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Country Radio Update (Chart Dated August 26th)

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Here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated August 26.

Top of the Pile

Billy Currington – Do I Make You Wanna. It’s three weeks at the top, which is very rare these days, for Billy, with a song that is as gentle as the flow of a creek going into the ocean. It is his eleventh radio chart-topper, which proves that he’s getting on well with the people programming his music for radio, and has a good team behind him to keep converting those songs into hits.

The Sales Number One

Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. This song only has a lyric video, with no traditional video to send to CMT with Sam looking suave in a ballcap. Perhaps that’s the point; Sam has a massive fanbase outside those who want to listen to the more traditional stuff, so why chase it? 27 weeks on, and this song still hasn’t been deposed. How many people have been drawn to country by Sam the way Lady Antebellum or Taylor Swift pulled them in? Sam is thus a Trojan Horse, and I am sure the algorithms that control streaming are recommending so many country artists who wouldn’t be heard were it not for Sam’s introduction.[/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]Edging Closer

Old Dominion – No Such Thing as a Broken Heart. Their second album Happy Endings is out on August 25, which perfectly matches the rise of the first single from it, which is at 4. Everything is in the right place: the gentle riff that introduces the song, Matt Ramsay’s syncopated, tripletised delivery of the lyrics and the spacious moment in the chorus about sunsets.

Rising Artists

Chris Lane – For Her. Joey Moi, who produced this song which has risen to 12, worked with Nickelback, so he knows how to get a big recording sound onto the charts. The sound is better than the song, though it does have some nice minor chords that lead into the chorus, and the contrast between the falsetto part there and the punchier chorus is admirable. It helps that Chris mentions ‘radio’ in the chorus. I still prefer Fix.

Old Friends

Kip Moore – More Girls Like You. Up to 13, this is from another act preparing a September release and tour. I still like the line in the chorus about having ‘a piece of land’, which must be a dream of many of his legion of fans. Kip’s new song The Bull has a more insistent guitar and beat than his current ballad that has so much radio play, and mentions La Bamba!

The Lower Reaches

Aaron Watson – Outta Style. He’s up to 26 and still climbing, which is scarcely believable for a really independent act. I think it’s because the song is so welcoming, like the best Bruce Springsteen song, and has a nagging riff and a chorus that goes up and up. He’s being played more on the radio than the likes of Chris Young, Brett Young (whose Like I Loved You will get to number one eventually and is at 36 at the moment) and Walker Hayes, father-of-six, whose catchy You Broke Up With Me is at 32.

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