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Country Update
Country Update
BILLBOARD.COM/NEWSLETTERS
INSIDE
Alabama On The
Boom Box, Baby —
And The Chart
>page 4
Remembering
Fan Clubhouse CEO
Sharon Eaves
>page 8
Rogers Retires,
Strait Returns
>page 9
Taylor, Kacey, FGL
Bring Extra Muscle
>page 9
Makin’ Tracks: Rascal
Flatts’ ‘I Like The
Sound Of That’
>page 13
Stark Report:
Thomas Rhett Talks
Pressure, Sunshine
>page 14
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 1 OF 19
[email protected]
Johnny Cash’s ‘Sunday Morning’
Coming Up Again In Modern Country
A dozen years after Johnny Cash’s death, he has become something of a mythical figure. Heidi Newfield’s “Johnny and June,”
Jason Aldean’s “Johnny Cash,” George Strait’s album cut
“House of Cash” and Rainey Qualley’s current single “Me
and Johnny Cash” all owe an obvious debt to the Man in Black.
So in an era when upbeat party songs have reigned in the
genre, it wouldn’t be out of the norm to expect songwriters who
want to reference a Cash song would turn to his rabble-rousing
“Folsom Prison Blues,” the devotional pledge “I Walk the Line”
or the cheery-sounding “Ring of Fire.”
Instead, three songs released in 2015 have engaged the dour
“Sunday Morning Coming Down,” in which a hungover single
male looks at the world around him and wallows in loneliness.
CASH
“It’s a song of desolation,” says Johnny
Cash Museum founder Bill Miller. “It’s a
song of somebody being down and out and
in search of things, and it does seem out of
step with what’s going on in today’s contemporary country music lyrics.”
The title made its first appearance this year
in the Keith Urban/Eric Church duet “Raise
’Em Up” — currently nominated for Country
Music Association (CMA) musical event of the
year — in the setup to a funeral: “Black umbrellas in the pourin’ rain/Sunday morning
coming down, Amazing Grace.”
Urban recycled the reference in his current
“John Cougar, John Deere, John 3:16” (No. 2, Country Airplay),
mentioning “Sunday Morning” and its author, Kris Kristofferson, amid such iconic cultural landmarks as John Wayne,
Superman and Don McLean’s “American Pie.”
Then there’s Michael Ray’s “Real Men Love Jesus” (No. 48,
Country Airplay), which contrasts “Saturday nights out on the
town” with “Sunday Morning Coming Down,” pointing to the
complex mix of hard exterior and vulnerable sensitivity that’s
a hallmark of a developed 21st-century male.
“There’s been a thing happening with that song, ‘Sunday
Morning Coming Down,’ ” concedes Ray, “but it’s because it’s
the truth. That’s what country music is — it’s honesty. It’s truth.”
Released during an era when the 45-rpm
single was king, “Sunday Morning” has a double 45th anniversary in October. It topped the
Billboard country singles chart dated Oct. 10,
1970, then earned Kristofferson song of the
year honors from the CMA four days later. It’s
the only time in history that a song reached
those two peaks in such a short span of time.
But in some ways, its accomplishments have
been overshadowed by the mystique of its presentation. For starters, it has been connected to a rift
between Kristofferson and management at the
Columbia Recording Studios, where he worked
as a janitor. Songwriters had been banned from
attending artists’ sessions, which prevented him
from pitching songs to Cash when the Man in
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Black visited the studio. So Kristofferson — according to the legend — flew a helicopter to Cash’s home to deliver the “Sunday Morning” demo in person.
“That’s true,” Cash told Musician magazine in the 1980s. “He fell out of
that helicopter with a beer in one hand and a tape in the other, and said, ‘By
God, I’m gonna get a song to you one way or another.’ ”
However, record producer-author John Carter Cash says Kristofferson
disputes that story.
“Kris did land a helicopter in my dad’s yard, gave my dad a song, and Kris
was rather drunk when he did it,” says John Carter. “And Kris will tell the story
right now that it was not ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down,’ and that the song
he gave my dad was not very good. It’s become this great myth.”
But another piece of the “Sunday Morning” folklore is indisputable. The
single came from an ABC taping of The Johnny Cash Show at Nashville’s Ryman
Auditorium, and network censors told Cash that one line in the song — “Lord,
I wish that I was stoned” — needed to be changed. They suggested he replace
the word “stoned” with “home.”
Instead, Cash sang “stoned,” delivering it with added emphasis while gazing into the Ryman balcony where Kristofferson was seated. Cash was, in effect, taking a stand for artistic integrity, putting himself on the line in a way
that impressed Kristofferson immensely.
“He’s got that combination of [Abraham] Lincoln and total wild man, a
very spiritual guy who’s about to explode any moment,” said Kristofferson
in 2005. “So the tension, I think, is what made him so powerful onstage.”
The tension in “Sunday Morning” is part of why the song has become an
ideal reference point for modern country songs. Cash and Kristofferson are
both iconic Country Music Hall of Fame members, and the performance itself embraces both the bitter and the sweet. An orchestra — complete with
strings, a horn section and a tinkly bell tree — provides a sense of structure,
while Cash’s deep, powerful voice lends an ominous weight to the isolation
that the song’s character is experiencing.
“It’s such a personal insight into one’s life and one’s emptiness,” notes John
Carter. “And of course, my dad became known for looking at himself and being
able to expose himself and not lose his dignity. This is a forerunner for a song
like ‘Hurt’ where my dad could say, ‘This is who I am, and I’m not ashamed
of it,’ and then suddenly people relate to it. Dad had that nearly supernatural
ability to do that, and there’s not many artists who can.”
Meanwhile, the “Sunday Morning” references will likely stop. All three of
the songs that call attention to it — “Raise ’Em Up,” “John Cougar, John Deere,
John 3:16” and “Real Men Love Jesus” — were written before any of them appeared on the radio, so none of the writers knew that anyone else was mentioning
“Sunday Morning.” But now that the phrase is out there, it’s no longer unique.
“There’s a record rep we had that called me one Sunday morning drunk
from a parking lot, and he was listening to ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down’
over and over again in his car,” says “Real Men” songwriter Brad Warren.
“I was like, ‘Man, that song means a lot to some people.’ But I think we’ve
reached our limit on how often you can say ‘Sunday Morning Coming Down.’ ”
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 2 OF 19
George Strait surprised America’s Morning Show by appearing in
person for a Sept. 25 guest slot instead of doing a phone interview.
From left are AMS co-hosts Ashley Figueroa and Chuck Wicks, Strait
and AMS co-host Blair Garner.
Jerrod Niemann huddled with WDXB Birmingham personnel when he
played a show in the city. From left are iHeartMedia/Alabama senior
vp of programming Tom Hanrahan, iHeartMedia/Alabama marketing director Lacey Walker, WDXB personality Madison, Niemann and
iHeart/Birmingham market manager Ray Quinn.
Rick Monroe visited the KTTS Springfield, Mo., morning show during
a stop on the Jagermeister Country series of concerts. From left are
KTTS morning co-host Summer Stevens, Monroe and KTTS morning
co-host Rick Moore.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 4 OF 19
ON THE CHARTS JIM ASKER [email protected]
Alabama’s Southern Drawl Charts Swift
Progress; Strait Makes A Country Airplay ‘Run’
Alabama’s Southern Drawl (TGA/BMG), the band’s first album of original
songs since 2001’s When It All Goes South, opens at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top
Country Albums chart (dated Oct. 10) with 21,000 copies sold in the week
ending Sept. 24, according to Nielsen Music. No. 1 belongs to Luke Bryan,
whose Kill the Lights (Capitol Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville)
rises 2-1 (up 1 percent to 27,000) for a sixth total week on top.
Drawl marks Alabama’s best rank and sales sum on Top Country Albums since
Songs of Inspiration became the act’s 11th No. 1 on Nov. 11, 2006 with 44,000
first-week copies sold. Alabama’s core members, cousins Randy Owen, Teddy
Gentry and Jeff Cook, steer the new album, the group’s 44th on Top Country Albums. The band first charted with 1980’s My Home’s in Alabama, which
reached No. 3. Alabama has notched 33 No. 1s on Hot
Country Songs, the most among groups; Drawl’s lead
ALABAMA
single, “Wasn’t Through Lovin’ You Yet,” has not yet
reached the chart.
Drawl was sold through traditional outlets, as well
as Cracker Barrel stores, whose version includes two
exclusive songs (“Backwoods Boogie” and “I’ve Got
Some Lovin’ “), and QVC.
“I’m thankful,” Owen tells Billboard. “It’s
amazing happiness on a huge scale. I appreciate
everyone’s hard work from management, label,
agency and public relations. This means a lot to us,
[that] after 40 years people still enjoy Alabama.”
ALSO ARRIVING Debuting at No. 3 on Top Country
Albums is the self-titled album by Turnpike Troubadours (Bossier City/Thirty Tigers) (19,000).
Their lone prior entry, 2012’s Goodbye Normal Street, peaked at No. 14 (8,000).
While no single is marked for commercial country radio, Thirty Tigers president David Macias is focusing on the music. “We have been with these guys a
long time [since 2010]. We’ve been building their fan base since the beginning,
and for this album we wanted to make sure they knew about it. We did aggressive pre-release campaigns in several places, including iTunes.”
Also on Top Country Albums, a cappella group Home Free’s Country Evolution (Columbia) bows at No. 4 (10,000). It’s the third and strongest showing
on the survey for the group that won the 2013 season of NBC’s The Sing-Off.
Crazy Life and Full of Cheer, both released in 2014, reached Nos. 8 and No. 12,
respectively.
ANOTHER WEEK FOR ‘DAY’ Kenny Chesney’s “Save It for a Rainy Day”
(Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville) reigns for a second week, up 6 percent to
50.9 million audience impressions. It’s the first song to hold the top position
for at least two weeks since Blake Shelton’s “Sangria” (Warner Music Nashville) (July 11 and July 18). In between, 10 songs spent a week each at No. 1.
‘BEER’ RUN At his Sept. 22 press conference,
George Strait announced his 2016 Strait to Vegas
concert dates. He also unveiled a brand new single
and album, that proved to be almost complete surprise to most in the industry beforehand. Cold Beer
Conversation (MCA Nashville) was released Sept.
25, along with the title cut, which soars onto Country Airplay at No. 35 (4.5 million). The bow is Strait’s
highest since “Here for a Good Time” rolled in at
No. 29 on June 25, 2011.
With Strait’s career having brought countless
milestones, the launch of the new album and single
marks another coup, says MCA vp promotion Katie
Dean. “Prior to the press conference, very few people knew the launch plan for the project. It was a true
integrated team effort.”
SOMETHING OLD, SOMETHING NEW Finally, a new feature joins the Billboard Country Update, the Coda, which will close each edition with a noteworthy highlight from more than 70 years of Billboard country chart history.
Go to page 19 for the first Coda (based on the Billboard magazine feature),
spotlighting the 1990 debut of Garth Brooks’ landmark No Fences album.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 5 OF 19
Country Airplay
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
WKS
ON
CHART
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
THIS WEEK
+/–
THIS WEEK
+/–
RANK
1
l
2
l
3
l
4
l
5
l
6
l
7
l
8
l
1
15
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville HH No. 1 (2 weeks) HH Kenny Chesney
50.877
+2.807
8321
441
2
1
2
16
JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16 H
it Red/Capitol Nashville
4
23
LOSE MY MIND A
tlantic/WMN
6
8
STRIP IT DOWN C apitol Nashville
Keith Urban
50.813
+3.489
8579
585
Brett Eldredge
45.922
+1.242
7902
124
3
Luke Bryan
41.206
+4.370
6900
871
4
7
16
ANYTHING GOES R epublic Nashville
Florida Georgia Line
34.914
+2.431
6012
378
5
35
BREAK UP WITH HIM R CA Nashville
Old Dominion
33.901
+3.956
5515
554
10
9
6
Carrie Underwood
33.571
+3.004
5501
330
11
SMOKE BREAK 1 9/Arista Nashville
8
47
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT D
ack Janiels/Columbia Nashville
3
22
BUY ME A BOAT W
arner Bros./WAR
l
11
l
1
l2
13
l
14
l
15
l
1
l6
17
l
12
25
Chase Rice
32.662
+0.766
5733
129
7
Chris Janson
32.478
-14.364
5853
-2388
6
LET ME SEE YA GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
31.849
+2.805
5548
430
8
Maddie & Tae
31.347
+0.954
5530
176
9
Dan + Shay
29.386
+2.747
5029
473
12
Blake Shelton
28.449
+2.176
4549
264
13
14
10
36
FLY D
ot
13
32
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU W
arner Bros./WAR
14
10
GONNA W
arner Bros./WMN
15
18
20
9
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B roken Bow
18
8
TOP OF THE WORLD M
cGraw/Big Machine
19
14
18
17
18
REAL LIFE R CA Nashville
l
20
l
21
l
2
l2
23
l
2
l4
25
l
26
l
27
l
2
l8
29
l
30
l
21
26
STAY A LITTLE LONGER E MI Nashville
23
34
ALREADY CALLIN’ YOU MINE S toney Creek
22
37
RUN AWAY WITH YOU B $R/New Revolution
24
13
DIBS B lack River
25
31
19
PLAYS
11
9
10
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
Chris Young
24.495
+2.990
4124
457
Jason Aldean
21.423
+3.735
3760
601
17
Tim McGraw
20.851
+1.002
3776
189
16
BURNING HOUSE A
rista NashvilleCam
20.169
+1.009
3834
166
15
19
I’M COMIN’ OVER R CA Nashville
HH Airpower HH
Jake Owen
16.977
-2.908
3204
-403
Brothers Osborne
15.705
+0.580
3061
241
21
Parmalee
15.246
+1.144
3182
196
20
Big & Rich
15.212
+0.789
3349
127
18
Kelsea Ballerini
12.848
+1.143
2686
235
22
I LOVE THIS LIFE R eviverLoCash
11.704
+0.971
2253
238
24
23
26
31
I GOT THE BOY E lektra Nashville/WAR
27
19
21 A
tlantic/WMN
32
4
COUNTRY NATION A
rista Nashville
28
7
31
17
WE WENT S toney Creek
30
24
LITTLE BIT OF YOU R ed Bow
29
13
(THIS AIN’T NO) DRUNK DIAL R epublic Nashville
LIVE FOREVER R epublic Nashville
HH Airpower HH
HH Breaker HH
Jana Kramer
11.223
+0.942
2454
163
Hunter Hayes
9.877
+1.020
2060
71
25
Brad Paisley
7.462
+2.532
1373
401
29
The Band Perry
6.464
+0.398
1493
154
28
Randy Houser
6.217
+1.094
1662
230
26
Chase Bryant
6.051
+0.320
1587
122
27
A Thousand Horses
5.854
+0.076
1253
63
31
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WEEK
LAST
WEEK
WKS
ON
CHART
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l
32
l
3
l3
34
l
35
l
3
l6
37
l
38
l
44
4
34
14
Country Airplay
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
+/–
RANK
Sam Hunt
5.733
+3.168
971
509
36
Dierks Bentley
5.046
+0.402
1182
56
33
Darius Rucker
4.922
+0.082
1197
7
32
Lee Brice
4.557
+0.473
1366
-10
30
COLD BEER CONVERSATION M
CA NashvilleHH Hot Shot Debut/Breaker/Most Increased Audience HHGeorge Strait
4.450
+4.450
585
585
41
34
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN M
CA Nashville
HH Breaker/Most Added HH
RISER C apitol Nashville
18
SOUTHERN STYLE C apitol Nashville
37
16
THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU C urb
36
10
BLUE BANDANA S ea Gayle/Arista Nashville
Jerrod Niemann
4.256
+0.003
1110
55
40
2
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B ig Machine
Rascal Flatts
4.017
+0.768
955
244
37
39
17
DRINKIN’ TOWN WITH A FOOTBALL PROBLEM M
ercury
Billy Currington
3.616
+0.305
845
56
39
38
10
YUP M
ercury
l
41
l
4
l2
43
l
14
WHITE LIGHTNING B ig Machine
41
16
50
3
44
43
10
AIN’T NO TRUCKS IN TEXAS N
ash Icon/Valory
45
l
4
l6
47
l
48
l
46
12
48
5
49
3
BOY & A GIRL THING C urb
51
3
49
45
10
l
51
l
52
l
53
l
54
l
55
l
5
l6
57
l
5
l8
59
l
47
9
60
PLAYS
THIS WEEK
42
50
AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)
+/–
39
40
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
THIS WEEK
33
NEW
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Easton Corbin
3.156
-0.246
641
-14
40
The Cadillac Three
2.981
+0.224
930
1
38
Thomas Rhett
2.969
+2.247
440
355
51
DIE A HAPPY MAN V alory
NEW
Craig Campbell
2.951
+0.163
976
26
35
Zac Brown Band
2.892
+1.125
552
271
45
Ronnie Dunn
2.493
-0.158
509
-20
47
BACKROAD SONG W
heelhouse
Granger Smith
2.476
+0.241
266
48
-
PAIN KILLER C apitol Nashville
Little Big Town
2.287
+0.481
563
74
44
Mo Pitney
2.155
+0.350
402
13
52
46
TOMORROW TONIGHT R ed Bow
BEAUTIFUL DRUG J ohn Varvatos/Republic/BMLG/Southern Ground
Michael Ray
2.107
+0.342
527
144
Andy Grammer Duet With Eli Young Band
2.031
-0.389
231
-61
-
David Nail
1.949
+0.063
573
17
43
58
REAL MEN LOVE JESUS A
tlantic/WEA
HONEY, I’M GOOD. S -Curve/Valory
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
CA Nashville
52
6
UNTIL THEY DON’T LOVE YOU S tarstruck/Nash Icon/ValoryReba
1.851
+0.168
314
25
55
4
STONE COLD SOBER V alory
Brantley Gilbert
1.730
+0.469
362
-3
55
54
6
HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
ercury
Canaan Smith
1.496
+0.193
472
43
49
Eric Church
1.490
+0.392
178
57
-
Tyler Farr
1.475
+0.439
496
79
48
Cassadee Pope
1.406
+0.193
351
27
56
Scotty McCreery
1.338
+0.213
350
23
57
Clare Dunn
1.305
-0.019
467
10
50
59
2
ROLLER COASTER RIDE E MI Nashville
60
5
BETTER IN BOOTS C olumbia Nashville
56
4
I AM INVINCIBLE R epublic Nashville
58
2
SOUTHERN BELLE 1 9/Interscope/Mercury
53
11
MOVE ON M
CA Nashville
57
8
BAD FOR YOU B ig Machine
NEW
I MET A GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN
Waterloo Revival
1.221
+0.024
574
31
42
William Michael Morgan
0.999
-0.022
296
-9
59
GOING FOR ADDS
10/5
AMBER HAYES
Hero’s Heart
AOK/GMV Nashville
ERIC PASLAY
High Class
EMI Nashville
SWINDLE: WMN
10
COLE
SWINDELL
Let Me See
Ya Girl
The fourth single from Cole Swindell’s
debut album enters the Country Airplay top
10 (12-10) with a 10 percent increase to
31.8 million audience impressions. On Hot
Country Songs, it steps 15-14 (up 6 percent).
10/12
CURTIS BRALY FEAT.
KIMBERLY CALDWELL
Sooner Or Later
Studio Gold Nashville
10/19
GEORGE STRAIT
Cold Beer Conversation
MCA Nashville
CHRIS JANSON
Power Of Positive Drinkin’
Warner Bros./WAR
GRANGER SMITH
Backroad Song
Wheelhouse
DYLAN SCOTT
Crazy Over Me
Curb
PRESLEY & TAYLOR
While You Were Gone
SMG Nashville
LINDSAY ELL
By The Way
Stoney Creek
TYLER DIAL
Damn Good Time
Room To Run/WingHorse
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 7 OF 19
Country Airplay
MOST ADDED®
AIRPLAY
MONITORED BY
NEW AND ACTIVE
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist ADDS
41
41
24
19
17
17
14
10
9
8
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
COLD BEER CONVERSATION M
CA Nashville
George Strait
COUNTRY NATION A
rista Nashville
Brad Paisley
DIE A HAPPY MAN V
alory
Thomas Rhett
STAY A LITTLE LONGER E MI Nashville
Brothers Osborne
BEAUTIFUL DRUG V
arvatos/Southern Ground/BMLG/Republic Zac Brown Band
I’M COMIN’ OVER R
CA Nashville
Chris Young
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
REAL MEN LOVE JESUS A
tlantic/WEA
Michael Ray
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B
ig Machine
Rascal Flatts
0.983
26
6
Dustin Lynch
0.558
7
6
Love And Theft
0.548
18
0
C
raig Morgan
0.537
9
4
J
oe Nichols
0.411
10
5
Canaan Smith
0.363
2
0
MIND READER B
roken Bow
WHISKEY ON MY BREATH T hirty Tigers
WHEN I’M GONE B
lack River
FREAKS LIKE ME R
ed Bow
STUCK M
ercury Nashville
ADDS
Jon Pardi
HEAD OVER BOOTS C
apitol Nashville
RECURRENTS
MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE
GAIN
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist (IN MIILIONS)
COLD BEER CONVERSATION M
CA Nashville
George Strait
STRIP IT DOWN C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
BREAK UP WITH HIM R
CA Nashville
Old Dominion
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16 H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN M
CA Nashville
S
am Hunt
SMOKE BREAK 1 9/Arista Nashville
Carrie Underwood
I’M COMIN’ OVER R
CA Nashville
Chris Young
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
K
enny Chesney
LET ME SEE YA GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
TOTAL
TOTAL
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist AUDIENCE STATIONS
+4.450
+4.370
+3.956
+3.735
+3.489
+3.168
+3.005
+2.990
+2.807
+2.805
THIS
WEEK TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
TOTAL AUD.
(IN MILLIONS)
1
CRASH AND BURN V
alory
Thomas Rhett
28.356
2
HOUSE PARTY M
CA NashvilleSam Hunt
25.203
3
HELL OF A NIGHT B
roken BowDustin Lynch
19.862
4
LONG STRETCH OF LOVE C
apitol NashvilleLady Antebellum
19.858
5
KISS YOU IN THE MORNING A
tlantic/WEA
Michael Ray
17.316
6
YOUNG & CRAZY W
arner Bros./WARFrankie Ballard
16.097
7
TONIGHT LOOKS GOOD ON YOU B
roken BowJason Aldean
14.885
8
HOMEGROWN J ohn Varvatos/Republic/BMLG/Southern GroundZac Brown Band
14.627
9
SANGRIA W
arner Bros./WMNBlake Shelton
14.609
10
LOVE YOU LIKE THAT Mercury
Canaan Smith
14.370
BILLBOARD COUNTRY BOXSCORE
MOST INCREASED PLAYS
TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
GAIN
STRIP IT DOWN C
apitol Nashville
Luke Bryan
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B
roken Bow
Jason Aldean
JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16 H
it Red/Capitol Nashville Keith Urban
COLD BEER CONVERSATION M
CA Nashville
George Strait
BREAK UP WITH HIM R
CA Nashville
Old Dominion
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN M
CA Nashville
Sam Hunt
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU W
arner Bros./WAR
Dan + Shay
I’M COMIN’ OVER R
CA Nashville
Chris Young
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY B
lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
Kenny Chesney
LET ME SEE YA GIRL W
arner Bros./WMN
Cole Swindell
+871
+601
+585
+585
+554
+509
+473
+457
+441
+430
Gross
Artist
Attendance
$796,651
$65.50, $25.50
$790,511
$151, $50.50
$778,225
$59.75, $25
$756,562
$79, $35
$749,465
$151, $50.50
JASON ALDEAN
Klipsch Music Center, Noblesville, Ind./Aug. 21
SHANIA TWAIN
Staples Center, Los Angeles/Aug. 20
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
XFINITY Theatre, Hartford/Sept. 11
KENNY CHESNEY
Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland/July 9
SHANIA TWAIN
Honda Center, Anaheim/Aug. 19
24,417
sellout
8,198
9,930
24,031
sellout
12,151
13,300
7,307
9,236
Ticket Price(s)
Venue/Date(s)
Capacity
Promoter(s)
LIVE NATION
AEG LIVE
LIVE NATION
THE MESSINA
GROUP/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 SEPTEMBER 27, 2015
THIS
WEEK
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
1
l
2
l
3
l
4
l
5
l
6
l
13
10
LADY BUG (Independent)
7
5
22
OLD WITH YOU ( Independent)
8
l
9
l
10
l
11
17
TEASIN’ ME (Hammer Down)
14
10
LOSER ( Almost Country)
15
11
PHONE CALLS (BGM)
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
THIS
WEEK
LAST WKS ON
WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST
2
15
REAL COOL HAND (No Big Deal) HH 1 week at 1 HH Reckless Kelly 1746
183
11
1
25
LIVIN’ THE GOOD LIFE (RROC)
3
13
DOWN HERE (Independent)
Turnpike Troubadours 1619
103
12
l
16
14
YOU DREAM I’LL DRIVE (Independent)
8
18
LIFE COMES AT YOU FAST ( Independent)
Bart Crow Band 1476
137
13
12
17
WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND ( Independent)
6
19
SMILE THAT SMILE ( Independent)
Curtis Grimes 1466
29
14
l
17
14
GIRLS I DATE ( Independent)
9
10
DAMN THIS OL’ HONKY TONK DREAM (KF) Kevin Fowler & Deryl Dodd 1425
98
15
7
20
WHILE I WAS AWAY (Independent)
199
16
4
22
EASY ( Independent)
Cory Morrow 1352 -108
17
l
18
l
18
20
DON’T OWN THE RIGHT (Boo Clap/Thirty Tigers)
19
15
UNDONE ( Independent)
Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen 1376
Miles Williams 1337
26
Casey Donahew Band 1278
115
19
10
27
SHELTER FROM THE RAIN (Independent)
TJ Broscoff 1244
127
20
l
20
14
I DON’T (Winding Road)
TW
SPINS
SPINS
+/–
Matt Kimbrow 1220 -586
Josh Grider 1187
90
Kyle Park 1174
-36
Mike Ryan 1156
87
Pat Green 1137
-254
Cody Canada & The Departed 1131
-330
Uncle Lucius 1066
19
Statesboro Revue 1060
55
Whiskey Myers 1038 -284
Saints Eleven 1016
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 2015, Texas Regional Radio Report
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BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 8 OF 19
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
A tireless supporter of St. Jude, Eaves spearheaded numerous creative fund­
raising initiatives involving the artists she worked with and their fans. Those
campaigns raised tens of thousands of dollars for the hospital.
Lonestar reportedly dedicated its song “Just the Rain” to Eaves during the
band’s Sept. 25 concert in Concord, N.C. Most of her other star clients took
to social media to express their sorrow.
Eaves is survived by husband Tom Harding and teenage son Cameron
Harding. A celebration of her life is being planned. —Phyllis Stark
MOVERS & SHAKERS
Blake Shelton made a Sept. 23 stop at iHeartMedia’s The Bobby Bones
Show during several packed days of promotion in Nashville for the Oct.
23 release Reloaded: 20 #1 Hits. He’s pictured with Bones (right).
SHARON EAVES REMEMBERED
Fan Clubhouse CEO Sharon Eaves, who spent 25 years handling fan-services
functions for the likes of Brad Paisley, Gary Allan and Scotty McCreery,
died Sept. 25 from a sudden illness.
Eaves’ company, founded in 1990, provides professional fan club
management, merchandise fulfillment, social media expertise, e-marketing
campaigns and database management services for numerous artists. Separately, Eaves also handled artist management duties for some of her clients,
including Richie McDonald and Bryan White.
A 15-year member of St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital’s music
industry advisory council, Eaves collapsed during that group’s meeting at a
Nashville hotel Friday morning and could not be revived. She was believed
to have been 58.
Wheelhouse artist Granger Smith visited WIL St. Louis as he
conducted a radio promotion tour behind his label debut, “Backroad
Song.” From left are Wheelhouse vp promotion Teddi Bonadies, WIL
personality Jim Day, Smith, WIL assistant PD/music director Danny
Montana, WIL talent Judi Diamond, Wheelhouse Midwest/Southwest
regional Jennifer Shaffer and WIL personality Bo Matthews.
The CW has extended its agreement with iHeartMedia to air the annual iHeartRadio Music Festival as a TV special. Highlights from 2015’s multigenre lineup,
which included country acts Kenny Chesney and Blake Shelton, air on the
CW Sept. 29-30 … Cox Media hired Laurissa Phillips as chief creative officer/
GM for its new website RareCountry.com. Phillips spent the last two years
as editorial consultant/producer for ABC’s In the Spotlight: All Access Nashville … Katie Toupal is joining KZPK St. Cloud, Minn., in mornings, leaving a
vacancy on the morning squad at KBLL Helena, Mt. Interested applicants can
send packages to Cherry Creek/Helena operations manager Dale Desmond
here … Tim “JR” Hayes joined KORA Bryan-College Station, Texas, as music
director/afternoon-drive host, replacing Colt Gresham, who left broadcasting for a teaching position. Hayes was most recently afternoon talent/assistant
production director for KLLL Lubbock, Texas. Reach him here … Alpha Media/
Fredericksburg, Va., promoted Ralph Salierno to market manager from director of sales. The cluster’s outlets include country WFLS … KSTZ HD-2 Des
Moines, Iowa, launched Sept. 24 as a classic-country station, KCCI-TV Des
Moines reported … Forever Media is purchasing two stations in York, Pa., including country WGTY, from Times and News Publishing Company, according
to The Hanover (Pa.) Evening Sun. No personnel changes are expected … CBS
Radio/Minneapolis-St. Paul market manager Mick Anselmo will retire at
the end of the year, InsideRadio.com reported. The three-station cluster includes country KMNB … Marc Radio/Gainesville, Fla., tapped Dave Cobb as
GM, according to RadioInfo.com. Among the seven stations in his jurisdiction are classic country WDVH. Cobb was most recently vp strategic planning
for media company Local Voice … Also from RadioInfo.com: iHeartMedia/
Louisville (Ky.) market president Bill Gentry left his position. The eight-station
cluster includes country WAMZ.
’ROUND THE ROW
Republic Nashville promoted Phoenix-based Lois Lewis to senior director of
regional promotion from director. Reach her here … Thirty Tigers added Traci
Gholson as regional director of promotion, based in Richmond, Va. She was formerly East Coast manager
of promotion for Quarterback. Reach her here … Nashville-based Brian
Mansfield joins Shore Fire
Media as content director
on Oct. 13, developing
social-media strategies and material for the
company’s roster, which
LEWIS
MANSFIELD
includes multiple genres
and non-music clients. He
was senior music writer for USA Today … Kay Waggoner has joined Absolute
Publicity as senior publicist … Four songwriters inked publishing deals, including Neil Thrasher (“How Country Feels,” “Night Train”), who re-signed
with peermusic; Aaron Scherz (“Girl in a Country Song”), who inked with
Live Write Play; singer/songwriter Alysa Vanderheym, who joined Major
Bob; and Adam Hambrick, signed to ole and to Jeremy Stover’s Red Creative Group … The Mountain Fever label signed singer-songwriter Irene Kelley … Lone Star PR has added Cameran Nelson and the Houston Livestock
Show and Rodeo to its roster … Leadership Music will recognize Reba McEntire, former Country Music Association executive director Jo Walker-Meador
and Opry Entertainment Group president Steve Buchanan during the annual
Dale Franklin Awards on Nov. 16 in Nashville … The historic RCA Studio A
complex will hold an open house from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. on Oct. 3.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 9 OF 19
NASHVILLE & NATIONAL TOM ROLAND
ON THIS DATE IN COUNTRY MUSIC
Odd how retirement works in the country music business. Kenny Rogers announced Sept. 25 that he will retire from the road following his 2016 world
tour. The decision was revealed publicly at a most ironic time. George Strait,
who retired from touring a year ago, released a new album, Cold Beer Conversation, on Sept. 25 with only three days’ notice — the same time he announced plans to play a minimum of
four shows in Las Vegas in 2016. Meanwhile, Garth Brooks — who returned
to the road in 2014 after retiring from
touring for more than a decade to raise
his daughters — is currently a Country
Music Association nominee for entertainer of the year.
Sept. 28
2010 — BNA releases the Kenny Chesney album Hemingway’s Whiskey.
Surprises abounded on the concert
stage during the last week. Kacey
Musgraves’ Sept. 23 show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium included a
walk-on by unannounced guest Sheryl
Crow during “If It Makes You Happy.”
Taylor Swift’s two-night stand at the
ROGERS
Bridgestone Arena included drop-ins by
Kelsea Ballerini (“Love Me Like You
Mean It”), Steven Tyler (“I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing”), Alison Krauss
(“When You Say Nothing at All”), Leona Lewis (“Bleeding Love”) and Mick
Jagger (“Satisfaction”). And Florida Georgia Line’s performance in St. Louis
on Sept. 26 closed with a guest shot by Nelly on “Cruise.” Finally, Blake Shelton had a handful of Warner Music Nashville labelmates in the wings during
his free Sept. 23 appearance on Music Row, including Hunter Hayes, Brett
Eldredge and Dan + Shay’s Dan Smyers.
Oct. 1
2011 — “Live from New York”: Lady Antebellum sings “We Owned
the Night” and “Just a Kiss” on NBC’s Saturday Night Live.
2005 — Dierks Bentley is inducted into the Grand Ole Opry, performing “Come a Little Closer” after being introduced by Marty
Stuart.
Mac Davis will be recognized as a BMI Icon during the performing rights
organization’s annual country awards on Nov. 3 in Nashville. In addition to
his own successes as an artist, he wrote such notable titles as Elvis Presley’s
“In the Ghetto,” The First Edition’s “Something’s Burning” and Bobby
Goldsboro’s “Watching Scotty Grow.” Davis joins such BMI Icon company
as Merle Haggard, Dolly Parton, Kris Kristofferson and Tom T. Hall.
Pandora puts the focus on women in country with a free concert for customers
on Oct. 14 at the Altman Building in New York. The event features Martina
McBride, Cassadee Pope and RaeLynn, and brings attention to the T.J.
Martell Foundation and breast cancer research.
•
Sept. 29
2014 — Arista releases Carrie Underwood’s
“Something in the Water” to radio.
Sept. 30
1990 — Oak Ridge Boys sing the national
anthem before the last game ever played at the UNDERWOOD
Chicago White Sox’s original Comiskey Park. The Sox edge the Seattle Mariners, 2-1.
1985 — Steve Earle records “Guitar Town” at Nashville’s Sound Stage.
•
JEREMY COWART
•
•
•
•
Oct. 2
2012 — Taylor Swift spends the day shooting the “Begin Again”
video in Paris.
•
Oct. 3
1995 — Dwight Yoakam halts his rehearsal for the Country Music
Association Awards at the Grand Ole Opry House to watch the verdict
in the O.J. Simpson trial be handed down on TV. Simpson is found
not guilty, and Yoakam goes back to work.
1945 — Ten-year-old Elvis Presley sings in public for the first time
at a talent contest, taking second place with “Old Shep.” He wins $5.
•
•
Oct. 4
2000 — Dixie Chicks win four honors at the 34th annual Country
Music Association Awards at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry House,
including entertainer of the tear; vocal group; album, for Fly; and
music video, for “Goodbye Earl.”
1975 — Willie Nelson picks up his first No. 1 single as an artist on
the Billboard country chart with “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.”
•
•
Source: RolandNote.com, the Ultimate Country Music Database
GOOD WORKS
They’re raising money for a good cause, and it’s a safe bet they won’t doctor
the results.
The Frontmen of Country — three lead singers who front hit-making
bands — will team with blues artist Keb’ Mo’ on Nov. 10 for Healing Hands
Helping Heroes, an event that aids registered nurses and veterans. The Frontmen include Lonestar vocalist Richie McDonald, Little Texas co-founder Tim
Rushlow and Restless Heart lead Larry Stewart, and they’ll run through a
number of their familiar titles at the Rosewall in Nashville.
Eight-seat tables are $3,800, and four-seaters are $1,900. Proceeds go to
the Middle Tennessee chapter of PeriOperative Registered Nurses and Reboot Combat Recovery.
Go here for details.
RICK DIAMOND/GETTY IMAGES
ROGERS: PIPER FERGUSON
MUSIC NOTES
TWEET OF THE WEEK
Ever contemplate how a 1960s TV series would play in the 21st century? Southern comedian Larry the Cable Guy (@GitRDoneLarry) has:
“If Art Linkletter were still alive I wonder if he’d have a show called ‘kids
tweet, Instagram, email, blog and FaceTime the darnedest things’”
To follow BCU, go to Twitter.com/bbcountryupdate.
CMT Instant Jam: Hunter Hayes debuted Sept. 26. From left at the taping
in Lexington, Ky., are Switched On Entertainment executive producer
John Hamlin, CMT senior vp music strategy and talent Leslie Fram,
Hayes and CMT vp music and event production Margaret Comeaux.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 10 OF 19
Hot Country Songs
THIS
WEEK
1
l
2
l
3
1
TWO
WEEKS WKS ON TITLE
AGO
CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)
5
10 STRIP IT DOWN
J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (L.BRYAN,J.M.NITE,R.COPPERMAN)
2
4
4
4
l
5
l
6
1
5
6
7
7
3
7
2
6
8
l
9
l
10
11
l
12
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13
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14
l
15
l
16
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17
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18
19
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20
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21
22
l
23
24
l
25
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ALAINA: JOSEPH LLANES; ALDEAN: JIM WRIGHT
LAST
WEEK
3
12
10
13
12
8
8
11
13
11
14
17
40
23
14
23
25
6
29
16
22
20
HOUSE PARTY
LOSE MY MIND
R. COPPERMAN,B.ELDREDGE (B.ELDREDGE,H.MORGAN,R.COPPERMAN,B.BURTON,T.D.CALLAWAY,G.F.REVERBERI,G.P.REVERBERI)
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY
BUY ME A BOAT
C.JANSON,C.DUBOIS,B.ANDERSON (C.JANSON,C.DUBOIS)
CRASH AND BURN
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (J.FRASURE,C.STAPLETON)
J.JOYCE (C.UNDERWOOD,C. DESTEFANO,H.LINDSEY)
S.MCANALLY (M.RAMSEY,T. ROSEN,B.TURSI,G.SPRUNG,W.SELLERS)
BURNING HOUSE
J.BHASKER,T.JOHNSON (C.OCHS,T.JOHNSON,J.BHASKER)
ANYTHING GOES
J.MOI (F.MCTEIGUE,C.G.TOMPKINS,C.WISEMAN)
I’M COMIN’ OVER
C.CROWDER,C.YOUNG (C.YOUNG,C.CROWDER,J.HOGE)
LET ME SEE YA GIRL
24
16
26
C. DESTEFANO (D.SMYERS,S.MOONEY,A.GORLEY,C. DESTEFANO)
17
17
38
C. DESTEFANO (S.MCANALLY,J.M.NITE,J.ROBBINS)
18
21
9
19
21
22
20
24
23
27
30
20
22
25
18
24
23
31
30
1
18
25
8
23
32
14
9
24
M.CARTER (C.SWINDELL,M.CARTER,J.STEVENS)
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT
GONNA
DIE A HAPPY MAN
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (THOMAS RHETT,S.DOUGLAS,J.SPARGUR)
2
M
CA NASHVILLE
Brett Eldredge
A
TLANTIC/WMN
Kenny Chesney
1
5
Chris Janson
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
0
2
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
0
2
Carrie Underwood
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE
Old Dominion
R
CA NASHVILLE
Cam
A
RISTA NASHVILLE
Florida Georgia Line
R
EPUBLIC NASHVILLE
Chris Young
R
CA NASHVILLE
Cole Swindell
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
Dan + Shay
W
ARNER BROS./WAR
Chase Rice
5
9
8
0
HH Hot Shot Debut HH
S.MCANALLY,R. COPPERMAN (R.COPPERMAN,A.GORLEY,S.MCANALLY,J.OSBORNE)
STAY A LITTLE LONGER
J.JOYCE (J. OSBORNE,T.J. OSBORNE,S.MCANALLY)
TOP OF THE WORLD
B.GALLIMORE,T.MCGRAW (J.ROBBINS,J.M.NITE,J.OSBORNE)
LOVING YOU EASY
13
14
15
Blake Shelton
16
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
Jake Owen
R
CA NASHVILLE
Brothers Osborne
E MI NASHVILLE
Tim McGraw
M
CGRAW/BIG MACHINE
Zac Brown Band
17
17
19
20
4
J OHN VARVATOS/REPUBLIC/BMLG/SOUTHERN GROUND
Z.BROWN (Z.BROWN,N.MOON,A.ANDERSON)
I GOT THE BOY
Jana Kramer
22
Lady Antebellum
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Jason Aldean
B
ROKEN BOW
Sam Hunt
M
CA NASHVILLE
23
E LEKTRA NASHVILLE/WAR
S.HENDRICKS (T.NICHOLS,C.HARRINGTON,J.L.SPEARS)
LONG STRETCH OF LOVE
N.CHAPMAN,LADY ANTEBELLUM (D.HAYWOOD,C.KELLEY,H.SCOTT,J.KEAR)
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE
M.KNOX (B.BEAVERS,BRETT JAMES)
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY)
11
8
W
ARNER BROS./WMN
REAL LIFE
1
4
D
ACK JANIELS/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
S.HENDRICKS (L.LAIRD,C.WISEMAN)
24
JASON
ALDEAN
Gonna
Know We
Were Here
HH Digital Gainer HH
BREAK UP WITH HIM
15
1
B
LUE CHAIR/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (A.DORFF,M.RAMSEY,B.TURSI)
PEAK
POSITION
Keith Urban
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Sam Hunt
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,Z.CROWELL,J.FLOWERS)
SMOKE BREAK
CERTIFIED
Luke Bryan
H
IT RED/CAPITOL NASHVILLE
D.HUFF,K.URBAN (S.MCANALLY,R.COPPERMAN,J.OSBORNE)
16
NEW
Artist
IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL
HH No. 1 (2 weeks)/Airplay Gainer HH
JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16
15
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
12
0
25
39
In its 10th week on Hot Country
Songs, the fourth single from Old Boots,
New Dirt kicks 27-24, up by 22 percent in
overall activity. It’s bolstered by a 21
percent increase on Country Airplay
(20-15) to 21.4 million in audience.
LAUREN
ALAINA
Next
Boyfriend
The first single from her Oct. 2 self-titled
EP debuts at No. 39 on Hot Country Songs
and No. 22 on Country Digital Songs
(10,000 downloads sold). She last graced
Hot Country Songs with “Barefoot and
Buckwild” (No. 34) in 2013.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 11 OF 19
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
THIS
WEEK
LAST
WEEK
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26
TWO
WEEKS WKS ON TITLE
AGO
CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)
DIBS
26
7
27
28
7
28
29
19
31
32
19
33
37
6
34
38
17
35
40
13
42
44
4
37
32
43
35
42
33
47
NEW
40
41
44
49
47
46
45
48
39
—
NEW
48
Brad Paisley
A
RISTA NASHVILLE
Dierks Bentley
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Chase Bryant
R
ED BOW
Miranda Lambert Featuring Little Big Town
R
CA NASHVILLE
Darius Rucker
C
APITOL NASHVILLE
Lauren Alaina
19/INTERSCOPE/MERCURY
A Thousand Horses
R
EPUBLIC NASHVILLE
Jerrod Niemann
S
EA GAYLE/ARISTA NASHVILLE
The Cadillac Three
B
IG MACHINE
Thomas Rhett
V
ALORY
Billy Currington
M
ERCURY
Rascal Flatts
B
IG MACHINE
Easton Corbin
M
ERCURY
George Strait
M
CA NASHVILLE
Zac Brown Band
J OHN VARVATOS/REPUBLIC/BMLG/SOUTHERN GROUND
Joe Nichols
R
ED BOW
Sam Hunt
M
CA NASHVILLE
34
—
RE-ENTRY
NV (M.THOMAS,S.THOMAS,B.KNOX,P.O’DONNELL,W.KIRBY)
RUN AWAY WITH YOU
J.RICH,B.KENNY (J.D.RICH,MICHAEL RAY)
21
D.HUFF,H.HAYES (D.DAVIDSON,K.LOVELACE,A.GORLEY,H.HAYES)
I LOVE THIS LIFE
L.RIMES,P.BRUST,C.LUCAS (D.MYRICK,C.JANSON,C.LUCAS,P.BRUST)
LIVE FOREVER
REDONE,D.HUFF (N.KHAYAT,C.J.HARRIS, JR.,K.PERRY,R.PERRY,N.PERRY,J.ANDREWS,K.O.KJELLHOLM)
WE WENT
D.GEORGE (J.WILSON,M.ROGERS,J.KING)
THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU
J.STONE,L.BRICE (L.BRICE,R.AKINS,A.GORLEY)
RISER
13
R. COPPERMAN (S.MOAKLER,T.MEADOWS)
LITTLE BIT OF YOU
5
D.GEORGE,C.BRYANT (C.BRYANT,D.GEORGE,A.GORLEY)
SMOKIN’ AND DRINKIN’
14
F.LIDDELL,C.AINLAY,G.WORF (N.HEMBY,L.LAIRD,S.MCANALLY)
SOUTHERN STYLE
6
F.ROGERS (D.RUCKER,R.RUTHERFORD,T.JAMES)
NEXT BOYFRIEND
1
BUSBEE (L.ALAINA,E.WEISBAND,M.MCVANEY)
5
(THIS AIN’T NO) DRUNK DIAL
5
BLUE BANDANA
D.COBB (M.HOBBY,C.CROWDER,N.MASON,C.DODDS)
J.L.SLOAS,J.L.NIEMANN (B.GOLDSMITH,C.J. SOLAR,A.S.WILLS)
WHITE LIGHTNING
11
D.HUFF,J.NIEBANK (J.JOHNSTON)
T-SHIRT
3
D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (A.GORLEY,L.LAIRD,S.MCANALLY)
DRINKIN’ TOWN WITH A FOOTBALL PROBLEM
3
D.HUFF (A.HENNINGSEN,B.HENNINGSEN,C.HENNINGSEN,E.MCDAVID ELKINS,V.A.OLIVAREZ)
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT
1
J.DEMARCUS,RASCAL FLATTS (M.TRAINOR,J.FRASURE,S.MOONEY)
YUP
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LET IT GO
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C.AINLAY,G.STRAIT (G.STRAIT,B.STRAIT,K.GATTIS)
BEAUTIFUL DRUG
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RE-ENTRY
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COUNTRY NATION
L.WOOTEN,B.PAISLEY (B.PAISLEY,C.DUBOIS,K.LOVELACE)
Z.BROWN (Z.BROWN,N.MOON)
FREAKS LIKE ME
M.J.CONES (L.HUTTON,M.CRISWELL,J.THOMPSON)
SPEAKERS
Z.CROWELL,S.MCANALLY (S.HUNT,B.HOOD,K.SACKLEY)
PEAK
POSITION
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ALREADY CALLIN’ YOU MINE
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CERTIFIED
Kelsea Ballerini
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LACK RIVER
Parmalee
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TONEY CREEK
Big & Rich
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$R/NEW REVOLUTION
Hunter Hayes
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LoCash
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EVIVER
The Band Perry
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Randy Houser
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Lee Brice
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F.G.WHITEHEAD,J.MASSEY (K.BALLERINI,J.KERR,R.GRIFFIN,J.DUKE)
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Nielsen Music. Descending titles below No. 25 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks.
COUNTRY MARKET WATCH
A Weekly National Music Sales Report
YEAR-TO-DATE
Year-Over-Year Album Sales
’14
’15
’15
’13
21.3 million
19.6 million
DIGITAL TRACKS SALES
’14
Weekly Unit’14
Sales
103.5
million
000.0
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86.6 million
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from a national sample of retail store and rack sales reports collected and
provided by Nielsen Music.
Overall Unit Sales
ALBUMS
DIGITAL
ALBUMS*
DIGITAL
TRACKS
This Week
420,000
139,000
1,670,000
Last Week
419,000
145,000
1,717,000
0.2%
-4.1%
-2.7%
555,000
170,000
2,233,000
-24.3%
-18.2%
-25.2%
Change
This Week Last Year
Change
Albums
Digital Tracks
2014
2015
CHANGE
21,270,000
19,612,000
-7.8%
103,528,000
86,575,000
-16.4%
Sales by Album Format
Physical
Digital
2014
2015
14,128,000
12,476,000
9.0%
7,142,000
7,136,000
-0.1%
*Digital album sales are also counted within album sales.
For inquiries about any Nielsen Music data, please contact Josh Bennett at 615-807-1338 or [email protected]
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 12 OF 19
SALES, AIRPLAY &
STREAMING DATA
COMPILED BY
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3
2
HUNT
48 SAM
MCA NASHVILLE 021502/UMGN
Montevallo
7
5
5
CHURCH
85 ERIC
EMI NASHVILLE 019402*/UMGN
8
4
4
BROWN BAND
22 ZAC
JOHN VARVATOS/SOUTHERN GROUND/BMLG 022962/REPUBLIC
9
6
8
GEORGIA LINE
50 FLORIDA
REPUBLIC NASHVILLE /BMLG
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8
9
BIG TOWN
49 LITTLE
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 021360*/UMGN
11
7
3
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NEW
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TURNPIKE TROUBADOURS
NEW
1
HOME FREE
2
BRETT ELDREDGE
4
CAPITOL NASHVILLE 022813/UMGN
BOSSIER CITY 3*/THIRTY TIGERS
Turnpike Troubadours
Country Evolution
COLUMBIA 514112
MADDIE & TAE
DOT/REPUBLIC 023172/BMLG
9
10
JACKSON
10 ALAN
ACR/EMI NASHVILLE 022814/UMGN
14 11
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GILBERT
71 BRANTLEY
VALORY BG0200A/BMLG
10 STRIP IT DOWN
L UKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
DIE A HAPPY MAN
T HOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
NEW
5 SMOKE BREAK
ARRIE UNDERWOOD ( 19/Arista Nashville/SMN)
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MCA NASHVILLE 019941/UMGN
STAPLETON
18 14 13 21 CHRIS
MERCURY 019405*/UMGN
RICE
19 19 20 58 CHASE
COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 22573/DACK JANIELS
BROWN BAND
20 17 19 46 ZAC
ROAR/SOUTHERN GROUND/ATLANTIC 546369/AG
21 18 18
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10 JASON
SOUTHEASTERN 9986*/THIRTY TIGERS
UNDERWOOD
23 25 42 CARRIE
19/ARISTA NASHVILLE 500876/SMN
23 16
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ELVIS PRESLEY
USPS/RCA 512373/SONY COMMERCIAL MUSIC GROUP
SWINDELL
24 22 22 84 COLE
WARNER BROS. 541372/WMN
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FREAKS LIKE ME
J OE NICHOLS ( Red Bow/BBMG)
30 33 26 SANGRIA
BLAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
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The Outsiders
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6 25 CRASH AND BURN
T HOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
JEKYLL + HYDE
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AM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
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LD DOMINION ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
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J ASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
16 JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16
EITH URBAN ( Hit Red/Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
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Pain Killer
10 8 33 LIKE A WRECKING BALL
E RIC CHURCH ( EMI Nashville/UMGN)
Start Here
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Old Boots, New Dirt
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12 10 19 KICK THE DUST UP
L UKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
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Angels And Alcohol
Just As I Am
20 I’M COMIN’ OVER
HRIS YOUNG ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
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Traveller
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Ignite The Night
Greatest Hits So Far...
Something More Than Free
Greatest Hits: Decade #1
Elvis Presley Forever
Cole Swindell
Angels Among Us: Hymns & Gospel Favorites
43 48 36 ALABAMA
CRACKER BARREL/TGA/GAITHER 49013/CAPITOL CMG
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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 2015, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
RE-ENTRY
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EORGE STRAIT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
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9 WE WENT
ANDY HOUSER ( Stoney Creek/BBMG)
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6 LIVE FOREVER
T HE BAND PERRY (Republic Nashville/BMLG)
3 T-SHIRT
THOMAS RHETT ( Valory/BMLG)
11 SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY
K ENNY CHESNEY ( Blue Chair/Columbia Nashville/SMN)
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AM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
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WAKE UP WHEN IT’S OVER
C LARE BOWEN & SAM PALLADIO (ABC Studios/Lions Gate/Big Machine/BMLG)
I LOVE THIS LIFE
L OCASH (Reviver)
ANGEL EYES
ARRETT BABER ( Republic)
B
42 22 19 HELL OF A NIGHT
USTIN LYNCH ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
D
15 STAY A LITTLE LONGER
ROTHERS OSBORNE ( EMI Nashville/UMGN)
B
43 36 3 CRAZY OVER ME
YLAN SCOTT ( Curb)
D
36 BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
AM HUNT ( MCA Nashville/UMGN)
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BLAKE SHELTON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
21 18 19 FLY
MADDIE & TAE (Dot/Republic/BMLG)
0
5 TOP OF THE WORLD
T IM MCGRAW ( McGraw/Big Machine/BMLG)
38 23 23 LOVING YOU EASY
Z AC BROWN BAND (John Varvatos/Southern Ground/BMLG/Republic)
17 13 40 GIRL CRUSH
L ITTLE BIG TOWN (Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
Wild Ones
31 32 10 SMOKIN’ AND DRINKIN’
IRANDA LAMBERT FEAT. LITTLE BIG TOWN ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
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22 LOSE MY MIND
RETT ELDREDGE ( Atlantic/WMN)
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F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE (Republic Nashville/BMLG)
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27 27 9 DIBS
KELSEA BALLERINI ( Black River)
3 23 BUY ME A BOAT
HRIS JANSON ( Warner Bros./WMN)
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NOW That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8
15 15 14 16 VARIOUS
SONY MUSIC/UNIVERSAL 023341/UME
17 12
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I GOT THE BOY
32 J ANA KRAMER ( Elektra Nashville/WMN)
28 29 18 REAL LIFE
J AKE OWEN ( RCA Nashville/SMN)
14 BURNING HOUSE
AM (Arista Nashville/SMN)
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RANTLEY GILBERT ( Valory/BMLG)
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GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE
J ASON ALDEAN ( Broken Bow/BBMG)
NEXT BOYFRIEND
L AUREN ALAINA ( 19/Mercury/Interscope/UMGN)
47 45 94 PLAY IT AGAIN
L UKE BRYAN ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT
HASE RICE ( Dack Janiels)
C
48 50 115 WAGON WHEEL
ARIUS RUCKER ( Capitol Nashville/UMGN)
D
24 20 10 NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU
AN + SHAY (Warner Bros./WMN)
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OLE SWINDELL ( Warner Bros./WMN)
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T HE CADILLAC THREE (Big Machine/BMLG)
50 46 37 HOMEGROWN
ZAC BROWN BAND (John Varvatos/Southern Ground/BMLG/Republic)
Top-selling paid download country songs compiled from sales reports collected and provided by Nielsen
Music. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright 2015, Prometheus
Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
After a round of touring with Miranda
Lambert, Dunn notches her first Top
Country Albums entry (with all five songs
on the set co-written by the singer-writerguitarist). It bows at No. 31 with 1,000 sold.
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STRIP IT DOWN
LUKE BRYAN
I’M COMIN’ OVER
CHRIS YOUNG
TAKE YOUR TIME
SAM HUNT
JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16
KEITH URBAN
CRASH AND BURN
THOMAS RHETT
LOSE MY MIND
BRETT ELDREDGE
KICK THE DUST UP
LUKE BRYAN
BUY ME A BOAT
CHRIS JANSON
SANGRIA
11 13 20 B
LAKE SHELTON
FLY
12 3
9 MADDIE & TAE
LIKE A WRECKING BALL
13 12 25 ERIC CHURCH
GIRL CRUSH
14 15 31 L ITTLE BIG TOWN
BREAK UP WITH HIM
15 16 6 O LD DOMINION
PLAY IT AGAIN
16 18 79 L UKE BRYAN
ANYTHING GOES
17 17 6 F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE
BOTTOMS UP
18 20 92 B RANTLEY GILBERT
THIS IS HOW WE ROLL
19 21 83 F LORIDA GEORGIA LINE FEAT. LUKE BRYAN
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CLARE
DUNN
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SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY
ENNY CHESNEY
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on leading online music services. Charts update weekly on Thurdays at www.Billboard.Biz/charts. Copyright
2015, Prometheus Global Media, LLC and Nielsen Music, Inc. All rights reserved.
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SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 13 OF 19
MAKIN’ TR ACKS TOM ROLAND [email protected]
Rascal Flatts Turns To Dan + Shay,
Meghan Trainor For New ‘Sound’
The trio has racked up a cool 6.8 million “Likes” on Facebook. But the “like”
Rascal Flatts is most excited about these days is its new single, “I Like the
Sound of That.”
With its big, sing-along chorus; smart harmonies; and an identifiable hook,
there’s plenty to like about its chances of a long chart life. It doesn’t hurt, either,
that there’s a marketable personality behind it. Two of the title’s three songwriters are successful artists in their own right: Nashville-based pop singer
Meghan Trainor and Dan + Shay lead vocalist Shay Mooney. Both are major
Rascal Flatts fans — particularly Mooney, whose tenor resonance and phrasing have drawn frequent comparisons to Flatts
frontman Gary LeVox since “19 You + Me”
introduced Dan + Shay nationally in 2013.
“To get a song with [them], and then to actually have one of those songs as a single is
definitely a personal goal,” says Mooney. “I
can knock that one off the bucket list.”
Mooney’s similarities to LeVox were advantageous. Mooney, Trainor and co-writer
Jesse Frasure (“Crash and Burn,” “Sun Daze”)
actually landed two songs on Flatts’ Rewind
album — “I Like the Sound of That” and “DJ
Tonight” — in part because Mooney’s performances eliminated any questions about the
material’s compatibility.
“When Shay had his vocal on the demo,
the picture was painted perfectly as to what it
would sound like with Gary on it,” says Flatts
producer-bassist Jay DeMarcus.
RASCAL FLATTS
It’s safe to say the band liked the sound of
those demos.
The seeds for “Like” were actually sown a year or two before when Frasure
and Trainor became musical pen pals. Still living in Nantucket, Mass., at the
time, Trainor had garnered attention from Big Yellow Dog owner/GM Carla
Wallace, who lined up some long-distance co-writers, including Frasure,
whose pop sensibilities were a good match for the “All About That Bass” singer.
“She wrote to a few of my pop tracks and then sent me the vocals to mix
them and they were awesome — full-blown [background vocals], great tracks,
great hooks,” says Frasure. “We wrote via email for quite a while. Then she
started coming to town for prolonged periods of time, and we started doing
some collaboration.”
Trainor and Frasure co-wrote with Mooney for the first time on June 18,
2013, banging out “DJ Tonight” a year before “All About That Bass” was released and three months before Dan + Shay launched publicly. The writing
trio reconvened Jan. 22, 2014 — a month before Trainor signed with Epic —
and Mooney played a big part in laying the groundwork for that day’s efforts.
He and Frasure arrived at Major Bob Music on Nashville’s 17th Avenue before
Trainor made it in, and Mooney concocted an upbeat guitar groove. Frasure,
in turn, started building a track on his laptop that they could use to sustain the
tempo and energy in the room, and when Trainor arrived with her ukulele,
they all flipped through lists of potential titles on their phones for one with
the right mood. Mooney had logged “I Like the Sound of That” months earlier.
“I wrote it down because it’s something I say all the time,” remembers
Mooney. “I always would say, ‘Hey, man, I like the sound of that.’ ”
It didn’t take long before they found the right angle to make it work, focusing
on the household sounds in the morning that one associates with a significant
other, beginning with the splatter of a shower.
“It’s just the kind of noises that go down when you’re not alone in the
house, those routines that you get used to but would kind of miss if they were
gone,” notes Frasure. “I think it was the shower scene that really opened up
the whole thing.”
The second verse moved on to the sonics of the evening, hinting strongly
at a love-making session. In contrast, the chorus focused on the noises — or
silence — of separation. By 6 p.m. that day, the writers had finished both the
song and the demo.
“You have Shay and Meghan singing their asses off, and you aren’t touching
the Auto-Tuner, ever,” says Frasure. “You just have them sing a couple passes,
so we built that thing up and it was done, out the door.”
Neither Trainor nor Mooney had the song
in mind for their own careers as artists, so
Razor & Tie vp music publishing/creative
Brad Kennard (a Big Yellow Dog exec at
the time) got the song to Big Machine Label
Group senior vp A&R Allison Jones, who in
turn passed it to DeMarcus. LeVox and Flatts
guitarist Joe Don Rooney bought into it, too,
though the original lyrics in the second verse
— which suggested the couple’s love sounds
were so loud that they annoyed the neighbors
— were over the line for the band.
The writers softened that allusion and
replaced an alcohol reference with lighted
candles, and Flatts indeed liked the sound of
that. DeMarcus convened a session at the Grip
Studio in his home, and the night before, he
spent some preparation time with a bouzouki,
a Greek stringed instrument that’s similar in
tone to a mandolin. He developed a hook for
the intro and taught it the next morning to Ilya
Toshinsky, and the band created a slow-building arc that hit its full groove in
the second chorus. Getting there took some effort.
“The first few times we tracked, it [felt] a little stoppy and starty,” says
DeMarcus.
Drummer Dorian Crozier tried a disco beat, but that was too much. Eventually, the key was lightly thumping quarter notes from DeMarcus on bass,
offset by Crozier playing 16th notes on the high hat.
Once the foundation was set, additional pieces were added — including
steel and a couple extra guitar parts — and the focus turned to vocals. LeVox
contributed his typically wavy phrasing and made another lyrical change, altering a line about “Motown bumpin’ ” to “Timberlake bumpin’.” DeMarcus
and Rooney’s background parts filled out the sound nicely.
“We always like to refer to it as ‘Flatterizing’ a track,” says DeMarcus.
“Gary’s voice is so distinctive, but once you get our unique blend on there
and the counter melodies I think that we’re known a little bit for, it starts to
come to life.”
“I Like The Sound of That” was considered for the second single from Rewind, but it was held for the fourth slot and finally released to radio via Play
MPE on Aug. 31. It debuted at No. 40 on the Country Airplay chart dated
Oct. 3 and moves to No. 37 in week two.
“It’s the familiar old sound of Rascal Flatts mixed with fresh new production,” surmises DeMarcus. “I think it’s a perfect blend between what you love
about Rascal Flatts and where Rascal Flatts is headed in the future.”
It has, however, created one small issue for Mooney. He still says “I like
the sound of that” in his daily speech, and the pattern has begun to sound
self-referential.
“Now when I say that,” he notes, “my girlfriend is like, ‘Are you quoting
your own song? That’s weird.’ I’ve got to stop.”
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 14 OF 19
THE STARK REPORT PHYLLIS STARK [email protected]
Thomas Rhett Heads Down His
Own Lane With Tangled Up
After scoring the first two of the three major hits from his debut album, Thomas
Rhett worried that he might become pigeonholed as someone who was making music “in the same vein as a lot of what a lot of my buddies were doing
too.” He decided he wanted to break away from that.
“I wanted to be in my own lane and be my own artist, [so] when people hear
a song of mine they know exactly who it is,” he says.
With the support of his label, the Valory Music Co., Rhett made a left-field
choice for the album’s fifth and final single, “Make Me Wanna.” And when
that song also became a hit, it gave him the courage he needed to make a
sophomore album that’s now being lauded for confidently venturing outside
the typical parameters of country music.
That album, Tangled Up — released Sept. 25 — had already yielded the fourth
No. 1 of Rhett’s career, “Crash and Burn.” He calls the project “super different and super diverse ... It’s definitely going to make us stand out among the
crowds.” The Country Music Association new artist of the
year nominee chats below about the album, its unusual
duet partners, life on the road with Florida Georgia Line
and why wife Lauren needs her own fan club.
constructive. That’s something that Dad had to learn a lot. You definitely get
the answer no more times in this business than you do yes. It’s what you do
with those no’s that makes your success either great or not.
I’ve learned a ton of patience from Dad. You watch somebody go from being
pretty much up here to down here to then back to being one of the best songwriters in Nashville, you have to learn to be super patient and know when your
time has come. For him, that was songwriting. I just feel so blessed to be at the
point where I’ve had success as an artist and I’m still getting booked to play
shows and people are still asking me to be on their tours. We’re on this steady
climb, and I really enjoy the steady climb.
How was the process of recording the second album
compared with the first now that you have these
hits under your belt?
There was more freedom. The first one, I think, I was
searching a lot. I don’t think I fully knew exactly who I
was yet. I was just starting to play a bunch of shows, and I
was doing these different tours and seeing how [different
people make] records, and how they do their production
onstage. I learned a lot over the course of the first record
RHETT
[so] that I knew more on the second.
My producer game was way more dialed-in on the second record. The first record was produced by, like, seven different people ...
This one, Dann Huff and Jesse Frasure came in and did a fantastic job. It
was such a free process. Literally every song I wanted on the record was OK’ed
[by Valory]. What made this record so fun to make is that the label was having
just as much fun watching us make it as we were actually making it.
You’re still on Florida Georgia Line’s Anything Goes
Tour. Does it live up to the title?
It definitely does. Their show is the most crazy thing I’ve
ever seen in my life, minus going to a dubstep concert.
It’s the biggest party in the world. From the moment the
lights go down and they come onstage, it’s just epic. So
for us to be out there playing in front of their fans — and
thank goodness for them letting us play in front of a soldout crowd every night — I feel like we’ve made huge leaps
and strides as far as studying a headliner and knowing
what it means and takes to be a headliner.
You’re coming off an album that had three No. 1 hits. Do you feel pressure to match that success, or beat it?
There’s a little bit of pressure. I hope we can get four off this one, or five. But
I think as long as we’re putting out good songs that the people are loving and
they’re requesting at radio and downloading, we’re going to be all right.
As established as you are now as a songwriter — with hits for Jason
Aldean, Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and yourself — you surprisingly
only wrote about half the songs on this album. What does that say
about the pool of available songs in Nashville?
We have the best. One of the biggest things that changes when you do have hits
is that the big, top-dog songwriters are pitching you some of their best stuff
… Could I have written the entire record with my name on every song? Yes,
but I’m such a big believer in the best song wins, whether I wrote it or [not]. If
I didn’t write it, I have to feel a connection with that song, almost like where
I feel like I was a part of that writing process.
You grew up in a musical household watching your dad, Rhett Akins,
make a living as an artist, then have a long career lull, and then come
back as a major hit songwriter. What are some of the key things you
learned in that environment?
You have to learn how to take no a lot of different ways. A lot of criticism is
It seemed like “your time” came really fast.
Some people have fast success, and some people it takes them some time. I
cannot believe we’ve sold as many downloads as we have, [or that] we can
go to the middle of nowhere Nebraska and sell 2,000 or
3,000 tickets. That blows my mind that the awareness of
our brand is that big at this point in our career. Hopefully
we can keep building those fans one by one.
How did the album’s duet with Jordin Sparks come to be?
We wrote this song called “Playing With Fire,” me and my dad and Ashley
Gorley. We knew we wanted a big female powerhouse on the song, but we didn’t
know who. Our label president, Scott Borchetta, he had just met Jordin and
her whole management team out in L.A. and said she was super nice. So we
reached out to her team. They said yes and flew to Nashville, and she was the
nicest person in the world and got in there and knocked the song out in, like,
30 minutes. I didn’t know this, but she had always wanted to make a country
record, so I think singing on my record was kind of a bucket-list thing for her.
How about the collaboration with Lunch Money Lewis?
Lunch sings this huge song in the hip-hop and pop world called “Bills.” I wrote
this song called “I Feel Good” with two guys in L.A. that work with him pretty
regularly. I literally wrote this song two weeks before the record had to be
turned in. Lunch was playing a show in Miami and put down the bridge [to the
song] on his bus and sent it back to us, and we decided we wanted it to be on
the record. It’s pretty cool to have someone like that — a rapper/hip-hop guy
that isn’t a huge name but somebody I believe will be a huge name one day.
You’ve talked about how your wife, Lauren, needs her own fan club,
and now she’s starring in your music video for new single “Die a Happy
Man.” Why is she so popular with your fans?
She’s just a ray of sunshine. Lauren has never met a stranger. There will be
a bunch of girls that come through a meet-and-greet, and they’ll say, “I love
your music, but I really just wanted a picture with your wife,” which is pretty
hilarious. She’s a very happy person, and her energy is amazing around people
she’s never met. I think that’s why people gravitate toward her so much.
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PLAYS
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Kenny Chesney
4691
+142
5.765
8
STRIP IT DOWN C apitol Nashville Luke Bryan
4299
+377
5.339
3
23
LOSE MY MIND A
tlantic/WMN Brett Eldredge
4287
+45
5.393
4
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3841
+294
4.605
7
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LET ME SEE YA GIRL W
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3479
+250
3.796
11
6
SMOKE BREAK 1 9/Arista Nashville Carrie Underwood
3341
+290
3.888
1
5
SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY B lue Chair/Columbia Nashville
THIS WEEK
8
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GONNA WANNA TONIGHT D
ack Janiels/Columbia Nashville Chase Rice
3301
+131
4.453
9
9
38
FLY D
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3092
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3.727
10
4
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3086
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2964
+119
3.462
14
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2808
+293
3.179
16
27
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU W
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2669
+192
3.437
18
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I’M COMIN’ OVER R CA Nashville Chris Young
2621
+208
2.971
19
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TOP OF THE WORLD M
cGraw/Big Machine Tim McGraw
2574
+216
3.216
17
13
BURNING HOUSE A
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2555
+139
2.960
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Jason Aldean
30
21
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2299
+396
2.897
20
27
STAY A LITTLE LONGER E MI Nashville Brothers Osborne
2134
+155
2.182
22
11
DIBS B lack River Kelsea Ballerini
1896
+131
1.784
23
7
LIVE FOREVER R epublic Nashville The Band Perry
1675
+124
1.474
24
33
ALREADY CALLIN’ YOU MINE S toney Creek Parmalee
1485
+67
1.708
25
14
RISER C apitol Nashville Dierks Bentley
1474
+65
1.414
27
29
I GOT THE BOY E lektra Nashville/WAR Jana Kramer
1294
+96
1.364
31
4
COUNTRY NATION A
rista Nashville Brad Paisley
1222
+259
1.316
28
14
(THIS AIN’T NO) DRUNK DIAL R epublic Nashville A Thousand Horses
1122
+78
1.037
29
18
WE WENT Stoney Creek Randy Houser
1068
+28
1.020
SOUTHERN STYLE C apitol Nashville Darius Rucker
1046
+14
1.027
1045
+50
1.086
1.045
0.639
RE-ENTRY
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B roken Bow
30
18
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tlantic/WMN Hunter Hayes
35
28
I LOVE THIS LIFE R eviver LoCash
975
+238
32
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DRINKIN’ TOWN WITH A FOOTBALL PROBLEM M
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916
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Abilene, Texas
KEAN
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.
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
WBBN
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
San Luis Obispo, Calif.
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
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853
+70
0.695
36
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PAIN KILLER C apitol Little Big Town
723
+27
0.491
37
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YUP M
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675
+70
0.393
46
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BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN M
CA Nashville Sam Hunt
635
+303
0.556
38
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YOU PART 2 B ig Spark Olivia Lane
582
+38
0.256
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13
SHINE A LITTLE LOVE B lue Light Brian Collins
547
+37
0.214
40
13
LITTLE BIT OF YOU R ed Bow Chase Bryant
546
+63
0.481
47
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I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT B ig Machine Rascal Flatts
499
+181
0.522
42
10
NIGHT’S ON FIRE M
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479
+15
0.354
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419
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MOVE ON M
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413
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STONE COLD SOBER V alory Brantley Gilbert
340
+38
0.291
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GREAT MINDS DRINK ALIKE M
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339
+4
0.118
58
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BEAUTIFUL DRUG V arvatos/Southern Ground/BMLG/Republic Zac Brown Band
336
+124
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George Strait
333
+333
0.399
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AIN’T NO TRUCKS IN TEXAS N
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322
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TOMORROW TONIGHT R ed Bow Craig Campbell
309
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HEAD OVER BOOTS C apitol Nashville Jon Pardi
297
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SOUTHERN BELLE 1 9/Interscope/Mercury Scotty McCreery
281
+30
0.111
DIE A HAPPY MAN V alory Thomas Rhett
270
+230
0.288
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266
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HOLE IN A BOTTLE M
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262
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0.127
55
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DIME STORE COWGIRL M
ercury Nashville Kacey Musgraves
251
+21
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248
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REAL MEN LOVE JESUS A
tlantic/WEA Michael Ray
236
+73
0.170
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I’M MAKING MINE G
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223
+12
0.048
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60
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ME AND JOHNNY CASH C ingle/Star Farm Nashville Rainey Qualley
198
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0.072
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NEW
NEW
NEW
PLAYS
CHARTS LEGEND
RANKINGS
Country Airplay is ranked by
total audience impressions
for the week ending Sunday
based on monitored airplay of
150 stations by Nielsen BDS.
Audience totals on the chart are
derived, in part, using certain
Arbitron Inc. copyrighted
Persons 12+ audience
estimates (under license ©
2015, 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.
© 2015 Prometheus Global Media, LLC
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
TITLE P ublishing-Licensing Org.
(Songwriter) C hart Position
21 EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord Georgia Music, BMI/EMI
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Didn’t Have To Be Music Publishing, ASCAP/
External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside Independent
Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music
Publishing, ASCAP/Ogden Avenue Publishing, BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI ( D.Davidson, K.Lovelace, A.Gorley,
H.Hayes) 25
A AIN’T NO TRUCKS IN TEXAS W
arner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Fonde Moutian Music, BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing,
BMI/Casa Jaco Music, BMI/Songs Of Peer Ltd., ASCAP/Team Thrash, ASCAP
(W.Mobley, T.Martin, N.Thrasher) 44
ALREADY CALLIN’ YOU MINE 27861 Music, BMI/Revelry
Music, BMI/Gallo And Landers Music LLC, BMI/Sixteen Stars Music, BMI/
HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc., BMI/Rooster Pecked Music, BMI/
Steel Wheels Music, BMI/Big Loud Bucks, BMI/Kirbtone Music, BMI ( M.
Thomas, S.Thomas, B.Knox, P.O’Donnell,
W.Kirby) 20
ANYTHING GOES R usty Muffler Songs, ASCAP/Kobalt Music
Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/Big Loud Songs, ASCAP/Play Animal,
ASCAP/Big Loud Shirt Industries, ASCAP/Round Hill Songs, ASCAP/Red
Toe Rocker, ASCAP (F.McTeigue, C.G.Tompkins,
C.Wiseman) 5
B BACKROAD SONG Climbing Windmills, BMI/House Of Sea Gayle
Music, ASCAP ( G.Smith, F.Rogers) 45
BAD FOR YOU R aincreek Publishing, ASCAP/C.R. Cooper Publishing,
ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/EMI
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP ( G.Birge,
C.Cooper, R.Copperman, J.M.Nite) 59
BEAUTIFUL DRUG D ay For The Dead Publishing, SESAC/
Southern Ground, SESAC/Reach Music Tunes, SESAC ( Z.Brown,
N.Moon) 43
BETTER IN BOOTS Legends Of Magic Mustang Music,
SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/This Is Magic Mustang Music, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Music Of Platinum Pen, SESAC/Hatchoo Music,
SESAC/Thunder Cookie, SESAC (J.Wilson, D.Pittenger,
N.Cooke) 55
BLUE BANDANA G o For The Goldsmith, ASCAP/House Of Sea
Gayle Music, ASCAP/ClearBox Rights, ASCAP/Living Wills, BMI/Sony/
ATV Countryside, BMI (B.Goldsmith, C.J. Solar,
A.S.Wills) 36
BOY & A GIRL THING M ike Curb Music, BMI/She’s My Darlin
Music, ASCAP/House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP (M.Pitney,
D.Sampson) 47
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN U niversal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/External Combustion Music,
ASCAP/Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of Southside
Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (S.
Hunt, Z.Crowell, S.McAnally) 31
BREAK UP WITH HIM Sonic Geo Music, ASCAP/Calhoun
Enterprises, ASCAP/Music Of RPM, ASCAP/HoriPro Entertainment
Group, Inc., ASCAP/ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music, ASCAP/
Wrensong Publishing Corp., ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG
Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP/Sharkules Music, ASCAP/Tiny
Handstand, ASCAP ( M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi,
G.Sprung, W.Sellers) 6
BURNING HOUSE M arvelous Oaks Records, ASCAP/One Year
Yesterday Publishing, BMI/Jeff Bhasker Publishing Designee, BMI/Sony/ATV
Songs LLC, BMI/Way Above Music, BMI ( C.Ochs, T.Johnson,
J.Bhasker) 17
BUY ME A BOAT B uckkilla Music, BMI/Red Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI/
House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP ( C.Janson, C.DuBois) 9
C COLD BEER CONVERSATION International Dog Music,
BMI/Bucked Up Music, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Tar-Cam-Knox Music,
ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Great Day At This Music, BMI/Beatyville Music, BMI ( A.Anderson,
B.Hayslip, J.Yeary) 35
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COUNTRY NATION H ouse Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/
Making The Turn Music, BMI/Do Write Music, LLC, BMI (B.Paisley,
C.DuBois, K.Lovelace) 26
D DIBS Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music, ASCAP/DHM Administration,
ASCAP/Nyssa Music, ASCAP/Jason Duke Music, ASCAP ( K.Ballerini,
J.Kerr, R.Griffin, J.Duke) 22
DIE A HAPPY MAN EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Cricket On
The Line Music, 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.Douglas, J.Spargur) 41
DRINKIN’ TOWN WITH A FOOTBALL
PROBLEM EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Line In The Sand,
BMI/Taste Of Crow Music, BMI/Your Ears Will Never Go Hungry, BMI/
Archenland Music, BMI/Gypsy Girl Music, BMI ( A.Henningsen,
B.Henningsen, C.Henningsen, E.McDavid
Elkins, V.A.Olivarez) 38
F FLY Super Big Music, ASCAP/Not Your Average Girl Music, ASCAP/Silva
Tone Music, ASCAP (M.Marlow, T.Dye, T.Vartanyan)
11
G GONNA Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative Nation Music, BMI/
Twangin And Slangin Songs, BMI/Big Loud Shirt Industries, ASCAP ( L.
Laird, C.Wiseman) 13
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B MG Platinum Songs,
BMI/BMG Rights Management, BMI/Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Stalefish
Music, BMI/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Songs Of Brett, ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP (B.
Beavers, Brett James) 15
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT U niversal Music Corporation,
ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music,
ASCAP/Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP ( S.McAnally,
J.M.Nite, J.Robbins) 8
H 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) 53
HONEY, I’M GOOD. Ladder Soul Music, BMI/S-Curve Songs
Worldwide, BMI/Chrysalis Songs, BMI/Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, ASCAP/Nolan
W. Sipe Music, ASACP/Margetts Road Music, ASCAP ( A.Grammer,
N.W.Sipe) 49
I I AM INVINCIBLE B rett Boyett Music, BMI/Harmony - HLO Music,
BMI/Nashty Music, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI (B.Boyett,
N.Overstreet) 56
I GOT THE BOY W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/
Nichols Boys Music, BMI/Made For This Music, BMI/All For This Music, BMI/
Sweet Jamie Music, Inc., BMI (T.Nichols, C.Harrington,
J.L.Spears) 24
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT Year Of The Dog Music,
ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/Shay Mooney Music, ASCAP ( M.Trainor, J.Frasure,
S.Mooney) 37
I LOVE THIS LIFE Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Red Vinyl Music,
Inc., BMI/Round Hill Works, BMI (D.Myrick, C.Janson,
C.Lucas, P.Brust) 23
I’M COMIN’ OVER EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Goodbye Pants
Music, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Songs From The Rose Hotel, ASCAP/
EMI Foray Music, SESAC/Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC (C.Young,
C.Crowder, J.Hoge) 14
I MET A GIRL R eHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music, ASCAP/
Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules Music, ASCAP/Smack Ink,
ASCAP (T. Rosen, S.Hunt, S.McAnally) 60
J JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN 3:16 Smack
Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Songs By Red Room, BMI/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/One Little Indian
Creek Music, ASCAP (S.McAnally, R.Copperman,
J.Osborne) 2
L LET ME SEE YA GIRL Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/243 Music,
ASCAP/Sony/ATV Cross Keys Publishing, ASCAP (C.Swindell,
M.Carter, J.Stevens) 10
LITTLE BIT OF YOU O rbison Music, LLC, BMI/BMG Rights
Management, BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Funky Friar Music, ASCAP/
Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP (C.
Bryant, D.George, A.Gorley) 29
LIVE FOREVER Sony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/Songs Of RedOne,
BMI/Songs By Team Red, SESAC/Lionheart Music Group, SESAC/Sony/
ATV Countryside, BMI/Pearlfeather Publishing, BMI/When I Go To The
Moon Music, BMI/Famdamily Music, BMI/SONGS Music Publishing, LLC,
ASCAP/Songs Of SMP, ASCAP ( N.Khayat, C.J.Harris,
Jr., K.Perry, R.Perry, N.Perry, J.Andrews,
K.O.Kjellholm) 27
LOSE MY MIND Sony/ATV Countryside, BMI/Paris Not France Music,
BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs
By Red Room, BMI/Universal Music Italia, srl/Killer Tracks, BMI/Warner/
Chappell Music Publishing Ltd., PRS/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp.,
BMI/BMG Chrysalis Music, ASCAP/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP
(B.Eldredge, H.Morgan, R.Copperman,
B.Burton, T.D.Callaway, G.F.Reverberi,
G.P.Reverberi) 3
M MOVE ON B MG Gold Songs, ASCAP/Leer Jet 87 Publishing, ASCAP/BMG
Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/Telemitry
Productions, BMI ( C.Dunn, J.Frasure) 58
N NIGHT’S ON FIRE Super Big Music, ASCAP/Jett Music, ASCAP/WB
Music Corp., ASCAP/Doc And Maggie Music, SOCAN/Thankful For This Music,
ASCAP (J.Singleton, D.Ruttan) 50
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/Beats And Banjos,
ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney Music,
ASCAP/Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/
EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Sugar Glider Music, ASCAP ( D.Smyers,
S.Mooney, A.Gorley, C. DeStefano) 12
P PAIN KILLER W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Little Big
Town, BMI/Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, BMI/Internal
Combustion Music, BMI/Kickin’ Grids Music, BMI/HillarodyRathbone
Music, ASCAP/BMG Chrysalis Music, ASCAP (K.Fairchild,
J.Westbrook, B.Daly, H.Lindsey) 46
S SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Endorffin Music, BMI/Sonic Geo Music, ASCAP/Calhoun Enterprises, ASCAP/
Music Of RPM, ASCAP/HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc., ASCAP/Songs Of
Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP ( A.Dorff,
M.Ramsey, B.Tursi) 1
SMOKE BREAK Carrie-Okie Music, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc.,
ASCAP/HillarodyRathbone Music, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP ( C.
Underwood, C. DeStefano, H.Lindsey) 7
SOUTHERN BELLE B MG Platinum Songs, BMI/Gravity Gone
Songs, BMI/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Little Beluga Music,
BMI (J.Saenz, S.McConnell) 57
SOUTHERN STYLE U niversal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Cadaja
Publishing, ASCAP/Memphianna, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/T-Bird’s Music, BMI ( D.Rucker, R.Rutherford,
T.James) 33
STAY A LITTLE LONGER W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/All The Kings
Pens, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (J.
Osborne, T.J. Osborne, S.McAnally) 19
STONE COLD SOBER W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/
Indiana Angel Music, BMI/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Brett, ASCAP/Atlas Music Publishing, ASCAP/Yawyer Three Music, ASCAP
(B.Gilbert, Brett James, D.Layus) 52
STRIP IT DOWN Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Peanut Mill
Songs, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP/EMI
Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI ( L.Bryan,
J.M.Nite, R.Copperman) 4
T THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU M ike Curb Music, BMI/
EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/External
Combustion Music, ASCAP/Out Of The Taperoom Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP (L.Brice, R.Akins, A.Gorley) 34
(THIS AIN’T NO) DRUNK DIAL W
arner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Carolina June Publishing, BMI/Greatshakin Music,
BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Crowder Taylor Publishing, BMI/
Nettwerk One Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada House Music, BMI/
Nettwerk One Music Limited Canada, SOCAN/Cale Dodds Publishing,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP ( M.Hobby, C.Crowder,
N.Mason, C.Dodds) 30
TOMORROW TONIGHT Legends Of Magic Mustang Music,
SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/Skabetti Bowl Of Songs, SESAC/
Nineteen64 Music, BMI (C.Campbell, J.Wilson,
V.McGehee) 42
TOP OF THE WORLD Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP/
Universal Music Corporation, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark
Nite Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/One Little Indian Creek
Music, ASCAP ( J.Robbins, J.M.Nite, J.Osborne) 16
U R REAL LIFE EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI/
Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/Smack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music
Group Ltd., GMR/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/One Little Indian Creek Music,
ASCAP (R.Copperman, A.Gorley, S.McAnally,
J.Osborne) 18
REAL MEN LOVE JESUS EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Sagequinnjude Music, BMI/Famlove Songs, BMI (B.Warren,
B.Warren, L.Miller, A.Sanders) 48
RISER Songs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., BMI/Nan Jam
Music Publishing, BMI/She And I, LLC, BMI/It’s Killer Music, BMI (S.
Moakler, T.Meadows) 32
ROLLER COASTER RIDE Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Longer And Louder Music, BMI/Bug Music, Inc., BMI/Mammaw’s Cornbread
Music, BMI/Little Louder Songs, BMi/ole, BMI/Purple Cape Music, BMI ( E.
Church, J.Hyde, R.Tyndell) 54
RUN AWAY WITH YOU J Money Music, ASCAP/Kobalt Music
Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI
(J.D.Rich, Michael Ray) 21
UNTIL THEY DON’T LOVE YOU U niversal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/
Hoodie Songs, BMI/One Little Indian Creek Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Black River, ASCAP (S.McAnally, L.McKenna,
J.Osborne) 51
W WE WENT Legends Of Magic Mustang Music, SESAC/W.B.M. Music
Corp., SESAC/ole Canalco Publishing, ASCAP/Ole Ole, ASCAP/Songs Of
Razor And Tie Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP (J.Wilson,
M.Rogers, J.King) 28
WHITE LIGHTNING Sony/ATV Harmony, ASCAP/Texa Rae Music,
ASCAP (J.Johnston) 40
Y YUP Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Code Six Charles Music, BMI/Sixteen
Stars Music, BMI/Rooster Pecked Music, BMI/HoriPro Entertainment Group,
Inc., BMI/Round Hill Works, BMI/Kirbtone Music, BMI (S.Minor,
P.O’Donnell, W.Kirby) 39
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 18 OF 19
Hot Country Songs Index
TITLE P ublishing-Licensing Org.
(Songwriter) C hart Position
21 E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Two Chord
Georgia Music, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/
Didn’t Have To Be Music Publishing, ASCAP/
External Combustion Music, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC,
ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Atlas Music
Publishing, ASCAP/Ogden Avenue Publishing,
BMI/Songs Of Universal, Inc., BMI (D.Davidson,
K.Lovelace, A.Gorley, H.Hayes) 2 9
A ALREADY CALLIN’ YOU MINE 2 7861
Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Gallo And Landers
Music LLC, BMI/Sixteen Stars Music, BMI/HoriPro
Entertainment Group, Inc., BMI/Rooster Pecked
Music, BMI/Steel Wheels Music, BMI/Big Loud
Bucks, BMI/Kirbtone Music, BMI ( M.Thomas, S.Thomas,
B.Knox, P.O’Donnell, W.Kirby) 2 7
ANYTHING GOES R usty Muffler Songs,
ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc.,
ASCAP/Big Loud Songs, ASCAP/Play Animal,
ASCAP/Big Loud Shirt Industries, ASCAP/Round
Hill Songs, ASCAP/Red Toe Rocker, ASCAP ( F.
McTeigue, C.G.Tompkins, C.Wiseman) 1 1
B BEAUTIFUL DRUG D ay For The Dead
Publishing, SESAC/Southern Ground, SESAC/Reach
Music Tunes, SESAC (Z.Brown, N.Moon) 4 8
BLUE BANDANA G o For The Goldsmith,
ASCAP/House Of Sea Gayle Music, ASCAP/ClearBox
Rights, ASCAP/Living Wills, BMI/Sony/ATV
Countryside, BMI ( B.Goldsmith, C.J. Solar, A.S.Wills) 4 1
BREAK UP IN A SMALL TOWN
U niversal Music Corporation, ASCAP/Three Mules
Music, ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/
Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/Songs
Of Southside Independent Music Publishing,
LLC, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP ( S.Hunt, Z.Crowell,
S.McAnally) 2 5
BREAK UP WITH HIM S onic Geo Music,
ASCAP/Calhoun Enterprises, ASCAP/Music Of RPM,
ASCAP/HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc., ASCAP/
ReHits Music, Inc., ASCAP/Smacktown Music,
ASCAP/Wrensong Publishing Corp., ASCAP/Songs
Of Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Rights Management
(US) LLC, ASCAP/Sharkules Music, ASCAP/Tiny
Handstand, ASCAP ( M.Ramsey, T. Rosen, B.Tursi,
G.Sprung, W.Sellers) 9
BURNING HOUSE M
arvelous Oaks Records,
ASCAP/One Year Yesterday Publishing, BMI/Jeff
Bhasker Publishing Designee, BMI/Sony/ATV
Songs LLC, BMI/Way Above Music, BMI ( C.Ochs,
T.Johnson, J.Bhasker) 1 0
BUY ME A BOAT B uckkilla Music, BMI/Red
Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI/House Of Sea Gayle Music,
ASCAP (C.Janson, C.DuBois) 6
C COUNTRY NATION H ouse Of Sea Gayle
Music, ASCAP/Making The Turn Music, BMI/Do
Write Music, LLC, BMI ( B.Paisley, C.DuBois, K.Lovelace)
3 4
CRASH AND BURN R io Bravo Music, Inc.,
BMI/WB Music Corp., ASCAP/Ken Tucky Music,
ASCAP (J.Frasure, C.Stapleton) 7
D DIBS S ongs Of Black River, ASCAP/KNB Music,
ASCAP/DHM Administration, ASCAP/Nyssa Music,
ASCAP/Jason Duke Music, ASCAP ( K.Ballerini, J.Kerr,
R.Griffin, J.Duke) 2 6
DIE A HAPPY MAN E MI Blackwood Music
Inc., BMI/Cricket On The Line Music, BMI/WarnerTamerlane 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.Douglas, J.Spargur) 1 7
DRINKIN’ TOWN WITH A FOOTBALL
PROBLEM E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Line
In The Sand, BMI/Taste Of Crow Music, BMI/Your
Ears Will Never Go Hungry, BMI/Archenland Music,
BMI/Gypsy Girl Music, BMI ( A.Henningsen, B.Henningsen,
C.Henningsen, E.McDavid Elkins, V.A.Olivarez) 4 4
F FREAKS LIKE ME N ew House Of Sea Gayle
Music, ASCAP/Vestal Boy Music, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/Dixey Bar Music, BMI/Big Machine
Music, BMI ( L.Hutton, M.Criswell, J.Thompson) 4 9
G GONNA S ongs Of Universal, Inc., BMI/Creative
Nation Music, BMI/Twangin And Slangin Songs, BMI/
Big Loud Shirt Industries, ASCAP (L.Laird, C.Wiseman) 1 6
GONNA KNOW WE WERE HERE B MG
Platinum Songs, BMI/BMG Rights Management, BMI/
Music Of Big Deal, BMI/Stalefish Music, BMI/BMG
Rights Management (US) LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Songs Of Brett, ASCAP/External Combustion
Music, ASCAP ( B.Beavers, Brett James) 2 4
GONNA WANNA TONIGHT U niversal
Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP/EMI
April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP/
Extraordinary Alien Publishing, ASCAP ( S.McAnally,
J.M.Nite, J.Robbins) 1 5
H HOUSE PARTY U niversal Music Corporation,
ASCAP/Sam Hunt Publishing, ASCAP/Three Mules
Music, ASCAP/External Combustion Music, ASCAP/
Who Wants To Buy My Publishing, ASCAP/Songs Of
Southside Independent Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP ( S.Hunt, Z.Crowell, J.Flowers) 3
I I GOT THE BOY W
arner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/Nichols Boys Music, BMI/Made For This
Music, BMI/All For This Music, BMI/Sweet Jamie Music,
Inc., BMI ( T.Nichols, C.Harrington, J.L.Spears) 2 2
I LIKE THE SOUND OF THAT Y ear Of The
Dog Music, ASCAP/Rio Bravo Music, Inc., BMI/WarnerTamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney Music,
ASCAP (M.Trainor, J.Frasure, S.Mooney) 4 5
I LOVE THIS LIFE S ony/ATV Tree Publishing,
BMI/Red Vinyl Music, Inc., BMI/Round Hill Works, BMI
(D.Myrick, C.Janson, C.Lucas, P.Brust) 3 0
I’M COMIN’ OVER E MI Blackwood Music Inc.,
BMI/Goodbye Pants Music, BMI/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Songs From The Rose Hotel, ASCAP/EMI Foray
Music, SESAC/Write 2 Be Free Music, SESAC (C.Young,
C.Crowder, J.Hoge) 1 2
J JOHN COUGAR, JOHN DEERE, JOHN
3:16 S mack Hits, GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd.,
GMR/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red
Room, BMI/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/One Little
Indian Creek Music, ASCAP ( S.McAnally, R.Copperman,
J.Osborne) 2
L LET IT GO D ay Money Music, ASCAP/HoriPro
Entertainment Group, Inc., ASCAP/Living For The
Night Music, BMI/HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc.,
BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Pioneer Town
Songs, BMI ( G.Strait, B.Strait, K.Gattis) 4 7
LET ME SEE YA GIRL S ony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/243 Music, ASCAP/Sony/ATV Cross
Keys Publishing, ASCAP (C.Swindell, M.Carter, J.Stevens) 1 3
LITTLE BIT OF YOU O rbison Music, LLC,
BMI/BMG Rights Management, BMI/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Funky Friar Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite
Songs, ASCAP/Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP (C.
Bryant, D.George, A.Gorley) 3 6
LIVE FOREVER S ony/ATV Songs LLC, BMI/
Songs Of RedOne, BMI/Songs By Team Red, SESAC/
Lionheart Music Group, SESAC/Sony/ATV Countryside,
BMI/Pearlfeather Publishing, BMI/When I Go To
The Moon Music, BMI/Famdamily Music, BMI/SONGS
Music Publishing, LLC, ASCAP/Songs Of SMP, ASCAP
(N.Khayat, C.J.Harris, Jr., K.Perry, R.Perry, N.Perry, J.Andrews,
K.O.Kjellholm) 3 1
LONG STRETCH OF LOVE B eards And
Bullets Music, ASCAP/30A Getaway Songs, ASCAP/
Hobbs Hill Publishing, SESAC/Global Dog Music,
ASCAP/Book Of Spells, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC ( D.Haywood, C.Kelley,
H.Scott, J.Kear) 2 3
LOSE MY MIND S ony/ATV Countryside,
BMI/Paris Not France Music, BMI/Sony/ATV Tree
Publishing, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs
By Red Room, BMI/Universal Music Italia, srl/Killer
Tracks, BMI/Warner/Chappell Music Publishing Ltd.,
PRS/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/BMG
Chrysalis Music, ASCAP/BMG Rights Management (US)
LLC, ASCAP ( B.Eldredge, H.Morgan, R.Copperman, B.Burton,
T.D.Callaway, G.F.Reverberi, G.P.Reverberi) 4
LOVING YOU EASY D ay For The Dead
Publishing, SESAC/Southern Ground, SESAC/Reach
Music Tunes, SESAC/Cash Box Music, BMI ( Z.Brown,
N.Moon, A.Anderson) 2 1
N NEXT BOYFRIEND W
arner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Lylas Music, BMI/WB Music
Corp., ASCAP/Thankful For This Music, ASCAP/Matt
McVaney Publishing Designee, ASCAP ( L.Alaina,
E.Weisband, M.McVaney) 3 9
NOTHIN’ LIKE YOU W
B Music Corp., ASCAP/
Beats And Banjos, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane
Publishing Corp., BMI/Shay Mooney Music, ASCAP/
Highly Combustible Music, ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite
Songs, ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Sugar
Glider Music, ASCAP (D.Smyers, S.Mooney, A.Gorley, C.
DeStefano) 1 4
R REAL LIFE E MI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/Songs
By Red Room, BMI/Sony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/
Combustion Engine Music, ASCAP/WB Music Corp.,
ASCAP/Sadie’s Favorite Songs, ASCAP/Smack Hits,
GMR/Kobalt Music Group Ltd., GMR/Songs Of Black
River, ASCAP/One Little Indian Creek Music, ASCAP (R.
Copperman, A.Gorley, S.McAnally, J.Osborne) 1 8
RISER S ongs Of Kobalt Music Publishing America,
Inc., BMI/Nan Jam Music Publishing, BMI/She And I,
LLC, BMI/It’s Killer Music, BMI (S.Moakler, T.Meadows) 3 5
RUN AWAY WITH YOU J Money Music,
ASCAP/Kobalt Music Publishing America, Inc., ASCAP/
Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI ( J.D.Rich,
Michael Ray) 2 8
S SAVE IT FOR A RAINY DAY S ongs Of
Universal, Inc., BMI/Endorffin Music, BMI/Sonic
Geo Music, ASCAP/Calhoun Enterprises, ASCAP/
Music Of RPM, ASCAP/HoriPro Entertainment Group,
Inc., ASCAP/Songs Of Big Deal, ASCAP/BMG Rights
Management (US) LLC, ASCAP ( A.Dorff, M.Ramsey,
B.Tursi) 5
SMOKE BREAK C arrie-Okie Music, BMI/EMI April
Music, Inc., ASCAP/HillarodyRathbone Music, ASCAP/
BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP ( C.Underwood, C. DeStefano,
H.Lindsey) 8
SMOKIN’ AND DRINKIN’ E MI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/Wruckestrike, BMI/Songs Of Universal,
Inc., BMI/Twangin And Slangin Songs, BMI/Universal
Music Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP (N.Hemby,
L.Laird, S.McAnally) 3 7
SOUTHERN STYLE U niversal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Cadaja Publishing, ASCAP/
Memphianna, ASCAP/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing
Corp., BMI/T-Bird’s Music, BMI ( D.Rucker, R.Rutherford,
T.James) 3 8
SPEAKERS U niversal Music Corporation, ASCAP/
Three Mules Music, ASCAP/BMG Gold Songs, ASCAP/
We Jam Writers Group, ASCAP/BMG Platinum Songs,
BMI/Shelia Be Right Music, BMI/Jam Writers Group,
BMI (S.Hunt, B.Hood, K.Sackley) 5 0
STAY A LITTLE LONGER W
B Music Corp.,
ASCAP/All The Kings Pens, ASCAP/Universal Music
Corporation, ASCAP/Smack Ink, ASCAP ( J. Osborne, T.J.
Osborne, S.McAnally) 1 9
STRIP IT DOWN S ony/ATV Tree Publishing,
BMI/Peanut Mill Songs, BMI/EMI April Music, Inc.,
ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite Music, ASCAP/EMI Blackwood
Music Inc., BMI/Songs By Red Room, BMI (L.Bryan,
J.M.Nite, R.Copperman) 1
T THAT DON’T SOUND LIKE YOU M
ike
Curb Music, BMI/EMI Blackwood Music Inc., BMI/
Brooks County Boy Music, BMI/External Combustion
Music, ASCAP/Out Of The Taperoom Music, ASCAP/
Songs Of Southside Independent Music Publishing,
LLC, ASCAP/WB Music Corp., ASCAP (L.Brice, R.Akins,
A.Gorley) 3 3
(THIS AIN’T NO) DRUNK DIAL W
arner-
Tamerlane Publishing Corp., BMI/Carolina June
Publishing, BMI/Greatshakin Music, BMI/Songs Of
Universal, Inc., BMI/Crowder Taylor Publishing, BMI/
Nettwerk One Music, BMI/Revelry Music, BMI/Nevada
House Music, BMI/Nettwerk One Music Limited
Canada, SOCAN/Cale Dodds Publishing, ASCAP/
WB Music Corp., ASCAP ( M.Hobby, C.Crowder, N.Mason,
C.Dodds) 4 0
TOP OF THE WORLD E xtraordinary Alien
Publishing, ASCAP/Universal Music Corporation,
ASCAP/EMI April Music, Inc., ASCAP/Jon Mark Nite
Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP/One
Little Indian Creek Music, ASCAP (J.Robbins, J.M.Nite,
J.Osborne) 2 0
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) 4 3
W WE WENT Legends Of Magic Mustang Music,
SESAC/W.B.M. Music Corp., SESAC/ole Canalco
Publishing, ASCAP/Ole Ole, ASCAP/Songs Of Razor
And Tie Music, ASCAP/Songs Of Black River, ASCAP ( J.
Wilson, M.Rogers, J.King) 3 2
WHITE LIGHTNING S ony/ATV Harmony,
ASCAP/Texa Rae Music, ASCAP ( J.Johnston) 4 2
Y YUP S ony/ATV Tree Publishing, BMI/Code Six Charles
Music, BMI/Sixteen Stars Music, BMI/Rooster Pecked
Music, BMI/HoriPro Entertainment Group, Inc., BMI/
Round Hill Works, BMI/Kirbtone Music, BMI ( S.Minor,
P.O’Donnell, W.Kirby) 4 6
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE
CODA
25 Years Ago
Garth Brooks
Broke Barriers
With No Fences
The bow of Brooks’ first No. 1
album set him on course for
record career sales
SEPTEMBER 28, 2015 | PAGE 19 OF 19
Twent y-f ive yea rs a go, Ga r t h
Brooks’ assault on music history
k icked i nto h ig h gea r. On t he
Sept. 29, 1990 Top Country Albu ms char t, t he t hen-28-yearold’s second set, No Fences, entered at No. 15. Two weeks later,
it rocketed to No. 1, becoming his
first leader, holding the top spot
for 41 weeks and producing four
classic Hot Country Songs No. 1s:
“Friends in Low Places,” “Unanswered Prayers,” “Two of a Kind,
Workin’ on a Full House” and “The
Thunder Rolls.”
Brooks has since upped his total
to 14 Top Country Albums No. 1s,
including his latest, 2014’s Man
Against the Machine. His current U.S.
album sales total 70.5 million, the
top sum since Nielsen Music began
tracking sales in 1991. The Beatles
follow at 66.9 million.
In July, the superstar, whose
world tour with wife Trisha Yearwood rolls on, was named t he
top-earning country act of the previous 12 months, according to Forbes,
having taken in $90 million in total
income in that span. —JIM ASKER
Brooks, circa 1992, after
No Fences had begun
his run of No. 1s on Top
Country Albums.
MARIO RUIZ/THE LIFE IMAGES COLLECTION/GETTY IMAGES
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