Shelton scores an unprecedented 11th consecutive leader with 'Doin' What She Likes,' while his and Shakira's 'Medicine' arrives
Blake Shelton rewrites the record for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the history of the Nielsen BDS-based Billboard Country Airplay chart (which launched the week of Jan. 20, 1990). He lands his 11th straight leader (counting only promoted, non-seasonal singles), and his 16th overall, as "Doin' What She Likes" steps 2-1.
Shelton breaks out of a tie with Brad Paisley, who logged 10 consecutive No. 1s from 2005 to 2009. Shelton's streak opened with "Hillbilly Bone" (featuring Trace Adkins) in March 2010, while he'd tied Paisley's run of 10 when "Mine Would Be You" spent three weeks atop the chart last fall. Next up with the most consecutive No. 1s after Shelton and Paisley are Zac Brown Band (seven, 2009-11), and, each with six, Carrie Underwood (2006-08) and Toby Keith (2001-02).
Meanwhile, Shelton is featured on "Medicine," singing with fellow judge Shakira on NBC's "The Voice." The track debuts at No. 57 on Country Airplay (marking Shelton's 35th chart entry and Shakira's first). The midtempo song is from Shakira's self-titled album, released on March 25 and due on this week's Billboard 200 chart.
"I think I have real folk roots in my previous albums," Shakira recently told Billboard. "The acoustic guitars, that type of narrative, songs that have a traditional structure. And I said to [Shelton], 'I want to do that type of song.' When I wrote ['Medicine'], I didn't know what direction to go in and I did, like, eight versions … dance, pop. But, I said, no, this is a country song."
Shelton and Shakira took turns singing one another's hits on the Feb. 24 season-opener of "The Voice" and are set to duet with "Medicine" live on the 49th Annual Academy of Country Music (ACM) Awards airing on CBS on Sunday (April 6).
All charts, including Country Airplay, will refresh on Thursday (April 3) on Billboard.com.