Country’s biggest-seller this week is now recurrent on radio, which suggests it is time for Body Like a Back Road by Sam Hunt to move on, but here’s what’s happening on Country Radio this week, for the chart dated June 17.
Top of the Pile
Brett Young – In Case You Didn’t Know. Number 19 in the Hot 100 is very impressive for a guy with his second single. He’s hitting the road with Kelsea Ballerini and Lady Antebellum, who are also primed to make the Hot 100 this summer.
The sales Number One
Sam Hunt – Body Like a Back Road. Sticking at 3 on the radio, there is nothing left to say about this song. Brett Young and Luke Combs, at 2 and 3 respectively, have climbed to the top 3 in a span of nine months. Sam has been at the top for four months, and came out eighteen weeks ago, hitting the top in its first full week of eligibility. He could break wind and have a hit these days, and this is the success story of the year, even bigger than Take Your Time. In the Hot 100 across all genres of popular music, he sticks at 14, making him bigger than Miley Cyrus, Shawn Mendes and Ed Sheeran’s Castle on the Hill. But, laughably, behind James Arthur. America, eh?
Florida Georgia Line ft The Backstreet Boys – God, Your Mama and Me. The first time I heard this I thought it was the end of their career; now I see and hear it for what it is. It sounds like money, albeit melodic money with a nice message. But still money. Up to 6.
Dylan Scott – My Girl. Down to 10 from a high of 9, Dylan has done very well to get a top 10, with huge radio support. Like Chris Lane and Michael Ray he is a handsome boy who looks good on posters and sounds good on the radio between the commercials, but the song is very average and nowhere near as good as songs called My Girl by Smokey Robinson and Madness.
Cole Swindell and Dierks Bentley – Flatliner. I’ve mentioned this song in the past, but it’s worth writing that Black, by Dierks, missed the number one in the Billboard chart, stalling behind Luke Combs and Brett Young. It did, however, make the Mediabase number one song, since there are two charts for airplay. According to the site Radio-Media.com, Mediabase use ‘people instead of computers…If the music was heard in an advertisement or if the artist was talked about by DJs or other things a computer [which counts Billboard’s chart] would miss.’ You can now see why I use Billboard, not Mediabase, for these pieces.
The Lower Reaches
Aaron Watson – Outta Style. HE CLIMBS a place to 36, but I have to talk about what’s around him in case I have to deny I’m being paid to feature him here. (I’m not, I just want to see him in Britain soon!) The new Big & Rich song California which sits at 37 is pretty good; Morgan Wallen, son of a preacher man, is at 35 but sounding very poppy; and congratulations are due to Todd O’Neill, a former contestant on The Voice and winner of Nash Next in 2016, whose song Love Again enters the forty at 40.