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BILLBOARD.COM/NEWSLETTERS                                                                                     OCTOBER 11, 2021 | PAGE 2 OF 24

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     THIS             Turner, Carter, Travis: Classic Reissues Benefit
    ISSUE                From Fresh Marketing And Fresh Ears
    Lee Brice        Randy Travis’ 1986 album Storms of Life, Deana Carter’s 1996           “That was on a cassette,” recalls Turner. “Now, of course, I
     Has One         release Did I Shave My Legs for This? and Josh Turner’s 2006        own it on vinyl, I own it on CD, and now that it’s rereleased, I’ve
    Hot ‘Mess’       project Your Man all went multiplatinum when the recording          already ordered my two copies of the deluxe edition. I’m not
     >page 5         industry’s business model centered on the sales of albums.          the only one out there that does that kind of thing.”
                         Now in 2021, they                                                                                           But the reissues also
                     each have a new sheen                                                                                        provide an educational
                     t h ro u g h delu xe re -                                                                                    option for younger fans
   Country Is        issues, released at a                                                                                        and/or newcomers to

                                                                                                                                                               TRAVIS: ROBERT TRACTENBERG. CARTER: RANDEE ST. NICHOLAS. TURNER: DAVID McCLISTER.
 Stocking Up On      time when the music                                                                                          the genre, whose current
   Christmas         busi ness is foc used                                                                                        interest in Luke Combs,
    >page 13         on streaming single                                                                                          Carly Pearce or Scotty
                     tracks. A new edition                                                                                        McCreery may create
                     of Your Man arrived                                                                                          some curiosity about
                     June 25 with three live                  TURNER                     CARTER                       TRAVIS      the roots of their sound.
  Makin’ Tracks:     2012 versions of the                                                                                            “Reissues and new
 Pearce, McBryde     original album’s singles that were first included in a package      collections are critical,” says Warner Music Nashville execu-
  With ‘Girl’ Talk   for Cracker Barrel, Josh Turner: Live Across America. Travis’ re-   tive vp/GM Ben Kline. “It awakens people and gives them a
                     mastered Storms of Life appeared Sept. 24 with three previously     reason to go down the rabbit hole of those artists.”
    >page 21         unreleased tracks, believed to have been recorded during the           The reissue of Travis’ Storms has created a bump in
                     Storms era. Carter’s Shave will be upgraded Nov. 5 with multiple    consumption of the Country Music Hall of Fame member’s
                     guests reimagining bonus versions of the title track and “Straw-    music overall, says Kline, noting that the connective tissue
  Country Coda:      berry Wine”: Ashley McBryde, Sara Evans, Lauren Alaina,             between current music and previous releases is vital to
                     Martina McBride, Kylie Morgan and Terri Clark, plus guitar-         enhancing consumers’ bond with the genre.
  ‘Just Another’
                     ist Vince Gill. The digital reissue provides an additional alter-      “Catalog is always near and dear to me ’cause, you know, The
    Tucker Hit       nate version of “Did I Shave My Legs for This?” and nine tracks     Rolling Stones made me want to know who Chuck Berry is,”
    >page 24         that were featured on the original U.K. issue of Carter’s album.    observes Kline. “It’s through today’s music, or whatever that
                         The packages — marking the 35th, 25th and 15th anniver-         time is, that we tend to go back historically and look.”
                     saries, respectively, of the original releases — have value for        Some albums that are worthy of reissue get recycled often.
                     ardent fans, including Turner, who counts Travis’ Storms of         Carter’s Shave was released on vinyl for the first time in conjunc-
                     Life as the first album he ever owned.                              tion with its 20th anniversary, and she was already thinking at
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that point about how to take advantage of the 25th. She approached Universal
Music Group Nashville with a proposal to rerecord the entire project with guest
artists on every track, though when they crunched the numbers, the total bud-
get — somewhere around $275,000 — was cost-prohibitive.
    Still, enlisting a few key guests and enlarging the bundle signals that the
original deserves new consideration. Carter was surprised at how well the music
holds up after 25 years.
    “It was timeless to me,” she says. “I don’t know what it is. I wasn’t follow-
ing a trend or anything. We were just letting the songs speak for themselves,
and the message is universal and honest, and they just ring true today like
they did then, to me.”
    The album benefits, too, from how music was marketed in the ’90s. It launched    Singer-songwriter Jacob Bryant (center) signed with Thirty Tigers
five singles onto radio playlists over a two-year period, including three No. 1s     and American Roots Records, setting up the Jan. 14, 2022, release of
and an additional top five. Physical singles were rare, so fans were conditioned     his album Bar Stool Preacher. He’s flanked by Thirty Tigers president
to purchase the entire album, a stark contrast from the 2021 landscape.              David Macias (left) and American Roots CEO Jeff Catton.
    “The way we do music now, it’s just so different,” says Carter. “I feel like
it’s the era that warrants these collections.”
    But the music from those eras also gets a boost from today’s conditions.
The presence of current artists on Carter’s reissue easily serves as an en-
dorsement for the project. Travis, whom younger performers widely cite as
an influence,has been welcomed publicly at numerous concerts in recent years,
including a July 26 Ryman Auditorium show that featured over 20 acts singing
“Forever and Ever, Amen.” And Turner’s “Your Man” marked the first time
Chris Stapleton enjoyed a hit as a songwriter; it subsequently became a key
piece of material in McCreery’s introduction on American Idol.
    “All that kind of gave that song, that album, you know, a rebirth and intro-
duced it to a whole new set of fans,” says Turner. “This record has experienced
a renaissance more than once.”                                                       Tenille Arts spent time with WKHX Atlanta PD Mike Moore when
    A renaissance is usually accompanied by at least a tinge of nostalgia, and       she opened for Lady A on Oct. 2 at AmerisBank Amphitheatre in
that’s appropriate for all three of these reissues. Turner and his wife, Jenni-      Alpharetta, Ga.
fer, re-created parts of the “Your Man” video in Nashville’s Hermitage Hotel,
folding their married-with-children status against that original time period.
Carter’s “Strawberry Wine” and Travis’ “1982” — the first hits from Shave
and Storms ­— both revolve around memories of early romantic experiences.
    But while reissues invite nostalgia from older generations of music fans, they
also bring a fresh understanding to younger fans who may be hearing them for
the first time. And these albums are much more likely to get an audition from

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a teen or 20-something in 2021 than a Hank Williams or Ernest Tubb reissue
might have received from that same age group in an earlier era. The streaming
model simply makes it easier for the modern consumer to explore the past.
    “There’s no barrier,” says Kline, comparing the digital era to the age of the    Cody Johnson celebrated the release of Human: The Double Album
physical album. “Not only did you have to save enough, you had to hope your          during an Oct. 5 party at Nashville’s Urban Cowboy. From left: Warner
record store had it in stock or you had to special order all that. You see some-     Music Nashville senior director of artist development Missy Iredell, vp
thing now — whether it’s an article, a post, whatever it is — you can be in that     radio and streaming Tom Martens and executive vp artist development
song, in that moment, in 10 seconds. So it’s taking advantage of the barriers        Shane Tarleton; Johnson; WMN executive VP/GM Ben Kline; and
being broken down.”                                                                  Durango manager Howie Edelman.
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          Lee Brice Makes A New ‘Memory’ Atop
           Country Airplay Chart; Elvie Shane,
             Zac Brown Band Notch Top 10s
Lee Brice nets his eighth leader on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart as          Nashville/WAR) sails 13-9 (18.5 million, up 12%).
“Memory I Don’t Mess With” (Curb) rises 2-1 on the Oct. 16-dated list, in its       The song, which Brown penned with Ben Simonetti and Jonathan
49th week on the survey. It increased by 15% to 30.4 million impressions in       Singleton, is the lead single from the group’s seventh studio album, The
the week ending Oct. 10, according to MRC Data.                                   Comeback, due Oct. 15.
   “Wow. Every single one is hard, every single one is so special, and I am so      Zac Brown Band last appeared in the Country Airplay top 10 with
thankful for this No. 1,” says Brice, who co-wrote                                                           “Beautiful Drug,” its 13th No. 1, in April 2016.
the song with Brian Davis and Billy Montana. “Mo-                                                            It arrived with “Chicken Fried,” which led for two
mentum is hard to get, hard to keep, and we are all                                                          weeks in December 2008. In between the act’s
so pumped to still be trucking along, playing and                                                            two most recent top 10s, it logged four top 40
making the music we love. Thank you to my co-                                                                entries in 2016-19.
writers; our fans, who are the best in the world; and
country radio.”                                                                                                 LEGENDS RETURN Reba McEntire and Dolly
   “Memory” is Brice’s fourth consecutive proper                                                                Parton’s “Does He Love You” (MCA Nashville)
single to top Country Airplay. It follows “One of                                                               debuts at No. 49 on Country Airplay with 1.1 mil-
Them Girls,” which reigned for a career-best three                                                              lion impressions through Oct. 10, after being sent
weeks in October 2020; “I Hope You’re Happy                                                                     to radio on Oct. 8. The label tells Billboard that it
Now,” with Carly Pearce (one week, June 2020);                                                                  is not presently planning to promote the song as
and “Rumor” (one week, July 2019). Brice notched                                                                a long-term radio single.
his first No. 1, among 12 top 10s, in April 2012                                                                   The original version of the ballad by McEntire
when “A Woman Like You” led for one week.                                                                       and Linda Davis ruled Country Airplay for one
   On Billboard’s airplay-, sales- and streaming-                                                               week in November 1993, becoming McEntire’s
based Hot Country Songs chart, “Memory” pushes                                                                  fifth of 11 No. 1s. It’s the lone leader for Davis, the
6-5 for a new high. In the week ending Oct. 7, it in-                                                           mother of Lady A’s Hillary Scott. (That trio’s “Like
creased by 6% to 4.8 million U.S. streams and 2%                                                                a Lady,” released by Big Machine Label Group,
to 2,000 downloads sold.                                                                                        bullets at its No. 14 best — with 15.2 million, up

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                                                                                                                2% — on the latest list. ) McEntire and Parton’s
YOU GO, ‘BOY’ Elvie Shane achieves his first Hot                                                                new take on “Love,” which was produced by Dave
Country Songs top 10 as his debut single, “My Boy”                                                              Cobb, is from McEntire’s triple-album Revived
(Wheelhouse), jumps 13-7. It rises 6-5 on Country                                                               Remixed Revisited, released Oct. 8.
Airplay, up 16% to 24 million in audience, and also collected 5 million streams     McEntire and Parton add their 72nd and 27th respective Country Airplay
(up 18%) and sold 2,000 (up 22%) in the tracking week. “Boy,” which Shane         entries, dating to the chart’s January 1990 inception, and each have now ap-
co-wrote, is from his debut album, Backslider, due Oct. 29.                       peared on the ranking in the 1990s, 2000s, 2010s and 2020s. McEntire boasts
                                                                                  the most visits among women and the seventh-most overall. Next up among
‘BOAT’ FLOATS Zac Brown Band earns its 17th Country Airplay top 10,               female artists are Martina McBride (56), Trisha Yearwood (51), Faith Hill
and first in over five years, as “Same Boat” (Home Grown/Warner Music             (48) and Carrie Underwood (46).

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                                                          Country Airplay
                                                                                                                                                                           MONITORED BY

                WKS                                                                                                          AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)                PLAYS
 WEEK   WEEK   CHART   TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist                                                                          THIS WEEK           +/–    THIS WEEK     +/–     RANK

 1       2     49      MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH C urb                   HH No. 1 (1 Week) HH              Lee Brice    30.385          +3.869      7910       1149       1

 2       3     12      IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU M
                                             acon/Capitol Nashville/Broken Bow   Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood        27.866          +2.871      7118        639       2
  3      1     44      COLD BEER CALLING MY NAME R iver House/Columbia Nashville Jameson Rodgers Featuring Luke Combs   26.044          -5.070      6305       -1406      5

 l4      4     14      FANCY LIKE M
                                   onument                                                            Walker Hayes      25.716          +2.942      6662        831       3

 l5      6     53      MY BOY W
                               heelhouse                                                                Elvie Shane     23.986          +3.246      6586        764       4

 l6      5     45      FAMOUS FRIENDS R CA Nashville                                      Chris Young + Kane Brown      21.722          +0.217      5070        236       9

 l7      9     32      CHASING AFTER YOU A
                                          rista Nashville                             Ryan Hurd With Maren Morris       20.355           +1.681     5587        342       6

 l8     10     14      COLD AS YOU R iver House/Columbia Nashville                                     Luke Combs       18.698           +1.695     4804        491       10

 l9     13     18      SAME BOAT H
                                  ome Grown/Warner Music Nashville/WAR                             Zac Brown Band       18.488           +2.012     4675        526       11

 1      11     21      I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY A
                                                 rista Nashville                                     Old Dominion       18.413           +1.761     5227        762       7

 11     12     31      KNOWING YOU B lue Chair/Warner Music Nashville/WEA                           Kenny Chesney       17.689           +1.157     5127        336       8

 1      15     23      THINKING ‘BOUT YOU B roken Bow                     Dustin Lynch Featuring MacKenzie Porter       16.216          +2.362      4292        534       12

 13     16     38      TEQUILA LITTLE TIME C apitol Nashville                                             Jon Pardi     15.282           +1.617     4163        254       14

 14     14     31      LIKE A LADY B MLG                                                                     Lady A     15.230          +0.271      4227        146       13

 15     17     37      FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY S toney Creek                              Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley     13.171          +0.276      3873        112       15

 1      18     51      WHISKEY AND RAIN W
                                         arner Music Nashville/WEA                                     Michael Ray      12.376          +0.207      3631        156       16

 17     21     13      BUY DIRT M
                                 CA Nashville           HH Airpower HH           Jordan Davis Featuring Luke Bryan      11.487          +2.233      3309        530       18

 1      19     55      JUST ABOUT OVER YOU inDent/Mercury Nashville                                   Priscilla Block   11.465          +0.793      3354        213       17

 19     20     21      YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE M
                                                  ercury Nashville                                  Chris Stapleton     11.120           +1.166     3214        236       19

 20     22      8      ONE MISSISSIPPI R CA Nashville                 HH Airpower HH                   Kane Brown       9.853            +1.131     2852        323       20

 21     23     15      SAND IN MY BOOTS R epublic/Big Loud                                          Morgan Wallen       8.898           +0.526      2649        243       24

 2      25     38      HOME SWEET T riple Tigers                                                  Russell Dickerson     8.497           +0.914      2696        299       22

 23     24     25      HALF OF MY HOMETOWN B lack River                   Kelsea Ballerini Featuring Kenny Chesney      8.458           +0.541      2800        197       21

 2      26     34      TO BE LOVED BY YOU M
                                           CA Nashville                                           Parker McCollum       8.250           +0.798      2565        152       25

 25     27     29      IT’S ‘CAUSE I AM B ig Machine                                                  Callista Clark    7.217           +0.032      2662         39       23

 26     29     20      DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME) R CA/Columbia Nashville        Elle King & Miranda Lambert     6.543           +0.655      1913        226       29

 27     31      5      23 M
                           CA Nashville                                                                   Sam Hunt      6.226            +1.146     1951        360       27

 2      30     13      HEART ON FIRE E MI Nashville                                                     Eric Church     5.774           +0.274      2197         96       26

 29     32     14      THAT’S WHAT COWBOYS DO P earl                                                  Garth Brooks      4.649           +0.244      1541        143       30

 30     33     32      GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL B ig LoudHARDY                                                             4.459           +0.312      1951        223       28

                                                COUNTRY AIRPLAY CHART LEGEND

RANKINGS                                        audience does not exceed                      are not still gaining enough                  MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE
Country Airplay is ranked by                    the percentage of monitored                   audience points to bullet or if               Most Increased Audience on
total audience impressions                      station downtime for the                      they rank below No. 10 and                    Country Airplay lists the songs
for the week ending Sunday                      format. Titles that decline                   post a third consecutive week                 with the greatest week-to-week
based on monitored airplay                      in audience but increase in                   of (non-bulleted) audience                    increases in total audience.
of 148 stations by MRC                          detections will also receive                  decline, regardless of total
Data. Audience totals on the                    a bullet if the total audience                chart weeks.                                  AIRPOWER
chart are derived, in part,                     erosion for the week does not                                                               Awarded on Country Airplay to
using certain Nielsen Audio-                    exceed 3%.                                    HOT SHOT DEBUT                                titles ranking inside top 20 in
copyrighted Persons 12+                                                                       Awarded to the highest-ranking                plays and audience rankings for
audience estimates (under                       TIES                                          new entry on Country Airplay.                 the first time, with increases in
license © 2021, Nielsen Audio).                 On Country Airplay, if two                                                                  both plays and audience.
The list of all Country Airplay                 songs are tied in total                       MOST ADDED
chart reporters can be viewed                   audience, the song with the                   The total number of new adds                  BREAKER
on MRC Data’s platforms.                        larger increase in audience is                officially reported to Billboard              Awarded on Country Airplay
                                                placed first.                                 by each reporting station, or                 to titles achieving airplay (at
BULLETS                                                                                       by an automatic-add threshold                 least one detection) at 60% of
l Awarded on Country Airplay                    RECURRENTS                                    (seven plays for the first time               reporting stations for the first
to titles gaining audience                      On Country Airplay, descending                in a chart tracking week,                     time.
or remaining flat from the                      titles below No. 10 in either                 according to MRC Data) for
previous week. A song                           audience or detections are                    stations that do not report                   © 2021 Billboard Media, LLC
will also receive a bullet                      moved to recurrent after 20                   adds.
if its percentage loss in                       weeks, provided that they
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                                                            Country Airplay
                                                                                                                                                                                         MONITORED BY

                WKS                                                                                                                         AUDIENCE (IN MILLIONS)               PLAYS
 WEEK   WEEK   CHART   TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist                                                                                         THIS WEEK           +/–    THIS WEEK    +/–     RANK

 31     34       8     WILD HEARTS H
                                    it Red/Capitol Nashville                                                          Keith Urban      3.676           +0.303      1246       125       33

 32     35     11       BEERS ON ME C apitol Nashville                                       Dierks Bentley, Breland & HARDY           2.875           -0.086      1138       129       36

 3      36     10       BEST THING SINCE BACKROADS B ig Loud                                                           Jake Owen       2.849           +0.087      1335        76       32

 34     39       4     NEVER WANTED TO BE THAT GIRL A tlantic/Warner Music Nashville/Big Machine/WMN   Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde   2.748           +0.361       981       176       39

 35     37     32      THAT AIN’T ME NO MORE R ECORDS/Arista Nashville                                                  Matt Stell     2.688           +0.207      1372        44       31
 36     28       2     COME BACK AS A COUNTRY BOY W
                                                   arner Music Nashville/WMN                                        Blake Shelton      2.350           -4.089       779       -475      45

 37     40       9     STEAL MY LOVE W
                                      arner Music Nashville/WAR                                                       Dan + Shay       2.274           +0.045       878        30       42

 38     41     32      GETTING OVER HIM 1 9/Mercury Nashville                              Lauren Alaina Duet With Jon Pardi           2.267           +0.074      1230        85       34

 3      42     34       I CAN’T M
                                 onument                                              Caitlyn Smith Featuring Old Dominion             2.164           +0.062      1159        54       35

 40     43     10      7500 OBO M
                                 cGraw/Big Machine                                                                   Tim McGraw        2.163           +0.099       924        86       41

 41     44     18       MY MASTERPIECE C apitol Nashville                                                           Darius Rucker      1.862           +0.042      1018        37       38

 4      45     23       I’M NOT FOR EVERYONE E MI Nashville                                                    Brothers Osborne        1.665           +0.037       933        23       40

 43     46     16      OLD SCHOOL S how Dog Nashville                                                                  Toby Keith      1.574            +0.110     1123        20       37

 4      48     19       BACK THEN, RIGHT NOW 1 9th & Grand                                                             Tenille Arts    1.531           +0.173       869        39       43

 45     47       7     COUNTRY’D LOOK GOOD ON YOU S toney Creek                                                         Frank Ray      1.520           +0.063       707        23       46

 4      49     19      WHILE YOU’RE GONE W
                                          arner Music Nashville/WMN                                                   Drew Parker      1.336           +0.036       505        23       52
 47     50     19      YOU AIN’T PRETTY Q
                                         uartz Hill                                                                  Nate Barnes       1.169           -0.099       812        16       44
 48     51     25      FILL THEM BOOTS B ig Loud                                                                       Chris Lane      1.146           -0.109       590        9        50

 49        NEW                           CA Nashville HHHot Shot Debut/Breaker/Most Added HH  Reba McEntire Duet With Dolly Parton
                       DOES HE LOVE YOU M                                                                                                 1.136            +1.136      619       619       49

 50     54     10      TILL THERE’S NOTHING LEFT R CA/Triple TigersCam                                                                  1.111          +0.241       634        40       48

 51     NEW      1     UP C apitol Nashville                                                                           Luke Bryan      1.037           +0.938       259       247       -

 52     52       4     AT THE END OF A BAR R CA Nashville                                     Chris Young & Mitchell Tenpenny          0.992           +0.053       454        46       55

 53     53     11      FOOTPRINTS ON THE MOON W
                                               arner Music Nashville/WAR                                           Gabby Barrett       0.980           +0.088       473       -10       54

 54      RE-ENTRY      ‘TIL YOU CAN’T C oJo/Warner Music Nashville/WMN                                             Cody Johnson        0.935           +0.520       154        89       -

 55     55       6     NEW TRUCK C urb                                                                                Dylan Scott      0.916           +0.094       545        8        51

 5      58     10      ABBY M
                             ercury Nashville                                                                      Travis Denning      0.842           +0.150       477        16       53
 57     38       2      BYE MOM W
                                 arner Music Nashville/WAR                                                           Chris Janson      0.802           -1.688       371       -322      56

 58     57       5     AM I THE ONLY ONE V alory                                                                     Aaron Lewis       0.758           +0.060       225        12       -
 59     56     11      COME IN (BUT DON’T MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE) T rue To The Song/Mailboat/New Revolution        Caroline Jones   0.715           -0.059       656        50       47

 60     60       3      PARADISE TO ME R CA Nashville                                                                  Niko Moon       0.685           +0.208       369       103       57

                                                                                                                                 GOING FOR ADDS
                                                                                                              10/18                       JUSTIN MOORE                  10/25
                                                                                                                                          With A Woman
                                                                                                             CHASE RICE                   You Love                     DONNY LEE
                                                                                                             If I Were Rock &             Valory                       Hangin’
                                                                                                             Roll                                                      Donny Lee
                                                                                                             Dack Janiels/Broken Bow      NORTH TO
                                                                                                                                          NASHVILLE                    ONE BY ONE
                                                                                                             CODY JOHNSON                 Whisperin’                   The Puppet Song
                                                                                                             Til You Can’t                Game Changer                 (Dancing Like A
                                                                                                             CoJo/Warner Music                                         Fool)
                                                                                                             Nashville/WMN                PAIGE KING                   One By One
                                                                                                             JASON BYRD                   Baby Don’t
                                                                                                             FEAT. GEORGE                                               11/1

                                                                                                                                          PCG Artist Development
                                                                                                             JONES                                                     DILLON
                                                                                                             Better Life                  SCOTTY                       CARMICHAEL
                                                                                                             Jason Byrd                   MCCREERY
                             The song follows “Waves,” which became                                                                       Damn Strait
                                                                                                                                                                       Son Of A
                               Bryan’s 25th Country Airplay leader in                                        JD HARDY                                                  Riser House
                                                                                                                                          Triple Tigers
                               September. “Up” arrives at No. 51 with                                        It’s That Time                                            TIFFANY WOYS
   LUKE BRYAN               1.4 million impressions. Meanwhile, Jordan                                                                                                 About Love
                                                                                                             Kern River
       Up                   Davis’ “Buy Dirt,” on which Bryan is featured,                                                                                             Tiffany Woys
                             ascends to No. 17 (11.5 million, up 24%).

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                                                                           Country Airplay
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               MONITORED BY

                                    MOST ADDED®                                                                                                                  NEW AND ACTIVE
 TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist ADDS                                                                                                                            TOTAL    TOTAL
 DOES HE LOVE YOU M          CA Nashville Reba McEntire Duet With Dolly Parton                                 48            TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist AUDIENCE STATIONS                                                                                       ADDS
 COME BACK AS A COUNTRY BOY W                  arner Music Nashville/WMN                 Blake Shelton         29            HAWAII A
                                                                                                                                        rista Nashville                                            Old Dominion               0.449                1             0
 UP C apitol Nashville                                                                        uke Bryan
                                                                                               L                  19            LOVE IS REAL W
                                                                                                                                              arner Music Nashville/WEA Morgan Evans                                          0.447                27            3
 BEERS ON ME A       tlantic/Big Loud/Capitol          Dierks Bentley, Breland & HARDY                         14            SHUFFLE 1 9 Recordings/BMLG                                    Laci Kaye Booth                0.381                18            3
 23 M
     CA Nashville                                                                               am Hunt
                                                                                                 S                 8
 MY MASTERPIECE C          apitol Nashville                                             Darius Rucker           7            TRUTH ABOUT YOU Riser House/Columbia Nashville Mitchell Tenpenny                              0.342                19            2
 7500 OBO M     cGraw/Big Machine                                                         Tim McGraw            7            GIVING YOU UP R
                                                                                                                                               CA Nashville                                Kameron Marlowe                    0.323                0             0
 WILDER DAYS A      rista Nashville                                                    Morgan Wade              7            WILDER DAYS A
                                                                                                                                             rista Nashville                                       Morgan Wade                0.290                14            7
 NEVER WANTED TO BE THAT GIRL B ig Machine Records /Warner Music Nashville Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde        6
 AT THE END OF A BAR R          CA Nashville Chris Young With Mitchell Tenpenny                                 6
          MOST INCREASED AUDIENCE                                                                                               THIS
                                                                                                                                WEEK TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            TOTAL AUD.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          (IN MILLIONS)
                                GAIN                                                                                                1   DRINKIN’ BEER. TALKIN’ GOD. AMEN. D ack Janiels/BMLG/Broken BowChase Rice Featuring Florida Georgia Line         18.277
 TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist (IN MIILIONS)
                                                                                                                                    2   FOREVER AFTER ALL River House/Columbia NashvilleLuke Combs                                                       17.776
 MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH C                  urb                                   Lee Brice               +3.869
 MY BOY W     heelhouse                                                        Elvie Shane                 +3.246                3   WAVES C
                                                                                                                                               apitol NashvilleLuke Bryan                                                                                16.232
 FANCY LIKE M     onument                                                  Walker Hayes                    +2.942                4   YOU TIME T riple TigersScotty McCreery                                                                           14.382
 IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU M acon/Capitol Nashville/Broken Bow Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood                  +2.871                5   SINGLE SATURDAY NIGHT W
                                                                                                                                                               arner Music Nashville/WMNCole Swindell                                                    14.284
 THINKING ‘BOUT YOU Broken Bow Dustin Lynch Featuring Lauren Alaina Or MacKenzie Porter                    +2.362                6   GLAD YOU EXIST W
                                                                                                                                                        arner Music Nashville/WARDan + Shay                                                              12.665
 BUY DIRT M     CA Nashville                      Jordan Davis Featuring Luke Bryan                        +2.233                7   THINGS A MAN OUGHTA KNOW B
                                                                                                                                                                  roken BowLainey Wilson                                                                 12.228
 SAME BOAT H       ome Grown/Warner Music Nashville/WAR                Zac Brown Band                      +2.012
                                                                                                                                    8   JUST THE WAY Stoney CreekParmalee x Blanco Brown                                                                 10.714
 I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY A              rista Nashville                  Old Dominion                     +1.761
                                                                                                                                    9   ONE OF THEM GIRLS C
                                                                                                                                                                Lee Brice 10.096
 COLD AS YOU River House/Columbia Nashville                                  Luke Combs                    +1.695
 CHASING AFTER YOU Arista Nashville                       yan Hurd With Maren Morris
                                                           R                                                  +1.681             10     WHAT’S YOUR COUNTRY SONG V
                                                                                                                                                                         Thomas Rhett                                                                        9.934

                 MOST INCREASED PLAYS
 TITLE Imprint/LabelArtist                                                                                   GAIN
 MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH C                  urb                                   Lee Brice               +1149
 FANCY LIKE M     onument                                                  Walker Hayes                    +831
 MY BOY W     heelhouse                                                        Elvie Shane                 +764
 I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY A              rista Nashville                  Old Dominion                     +762
 IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU M acon/Capitol Nashville/Broken Bow Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood                  +639
 DOES HE LOVE YOU M        CA Nashville Reba McEntire Duet With Dolly Parton                               +619
 THINKING ‘BOUT YOU Broken Bow Dustin Lynch Featuring Lauren Alaina Or MacKenzie Porter                    +534
 BUY DIRT M     CA Nashville                      Jordan Davis Featuring Luke Bryan                        +530
 SAME BOAT H       ome Grown/Warner Music Nashville/WAR                Zac Brown Band                      +526
 COLD AS YOU River House/Columbia Nashville                                  Luke Combs                    +491              SHANE                                                                    FISH

                                                   TEXAS REGIONAL RADIO REPORT
                                                                                                                      WEEK ENDING OCTOBER 10, 2021

 THIS    LAST WKS ON                                                                                           TW      SPINS   THIS     LAST WKS ON                                                                                                         TW      SPINS
 WEEK    WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST                                                                      SPINS    +/–     WEEK     WEEK CHART TITLE (Label)ARTIST                                                                                    SPINS    +/–

  1        2       25     ONE BEER AT A TIME ( Smith) HH 1 Week at 1 HH  Drew Fish Band 1774                        139     l
                                                                                                                               11       11      12       NOAH BUILT A BOAT (Curtis Grimes Music)                                 Curtis Grimes 1297               45

  2        3       15     REAL DAMN GOOD ( Pretty Damn Tough)                     Josh Abbott Band 1597             40      12       7       30       LITTLE BIT OF LOVE (Independent) Prophets and Outlaws ft/ Pat Green 1254                                -79

  3        5       11     HEROES ( Independent)                                          Bri Bagwell 1543           195     l
                                                                                                                               13       18       6       LOVIN’ WHERE IT’S GOIN’ (Independent)                                       Josh Ward 1134              194

  4        4       12     TEQUILA SUNDOWN (Fool Hearted)                                   Jon Wolfe 1542           46      l
                                                                                                                               14       14      22       LOST INSIDE THE GROOVE (No Big Deal)                                   Reckless Kelly 1133               22

  5        6       13     ALCOHOL ABUSE (Independent)                                    Case Hardin 1459           113     l
                                                                                                                               15       15      16       YOU LOOK LIKE I COULD USE A DRINK (Independent)                          Mark Powell           1110      73

  6        9       13     LIKE YOU DO ( Independent)                                George Navarro 1348             88      l
                                                                                                                               16       16      15       INTO OUTLAW (Little Red Truck)                                             Deryl Dodd 1046               46

  7       13       6      ALL IT COST ME WAS EVERYTHING (Independent)                     Cody Jinks 1337           153     l
                                                                                                                               17       17      18       HEAVEN’S JUKEBOX (Sony Dist)                                         Jaden Hamilton 1005                 63
   8       1       16     SENORITA SKY (King Hall Music)                          Chad Cooke Band 1329 -464                 l
                                                                                                                               18       20      21       SHE’S A RIVER ( Independent)                                           Junior Gordon           938       75

  9       12       10     RHINESTONED ( Lil Buddy Toons)             Randy Rogers & Wade Bowen 1319                 132     l
                                                                                                                               19       19      15       THIS TOWN (Independent)                                                 Saints Eleven          883          9
  10       8       13     RECORD HIGH (Warner Music Nashville)                          Randall King 1302           -25     20       10      23       REWIND ( Independent)                                                         Kyle Park         876     -378

Texas Regional Radio Report Top 100 is compiled from weekly online playlist reports from 86 radio stations located in Texas and surrounding states, including reports from specialty
shows, internet and satellite radio outlets. Songs are ranked by total plays. For tracking, complete chart methodology and more information, visit, or
contact Dave Smith at 972-252-8777. Copyright 2021, Texas Regional Radio Report
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                                                                                      to an alternate frequency. The Bobby Bones Show occupies the morning-drive
                                                                                      slot, with Tara Madison in middays, J.T. handling afternoon drive and Rick
                                                                                      Logan hosting nights … WDRQ Detroit morning co-host Roxanne Steele
                                                                                      parted company with the station, according to, after refus-
                                                                                      ing to comply with parent company Cumulus’ vaccine policy. She explained
                                                                                      the decision in a Facebook post … Quu signed a multiyear deal with Cox Media
                                                                                      Group to provide visual messaging, including artist information and adver-
                                                                                      tising, on vehicle dashboards when listeners tune into the chain’s outlets.

                                                                                      ’ROUND THE ROW
                                                                                      Opry Entertainment Group made a pair of changes to its artist and label strategy
                                                                                      team. Jenn Tressler was promoted to senior manager from manager. Her
                                                                                      previous position was filled by Anna Lemme, who shifts from Opry-associated
                                                                                      Ole Red, where she served as marketing partnership coordinator … Why&How
                                                                                      hired two senior-level executives, bringing the music firm’s payroll to
Caitlyn Smith greeted Audacy/Detroit vp programming Tim Roberts                       26 employees. Nashville-based Halie Hampton Mosley joined as vp roster
when she performed Oct. 7 at the Fox Theatre.                                         operations after serving as Florida Georgia Line’s day-to-day manager and as an
                                                                                      artist manager/executive assistant at Maverick. London-based Chris Koegen
STOCKING UP ON CHRISTMAS SONGS                                                        arrives as Why&How vp artist development and marketing after working in
When COVID-19 tanked country artists’ touring schedules, it gave them                 artist relations for Amazon Music. Additionally, Why&How promoted Austin-
plenty of time to hone in on projects that they might have previously delayed.        based Evan Kaufmann to vp creative direction from creative director. The
    One likely result is a plethora of new Christmas albums. Mitchell Tenpenny’s      company’s roster includes Chase Rice, A Thousand Horses and BRELAND.
Naughty List, announced Oct. 8, is the latest addition to this year’s salvo, with     Reach Hampton Mosley here, Koegen here and Kaufmann here … SMACK
Tenpenny offering five original holiday titles in an 11-song package, includ-         established a social media marketing wing, SMACKTok, with Marissa Turk
ing a duet with girlfriend Meghan Patrick, “I Hope It Snows.”                         managing the division. She previously served as a day-to-day manager for the
    The edgy nature of Tenpenny’s album title makes it a sort of companion to         company’s management group. Reach Turk here … Concord Music expanded its
Pistol Annies’ Hell of a Holiday, due Oct. 22. Trio members Miranda Lam-              Nashville publishing presence by hiring five new employees. Melissa Spillman
bert, Ashley Monroe and Angaleena Presley fashioned 10 new songs for the              joins as vp A&R after operating her own Freetown Music Group for three years.
season, and they inhabit the album alongside covers of the traditional “Sleigh        Matt Turner onboards as senior director of A&R, following a run as Downtown
Ride” and “Auld Lang Syne,” as well as a remake of Merle Haggard’s “If We             Music senior director of creative services. Director of A&R Courtney Allen
Make It Through December.”                                                            is a former BMG creative director, manager of A&R Ashley Nite segues from
    Brett Eldredge will deliver his second yuletide project, Mr. Christmas, on        JRM Publishing creative manager, and A&R coordinator Garrett Stephenson
Oct. 22, providing a sequel to his 2016 release Glow. Eldredge has mimicked           picks up the job after serving as Downtown Music office coordinator … The
Frank Sinatra in his classy Christmas tour productions, but the new album’s           New York University Steinhardt School of Culture, Education and Human
title is ironic, given that Steve Wariner really is Mr. Christmas. Born on Dec. 25,   Development tapped Rosanne Cash as an artist-in-residence for the 2021-22
Wariner unwraps Feels Like Christmas Time on Oct. 15, with six new holiday            school year … The 55th annual Country Music Association Awards will take
titles among the familiar “Silent Night,” “It Came Upon a Midnight Clear”             place at Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 10. Ticket holders are required to show
and “The First Noel.” The latter song is fitting in its own way: Noel is Wariner’s    proof of COVID-19 vaccination and follow masking protocols … Twenty late
middle name.                                                                          female trailblazers in the Nashville music industry were recognized during
    Brett Young has begun promotion for his eight-track album Brett Young &           the 2021 SOURCE Hall of Fame Awards, held virtually from the Musicians
Friends Sing the Christmas Classics, with Colbie Caillat, Darius Rucker and           Hall of Fame. The inductees included honorary Nashville Songwriters Hall
Maddie & Tae forming a caroling lineup on the project, which contributes to           of Fame member Sue Brewer and Fan Clubhouse founder Sharon Eaves. Go
a forthcoming CMT Crossroads Christmas.                                               here for the full list of recipients … Music Health Alliance begins processing
    Josh Turner rolled out King Size Manger on Oct. 8 and plans to support it with    open enrollment for Medicare on Oct. 15 and insurance on Nov. 1. Go here
a Christmas tour that launches Nov. 18. He’ll also host the annual Christmas          for more info … The Academy of Country Music launched a webinar series as
at Belmont special, airing Dec. 20 on PBS.                                            an additional attraction for prospective members. Enrollment in the ACM is
    Additionally, Lucas Hoge ranges from the spiritual “O Holy Night” to the          open here through Oct. 15.
lighthearted “Wonderful Christmastime” with his holiday outing, aptly ti-
tled 12.25.
                                                                                                                                                                         CHESNEY: ALLISTER ANN. BRELAND: GARRET TRIZAN.

Black River senior director of national promotion and strategy Bill Macky is
temporarily serving as senior vp promotion while Mike Wilson undergoes and
recovers from heart bypass surgery … Bluegrass label Turnberry signed singer-
songwriter-fiddler Mike Mitchell to a two-album deal … Cumulus promoted
Conrad Trautmann to chief technology officer from senior vp technology and
operations … WSM-AM Nashville appointed J.P. Tinnell GM for the station,
adding to his existing role as director of content and programming … Mike
Kasper started Oct. 11 as WPGB Pittsburgh PD/afternoon-drive host, Radio- reported. During the previous 14 months, he operated as a freelance
voicetracking host, most frequently in middays at WRTB Rockford, Ill., where
the station still has him listed as a member of the on-air lineup … Nikki Darling
joined the morning team at KRRV Wenatchee, Wash., according to RadioInk.              Kenny Chesney (left) and BRELAND held notable recent club dates.
com, filling a vacancy created by the retirement of Alpha Media/Wenatchee             Chesney delivered a surprise show for 200 at the Key West Theater
market manager Gary Patrick. Darling arrives from crosstown top 40 station            in Florida on Sept. 30 for the SiriusXM Small Stage Series, while
KWWW … WCPV Essex, N.Y.-Burlington, Vt., adopted a country format on                  BRELAND sold out an Oct. 5 appearance at the 250-person capacity
Oct. 11, reported, following the sports format’s departure           High Watt in Nashville.
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE                                                                                                                                                 OCTOBER 11, 2021 | PAGE 17 OF 24

                                                                    Hot Country Songs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            SALES, AIRPLAY &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            STREAMING DATA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                            COMPILED BY

                       TWO                                                                                                                                                                                           COUNTRY
   THIS    LAST       WEEKS WKS ON TITLE                                                                                                                                                                  Artist     AIRPLAY      PEAK
   WEEK    WEEK        AGO  CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)                                                                                                                             IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL        RANK       POSITION
                             17 FANCY LIKE                                                   HH No. 1 (13 Weeks)/Airplay Gainer HH
                                                                                                                                                                                                Walker Hayes
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       4            1
                                     IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU
   2          2            2    11   M.KNOX (J.MORGAN,T.KENNEDY,K.M.ALLISON,L.VAUGHAN)
                                                                                                                                                                    Jason Aldean & Carrie Underwood
                                                                                                                                                                         ACON/CAPITOL NASHVILLE/BROKEN BOW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       2            2
                                     CHASING AFTER YOU
   3          4            4    34   A.ESHUIS,T.REIMER (B.ADDINGTON,J.FLOWERS)
                                                                                                                                                                          Ryan Hurd With Maren Morris
                                                                                                                                                                                             RISTA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       7            3

     4        3            3    25   COLD BEER CALLING MY NAME                                                                                                 Jameson Rodgers Featuring Luke Combs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       3            3
                                     C.FARREN,J.D.MITCHELL (J.RODGERS,H.PHELPS,BRETT TYLER,A.VANDERHEYM)                                                                         R
                                                                                                                                                                                  IVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
                                     MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH
   5          6        11       36   B.GLOVER,K.JACOBS,L.BRICE (L.BRICE,B.MONTANA,B.DAVIS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lee Brice
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       1            5

     6        5            6    50   FOREVER AFTER ALL                                                                                                                                           Luke Combs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RC            1
                                     CHIP MATTHEWS,J.D.SINGLETON,L.COMBS (L.COMBS,D.PARKER,R.WILLIFORD)                                                                           IVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE

                                     MY BOY                                                    HH Streaming Gainer HH
   7          13       14       31   O.CHARLES (E.S.PAYTON,R.SUTTON,N.COLUMBIA,L.STARR)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Elvie Shane
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       5            7
                                     BUY DIRT
   8          9        12       20   P.DIGIOVANNI (J.DAVIS,J.DAVIS,M.JENKINS,J.JENKINS)
                                                                                                                                                                       Jordan Davis Featuring Luke Bryan
                                                                                                                                                                                                   CA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       17           8
                                     I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY
                                                                                                                                                                                               Old Dominion
                                                                                                                                                                                                RISTA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       10           8

    10        10           8    35   FAMOUS FRIENDS                                                                                                                              Chris Young + Kane Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       6            2
                                     C.YOUNG,C.CROWDER (C.YOUNG,C.R.BARLOWE,C.CROWDER)                                                                                                            CA NASHVILLE

                                     YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE
   11         19       19       28   D.COBB,C.STAPLETON (C.STAPLETON,A.GORLEY,C.DUBOIS)
                                                                                                                                                                                           Chris Stapleton
                                                                                                                                                                                             ERCURY NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       19           11
                                     COLD AS YOU
   12         12       15       14   CHIP MATTHEWS,J.D.SINGLETON,L.COMBS (L.COMBS,S.MINOR,R.MONTANA,J.D.SINGLETON)                                                               R
                                                                                                                                                                                                Luke Combs
                                                                                                                                                                                  IVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       8            12

    13        11           7    23   YOU TIME                                                                                                                                               Scotty McCreery
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RC            7
                                     F.ROGERS,D.WELLS,A.ESHUIS (S.C.MCCREERY,F.ROGERS,A.ESHUIS)                                                                                                    T RIPLE TIGERS

                                     DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME)
   14         14       16       32   M.JOHNSON,B.PADDOCK (ELLE KING,M.JOHNSON)
                                                                                                                                                           Elle King & Miranda Lambert
                                                                                                                                                                      CA/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       26           11
                                     THINKING ‘BOUT YOU
   15         17       18       16   Z.CROWELL (D.LYNCH,A.ALBERT,H.PHELPS,W.WEATHERLY)
                                                                                                                               Dustin Lynch Featuring Lauren Alaina Or MacKenzie Porter
                                                                                                                                                                                                     ROKEN BOW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       12           15
                                     KNOWING YOU
   16         20       20       26   B.CANNON,K.CHESNEY (BRETT JAMES,A.JAMES,K.HIGGINS)
                                                                                                                                                                                             Kenny Chesney
                                                                                                                                                                          LUE CHAIR/WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       11           16

    17        18       17       13   MEMORY                                                                                                                                       Kane Brown X blackbear
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        -           9
                                     A.M.GOLDSTEIN,BLACKBEAR (M.T.MUSTO,A.M.GOLDSTEIN,J.KIRKLAND,K.BROWN,E.K.SMITH)                                                                               R
                                                                                                                                                                                                   CA NASHVILLE
                                     SAME BOAT
   18         21       21       17   Z.BROWN,B.SIMONETTI (B.SIMONETTI,Z.BROWN,J.D.SINGLETON)
                                                                                                                                                                                            Zac Brown Band
                                                                                                                                                                         OME GROWN/WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       9            18

    19        15       13       26   WAVES                                                                                                                                                        Luke Bryan
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RC            2
                                     J.STEVENS,J.STEVENS (Z.CROWELL,R.J.HURD,R.C.MCGILL)                                                                                                        APITOL NASHVILLE

                                     ONE MISSISSIPPI
   20         22       23        7   D.HUFF (K.BROWN,J.FRASURE,L.GRAY,E.K.SMITH)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Kane Brown
                                                                                                                                                                                                   CA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       20           16
                                     SAND IN MY BOOTS
   21         23       24       34   J.MOI (A.GORLEY,M.W.HARDY,J.OSBORNE)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Morgan Wallen
                                                                                                                                                                                               EPUBLIC/BIG LOUD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       21           5
                                     WHISKEY AND RAIN
   22         24       25       24   R.COPPERMAN (J.FRASURE,J.THOMPSON)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Michael Ray
                                                                                                                                                                                     ARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WEA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       16           22

    23        16           9    25   COUNTRY AGAIN                                                                                                                                             Thomas Rhett
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      RC            5
                                     D.HUFF,J.FRASURE (THOMAS RHETT,Z.CROWELL,A.GORLEY)                                                                                                                   V
                                     FREEDOM WAS A HIGHWAY
   24         26       28       18   A.BOWERS,J.ALLEN (J.ALLEN,A.BOWERS,M.ROGERS)
                                                                                                                                                                              Jimmie Allen & Brad Paisley
                                                                                                                                                                                                 TONEY CREEK
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       15           24
                                     TEQUILA LITTLE TIME
   25         27       27       19   B.BUTLER,R.GORE,J.PARDI (J.PARDI,R.AKINS,L.LAIRD)
                                                                                                                                                                                                  Jon Pardi
                                                                                                                                                                                            APITOL NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                       13           25

    COUNTRY SONGWRITERSTM                                                                                                                                     COUNTRY PRODUCERSTM
          1        #1         JOSH JENKINS                                                                                                                       1      #1      SHANE MCANALLY 
                   4 WKS                                                                                                                                                 2 WKS

          2         ASHLEY GORLEY                                                                                                                                 2       MICHAEL KNOX 
   TIE    3         CAMERON BARTOLINI                                                                                                                             3       DANN HUFF 
   TIE    3         SHANE STEVENS                                                                                                                           TIE   4       JOE THIBODEAU 
   TIE    3         WALKER HAYES                                                                                                                            TIE   4       WALKER HAYES 
   TIE    6         BRINLEY ADDINGTON                                                                                                                             6       OSCAR CHARLES 
   TIE    6         JERRY FLOWERS                                                                                                                                 7       PAUL DIGIOVANNI 

          8         HUNTER PHELPS                                                                                                                                 8       AARON ESHUIS 

          9         LUKE COMBS                                                                                                                                    9       ROSS COPPERMAN 

          10        MARTIN JOHNSON                                                       STEVENS                                                                  10      ZACH CROWELL 

The weekly Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the
Hot Country Songs chart. As with Billboard’s yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE                                                                                                                                               OCTOBER 11, 2021 | PAGE 18 OF 24

                                                                     Hot Country Songs
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SALES, AIRPLAY &
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          STREAMING DATA
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          COMPILED BY

                     TWO                                                                                                                                                                                           COUNTRY
  THIS     LAST     WEEKS WKS ON TITLE                                                                                                                                                                  Artist     AIRPLAY      PEAK
  WEEK     WEEK      AGO  CHART PRODUCER (SONGWRITER)                                                                                                                             IMPRINT / PROMOTION LABEL        RANK       POSITION
   26       25       26    18 LIKE A LADY
                                      D.HUFF (H.SCOTT,D.M.BARNES,M.BUZZ,M.JOHNSON,B.PADDOCK)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Lady A
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     14           25
                                      COME BACK AS A COUNTRY BOY                                         HH Hot Shot Debut HH
  27           NEW             1      S.HENDRICKS (M.W.HARDY,J.THOMPSON,J.M.SCHMIDT)
                                                                                                                                                                                             Blake Shelton
                                                                                                                                                                                  ARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WMN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     36           27
  28        31       38        4      C.LA CORTE (S.L.HUNT,C.LA CORTE,S.MCANALLY,J.OSBORNE)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 Sam Hunt
                                                                                                                                                                                                CA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     27           28
                                      JUST ABOUT OVER YOU
  29        29       30       34      J.JOHNSON (P.BLOCK,S.JONES,E.K.KROLL)
                                                                                                                                                                                             Priscilla Block
                                                                                                                                                                                    INDENT/MERCURY NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     18           29

   30       28       29       25      HALF OF MY HOMETOWN                                                                                                  Kelsea Ballerini Featuring Kenny Chesney
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     23           28
                                      K.BALLERINI,R.COPPERMAN,J.ROBBINS (K.BALLERINI,S.MCANALLY,R.COPPERMAN,J.ROBBINS,N.GALYON)                                                              LACK RIVER

                                      TO BE LOVED BY YOU
  31        30       32       16      JON RANDALL (P.MCCOLLUM,R.AKINS)
                                                                                                                                                                                    Parker McCollum
                                                                                                                                                                                          CA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     24           28
                                      JUSTIFIED                                                          HH Digital Gainer HH
                                                                                                                                                                                        Kacey Musgraves
                                                                                                                                                                                    INTERSCOPE/MCA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           22
                                      THAT’S WHAT COWBOYS DO
  33        33       35       13      G.BROOKS (J.MARTIN,M.ROSSELL,T.G.BROOKS)
                                                                                                                                                                                             Garth Brooks
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     29           33
                                      HOME SWEET
  34        34       36       19      C.BROWN,D.HUFF,R.DICKRESON (R.DICKERSON,C.BROWN,C.KELLEY)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Russell Dickerson
                                                                                                                                                                                                 T RIPLE TIGERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     22           32
                                      GIVE HEAVEN SOME HELL
  35        35       37       29      J.MOI,D.WELLS (M.W.HARDY,A.GORLEY,B.JOHNSON,H.PHELPS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                 IG LOUD
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     30           29
                                      BLESSED AND FREE
                                                                                                                                                                                    Kane Brown & H.E.R.
                                                                                                                                                                                                 CA NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           36
                                      NEVER WANTED TO BE THAT GIRL
  37        46       34        3      S.MCANALLY,J.OSBORNE (C.PEARCE,S.MCANALLY,A.MCBRYDE)                                                                A
                                                                                                                                                                        Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde
                                                                                                                                                           TLANTIC/WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/BIG MACHINE/WMN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     34           34
                                      AM I THE ONLY ONE
  38        47       48       14      A.LEWIS,I.DEAN (A.LEWIS,I.DEAN,JEFFREY STEELE)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Aaron Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     58           1
                                      IT’S ‘CAUSE I AM
  39        36       41        9      N.CHAPMAN (C.CLARK,C.JAYMES,L.J.VELTZ)
                                                                                                                                                                                              Callista Clark
                                                                                                                                                                                                   IG MACHINE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     25           36

   40       32       31       14      DICKED DOWN IN DALLAS                                                                                                                                     Trey Lewis
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           12
                                      A.MAXWELL,G.SAXMAN (B.M.GAFFORD,M.C.MCKINNEY,A.J.TROSCLAIR)                                                                                                  T REY LEWIS
                                      STEAL MY LOVE
  41        41       43        8      D.SMYERS (D.SMYERS,A.ALBERT,A.GORLEY,J.REYNOLDS)
                                                                                                                                                                                                Dan + Shay
                                                                                                                                                                                   ARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WAR
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     37           26

   42       37       44        5      HEART ON FIRE                                                                                                                                           Eric Church
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     28           37
                                      J.JOYCE (E.CHURCH)                                                                                                                                      E MI NASHVILLE

                                      RIDE THE LIGHTNING (717 TAPES)
  43        40       42       13      W.ZEIDERS (W.ZEIDERS,E.PASLAY,R.CROSBY)
                                                                                                                                                                                        Warren Zeiders
                                                                                                                                                                                            W ARREN   ZEIDERS
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           30
                                      THROW IT BACK
  44        42       46       10      S.SUMSER,S.SMALL (D.BRELAND,K.URBAN,S.SUMSER,S.SMALL)
                                                                                                                                                                         Breland Featuring Keith Urban
                                                                                                                                                                                        AD REALM/ATLANTIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           38
                                      ‘TIL YOU CAN’T
  45         RE-ENTRY          3      T.W.WILLMON (B.M.STENNIS,M.ROGERS)                                                                                                    C
                                                                                                                                                                                         Cody Johnson
                                                                                                                                                                             OJO/WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE/WMN
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     54           42

   46       38       39       12      TRUTH ABOUT YOU                                                                                                                                   Mitchell Tenpenny
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           33
                                      J.M.SCHMIDT,M.TENPENNY (M.TENPENNY,M.ALDERMAN,T.ARCHER)                                                                                 RISER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE
                                      BEERS ON ME
                                                                                                                                                                     Dierks Bentley, Breland & HARDY
                                                                                                                                                                                             APITOL NASHVILLE
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     32           36

   48       45       40        4      BREADWINNER                                                                                                                                       Kacey Musgraves
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           36
                                      D.TASHIAN,I.FITCHUK,K.MUSGRAVES (K.MUSGRAVES,I.FITCHUK,I.JUBER,B.J.BURTON)                                                                    INTERSCOPE/MCA NASHVILLE

                                      I QUIT DRINKING
  49        49       —        15      J.ROBBINS,N.CONRAD (K.BALLERINI,N.GALYON,P.J.KLEIN)
                                                                                                                                                                                 Kelsea Ballerini & LANY
                                                                                                                                                                                                 LACK RIVER
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           30

   50       48       —        12      COUNTY LINE                                                                                                                                        Chase Matthew
                                                                                                                                                                                                                      -           29
                                      CHASE MATTHEW,B.MANLEY,A.SHAWN (CHASE MATTHEW)                                                                                                              OLLER BOY

The week’s most popular country songs, ranked by radio airplay audience impressions as measured by MRC Data, sales data as compiled by MRC Data and streaming activity data from online music sources tracked by MRC
Data. Descending titles below No. 25 are moved to recurrent after 20 weeks.

                                                           COUNTRY MARKET WATCH
                                                                                       A Weekly National Music Sales Report

  WEEKLY UNIT COUNT                                                                     YEAR-TO-DATE                                                                  YEAR-OVER-YEAR
                                ALBUM                  AUDIO             VIDEO
                          CONSUMPTION             ON-DEMAND         ON-DEMAND                                           2020                  2021 CHANGE
                                                                                                                                                                      ALBUM CONSUMPTION
 This Week                 1,437,000       1,492,227,000 128,055,000                   Album                                                                          ’20                              47.44 million
                                                                                       Consumption             47,436,000            53,756,000        13.3%
                                                                                                                                                                      ’21                                     53.76 million
 Last Week                 1,320,000       1,519,766,000 128,396,000
                                                                                       Album Sales               6,523,000             6,468,000        -0.8%
 Change                            8.9%               -1.8%             -0.3%                                                                                         TOTAL ON-DEMAND STREAMS
                                                                                       Audio On-Demand 51,363,926,000           60,084,819,000         17.0%          ’20                                      58.80 billion
 This Week Last Year       1,157,000       1,302,463,000 126,518,000
                                                                                                                                                                      ’21                                            65.52 billion
 Change                        24.2%                 14.6%               1.2%          Video On-Demand     5,438,306,000         5,433,739,000          -0.1%

All data measures U.S. activity as of the week ending October 7, 2021. All units counts are rounded to the nearest thousand. Album consumption units — also known as albums plus TEA plus SEA — consists of album sales;
track-equivalent album (TEA) sales whereby 10 tracks equal one consumption unit; and stream equivalent albums (SEA) whereby 1,250 paid and/or 3,750 ad-supported audio on-demand streams (OAD) equal one consumption unit.

For inquiries about any MRC Data, please contact Robin Giesbrecht at 917-930-9441 or
BILLBOARD COUNTRY UPDATE                                                                                                                                                               OCTOBER 11, 2021 | PAGE 20 OF 24
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                                                                                                                      COUNTRY                                                                      COUNTRY
                                             TOP COUNTRY ALBUMS                                                       STREAMING SONGS                                                              DIGITAL SONG SALES
               2 WEEKS

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                                  ARTISTTITLE                                                                                               ARTIST                                                                       ARTIST
                                  IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL

                                                                                                                      l             15 FANCY LIKE                                                  l             17 FANCY LIKE
 1      14 15 26                  TAYLOR SWIFT
                                  REPUBLIC 033578*
                                                                      FEARLESS (TAYLOR’S VERSION)
                                                                                                                1       1     1
                                                                                                                                        ALKER HAYES
                                                                                                                                 IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU
                                                                                                                                                                                                    1      1
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     ALKER HAYES

                                  MORGAN WALLEN                  DANGEROUS: THE DOUBLE ALBUM                         l                                                                            l             11 IF I DIDN’T LOVE YOU
 2       1       1       39       BIG LOUD 033180*/REPUBLIC                                            1        1      2 2 11 JASON ALDEAN & CARRIE UNDERWOOD

                                                                                                                                 CHASING AFTER YOU
                                                                                                                                                                                                   2       3
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J ASON ALDEAN & CARRIE UNDERWOOD

                 3 100 LUKE  COMBS                   WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET
                                                                                                                      l3 3 24 RYAN HURD WITH MAREN MORRIS                                        3      4     19 BUY DIRT
   3     2             RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 595687*/SMN                                      2        1                                                                                                   J ORDAN DAVIS FEAT. LUKE BRYAN
                                                                                                                                 TENNESSEE WHISKEY                                                               14 AM I THE ONLY ONE
 4       4       5 227 LUKE  COMBS
                       RIVER HOUSE/COLUMBIA NASHVILLE 538883*/SMN
                                                                  THIS ONE’S FOR YOU
                                                                                                       3        1     l4 4 235 CHRIS STAPLETON                                                  l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   4 11              ARON LEWIS
                                                                                                                                 FOREVER AFTER ALL                                                                5 NEON MOON
   5     3       2        4       KACEY MUSGRAVES
                                  INTERSCOPE/MCA NASHVILLE 033560*/IGA/UMGN
                                                                                                                1     l5 5 50 LUKE COMBS                                                        l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   5 8               ROOKS & DUNN
                                                                                                                                 BUY DIRT                                                                  6 32 DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME)
 6       5       4       16 WALKER HAYES
                            MONUMENT DIGITAL EX
                                                                               COUNTRY STUFF (EP)
                                                                                                                4     l6 6 9 JORDAN DAVIS FEAT. LUKE BRYAN                                       6
                                                                                                                                                                                                                E LLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT
                                                                                                                                 LIL BIT                                                                         16 YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE
 7       6       6 175 MORGAN     WALLEN
                       BIG LOUD 783*
                                                                                      IF I KNOW ME
                                                                                                       1        1     l7 7 26 NELLY & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE                                      l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   7 12              HRIS STAPLETON
                                                                                                                                 COLD BEER CALLING MY NAME                                                 7 29 CHASING AFTER YOU
 8       7       7 336 CHRIS STAPLETON
                       MERCURY NASHVILLE 019405*/UMGN
                                                                                                       4        1     l8 8 9 JAMESON RODGERS FEAT. LUKE COMBS                                    8
                                                                                                                                                                                                                 YAN HURD WITH MAREN MORRIS
                                                                                                                                 YOU SHOULD PROBABLY LEAVE                                                                JUSTIFIED
 9       8       8       47 CHRIS STAPLETON
                            MERCURY NASHVILLE 032689*/UMGN
                                                                                    STARTING OVER
                                                                                                                1     l9 15 16 CHRIS STAPLETON                                                  l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   9       NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          KACEY MUSGRAVES
                                                                                                                                 I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY                                                                 COME BACK AS A COUNTRY BOY
  10 10        11         8       DAN + SHAY
                                  WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE 488033/WMN
                                                                                      GOOD THINGS
                                                                                                       0        2     l
                                                                                                                      10 10 7 OLD DOMINION                                                      l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   10      NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           LAKE SHELTON
                                                                                                                                 DRUNK (AND I DON’T WANNA GO HOME)                                 11 10 289 TENNESSEE WHISKEY
 11     12 14 249 BROOKS   & DUNN                   THE GREATEST HITS COLLECTION
                  ARISTA NASHVILLE 18852/LEGACY (18.98/12.98)                                          4        2     l
                                                                                                                      11 12 21 ELLE KING & MIRANDA LAMBERT                                                 HRIS STAPLETON
                                                                                                                                 YOU TIME                                                                                 BLESSED AND FREE
  12 11        12 305 TAYLOR  SWIFT
                      BIG MACHINE 310400A*/BMLG (18.98)
                                                                                                       7        1     l
                                                                                                                      12 NEW SCOTTY MCCREERY                                                    l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   12      NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ANE BROWN & H.E.R.
                                                                                                                                 WASTED ON YOU                                                                    8 MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH
 13     13 19 46 LEE BRICE
                 CURB 79537*
                                                                                       HEY WORLD
                                                                                                                7     l
                                                                                                                      13 17 39 MORGAN WALLEN                                                    13 14
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L EE BRICE
                                                                                                                                 WHISKEY GLASSES                                                                 17 MY BOY
  14 15 16 20 JORDAN  DAVIS
              MCA NASHVILLE DIGITAL EX/UMGN (033776)
                                                                                      BUY DIRT (EP)
                                                                                                               11     l
                                                                                                                      14 16 134 MORGAN WALLEN                                                   l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   14 22            E LVIE SHANE
                                                                                                                                 STARTING OVER                                                     15 9 46 LIL BIT
  15 17        17 68 GABBY  BARRETT
                     WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE 629930/WMN
                                                                                                       0        4     l
                                                                                                                      15 14 56 CHRIS STAPLETON                                                           ELLY & FLORIDA GEORGIA LINE
                                                                                                                                 MY BOY                                                                           9 COLD AS YOU
  16 18 22 142 GEORGE  STRAIT
               MCA NASHVILLE 111263/UMGN (39.98/49.98)
                                                                            STRAIT OUT OF THE BOX
                                                                                                       8        9     l
                                                                                                                      16 NEW ELVIE SHANE                                                        16 15
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    L UKE COMBS
                                                                                                                                 BEAUTIFUL CRAZY                                                                          SAND IN MY BOOTS
  17 16 24 117 TYLER CHILDERS
                                                                                                       0       11     l
                                                                                                                      17 19 173 LUKE COMBS                                                      l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   17     RE-ENTRY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                           ORGAN WALLEN
                                                                                                                                 THE GOOD ONES                                                                   11 RIDE THE LIGHTNING (717 TAPES)
  18 21 21 195 EAGLES
               ASYLUM/ELEKTRA 103*/RHINO (18.98)
                                                                                 HOTEL CALIFORNIA
                                                                                                                5     l
                                                                                                                      18 20 34 GABBY BARRETT                                                    l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   18 23             ARREN ZEIDERS

        22 25 279 TIM MCGRAW                                                    NUMBER ONE HITS                       19 13 13 MEMORY                                                             19 16 20 I WAS ON A BOAT THAT DAY
 19               CURB 79205 (13.98)                                                                   1        6               KANE BROWN X BLACKBEAR                                                    LD DOMINION

        25 13 322 ZAC BROWN BAND                                           GREATEST HITS SO FAR...                                   6 THINKING ‘BOUT YOU                                                        3 COLD BEER CALLING MY NAME
 20               HOME GROWN 546369*/BMG
                                                                                                                3      20 18
                                                                                                                                        D USTIN LYNCH FEAT. LAUREN ALAINA OR MACKENZIE PORTER
                                                                                                                                                                                                   20 17
                                                                                                                                                                                                                    J AMESON RODGERS FEAT. LUKE COMBS
                                  NELLYHEARTLAND                                                                      21 21 5 COLD AS YOU                                                                                FOREVER AFTER ALL
  21 19 18                6       RECORDS DIGITAL EX/COLUMBIA
                                                                                                                7              L UKE COMBS                                                      l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   21 25 49               L UKE COMBS

  22 24 27 148 TOBY KEITH
               SHOW DOG-UNIVERSAL 010334/UME (19.98)
                                                                                   35 BIGGEST HITS
                                                                                                       1        1     l
                                                                                                                      22 NEW
                                                                                                                                             MEMORY I DON’T MESS WITH
                                                                                                                                             L EE BRICE                                         l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   22     RE-ENTRY
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          SAM HUNT

  23 26 28 311 BLAKE SHELTON
               WARNER MUSIC NASHVILLE 551788/WMN
                                                                               RELOADED: 20 #1 HITS
                                                                                                       0        2     l
                                                                                                                      23 24 98
                                                                                                                                             I HOPE
                                                                                                                                              ABBY BARRETT
                                                                                                                                             G                                                     l
                                                                                                                                                                                                   23 NEW
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          WHERE THE COUNTRY GIRLS AT
                                                                                                                                                                                                                          T RACE ADKINS, LUKE BRYAN & PITBULL

 24     28 29 253 KANE   BROWN
                  ZONE 4/RCA NASHVILLE 530947*/SMN
                                                                                      KANE BROWN
                                                                                                       2        1      24 22 21 FAMOUS FRIENDS
                                                                                                                                 HRIS YOUNG + KANE BROWN
                                                                                                                                                                                                   24 21 6 ONE MISSISSIPPI
                                                                                                                                                                                                            ANE BROWN

  25 20 20 61 LUKE  BRYAN
              CAPITOL NASHVILLE 031777/UMGN
                                                                      BORN HERE LIVE HERE DIE HERE
                                                                                                       0        1     l
                                                                                                                      25 23         63 ONE OF THEM GIRLS                                           25 20 8 KNOWING YOU
                                                                                                                                       L EE BRICE                                                        ENNY CHESNEY
Top Country Albums ranks the most popular country albums of the week, as compiled by MRC Data, based                  The week’s top-streamed and top-selling paid download country songs, respectively, from sales
on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming                 reports collected and provided by MRC Data. Charts update weekly on Tuesdays at www.Billboard.Biz/
equivalent albums). Copyright 2021, Billboard Media, LLC and MRC Data. All rights reserved.                           charts. Copyright 2021, Billboard Media, LLC and MRC Data. All rights reserved.
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                                  ARTISTTITLE                                                                                                               ARTISTTITLE
                                  IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL                                                                                      IMPRINT & NUMBER / DISTRIBUTING LABEL

 l1       NEW             1       BRANDI CARLILE
                                  LOW COUNTRY SOUND/ELEKTRA 659118*/EMG
                                                                              IN THESE SILENT DAYS
                                                                                                                1       1         1          —        2     BILLY STRINGS
                                                                                                                                                            ROUNDER 610142*/CONCORD
                                  KACEY MUSGRAVES                                  STAR-CROSSED                                                            GARY BREWER & THE KENTUCKY RAMBLERS                  40TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION
  2      1       1        4       INTERSCOPE/MCA NASHVILLE 033560*/IGA/UMGN
                                                                                                                1       2         2          1     66       STRETCH GRASS 4050
                                  CHRIS STAPLETON                                      TRAVELLER                                                           BELA FLECK                                                   MY BLUEGRASS HEART
 3       2       3 282            MERCURY NASHVILLE 019405*/UMGN                                       4        1      l
                                                                                                                       3          5          2        4     RENEW RECORDS 538689220/BMG

 4       3       4       47 CHRIS STAPLETON
                            MERCURY NASHVILLE 032689*/UMGN
                                                                                    STARTING OVER
                                                                                                                1       4         4          5     43 STURGILL SIMPSON CUTTIN’ GRASS, VOL. 2: THE COWBOY ARMS SESSIONS
                                                                                                                                                      HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN 44155*/THIRTY TIGERS
                                  NEIL YOUNG                                  CARNEGIE HALL 1970                                                           STURGILL SIMPSON                           THE BALLAD OF DOOD & JUANITA
 5        NEW             1       SHAKEY PICTURES/REPRISE 645956*/WARNER
                                                                                                                5       5         3          4        7     HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN 36800*/THIRTY TIGERS
                                  TYLER CHILDERS                                      PURGATORY                                                            JOHN HIATT WITH THE JERRY DOUGLAS BAND                           LEFTOVER FEELINGS
  6      6       5 134            HICKMAN HOLLER 001*/THIRTY TIGERS                                    0        2      l
                                                                                                                       6          8          7     20       NEW WEST 6514*
                                  HOZIERHOZIER                                                                                                             STURGILL SIMPSON           CUTTIN’ GRASS, VOL. 1: THE BUTCHER SHOPPE SESSIONS
 7       7       6 328            RUBYWORKS/COLUMBIA 309996*/LEGACY                                    3        1       7         7          6     51       HIGH TOP MOUNTAIN 58784*/THIRTY TIGERS (56285)
                                  THE LUMINEERS                                        CLEOPATRA                                                           THE ISAACS                                                    THE AMERICAN FACE
 8       8       8 287            DUALTONE 1738*                                                       1        1      l
                                                                                                                       8          RE-ENTRY            4     HOUSE OF ISAACS 81321
                                  KACEY MUSGRAVES                                   GOLDEN HOUR                                                            BALSAM RANGE                                                   MOXIE AND METTLE
  9      9       7 184            MCA NASHVILLE 027921*/UMGN                                           1        1      l
                                                                                                                       9       13            3        3     MOUNTAIN HOME 1929
                                  SIMON & GARFUNKEL SIMON AND GARFUNKEL’S GREATEST HITS                                                                    WATCHHOUSEWATCHHOUSE
 10 11         11 245             COLUMBIA 31350/LEGACY
                                                                                                                3      10         9          9        8     TIPTOE TIGER 002*/THIRTY TIGERS
Americana/Folk Albums ranks the most popular Americana/folk albums of the week, as compiled by MRC Data,              Bluegrass Albums ranks the most popular bluegrass albums of the week, as compiled by MRC Data, based on album
based on multi-metric consumption (blending traditional album sales, track equivalent albums, and streaming           sales. Copyright 2021, Billboard Media, LLC and MRC Data. All rights reserved.
equivalent albums). Copyright 2021, Billboard Media, LLC and MRC Data. All rights reserved.
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       Carly Pearce, Ashley McBryde Create
           A New Spin For An Old Issue
It’s a tad ironic that Reba McEntire’s Revived Remixed Revisited arrived Oct. 8.        “A phone holds a lot of truths about somebody,” says Pearce, “and I think if
   The 30-track collection features reimaginations of some of her trademark          you’re looking at it, you’re not just scrolling through. You’re looking because
singles, including two versions of the epic relationship battle “Does He Love you know something’s wrong.”
You,” a dance remix of the original Linda Davis ballad and a new rendering              The bridge cemented the women’s similar viewpoints, presenting both sing-
at the original tempo with Dolly Parton.                                             ers side by side on alternating lines of plaintive humiliation: “I feel stupid/I
   The irony lies in the timing: the new Carly Pearce duet with Ashley Mc- feel cheap/I feel used/I feel weak.”
Bryde, “Never Wanted to Be That Girl,” features                                                                          It’s that section, as much as any, that sep-
the two singers portraying the wife and the other                                                                     arates “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” from
woman in a love triangle. Thus, the comparisons                                                                       “Does He Love You.” In the McEntire/Davis
are inevitable.                                                                                                       duet, the women seem focused on defeating
   But the configuration is pretty much where                                                                         each other to hang on to the guy, who — one
the comparisons end. The original “Does                                                                               could argue — is not much of a prize. In the
He Love You” was a dramatic, big-voiced                                                                               Pearce/McBryde collaboration, there’s more
compet it ion as t he characters v ie for t he                                                                        self-examination, and one assumes that if they
romantic affections of the guy in the middle.                                                                         never wanted to be this person, they will take
“Never Wanted to Be That Girl” takes a different                                                                      steps to change the picture, though the song
tack: The women aren’t singing at each other,                                                                         leaves the outcome undecided.
instead analyzing the situation with more                                                                                “I guess we’re going to have to have a sequel,”
restraint as both happen to recognize the                                                                             muses McAnally. “The presumption was, and
conundrum at about the same time.                                                                                     hope was, that now that it was exposed, that they
   “We didn’t want anybody to think we were try-                                                                      would both end it, but I don’t know. I guess it’s
ing to copy ‘Does He Love You,’ ” says Pearce. “We                                                                    choose your own adventure.”
                                                                                PEARCE (left) and McBRYDE
took a different spin on it, which really just deals                                                                     McBryde played acoustic guitar on the work
with the fact that both of these women are having                                                                     tape, in which they developed alternating har-
the same realization and are both innocent.”                                         monies. Pearce sang a high harmony when McBryde took the lead, McBryde
   Pearce and McBryde hadn’t planned on addressing a three-way love affair sang low harmony underneath when Pearce delivered the melody, and the
when they met up at SMACKSongs in Nashville on March 23 for a writing ap- final verse — in which they trade off on the primary part — has them con-
pointment with Shane McAnally (“I Was on a Boat That Day,” “One Night stantly flipping.
Standards”). They hadn’t even planned on writing for more than one voice.               McAnally and Josh Osborne (Midland, Lucie Silvas) produced a tracking
   “I didn’t know we were going to write a duet that day,” says McBryde. “I session at Sound Stage on Music Row, and they found the instrumental parts
knew I wanted to. And then when I got in the room, she and Shane had al- to be just as tricky a proposition as the lyrical twists and harmonic changes.
ready discussed it. And I was like, ‘Hot shit, dude. That’s what I was thinking         “Ashley was playing the guitar on their work tape, and she has a very dis-
on the way in.’ ”                                                                    tinct, really cool style,” notes Osborne. “She plays very rhythmically, and we
   They had neither a hook nor a direction for the song when they started.           started talking as we were playing the song for the band in the studio that we
They just launched into it with an appropriately mysterious pace and progres- needed a pulse going through it because the melody is really pretty.”
sion, working line by line as a woman gets an assist with a flat tire. The plot         They used the feel of the Tim McGraw/Taylor Swift collaboration “High-
soon developed into a relationship, though it wasn’t until they reached the way Don’t Care” as an example and developed a crisp musical bed that never
pre-chorus — with a lyric about a text message from a woman at home — that completely uncoils.
they fully realized they were creating a cheatin’ scenario.                             “It feels like it’s a constant churning wheel,” says Osborne. “It just keeps
   “For the love of God, if you’re going to cheat on people, turn the preview off moving and moving, and [puts] you in a trance. You get sort of pulled into the
on your text,” McBryde sarcastically recommends. “If your phone is a blank           movement of it, and it doesn’t let you go.”
screen and it pops up, ‘Hey, babe, what time you coming home’ as the preview            Pearce laid down a scratch vocal for it, though both singers came back later
of the text, you’re caught and you’re screwed.”                                      and worked individually on the final vocal, each of them providing feedback
   The start of the chorus underscored the ache: “I never wanted to be that          and support for the other as they worked through the song’s difficult emo-
girl/I never wanted to hate myself.”                                                 tions. The smoke in their voices makes them highly compatible.
   “ ‘I never wanted to hate myself’ — I just think that’s the most powerful line       Big Machine and Warner Music Nashville released it to AM/FM stations
in the song,” says McAnally.                                                         via PlayMPE on Sept. 14, and it moves to No. 34 on the Country Airplay chart
   As they realized that both singers would be playing a role — McBryde as           dated Oct. 16, filling a space that, with rare exceptions, usually goes unoc-
the other woman, Pearce the wife at home — they specifically determined cupied in the genre.
the chorus lyrics should remain the same, creating a word puzzle in which               “Female collaboration is something that we don’t have, that we need, es-
every line needed to fit both women. Adding to the depth of that puzzle, they        pecially on a song that has so much substance like this,” says Pearce. “And I
introduced an internal rhyme scheme with a strong, classic country vibe: “I think that this is a message that people need to hear.”
thought this kind of lonely only happens to somebody else/And being the other           Part of what makes it significant is that it never fully wails like McEntire
one when there’s another one.”                                                       and Davis’ pairing. It simmers; it’s calculated and introspective as the women
   “I do remember me kind of phrasing it differently to get it in the right pocket,” recognize their responsibility to rectify a scenario they didn’t create.
                                                                                                                                                                           LLISTER ANN

says Pearce. “There was some fine tuning going on, for sure.”                           “If you’re in one of these situations, whether you’re one of these two women
   The second verse introduced Pearce’s character, and she, too, searches            or you’re this guy, this is not a judgment on your character,” says McBryde.
the guy’s communications while he’s in the shower, looking for answers to a “It happens, and it’s not always your fault. And it doesn’t mean that you’re a
desperately uncomfortable question.                                                  shitty person, but it does happen and you will get through it.”
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