2019 American Music Awards

Hootie & The Blowfish Make Maiden Country Chart Appearance With 'Hold On'

Todd & Chris Owyoung
Hootie & The Blowfish

Plus, new Hot Country Songs top 10s for Cole Swindell and Sam Hunt.

Hootie & the Blowfish, fronted by Darius Rucker, makes its inaugural appearance on a Billboard country chart, as its genre debut, "Hold On," enters the Country Airplay survey (dated Oct. 26) at No. 30 with 6.3 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

The track, released on Capitol Nashville and written by Chris Stapleton and Jim Beavers, is the first single from the band's album Imperfect Circle, due Nov. 1.

Released on Friday, Oct. 18, "Hold On" achieves its chart start from just three days of airplay (through Oct. 20), aided in its first day by hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations.

The group extends its Billboard chart history to over 25 years, having launched with three Billboard Hot 100 top 10s in 1994-95: "Hold My Hand," "Let Her Cry" and "Only Wanna Be With You." The singles were released from the band's debut LP Cracked Rear View, the 20th-best-selling album in the U.S. (10.4 million copies) since Nielsen Music began tracking sales in 1991.

Rucker has been a country format staple since his 2008 genre debut, "Don't Think I Don't Think About It," became his first of eight Country Airplay No. 1s.

'LATE'-BREAKING NEWS Cole Swindell banks his ninth top 10 on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, as "Love You Too Late" rises 12-9. The song climbs 4-3 on Country Airplay, up 5% to 33.1 million in audience, while sporting 5 million U.S. streams and 2,000 sold.

HUNT BACK IN TOP 10 Sam Hunt scores his seventh Hot Country Songs top 10, as new single "Kinfolks" rockets 38-10. Following its first full week of tracking, it bounds onto Country Digital Song Sales at No. 2 with 13,000 sold. It also boasts 11.4 million in radio reach and 6.2 million streams, as it ranks at No. 21 on Country Airplay and No. 15 on Country Streaming Songs.

Hunt earns his first Hot Country Songs top 10 since "Body Like a Back Road" spent a then-record 34 weeks at No. 1 in 2017, marking his fourth leader. (Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" subsequently reigned for a current-record 50 weeks in 2017-18.)


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