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Thursday, July 12, 2018

Country Airplay Top 10 Sees Carrie Underwood’s Total to 27

The Billboard’s Country Airplay chart saw topped by ‘Tequila’ of Dan + Shay for the second week, as it collected a total of 44.6 million audience impressions, which is an increase of 2 percent from last week, according to Nielsen Music. The chart also saw Carrie Underwood appear for the 27th consecutive time, as well as an equal amount of appearances in the top 10.
‘Cry Pretty’ by Carrie Underwood moved up a place from No. 11 to enter the top 10, as it gained 7 percent in audience impressions, to bring the total to 24.3 million in its 13th week. The song was co-written by Underwood herself, Hilary Lindsey, Liz Rose and Lori McKenna and is the first from her new studio album. This is also the first time she is releasing an album (due on the 14th of September) with record label Capitol Records, having previously worked her entire career with Arista Nashville.
Of her songs to qualify as country singles for the chart, this is the artist’s 27th consecutive appearance in the top 10 of the Country Airplay. Her incredible run began with her first ever country song ‘Jesus, Take the Wheel’, which was released in 2006 and led the chart for a total of six weeks. Of her 27 appearances in the top 10, she has led the rankings on 15 different occasions.
‘Cry Pretty’ had also achieved a spot on the top 10 of the Hot Country Songs chart, which is based on a combination of airplay, sales and streaming data, on the rankings that were released on the 28th of April. The song featured at No. 5, after climbing fifteen places from No. 20. The high jump was preceded by her debut live performance of the song at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards which were held on the 15th of April. Currently, the song is at No. 17 in the chart dated 14th July, maintaining its position from last week.
The longest streak of straight career-opening top 10 appearances in the Country Airplay, was extended to 27 by Underwood. The next best is 19 by Terry Lawrence during a five-year period from 1992 to 1997. However, the longest top 10 streak overall in the Country Airplay chart, belongs to Keith Urban, who has 38 appearances in a row. Urban’s run included a total of 21 appearances at No. 1, which started in 2000, as his single ‘Your Everything’ ranked at No. 4. The streak was broken earlier this year, when in February ‘Female’ peaked at No. 12.
Among active streaks, Luke Bryan is second in consecutive top 10 appearances of Country Airplay, with 25 such instances. The last song to do so was ‘Most People are Good’, as it climbed four places from 12th to 8th on the Feb 24th chart and eventually went on to top the rankings on March 31st chart, becoming the artist’s 19th No. 1. The only female to have more top 10s is Reba McEntire with 36 appearances.

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