Friday 25 January 2019

Maren Morris GIRL the World Tour UK dates with special guest Raelynn

Maren Morris has announced she will perform five UK shows in May as part of her GIRL World Tour.
The American country singer's forthcoming album will be supported with the live dates and marks her first UK tour since 2017.

Tickets are now available on GENERAL SALE (from 10am on Fri 25 Jan.)
Maren Morris will kick off her UK tour on Sat 25 May at the O2 Academy in Leeds.
The singer will move on to Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham before a final show, on Fri 31 May, at the Royal Albert Hall in London.!
Support comes from RaeLynn.

Maren Morris + Raelynn UK Dates 2019
Fri 24 May 2019 - The Academy, Dublin
Sat 25 May 2019, - O2 Academy Leeds, Leeds (55 Cookridge Street, Leeds, LS2 3AW)
Sun 26 May 2019 - O2 Academy Glasgow, Glasgow (121 Eglington Street, Glasgow, G5 9NT)
Mon 27 May 2019 - Albert Hall, Manchester (27 Peter Street, Manchester, M2 5QR)
Wed 29 May 2019 - O2 Academy Bristol, Bristol (Frogmore Street, Bristol, BS1 5NA)
Thu 30 May 2019 - O2 Institute, Birmingham (78 Digbeth High Street, Birmingham, B5 6DY)
Fri 31 May 2019 - Royal Albert Hall, London 

VIP TICKETS: Meet Maren Morris, get access to an intimate Q&A, and take home a signed poster with The Girl Talk Meet & Greet Experience. VIP TICKETS
One (1) general admission ticket with early venue entry*
Meet Maren Morris! Say hello and snap a photo with Maren before the show
Invitation to the ‘All Of My Favorite People’ pre-show experience and interactive Q&A session with Maren Morris
One (1) limited edition tour poster, signed by Maren Morris
One (1) commemorative VIP laminate
Merchandise shopping opportunity before general doors
On-site experience host
* London shows include premium ticket in the first (5) rows.

The singer put out two albums ahead of her 2016 major-label debut, Hero. The record achieved the top spot of the Billboard Top Country Albums chart as was supported with a world tour.
Morris's latest single, 'GIRL', dropped Thursday Jan 17 and is to be the lead single of her forthcoming album of the same name. A release date for the new record is yet to be confirmed.
The single debuted at #2 on UK Country iTunes and climbed to No1. In America it made a bow at #1 on US Country iTunes Singles Chart (#10 US iTunes all-genres).

Release Date: 17 Jan. 2019
Label: Columbia Nashville
Total Length: 4:10
Genres: Country

Debut #2 UK Country iTunes Singles Chart (#99 UK iTunes all-genres), then #1 (#63 all-genres) | Tues Jan 22 #8 (#763 all-genres)
Debut #1 US Country iTunes Singles Chart (#10 US iTunes all-genres)

Maren Morris knew the importance of selecting the first single she released from her much-anticipated second record, but as soon as she heard the demo of “GIRL,” she knew this was the song she wanted to lead off the album.

“It felt like such a timely song for now,” said the 28-year-old Morris of the song she’s releasing Thursday that touches on overcoming self-doubt and the pressure of comparison in a world of impossible standards.
Morris wrote the song with Grammy-winning producer Greg Kurstin (Adele, Sia, Kelly Clarkson) and Sarah Aarons, who co-wrote the Top 5 hit “The Middle” featuring Morris, Zedd and Grey. “The Middle” is nominated for record of the year and song of the year, which goes to songwriters, at this year’s Grammy Awards on Feb. 10, and Morris was also nominated for best pop duo/group collaboration.

The single received its first worldwide radio airplay at 10pm (UK Time) on Thursday, the day of its release, and Mr. Chris Stevens (CMA International Broadcaster of the Year 2018) founder of Chris Country Radio joined in fun with an exclusive first UK spin and a repeat play on the Breakfast Show. Listen here:   

“It’s a great song, reminds me of Halo, very talented young lady” – Keith Greentree BBC Radio Norfolk

Maren Morris - GIRL (Lyric Video)

Morris said inspiration for the song came from a letter she was trying to write to a female friend after they were struggling to keep their friendship on track.
“The day that we wrote ‘GIRL,’ I was starting to write this letter to her,” Morris said. “Why are we competing against one another? Is it ourselves? Is it this industry? Is it the world?”
After an hour of trying to compose her thoughts, she realized something. “I don’t think I am writing this to her,” Morris said. “I am writing this to myself.”
The song is also the title of her new headlining world tour kicking off March 9 in Chicago with an all-female lineup including openers Cassadee Pope (US dates only) and RaeLynn. After a run through the United States, the tour will hit cities in Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom.

“Essentially it’s an excuse for me to hang out with them all the time,” Morris said.
The new song comes almost three years since she released her breakthrough single and Grammy-winning song “My Church,” from her 2016 debut album, “Hero,” and caps a huge year for the Texas-born singer-songwriter.
Last year, she married fellow singer Ryan Hurd, toured the globe opening for Niall Horan and spent 33 weeks on the top of Billboard’s Hot Dance/Electronic songs chart with “The Middle." "To be in major categories is a huge win,” Morris said of the recognition for “The Middle." "I think it broke so many genre barriers and put my name and voice out to an audience that hadn’t heard it yet.

Maren Morris Is Most-Added With 'Girl'
Congratulations to COLUMBIA NASHVILLE's MAREN MORRIS, who earned 67 MEDIABASE adds this week with her new single, "Girl," making it most-added at Country radio!

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Wednesday 23 January 2019

Country Music Hall Of Famer Maxine Brown Russell passes at 87

Country Music Hall of Fame Member Maxine Brown Russell Passes
In Little Rock With Family By Her Side
Maxine Brown Russell - Courtesy of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Nashville, TN (January 21, 2019) - Maxine Brown Russell, the vivacious entertainer, mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, and friend passed at Bowman Hospice in Little Rock, Arkansas on Monday January 21, 2019 from complications of heart and kidney disease at the age of 87. Her family was by her side.

Born April 27, 1931 in Campti, Louisiana, Russell was predeceased by her parents, Floyd and Birdie Brown, sisters Bonnie Ring and Norma Sullivan, brothers Jim Ed Brown and Raymond Brown, and her son, Tommy H. Russell, Jr.  She is survived by two children, Jimmy Russell (Mary) and Alicia Short (Curtis), six grandchildren (Caitlin, Daniel, Meredith, Eva, Patrick, and Katherine), and two great-grandchildren (Atlas and Aina).

As one-third of the popular Country trio The Browns, Maxine enjoyed a lengthy career that spanned the 1950s and '60s. The group released multiple "million-sellers," including "The Three Bells" (>> YouTube), "The Old Lamplighter," "Scarlet Ribbons," and "Send Me The Pillow You Dream On."
As a songwriter, her first taste of success came with The Browns' release of "Looking Back To See."

Maxine was the "cut up" of the globally-renowned trio, and always the life of the party during the group's tours, including jaunts in the U.K and Japan. The Browns joined The Grand Ole Opry in 1963 and appeared on hit television shows of the day, including: The Ed Sullivan Show, The Arthur Murray Show, The Perry Como Show, American Bandstand with Dick Clark, and The Jerry Lewis Show.

In 2012, Russell was awarded the Ella Dicky Literary Award for her 2005 autobiography, Looking Back To See
The Browns were proud members of The Arkansas Entertainers Hall of Fame, The Arkansas Walkway of Stars, The Missouri Walkway of Stars, and recipient of aLifetime Achievement Award from The Arkansas Country Music Hall of Fame. 

In 2015, The Browns were inducted into the prestigious Country Music Hall of Fame.

Funeral services are being planned and will be announced soon.

The Browns: The Three Bells (8-CD) Bear Family Records
8-CD boxed set (LP-size) with 40-page book, 258 tracks. Playing time approx. 616 mins.

The Browns, Jim Ed and sisters Maxine and Bonnie, rose to the top of the country and pop charts in 1959 with their recording of 'The Three Bells'. One of the finest harmony groups in country music, the Browns were part of the transition from hillbilly music to the Nashville sound, with a little rock 'n' roll on the side. This retrospective covers the Browns from their earliest recordings for Fabor in 1954, including the hit Looking Back To See, and follows their RCA career through such giant hits as I Heard The Bluebirds Sing, I Take The Chance, The Old Lamplighter, Scarlet Ribbonsand of course The Three Bells under producer-guitarist Chet Atkins's guiding hand. This is essential listening for those who love close family harmony singing.

Garth Brooks reveals “FUN” as title for upcoming studio album


Garth Heightened Anticipation For The Forthcoming Release
By Sharing The News Directly With Fans During Tonight’s “Inside Studio G”

Nashville, TN - Jan 21, 2019 - Garth Brooks shared more news about his upcoming studio album tonight, revealing the forthcoming release’s title is FUN. Garth divulged the information during "Inside Studio G," a weekly Facebook Live series airing every Monday on Garth's Facebook page at 7:00 PM EST and available to watch here.

New Album Title
The title of the NEW album is... love, g #StudioG
Posted by Garth Brooks on Monday, 21 January 2019

Garth fans have been given a teaser of what to expect from his anticipated studio album, with Garth releasing the “honky-tonking new tune” (Rolling Stone), “All Day Long” and debuting the "powerful ballad" (Billboard) "Stronger Than Me,” during the CMA Awards, with both tracks taken from the much-awaited record, available to preorder 

“The title of the album was sparked because making it has been such a fun process to go through,” explained Garth. “Being able to go in and out of the studio while being on the tour, working with the same guys, it’s been amazing. The album will be available this spring and I want the fans to just have fun with this, because that’s what this has been."

About Garth Brooks:

Garth Brooks recently sold out the first ever concert at Notre Dame Football Stadium. The concert, "GARTH: LIVE AT NOTRE DAME!" was filmed for television and aired on CBS. At the end of 2018, Garth released The Anthology Part III, LIVE. It's an exciting, detailed, insider look at the electrifying concerts of Garth Brooks and includes the new live album, TRIPLE LIVE. The already announced Garth Brooks Stadium Tour stops for this year include, The Dome at America's Center in St. Louis, MO on March 9th, State Farm Stadium in Glendale, AZ on March 23rd, Ben Hill Griffin Stadium in Gainesville, FL on April 20th and Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on May 18th.

Garth Brooks has been awarded CMA Entertainer of the Year six times, a first for any artist. He is also the first artist in history to receive 7 Diamond awards for the now seven albums certified by the RIAA at over 10 million album sales each and remains the #1-selling solo artist in U.S. history certified by the RIAA with over 148 million album sales. He has received every accolade the recording industry can bestow on an artist. Garth has been inducted into the International Songwriters Hall of Fame in New York, the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, Country Music Hall of Fame and most recently, the Musicians Hall of Fame. Last year, Garth finished the three and a half year long, Garth Brooks World Tour with Trisha Yearwood. Forbes said of the tour, "Garth Brooks' World Tour Solidifies His Status As The Best Arena Act Alive." The tour smashed records previously held by such acts as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and even Garth Brooks. The tour played 79 cities, 390 concerts with over 100,000 tickets sold in over 20 cities. The tour sold over 6.3 million tickets, making it the biggest North American tour in history and the biggest American tour in the world. 

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Scott Southworth starts 2019 with major announcements & top honours

Scott Southworth's name appears in the top five nominees in two categories for this year's Academy of Western Artists Awards. It is just part of an amazing kick-off for the new year. The distinguished honors continue the 2018 success of Southworth's "HEY HILLBILLY SINGER!" album which is up for Pure Country Album, while Southworth is in the running for Pure Country Male.

The singer/songwriter shares, "To make the finals for these awards that are solely voted on by DJs around the world makes this a very special honor! I am a fan of my fellow nominees so this truly is an honor to be included among them!"

These announcements come on the heels of another notable accolade. In the current issue of Country Music People Magazine, Scott Southworth made the Editor's Pick of the Year list as the pick for Indie Songwriter of the Year

"Indie Songwriter of the Year: "Utterly flabbergasted! I am first and foremost a songwriter so to be recognized in this manner by CMP means more to me than I can ever explain," states Southworth.

Country Music People’s 50th year in print The Pistol Annies grace the January 2019 cover
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Meanwhile, Scott Southworth's calendar is filling up for 2019 with some impressive appearances. This includes another trip overseas to Barcelona. Southworth will be a headlining performer on the Festival International de Country Music de Santa Susanna (Facebook).

The six-day festival runs October 20th through the 25th, featuring country music artists, dancers and a few thousand country music fans from across Europe and the USA. Southworth is scheduled to headline on October 24, 2019, with a two-hour, full band performance. 

This is Scott Southworth's seventh European tour in the last few years. Southworth shares, "It's been amazing seeing the enthusiasm for traditional country music all over Europe. I've already been receiving messages from friends I met during my tour in France last year letting me know they were coming to see me in Barcelona! It's going to be a blast!"

It is only January, so Southworth is looking forward to more exciting announcements later in the year. To keep up with Scott Southworth's latest news, visit or follow Scott at

About Scott Southworth:   Originally hailing from the great Pacific Northwest, Scott is an award-winning, Nashville-based performing singer/songwriter, a Top 40 charting recording artist in Europe and the creator/co-host of Radio/TV's "The Music Row Show."

His 2018 release, "Hey Hillbilly Singer!" received rave reviews from Music Row Magazine, Country Music People Magazine and Saving Country Music. The album ranked in the top ten downloads on Airplay Direct in only a week's time.

Southworth performs regularly in Nashville at the Bluebird Cafe, Douglas Corner and the Commodore Grille as well as house concerts and many songwriting festivals around the country and overseas. Scott has been a featured performer on RFD TV's nationally televised "Market Day Report", the nationally syndicated "Chico & B-Man" Television Show and has been a featured artist on WSM Radio's "Nashville Today w/Devon O Day" and "The Allnighter" with Marcia Campbell, Knoxville's "The Writers Block", several performances on WDVX's "Blue Plate Special" and "Tennessee Shines" as well as many other local TV and Radio programs across the US. Southworth, most recently, performed at France's largest country music festivals and headlined Norway's Trandal Country Music Fest.

Scott has written and co-written more than 60 Indy cuts. Country Music People Magazine named him their September 2016 "Honky Tonker Of The Month" and his songs "Whiskey Bottle" and "Whiskey In Heaven" were tied for the #1 spot on the UK's "Kicking Cuts Chart."

Scott is proud to be an endorsed Larrivee Guitar artist and is excited to be a Durango Boots Ambassador.

New Zealand singer-songwriter Ainslie Allen releases new single 'My Mum'

NZ Entertainer of the Year 2018 Ainslie Allen is no stranger to the entertainment world. From her beginnings on McDonald’s Young Entertainers on NZ TV screens (equivalent of Young talent time in Australia) Ainslie has etched out an amazing career as an Independent Country Music Artist.

From entertaining New Zealand and Australian troops in East Timor (a war zone at the time) on a mercy mission with comedians, Cal Wilson, Mike King, Ewan Gilmore, Te Radar and Brendhan Lovegrove, through to singing the honourable National Anthem for the All Blacks, Silverferns, South Africa's Springbok, the Wallabies, and French rugby teams, to touring Hawaii with Elvis Presley’s TCB band, and performing before a crowd of 250,000 at NZ’s biggest outdoor concert, Ainslie’s experiences have been extraordinary. Also to her credit, Ainslie’s soulful version of the New Zealand National Anthem is produced and marketed by the New Zealand Department of Internal Affairs.

After winning New Zealand Entertainer of the Year 2018, and attending this years CMAA Academy at Tamworth, Ainslie now brings her new release ‘My Mum’ to the world.

Release Date: 19 Jan. 2019

Label: Ainslie Allen

Total Length: 4:17

Genres: Country

My Mum’ is a beautiful song written as a tribute to her Mum. Ainslie tells her story of life as a young girl, born to a single mother, who battled to buy their first home and make a better life for Ainslie and her siblings. This is a story that is relatable to many.

With Multi Award winning NZ producer Ben Edwards at the helm, Ainslie’s delicate song is sure to play on your heartstrings.
Available everywhere Saturday January 19th, 2019.

Ainslie Allen - My Mum Published on Jan 18, 2019
Director - Brent Schuster | Editor/DOP - Lance Uluilelata | Drone Operator - Carey Sullivan
‘My Mum’
Written by Ainslie Allen
Produced by Ben Edwards. Mastered by Chris Chetland.
Phil Doublet Guitars and Dobro. Ross McDermott Steel and Bass.

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Country Billboard Chart News January 14, 2018

Country Billboard Chart News January 14, 2018

In Brief: Billboard Country Charts (Chart issue week of January 19, 2019)

Country Album Chart ** No.1 (23 non-consecutive weeks) ** THIS ONE’S FOR YOU Luke Combs
Hot Country Songs ** No.1 (8 weeks) ** “Speechless” Dan + Shay
Country Airplay ** No.1 (1 week) ** “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch
Country Digital Songs ** No.1 (10 non-consecutive weeks) “Speechless” Dan + Shay

Billboard Top 200 / Country Album Chart News (Chart issue week of January 19, 2019)

The Billboard 200 chart measures multi-metric album consumption, which includes traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA) and streaming equivalent albums (SEA).

After sitting in the runner-up slot on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart for its first two weeks, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie’s Hoodie SZN climbed to No.1, scoring the rapper his first chart-topper.
The set, released via Highbridge the Label/Atlantic Records, earned 58,000 equivalent album units in the U.S. in the week ending Jan.10, according to Nielsen Music (down less than 1 percent compared to the previous week). Nearly all of that sum was driven by streaming activity for the album.
Of Hoodie SZN’s 58,000 total units, 56,000 come from SEA units (equalling 83 million on-demand audio streams for the album's 20 songs), 1,000 from TEA units and 1,000 from album sales.
That 1,000-album sales figure is the smallest weekly sum for a No.1 on the Billboard 200 chart since it flipped from an album sales-only list to a multi-metric consumption-ranking in December 2014.

Billboard Top Country Albums (Chart issue week of January 12, 2019)
Top Country Albums now ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by Nielsen Music, based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums (TEA), and streaming equivalent albums (SEA)).
10 digital track sales from an album = 1 track equivalent album (TEA) “sale”
1,500 on demand song streams from an album to one streaming equivalent album (SEA) “sale”.
Nielsen Music compiles the sales and streaming data. Billboard continues to publish pure album sales charts (subscription to billboard biz ), exclusively comprising Nielsen’s sales data.

Based on consumption units Luke Combs with THIS ONE’S FOR YOU (River House/ Columbia Nashville/Sony Music Nashville) moved held at No.1 (#18-17 Billboard 200; 3,200 sales; 84-week total 402,300) to head the chart for a 23rd non-consecutive week No.1 in the albums 84th chart frame.

Dan + Shay with their self-titled album (Warner Bros./Warner Music Nashville) held at No.2 (#27-29 BB200; 2,900 sales; 29-week total 94,700).

Former No.1 Kane Brown with sophomore album, entitled EXPERIMENT held at No.3 (#48-47 BB200; 2,700 sales; 9-week total 169,500). His self-titled debut Kane Brown held at No.6 (#68-67 BB200; 1,700 sales; 110-week total 498,600).

Chris Stapleton with the 193-week TRAVELLER (MERCURY/ UMGN) held at No.4 (#53-54 BB200; 3,000 sales; total 2,428,400) as his set From A Room: Volume 1 (Mercury/Universal Music Group Nashville) held at No.17 (#168-179 BB200) and From A Room: Volume 2 fell 36-37 (2,000 sales; 58-week total 482,200).

Thomas Rhett with LIFE CHANGES (Valory) held at No.5 (#57-59 BB200; 1,100 sales; 70-week total 315,500) in his 70th frame.
Former 6-week non-consecutive week No.1 Jason Aldean with REARVIEW TOWN (Macon/Broken Bow Records) held at No.7 (#77-82 BB200; 1,100 sales; 39-week total 463,800) in its 39th week.

Mitchell Tenpenny with TELLING ALL MY SECRETS held at No.8 (#90-88 Billboard 200; 1,700 sales; 4-week total 19,500) in his fourth frame.

Brett Young with his self-titled Brett Young (BMLG) rose 10-9 (#99 non-mover) as his former No.1 Ticket to L.A. (BMLG) held at No.12 (#117-130 BB200; 2,000 sales; 5-week total 42,500) in his fifth frame.

Legend Dolly Parton achieved her 44th Top Country Albums top 10 as her 2003 album ULTIMATE DOLLY PARTON re-entered the chart at No.10 (#112 BB200) for the first time since 2004, surging by 172 percent to 8,000 equivalent album units.
The set debuted at its former No.20 peak in June 2003.

Why the boost? The album includes Parton’s 1977 five-week Hot Country Songs No. 1 “Here You Come Again,” which is being used to promote all-you-can-eat riblets, shrimp and chicken tenders in a TV commercial for Applebee’s Grill & Bar. The song surges by 39 percent to 3,000 downloads sold in the tracking week.
Parton extended her record for the most Top Country Albums top 10s among women and ranks second overall only to Willie Nelson, with 51.

Outside the Top 10
Former No.1 Carrie Underwood with CRY PRETTY fell 9-11 (#92-126 BB200; 2,800 sales; 17-week total 403,600).

Kacey Musgraves with GOLDEN HOUR (MCA Nashville) fell 11-13 (#113-140 BB200; 3,200 sales; 35-week total 144,300) in her 36th frame.

Jimmie Allen with his debut album MERCURY LANE (Stoney Creek/BMG/BBMG) held at No.19 (#198-185 BB200; 300 sales; 11-week total 10,300)

Eric Church with DESPERATE MAN (EMI Nashville) fell 13-20 (#146-187 BB200; 3,400 sales; 14-week total 181,600) in his 14th frame.

On the Country Album Sales list (pure sales; old methodology)

Balsam Range with their 11 track album AEONIC (Mountain Home Music Company | Amazon UK - UK iTunes -  made a debut at No.33 and No.1 on Bluegrass Albums selling 500 copies.
On the heels of their second International Bluegrass Music Association Entertainer of the Year award, this eminent band continues to be a tour de force in Bluegrass with this release.
With this music, Balsam Range continues to grow the magic that has mesmerized audiences and expanded their fandom — arresting songs full of humanity, dynamic performances graced with subtleties, and material that is both personal and profound. Music that would be powerful in any genre but is made all the more compelling through this Western North Carolina band’s acoustic music mastery.

2018 Top-Selling Albums/ Country Digital Songs/ Most-Streamed Country Songs:

Actual product sales in 2018 were down by double digits as consumers continue to move in overwhelming numbers to streaming. No country album released in 2018 sold GOLD (500K) at retail.
Country Album sales were down 25% with around 13,8 million sold (charts dated Dec 15, 2018) compared to 18,46 million sold in 2017. Jason Aldean’s REARVIEW TOWN was the top seller with 463,000 copies sold.

On balance, overall consumption — measured through audio-equivalent album units, which is a combination of album sales, track-equivalent album sales and on-demand audio streaming — grew by 10 percent for country, which racked up 48.38 million audio-equivalent album units.

Kane Brown with “Heaven” snagged 470.5 million streams to land in the top spot, appropriate since his phenomenal rise to stardom started with homegrown YouTube covers. Additionally, “Heaven” ranked No.3 among country’s top digital songs, thanks to 589,000 downloads. = 0.125% wished to own the music that they streamed

Top-Selling Country Albums, 2018
1) Jason Aldean, Rearview Town 463,000 * sales included a ticket bundle album redemption offer.
2) Carrie Underwood, Cry Pretty 401,000 * sales included a ticket bundle album redemption offer.
3) Keith Urban, Graffiti U 273,000 * sales included a ticket bundle album redemption offer.
4) Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Volume 2 249,000
5) Chris Stapleton, Traveller 245,000
6) Chris Stapleton, From A Room, Volume 1 230,000
7) Luke Combs, This One’s for You 223,000
8) Kane Brown, Kane Brown 199,000
9) Alan Jackson, Precious Memories Collection 186,000
10) Dierks Bentley, The Mountain 181,000

Top-Selling Country Digital Songs, 2018
1) Bebe Rexha & Florida Georgia Line, “Meant to Be” 1,042,000
2) Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” 598,000
3) Kane Brown, “Heaven” 589,000
4) Dan + Shay , “Tequila” 509,000
5) Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” 365,000
6) Florida Georgia Line, “Simple” 364,000
7) Brett Young, “Mercy” 352,000
8) Chris Stapleton, “Broken Halos” 334,000
9) Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” 332,000
10) Kenny Chesney, “Get Along” 320,000

Most-Streamed Country Songs, 2018 (By Total On-Demand
Streaming, Audio and Video Combined)
1) Kane Brown, “Heaven” 470,494,000
2) Dan + Shay, “Tequila” 354,587,000
3) Chris Stapleton, “Tennessee Whiskey” 340,814,000
4) Kane Brown feat. Lauren Alaina, “What Ifs” 313,430,000
5) Thomas Rhett, “Marry Me” 308,375,000
6) Sam Hunt, “Body Like a Back Road” 272,741,000
7) Jason Aldean, “You Make It Easy” 249,390,000
8) Luke Combs, “When It Rains It Pours” 232,052,000
9) Brett Young, “In Case You Didn’t Know” 226,996,000
10) Brett Young, “Mercy” 226,728,000

Billboard Hot Country Songs (Chart issue week of January 19, 2019)
On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart - which blends:
a) All-format airplay, as monitored by BDS
b) Sales, as tracked by Nielsen SoundScan and
c) Streaming, (tracked by Nielsen BDS from such services as Spotify, Muve, Slacker, Rhapsody, Rdio and Xbox Music, among others) according to BDS it results in:

Dan + Shay with “Speechless” (Warner Bros./WAR) led for an eighth week atop Hot Country Songs while their previous single, “Tequila,” resided at its No.2 peak for an 18th week, extending its mark for the most weeks peaking at the runner-up spot. The duo place at Nos.1 and 2 simultaneously for a fifth week, the most among duos or groups and second only to Luke Bryan, who concurrently controlled the top two spots on Hot Country Songs for nine weeks in 2014.
“Speechless” scored a 10th week atop Country Digital Song Sales (14,000 sold, down 13 percent), held at its No. 2 high on Country Streaming Songs (11.3 million U.S. streams, up 8 percent) and dipped to No. 2 after four weeks atop Country Airplay (38.4 million audience impressions).

Hot County Songs
** No.1 (8 weeks) ** “Speechless” Dan + Shay
** Streaming Gainer ** No.7 “Beautiful Crazy” Luke Combs  
** Airplay Gainer” No.8 “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch  
** Digital Gainer ** No.27 “Rumor” Lee Brice
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.42 “Raised On Country” Chris Young  
Debut No.47 “To A T” - Ryan Hurd
Debut No.48 “What Whiskey Does” Randy Houser feat. Hillary Lindsey
Debut No.49 “Feels Like A Party” LOCASH

Billboard Country Airplay (Chart issue week of January 19, 2019)

Dustin Lynch with “Good Girl” (Broken Bow) ascended 2-1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 19), up 11 percent to 41.2 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Jan. 13, according to Nielsen Music.

The song became his sixth Country Airplay No.1 and first as a writer. He co-authored it with Justin Ebach, who notched the second No.1 he has penned, and Andy Albert, who achieved his first. “Shout-out to all of you who continue to support and believe,” Lynch told Billboard. “Before we even had the lyric finished on this song, I knew it was a special one, and, man, it has been. What a way to kick off 2019.”

“Good Girl”, the lead single from his upcoming fourth full-studio album, is Lynch’s first Country Airplay No.1 since “Small Town Boy,” which led for four weeks starting in September 2017. Before that, he reigned with “Seein’ Red” (February 2017, one week), “Mind Reader” (2016, one), “Hell of a Night” (2015, one) and “Where It’s At (Yep, Yep)” (2014, two). He first reached the chart’s top 10 with his debut hit, the No. 2-peaking “Cowboys and Angels,” in 2012.
As “Girl” reached the Country Airplay penthouse in its 37th week on the chart, Lynch completes his second-longest trip to No.1: “Hell of a Night” rose to the top in its 44th frame.
The song concurrently climbed 10-8 for a new peak on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart.

Luke Bryan with “What Makes You Country” (Capitol Nashville) rose 11-10 on Country Airplay, increasing by 4 percent to 26.6 million audience impressions.
It is Bryan’s 27th Country Airplay top 10, a total that includes 20 No.1s. He ties Carrie Underwood for 15th place among all acts for the most top 10s, dating to the chart’s launch 29 years ago this week (Jan. 20, 1990). George Strait leads, with 61 top 10s.
Bryan is working on a streak of 13 straight Country Airplay leaders, the longest active run among all artists. His previous single, “Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset,” topped the chart for two weeks in September 2018.

Country Airplay
*** No.1 (1 week)/ Most Increased Audience ** No.1 “Good Girl” Dustin Lynch 41.174 million audience (+4.179 million) / 7,916 radio plays (+692)
** Most Added ** No.37 “Good As You” Kane Brown (24 ADDS)
** Hot Shot Debut ** No.56 “Raised On Country” Chris Young  

Billboard Country Digital Singles Chart 
(Chart issue week of January 19, 2019)

Dan + Shay (Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney) with “Speechless” held at No.1 (#10-9 Digital Songs; 15,000 sales; 29-week total 293,000) to head the chart for an 10th non-consecutive week as their hit “Tequila” held at No.2 (#21-30 Digital Songs; 8,000 sales; 51-week total 518,000) in its 51st frame.
Speechless was eight places behind Post Malone and Swae Lee's "Sunflower (Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse)" which ascended 2-1 on the Streaming Songs chart, up 17 percent to 47.6 million U.S. streams in the week ending Jan. 10, according to Nielsen Music. The track spent a second week at No.1 on Digital Song Sales, up 19 percent to 48,000 downloads sold in the week ending Jan. 10.

Luke Combs with Beautiful Crazy” climbed 4-3 (#37-32 Digital Songs; 8,000 sales; 36-week total 276,000) in its 36th frame as
She Got The Best Of Me” fell 3-5 (#34-40 Digital Songs; 6,000 sales; 23-week total 329,000).

Jake Owen with “Down To The Honkytonk” moved 5-4 (#40-38 Digital Songs; 7,000 sales; 20-week total 117,000).

Kelsea Ballerini with “Miss Me More” pushed 7-6 (#47 Non-mover Digital Songs; 6,000 sales; 10-week total 83,000). Of Note her Pop collaboration “This Feeling” with The Chainsmokers fell 27-35 on Digital Songs (7,000 sales; total 110,000)

Chris Young with “Raised On Country” (RCA Nashville) made a debut at No.7 (#48 New Entry Digital Songs; 5,000 sales).
Chris Stapleton’s Tennessee Whiskey” rose 9-8 (5,000 sales; 157-week total 1,748,000) as “Millionaire” rose 13-11 (5,000 sales; 16-week total 192,000).
Lee Brice with “Rumor” (Curb) lifted 18-9 (5,000 sales; 4-week total 65,000).
Dierks Bentley feat. Brothers Osborne with “Burning Man” climbed 12-10 (5,000 sales; 22-week total 125,000).

Outside the Top 10
Mitchell Tenpenny with “Drunk Me” fell 10-12 (5,000 sales; 25-week total 187,000) in its 25th frame.

The former 22 non-consecutive week No1 Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line with “Meant to Be" (Warner Bros. | BMLG) fell 6-13 (5,000 sales; 59-week total 1,383,000) as FGL’s “Simple” dived 8-23 (4,000 sales; 29-week total 367,000).
Kane Brown with “Lose It” fell 11-15 (4,000 sales; 28-week total 194,000).
Cody Johnson with “On My Way To You” made a re-entry at No.22 (4,000 sales; total 64,000).

Country Aircheck MEDIABASE Chart

January 14, 2019

Dustin Lynch Hits #1 With 'Good Girl'
Congrats to Dustin Lynch, Carson James, Lee Adams, Shelley Hargis-Gaines and the Broken Bow promotion staff on securing the week’s No. 1 with “Good Girl.” The song is Lynch’s first chart topper as a writer; co-writers are Justin Ebach and Andy Albert. The song marks LYNCH's sixth career hit.

Good Girl” (Broken Bow) moved 2-1 logging 8,519 radio spins (+1163), 49.932 million audience impressions (+6.46) with 27395 Total Points (+3969) from 156 tracking stations (156 ADDS) for the tracking week January 6 to January 12, 2019 and published chart dated January 7, 2019.

Eric Church Is Most-Added With 'Some Of It'
Kudos to Jimmy Rector and the EMI Nashville reps on landing 46 adds for Eric Church’sSome Of It”. The song topped the "Most Added" board this chart week.
Praised by the Los Angeles Times as “one of Nashville’s most forthright truth-tellers,” Eric Church has started the new year strong as his latest single “Some Of It” earned most-added distinction with 46 first-day stations.
The song described by Esquire as “an open-hearted look at life’s hard-won lessons” offers Church’s honest reflection on what matters most in life. As Vulture explains, “‘Some Of It’ coyly opens with a list of simple truths – ‘Beer don’t keep, love’s not cheap, and trucks don’t wreck themselves’ – and builds to a chorus about life being a game of patience and learning. You think he’s singing about the value of wisdom, and then the bridge deals a haymaker: ‘What really makes you a man / Is being true to her till your glass runs out of sand.’”
“I think it's really interesting that the album took on an identity that allowed ‘Some Of It’ to make it from where it started to where it is now, and it just fit in the dialogue,” explained Church of the song that nearly didn't find a home on Desperate Man. “To me, it made the album
Pictured L-R: UMG Nashville Dir./Promotion & Artist Engagement Chris Fabiani being pushed out of his role by newly-named EMI Nashville Dir./Midwest Promotion Jackie Stevens and (cardboard) Sr. Dir./Southeast Promotion Trudie Daniell; UMG Nashville Dir./Promotion & Radio Marketing Chris Schuler with a paper sign in honor of Dir./West Coast Promotion Nick Kaper; EMI Nashville Coord./Promotion Connor Brock; UMG Nashville Nat. Dir./Radio Syndication Donna Hughes and EVP/Promotion Royce Risser; EMI Nashville Dir./Northeast Promotion Mike Krinik and VP/Promotion Jimmy Rector; UMG Nashville VP/Promotion David Friedman; and EMI Nashville Dir./Southwest John Trapanecaption

Mediabase Adds (Selective)

Artist/Title (Label) TW Total Historic Adds
ERIC CHURCH/Some Of It (EMI Nashville)         46         57        
DYLAN SCOTT/Nothing To Do Town (Curb)       39         48        
BRANTLEY GILBERT & LINDSAY ELL/What Happens In A Small Town (Valory)  37         73        
ASHLEY MCBRYDE/Girl Goin' Nowhere (Atlantic/WAR)  32         54        
KANE BROWN/Good As You (RCA)       28         92        
LUKE COMBS/Beautiful Crazy (River House/Columbia)   14         153      
FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE/Talk You Out Of It (BMLGR)   10         114      
CARLY PEARCE/Closer To You (Big Machine)   8          100      
CHRIS YOUNG/Raised On Country (RCA)          8          16        
LEE BRICE/Rumor (Curb)          8          120      
BRETT YOUNG/Here Tonight (BMLGR) 6          150      
GARTH BROOKS/Stronger Than Me (Pearl)       6          75        
MORGAN WALLEN/Whiskey Glasses (Big Loud)            6          126      
RUNAWAY JUNE/Buy My Own Drinks (Wheelhouse)      6          105      
LAUREN ALAINA/Ladies In The '90s (19/Mercury)           5          75        
PISTOL ANNIES/Got My Name Changed Back (RCA)     4          50        
KELSEA BALLERINI/Miss Me More (Black River)            3          143      
ERIC CHURCH/Hangin' Around (EMI Nashville)  1          1         
GEORGE STRAIT/Codigo (MCA)           1          1         
HARDY/Rednecker (Tree Vibez/Big Loud)          1          1         
JIMMIE ALLEN/Make Me Want To (Stoney Creek)          1          1         
MADDIE & TAE/Friends Don't (Mercury) 1          111      
MITCHELL TENPENNY/Alcohol You Later (Riser House/Columbia)         1          2         
SUNDANCE HEAD/Leave Her Wild (Wildcatter)  1          12        
TENILLE ARTS/I Hate This (Reviver)      1          26        
WATERLOO REVIVAL/Wonder Woman (Show Dog)      1          35

For a detailed report check out Country Aircheck Weekly January 14, 2019, Issue 635 - Magazine View

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