Smackville
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music,
ASCAP/Unfair Entertainment, ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal,
ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Wooden Ships, ASCAP
(M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi) 3
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH P eermusic
III, Ltd., BMI/Peertunes, Ltd., SESAC/Jaron Boyer
Music, SESAC/BMG Silver Songs, SESAC/Fuego Songs
Publishing, SESAC/David Ryan Music, ASCAP/The Real
Brain Publishing, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Music
Of The Corn, ASCAP ( M.Tyler, J.Boyer, A.Palmer, D.Kuncio,
J.Mirenda) 1
SONG NUMBER 7 Legends Of Magic Mustang
Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP/Red Vinyl Music,
Inc., BMI ( J.Wilson, B.Hayslip, C.Janson) 4 8
SOUTHERN BOY S ongs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Creative Nation Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI/
Creative Pulse Music, BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/ole Songs
Of Countrywood, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP ( L.
Laird, B.Dean, J.S.Stover) 4 1
T THINK A LITTLE LESS E MI April Music, Inc.,
ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Cricket On The Line, BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI/Country Paper,
BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/Extraordinary Alien Publishing,
ASCAP (J.M.Nite, Thomas Rhett, B.Dean, J.Robbins) 4 9
THINK OF YOU E MI Blackwood Music Inc.,
BMI/Goodbye Pants Music, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Songs From The Rose Hotel,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/EMI Foray Music, SESAC/
Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC ( C.Young, C.Crowder, J.Hoge) 2
T-SHIRT E xternal Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI/
Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP
(A.Gorley, L.Laird, S.McAnally) 7
TUXEDO B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Leer Jet 87
Publishing, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of
Brett, ASCAP/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI/For The Kids
Platinum, BMI/Legitimate Efforts Music, BMI (C.Dunn,
Brett James, B.West) 5 7
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing, ASCAP/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway 508 Songs,
ASCAP (J. Nettles, B.Clark) 3 1
USED TO LOVE YOU SOBER S ongs Of
Universal, Inc., BMI/Kane Brown Music, BMI/EMI Foray
Music, SESAC/Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC/B Frank
Entertainment, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing
America, Inc., BMI/Song House Publishing, ASCAP ( K.
Brown, M.McVaney, J.Hoge) 3 8
W WASN’T THAT DRUNK Thankful For This
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Universal Music
Corporation, ASCAP ( M.J.McGinn, N.A.Medley, E.L.Weisband)
53
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 1
Y YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK R ound
Hill Works, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/Big Loud Proud
Crowd, BMI/Round Hill Songs BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud
Proud Songs, ASCAP/HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative
Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (R.Clawson,
M.Dragstrem, N.Hemby) 2 0
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 21 OF 22
Hot Country Songs Index
TITLE P ublishing-Licensing Org.
(Songwriter) C hart Position
H HEAD OVER BOOTS G olden Vault Music, BMI/
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 7
A ALREADY READY W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Beats
And Banjos, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/Shay Mooney Music, ASCAP/Smack Hits, GMR/
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/Round Hill Songs Jimmy
Robbins, ASCAP/Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP
(D.Smyers, S.Mooney, S.McAnally, J.Robbins) 4 4
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) 2 2
B BROKE DOWN S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Colden Rainey Music, BMI/Sony/ATV Cross Keys
Publishing, ASCAP/243 Music, ASCAP/Combustion Engine
Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP ( C.Swindell, M.Carter, A.Gorley) 2 8
C CAME HERE TO FORGET R ound Hill Songs
BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud Proud Songs, ASCAP/Red Toe
Rocker, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie
Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP ( C.Wiseman,
D.Ruttan) 8
CASTAWAY 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) 3 8
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 7
D DIE A HAPPY MAN E MI Blackwood Music Inc.,
BMI/Cricket On The Line, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Eastman Pond Publishing, BMI/
Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Nice Life, BMI/Frederic And Reid
Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs, BMI (Thomas Rhett,
S.M.Douglas, Joe London) 9
DRUNK ON YOUR LOVE Sony/ATV Countryside,
BMI/Paris Not France Music, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Ross Copperman Songs, BMI (B.Eldredge,
R.Copperman) 2 0
F FIRE AWAY W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/New Sea Gayle
Music, ASCAP/Ole Ole, ASCAP/Black In The Saddle Songs,
ASCAP (C.Stapleton, D.Green) 3 3
FIX R ound Hill Works, BMI/Big Loud Proud Crowd, BMI/
Bux Tone Music, BMI/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Telemitry
Productions, BMI/Year Of The Dog Music, ASCAP (S.
Buxton, J.Frasure, A.Stoklasa) 2 1
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) 1 9
The Song Factory, LLC, BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Creative Nation Music, BMI ( J.Pardi, L.Laird) 1 3
HIGH CLASS W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Five Foot
Sixteen Publishing, ASCAP/Songs From The Rose Hotel,
ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Telemitry Productions,
BMI (E.Paslay, C.Crowder, J.Frasure) 4 0
HOLE IN A BOTTLE B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/
Skinny Fat Nashville Music, BMI/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Stalefish Music, BMI/Songs
From The Couch, BMI ( C.Smith, B.Beavers, D.Couch) 3 0
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
HUMBLE AND KIND S ongs Of Universal, Inc.,
BMI/Hoodie Songs, BMI (L.McKenna) 4
HUNTIN’, FISHIN’ & LOVIN’ EVERY DAY
S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill Songs, BMI/
M MAYDAY M
arvelous Oaks Records, ASCAP/One Year
YesterdayPublishing, BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/
These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (C.Ochs, T.Johnson) 3 2
MIND READER E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Rhettro Music, BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB
Music Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (R.
Akins, B.Hayslip) 1 0
MY CHURCH International Dog Music, BMI/BMG
Platinum Songs, BMI/Hello I Love You Music, BMI ( busbee,
M.Morris) 1 1
N NIGHT’S ON FIRE S uper Big Music, ASCAP/Jett
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie
Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP (J.Singleton,
D.Ruttan) 2 4
NOISE S ony/ATV Acuff Rose Music, BMI/Basuare Music,
BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room,
BMI/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP ( K.
Chesney, R.Copperman, S.McAnally, J.M.Nite) 1 8
EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord Georgia Music,
BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/WB Music Corp.,
P ASCAP/Tar-Cam-Knox Music, ASCAP/Thankful For This
PETER PAN S ongs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music,
Music, ASCAP ( L.Bryan, D.Davidson, R.Akins, B.Hayslip) 5
ASCAP/ole Purple Cape Music, BMI/Honey Lee Music, BMI
I (K.Ballerini, F.G.Whitehead, J.Lee) 2 3
I GOT A WOMAN M
ijac Music, BMI/Unichappell
PICK UP S ony/ATV Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music,
Music, Inc., BMI (R.Charles, R.J.Richard) 3 5
ASCAP/Round Hill Songs Jimmy Robbins, ASCAP/
Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown
Universal, Inc., BMI/Morendorffin Music, BMI (J.Johnston,
Music, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three
J.Robbins, A.Dorff) 3 4
Mules Music, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (T. Rosen, S.Hunt,
S.McAnally) 3 9
R IT ALL STARTED WITH A BEER S ony/ATV
Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP/Nettwerk One
B Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada House Music,
BMI/Ole Red Cape Songs, ASCAP/Real Big Red Tunes,
ASCAP (J.Johnston, N.Mason, J.S.Stover) 2 5
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) 4 1
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 4
A LITTLE MORE LOVE S mack Hits, GMR/
Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/HappyGoWrucke,
BMI/Creative Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs,
BMI/Hello Jerry, SESAC (S.McAnally, R.Copperman, N.Hemby,
K.Neumann) 5 0
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)
46
LOVIN’ LATELY B ig Love Music, BMI/Songs Of
Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/J Money
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/StyleSonic Music, LLC, BMI ( W.K.Alphin, J.D.Rich,
T.McGraw) 4 2
RECORD YEAR S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Longer And Louder Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs, BMI/
Mammaw’s Fried Okra Music, BMI (E.Church, J.Hyde) 1 5
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 9
ROOTS M
usic Of Big Deal, BMI/The Stennis Mightier
Music, BMI/Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America,
Inc., BMI/Dead Aim Music, BMI/Young Guns Publishing,
LLC, BMI/ Parallel Music Publishing, LLC, BMI (J.Mullins,
B.Stennis, B.Bollinger) 4 8
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 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 ( B.Young, K.Archer,
J.Ebach) 4 5
SNAPBACK C arrot Seed Songs, ASCAP/Smackville
Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music,
ASCAP/Unfair Entertainment, ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal,
ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Wooden Ships, ASCAP
(M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi) 6
SOMEWHERE ON A BEACH P eermusic
III, Ltd., BMI/Peertunes, Ltd., SESAC/Jaron Boyer
Music, SESAC/BMG Silver Songs, SESAC/Fuego Songs
Publishing, SESAC/David Ryan Music, ASCAP/The Real
Brain Publishing, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Music
Of The Corn, ASCAP ( M.Tyler, J.Boyer, A.Palmer, D.Kuncio,
J.Mirenda) 2
SOUTHERN BOY S ongs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Creative Nation Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI/
Creative Pulse Music, BMI/Pulse Nation, BMI/ole Songs
Of Countrywood, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP ( L.
Laird, B.Dean, J.S.Stover) 4 7
STAND BY YOUR MAN E MI Al Gallico Music
Corp, BMI ( T.Wynette, B.Sherrill) 3 6
T THINK OF YOU E MI Blackwood Music Inc.,
BMI/Goodbye Pants Music, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Songs From The Rose Hotel,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/EMI Foray Music, SESAC/
Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC ( C.Young, C.Crowder, J.Hoge) 3
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) 4 3
T-SHIRT E xternal Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/
Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI/
Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP
(A.Gorley, L.Laird, S.McAnally) 7
U UNLOVE YOU Jennifer Nettles Publishing, ASCAP/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/Highway 508 Songs,
ASCAP (J. Nettles, B.Clark) 3 1
W WASN’T THAT DRUNK Thankful For This
Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Universal Music
Corporation, ASCAP ( M.J.McGinn, N.A.Medley, E.L.Weisband)
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 6
Y YOU LOOK LIKE I NEED A DRINK R ound
Hill Works, BMI/Farm Town Songs, BMI/Big Loud Proud
Crowd, BMI/Round Hill Songs BLS JV, ASCAP/Big Loud
Proud Songs, ASCAP/HappyGoWrucke, BMI/Creative
Pulse Music, BMI/These Are Pulse Songs, BMI (R.Clawson,
M.Dragstrem, N.Hemby) 2 6
YOU SHOULD BE HERE S ony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP
(C.Swindell, A.Gorley) 1 2
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
CODA
30 Years Ago
‘Grandpa’
Joined The
Judds For A
No. 1 Hit
The mother/daughter tandem
earned one of its 14 Hot
Country Songs leaders
MAY 9, 2016 | PAGE 22 OF 22
On May 10, 1986, The Judds —
Naomi, then 40, and d
­ aughter
W y n o n n a , 21 — to p p e d Ho t
­C ountry Songs with a tale about
simplicity and family, “Grandpa
(Tell Me ’Bout the Good Old Days),”
penned by Jamie O’ Hara.
The Judds made 25 Hot Country
Songs appearances from 1983-91,
including 14 No. 1s; only Brooks &
Dunn have earned more toppers (20)
among duos in the chart’s history.
A fter Naomi (also mother of
­actress Ashley Judd) was ­diagnosed
w i t h H e p a t i t i s C , ­W y n o n n a
launched a solo career, scoring
four No. 1s and 11 top 10s on Hot
Country Songs b
­ eginning in 1992.
Wynonna & The Big Noise ­(featuring
Wy non na’s ­h u sba nd, C a c t u s
Moser, formerly of H
­ ighway 101)
hit No. 14 on Top Country Albums
in March (after Wynonna had tallied 10 top 10 sets).
The Judds have reunited for special projects, including a 1994 Super
Bowl halftime ­performance and the
2011 OWN reality TV show The
Judds. Their new ­compilation, Love
Can Build a Bridge: Songs of Faith,
Hope & Love, was r­ eleased May 6
(digitally, as well as p
­ hysically) as a
Cracker Barrel e
­ xclusive.
—JIM ASKER
The Judds
performing
live, circa
1985.
CRAIG SJODIN/ABC VIA GETTY IMAGES
R EW I N D I N G
THE
C O U N T RY
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