Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Country in the NEWS: Where New Country meets Old Country....March 7, 2018 (Thomas Rhett - Tops Airplay Chart + New Top 10s)

Thomas Rhett Tallies 10th Country Airplay No. 1 With 'Marry Me'

  Thomas Rhett photographed on June 11, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn

Plus, new top 10s for Jordan Davis, High Valley & Jason Aldean.

Thomas Rhett collects his 10th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Marry Me" rises 2-1, hiking 6 percent to 40.7 million impressions in the week ending March 4, according to Nielsen Music. It ranks at its No. 2 high on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart for an eighth week.
"Marry," which Rhett co-wrote with Shane McAnally, Ashley Gorley and Jesse Frasure, is the third single and third Country Airplay No. 1 from Rhett's Life Changes LP, which debuted at the summit of Top Country Albums and the all-genre Billboard 200 (Sept. 30, 2017). The ballad follows "Unforgettable," which topped the Nov. 18, 2017, Country Airplay chart, and "Craving You" (featuring Maren Morris), which led the July 22 list.
Rhett first ruled the Country Airplay chart dated Oct. 26, 2013, with "It Goes Like This."
TOP 10 'SINGLES': Jordan Davis' co-authored debut single, "Singles You Up," hops into the Hot Country Songs top 10 (12-9). It rises 10-8 on Country Airplay (26.9 million, up 10 percent), while gaining by 14 percent to 8,000 downloads sold and 7 percent to 4.9 million U.S. streams.
High Valley's "She's With Me" becomes the duo's first Country Airplay top 10 (11-9; 25.4 million, up 13 percent). The song hits the top 10 in its 44th week on the chart, becoming the ninth song to take a scenic route of at least that long to the tier.
Plus, Jason Aldean's "You Make It Easy" bumps 13-10 on Country Airplay (22 million, up 16 percent), becoming his 27th top 10. At six weeks, the song completes the fastest flight to the top 10 since Kenny Chesney's "Setting the World on Fire," featuring Pink, reached the region in its fifth frame (Sept. 10, 2016).
JAKE & 'DIANE': Jake Owen posts his highest start on Country Airplay as "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)," his first single on the Big Loud label, bounds in at No. 22 with 8.3 million impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it arrives at No. 35.
The song interpolates John Mellencamp's four-week 1982 Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 "Jack & Diane." Mellencamp, the sole writer of the original, receives a writing credit on Owen's song.
Meanwhile, the name Diane is pretty popular this week: Cam's "Diane" ranks at No. 43 on Country Airplay.

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