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Not That 'Speechless': Dan + Shay Score First Hot Country Songs No. 1; Jimmie Allen Holds Atop Country Airplay

Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay perform onstage during the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 14, 2018 in Nashville.
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Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney of Dan + Shay perform onstage during the 52nd annual CMA Awards at the Bridgestone Arena on Nov. 14, 2018 in Nashville.

"To see the fans react to something so personal means the world," says the duo's Dan Smyers.

Dan + Shay, the duo of Dan Smyers and Shay Mooney, achieve their first No. 1 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart, as "Speechless" leaps 5-1 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based survey dated Dec. 1.

"We wrote this song about our wives, and to see the fans react to something so personal means the world," says Smyers. "We're in great company on the Hot Country Songs chart, and it’s an honor to be sitting at the top for the first time in our career."

"Speechless" is just the third Hot Country Songs No. 1 of 2018. Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" led for a record 50 weeks (starting Dec. 16, 2017) and was finally unseated on last week's (Nov. 24-dated) chart by Kane Brown's "Lose It" (Zone 4/RCA Nashville), which jumped 5-1 as parent album Experiment launched at No. 1 on Top Country Albums. "Lose" falls to No. 5 this week, while "Meant," in its 52nd frame, marking a full year on the tally, drops 2-4.

"Speechless," which Smyers and Mooney wrote with Laura Veltz and Jordan Reynolds, flies to No. 1 on Hot Country Songs on the strength of across-the-board gains, aided by the pair's performance of the ballad on the Nov. 19 season finale of ABC's Dancing With the Stars.

"Speechless" rebounds 3-1 for a fifth week atop Country Digital Song Sales (14,000 sold, up 29 percent, in the week ending Nov. 22, according to Nielsen Music); dips 3-6 on Country Streaming Songs (8.9 million U.S. streams, up 4 percent, in the week ending Nov. 22); and pushes 7-6 on Country Airplay (30.5 million audience impressions, up 3 percent, in the week ending Nov. 25).

"Speechless" follows the twosome's first five Hot Country Songs top 10s: "Tequila," which peaked at No. 2 on June 30; "How Not To" (No. 7, 2017); "From the Ground Up" (No. 3, 2016); "Nothin' Like You" (No. 5, 2015); and debut single, "19 You + Me" (No. 7, 2014). "Tequila," "Not," "Ground" and "Nothin' " all topped Country Airplay.

SECOND "BEST" Jimmie Allen's launch single "Best Shot" leads Country Airplay for a second week, with 40 million impressions (down 4 percent). The song is the 13th multi-week No. 1, of 31 total toppers, on Country Airplay this year, following Luke Combs' "She Got the Best of Me" which led for four weeks; Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" (two); Luke Bryan's "Sunrise, Sunburn, Sunset" (two); Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey," featuring Miranda Lambert (two); Brett Young's "Mercy" (two); Kenny Chesney's "Get Along" (two); Dan + Shay's "Tequila" (two); Kane Brown's "Heaven" (two); Aldean's "You Make It Easy" (two); Bryan's "Most People Are Good" (three); Thomas Rhett's "Marry Me" (two); and Russell Dickerson's "Yours" (two).

Similarly, in 2017, 12 of 33 songs that ascended to No. 1 on Country Airplay led for multiple weeks.

BENTLEY'S "BURNING" Dierks Bentley's "Burning Man," featuring Brothers Osborne, pushes 11-10 on Country Airplay, up 5 percent to 22.1 million impressions.

"Man" marks Bentley's 24th Country Airplay top 10, a sum that includes 16 No. 1s. He reigned with his debut single, "What Was I Thinkin'," in 2003. Bentley ties Alabama for 18th place among acts with the most Country Airplay top 10s, dating to the chart's January 1990 inception. George Strait leads with 61.

Brothers Osborne bank their second Country Airplay top 10, after "Stay a Little Longer" reached No. 2 in 2016.

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