Brittany Howard Earns First Solo No. 1 Song With 'Stay High'

Danny Clinch
Brittany Howard

She rules Adult Alternative Songs seven years after leading with Alabama Shakes.

More than seven years after ruling Billboard's Adult Alternative Songs airplay chart as part of Alabama Shakes, Brittany Howard scores her first solo No. 1 single with "Stay High."

Howard's reign, on the Oct. 12-dated tally, marks her second overall trip to the top of the chart, after leading as part of Alabama Shakes' "Hold On" on the June 23, 2012, list.

Howard is the first artist to top the tally solo after leading with a band since The Black Keys' Dan Auerbach, whose "Shine on Me" ruled in July 2017. In that respect, she joins a club that also includes Tom Petty (Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers), Dave Matthews (Dave Matthews Band), Ben Harper (Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals) and Rob Thomas (matchbox twenty, who led solo as a featured artist on Santana's "Smooth").

Howard is also the second soloist (and woman) to lead Adult Alternative Songs in 2019, following Maggie Rogers ("Light On"). The chart's other 12 No. 1s this year have been by bands.

"Stay High" concurrently reaches a new high on the all-rock-format Rock Airplay chart, bumping 37-35 with 1.6 million audience impressions (up 5%), according to Nielsen Music. It also reaches its first digital song sales list, debuting at No. 24 on Alternative Digital Song Sales with 1,000 downloads sold.

The track is the lead single from Jaime, Howard's debut solo album, which debuted at No. 1 on Americana/Folk Albums, No. 2 on Top Rock Albums and No. 13 on the Billboard 200 dated Oct. 5.

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