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Country Radio Update (For August 5th Chart)

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[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated August 5.

Top of the Pile

Rascal Flatts – Yours If You Want It

This is one of the Flatts’ most jubilant hits, a great choice of first single from a strong album with ‘woah’s to satisfy their fans who will forgive them for slipping in some newies in what is now a Greatest Hits set. To Joe Don, Jay and of course Gary LeVox, mazaltov on your fourteenth radio number one. See you in London next year?? Ryan Hurd, co-writer of You Look Good which is fast rising to the summit on country radio (though it slips to 11 this week), paid tribute to Andrew Dorff, co-writer of this number one along with Jonathan Singleton (who, among others, wrote Love is War for American Young). Dorff, who died suddenly in December last year, used to celebrate his chart-toppers wildly, so Ryan was telling them all to celebrate as Andrew used to do.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_raw_html]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[/vc_raw_html][/vc_column][/vc_row][vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]The Sales Number One

Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. The boy’s done it, equalling Cruise’s twenty-four weeks at the top of the charts. Still at 6 on the radio, it is one of the hits of the century. I can imagine record label executives crying out for the next Sam Hunt, but I think there’s only one of him. Will he overtake Brian and Tyler next week? He’ll take it slow just as fast as he can…

Edging Closer

Old Dominion – No Such Thing as a Broken Heart. The album is due at the end of August, which means more songs from it are trickling out in the modern way. This first single, with a video worth seeing, is also strong; oddly, singer Matt has decided to wear a cowboy hat for live performances. This contemporary country song positions the band well, as they have a defined sound that marks them out from other artists. Their sophistication is evident, and their success is much deserved.

Rising Artists

LANCO – Greatest Love Story. At 31 this week, this is another one of those modern country slowies that will get people slow-dancin’. ‘I was gonna be your forever…We didn’t know any better’ goes the chorus, as a banjo plucks along to a story of a missed opportunity. He goes off to work, she goes to school…It’s one of those three-minute movies, brilliantly realised thanks to vocals of Brandon Lancaster (hence the LAN of LANCO). This is a bigger hit than Long Live Tonight, the band’s debut which stopped at 32.

Old Friends

Kenny Chesney – All The Pretty Girls. Up to 19, this sounds great turned up loud, especially with the radio-friendly guitar crunching away. Kenny has picked another winner here, and the massive chorus must go down well with the No Shoes Nation. The female vocals are provided by the song’s co-writer Caitlyn Smith, who wrote Tacoma which Garth Brooks put on his last but one album.

The Lower Reaches

Aaron Watson – Outta Style. Still at 30 for this Texan trooper. He has now been overtaken by Brad Paisley and Eric Church, but radio is still spinning him more than newer tracks by Miranda Lambert, Big & Rich and Jake Owen. Coming into the forty are Walker Hayes, whose song You Broke Up With Me has got the Bobby Bones seal of approval, and Russell Dickerson, pal of Florida Georgia Line, who is in at 38 with Yours, a track which went down brilliantly at London’s Nashville Meets London gig.

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