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Maren Morris' 'Love Song' Enters Country Airplay Chart's Top 10

Maren Morris
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Maren Morris performs at the 2017 CMA Music Festival at Nissan Stadium on June 10, 2017 in Nashville, Tenn. 

Also, David Lee Murphy returns to Hot Country Songs.

Singer-songwriter Maren Morris banks her third top 10 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Dec. 16), as "I Could Use a Love Song" bumps 11-9, fueled by a 6 percent gain to 28 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Dec. 3, according to Nielsen Music.

Like all the tracks on Morris' debut LP Hero, "Love Song" was co-written by Morris (this song with Laura Veltz and Jimmy Robbins).

The ballad ascends to the Country Airplay top 10 in its 38th week, completing the longest ascent to the tier for a song by a female artist since Jana Kramer's "I Got the Boy" did so in 43 weeks on its way to a No. 6 peak in January 2016.

"Love Song" follows Morris' first two Country Airplay top 10s: her debut single "My Church" peaked at No. 9 in May 2016 and she topped the chart this July as featured on Thomas Rhett's "Craving You."

Morris' second solo single, the breezy "80s Mercedes," reached No. 12 on Country Airplay in December 2016.

This year, Morris also released the poignant "Dear Hate," featuring Vince Gill, which Morris unveiled via social media on Oct. 1, with all proceeds going to Nashville's Music City Cares Fund to support victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. Morris had performed at the festival on Sept. 30, the night before the shooting massacre that took 58 lives and injured approximately 500 others.

"Dear Hate" debuted and peaked at No. 29 on the Country Airplay chart dated Oct. 21.

MURPHY RETURNS: David Lee Murphy makes his first appearance on Hot Country Songs in 13 years, as his duet with Kenny Chesney, "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," enters at No. 47. (The chart blends airplay, streaming and sales data.)

In its fourth week on Country Airplay, the track rises to its new peak (32-30), hiking 13 percent to 6 million impressions.

The 58-year old Murphy, who co-wrote "Alright," last appeared on Hot Country Songs in 2004 with the No. 46-peaking "Inspiration," featuring Lee Roy Parnell. Starting in 1994 with the No. 36 peaking "Just Once," Murphy has racked up 14 Hot Country Songs appearances, which includes five top 10s. Among them: his lone No. 1, "Dust on the Bottle" (1995).

'DANCE' AGAIN: Finally, as superstar Garth Brooks rules Country Airplay with "Ask Me How I Know," his 19th No. 1 and first in 10 years, since 2007's "More Than a Memory," a competitor on NBC's The Voice brings Brooks' 1990 signature No. 1 "The Dance" back to the Billboard charts.

Competing for Blake Shelton's team in week two of the latest season of NBC's The Voice (Nov. 27), Dickson, Tennessee's Red Marlow, a top 11 contestant, performed "The Dance." Following the broadcast, his cover debuts on Hot Country Songs at No. 49, powered by sales of 8,000 downloads and its No. 8 arrival on Country Digital Song Sales.

Lauren Duski, the season 12 runner up on The Voice to winner Chris Blue, also sang "The Dance" on the show and brought the classic ballad back to Hot Country Songs for the first time since the original (on Sept. 22, 1990), when her version debuted and peaked at No. 18 on June 10.

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