Less than one month after breakout singer/songwriter Jimmie Allen made history as the first black artist to launch their career with a No. 1 at Country radio, the hot newcomer sets even more records with the return of his debut single, “Best Shot,” to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
The debut single, which Rolling Stone calls “a soulful, acoustic love song,” originally hit No. 1 in its 40th week on Nov. 24, and claimed the top spot for a second consecutive week on Dec. 1. The song’s return to No. 1 after landing at No. 2 last week marks the first time a Country Airplay debut has hit No. 1 for three weeks since Florida Georgia Line‘s “Cruise” in 2012 and the first for a solo male artist since Blake Shelton‘s “Austin” in 2001. “Best Shot” is also the first song by any artist to return to No. 1 on Country Airplay after descending in over a decade.
“Seeing the resurgence of ‘Best Shot’ to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart is a testament to how great of a team I have,” Allen shared with Billboard. “They have continued to fight for this song when so many others would have given up. I am so thankful to Country Radio and its listeners for their support. Seeing ‘Best Shot’ connect with the hearts of so many is evidence that we are a lot more alike than we are different.”
Written by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Allen’s Stoney Creek Records / BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane, a project The New York Times opines is “optimistic, rock-inflected country.” His 15-track debut is named for the dead-end street in Milton, Delaware where he grew up. With a population of 2,914, Allen’s father first introduced him to Country music in the sleepy town where corn and soybean fields line the two-lane road.