Country Radio Update (For July 15th Chart)

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Here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated July 15.

Top of the Pile

Blake Shelton – Every Time I Hear That Song. It’s still just fine. It won’t go down as a Blake classic in the way that Austin or Mine Would Be You will, but it’s a good addition to the canon and he sings it well. The chorus is naggingly hooky after a while (woo-oooh!), and Blake has the best drummer in country music, Nir Z, and one of the finest guitarists, Derek Wells, to clang around his voice. This song is another number one for Aimee Mayo and Chris Lindsey (Amazed) and the Warren brothers, Brad and Brett, who wrote a little-known song called Cruise. There was no doubt this would be a smash, even if they probably knocked it out while warming up to write a better song.

The Sales Number One

Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. Twenty-one weeks at the top, and still at 4 on the Airplay charts. Maybe he should take a week off from romancing the girl from the southside with the braids in her hair. He won’t, and he’s three weeks from tying Cruise’s 24-week run. 2017: the year of Shape of You and Body Like a Back Road.

Edging Closer

Rascal Flatts – Yours If You Want It. The site editor is a massive Flatts fan (what is the term, Dan, for a Flatts fanatic??) so to keep him sweet here’s the number 6 airplay tune. Do check out the fun video directed by Billy Zabka, Karate Kid and How I Met Your Mother guest star!

Rising Artists

Brothers Osborne – It Ain’t My Fault. They’re only guilty of a damn good time!! This is only their third hit but it feels like they have been around for ages (Stay a Little Longer entered the chart in 2015!!). One of the finest live acts working in any genre, thanks to the vocal prowess of TJ and slick trickery of John (Mr Lucie Silvas), the brothers should soundtrack many a July 4 celebration this week. Everything about it is superb. Will it become their second number one?

Old Friends

Jason Aldean – They Don’t Know. Country’s Tony the Tiger (he’s grrrreat) has sent the bouncy title track of his latest album to radio as the fourth single. Regular Country Radio readers will know that you can spot a fourth single from an album by its obvious alrightness, but such is Aldean’s quality control that this song is pretty good, and not an obvious single. It has the patented wide-open chord template and mention of ‘tractors’ and ‘tall green grass’ that makes it typical Aldean without being cliched. It’s at 20 after ten weeks, so expect it to rise further, as it’s a great summer driving song. Still an indie artist, Aldean is on the Broken Bow label that also has Dustin Lynch on its roster.

The Lower Reaches

Aaron Watson – Outta Style. My goodness. He’s up to 29 after 26 weeks on the chart. Whatever he’s doing it’s working. (I did say he wouldn’t budge from here until he vacates the top 40). He leaves the likes of Easton Corbin, Chris Janson, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert and Luke Combs in his wake. Well done to Miranda, who is up to 36 and is one of only three solo women in the top 40 (along with Carly Pearce at 22 and Maren Morris at 26). Further back, well done to Lindsay Ell, who enters at 60 with Waiting on You after her appearance on Jimmy Kimmel.

Jonny Brick

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