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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

‘I Was Jack’ Moves to Top of Country Airplay Chart

I Was Jack (You Were Diane)’ by Jake Owen moved to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart, dated the 4th of August, as it climbed up a place from No. 2. According to Nielsen Music, the song had surprisingly witnessed a decline in audience impressions, as they were down by 3.1 percent to 40.1 million during the week that ended on the 29th of July.
The song is a nod to ‘Jack & Dane’ by John Mellencamp, who has been credited with writing Owen’s No. 1 song. The song by Mellencamp is a former No. 1 itself, having spent four weeks at the top of the Billboard Hot 100 back in 1982.
Owen has managed to bring his tally of Country Airplay No. 1 songs to seven now, having been the top 10 on nine different occasions. His first-ever song to rule the chart was ‘Barefoot Blue Jean Night’, which enjoyed two weeks at No. 1 in September of 2011. His last song to have the same honor was ‘American Country Love Song’, which was No. 1 in September of 2016.
Meanwhile, Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha now hold the to spend most weeks at No. 1 of the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart, since its inceptions almost 60 years ago. The song with which they have claimed this record is ‘Meant to Be’, which has been at the top of the rankings for 35 weeks. The record previously was held by ‘Body Like a Back Road’ by Sam Hunt, which enjoyed a run of 34 weeks in 2017.
‘Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset’ by Luke Bryan, was also on the rise in the Country Airplay chart, as it climbed three places from No. 13 to finish at No. 10 in the rankings. The song claimed 26.3 million audience impressions, which is an increase of 13 percent from the previous week. This is the 26th time that Luke Bryan has managed to get into the top 10 of the Country Airplay, as well as his 25th to be promoted back-to-back. His run of 25 successive top 10s in the chart, started with his second song to feature in the frame back in 2008, called ‘Country Man’. This is the second-longest streak to be currently active, with Carrie Underwood claiming 27 successive appearances in the top 10 of the rankings.
Meanwhile, on the Americana/Folk Album Sales chart, Lori McKenna has managed a personal best with her new album ‘The Tree’, as the set made a debut appearance at No. 3 in the rankings, with 4,000 units sold. Her previous best was at No. 4, which she acquired with the set called ‘The Bird and the Rifle’ back in 2016. McKenna is no stranger to writing popular songs, having co-written ‘Cry Pretty’ by Carrie Underwood. The song has managed to get in to the top 10 of not only the Country Airplay chart, but the Hot Country Songs chart as well. McKenna said in an interview that the experience was like being with any other girl, except that Carrie Underwood was a wonderful singer.

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