2019 American Music Awards

Cole Swindell Swipes No. 1 Spot On Country Airplay Chart With 'Love You Too Late'

Eric Ryan Anderson
Cole Swindell photographed on June 8, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tenn. 

Plus, Russell Dickerson and Thomas Rhett add top 10s and Luke Bryan debuts.

Cole Swindell's "Love You Too Late" climbs 3-1 in its 48th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 2), increasing by 12% to 37.1 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 27, according to Nielsen Music.

"It never gets old watching one of my songs climb the charts, and it's something I will never take for granted, especially when one of them reaches that No. 1 spot," Swindell told Billboard after learning of his latest achievement.

"'Love You Too Late' is one of those special songs because I get to celebrate it with two of my best friends and two of the best songwriters in this town [Nashville]: Michael Carter and Brandon Kinney. We have written many songs together over the years but to finally be able to celebrate having a No. 1 song together is really special," he added.

Swindell scores his fifth Country Airplay leader and first since "Middle of a Memory," which led for a week in November 2016. "Late" follows "Break Up in the End," which reached No. 2 in October 2018.  

In 2014, Swindell scored his first of nine Country Airplay top 10s with his No. 2-peaking launch song, "Chillin' It." He struck No. 1 for the first time with his second entry, "Hope You Get Lonely Tonight," and led again with "Ain't Worth the Whiskey" (one week, 2015) and "You Should Be Here" (three, 2016).

NEW TOP 10s On Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, Russell Dickerson attains his third straight career-opening top 10, as "Every Little Thing" pushes 11-9. It drew 32.9 million in radio reach (up 7%) in the tracking week, as it holds at No. 4 on Country Airplay, while hauling in 4.2 million U.S. streams and 2,000 downloads sold.

In 2018, Dickerson's first two singles, "Yours" and "Blue Tacoma," reached Nos. 3 and 5, respectively, on Hot Country Songs, while both topped Country Airplay.

Plus, Thomas Rhett banks his 15th Country Airplay top 10, as "Remember You Young" rises 11-10 (23.8 million, up 4%). The song follows "Look What God Gave Her," which became his 13th No. 1 in June.

LUKE LAUNCHES Plus, Luke Bryan lands his fourth-highest career Country Airplay debut, as "What She Wants" bounds in at No. 22 with 10.5 million impressions; released on Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. ET, the song starts from just three-and-a-half days of airplay. It also benefited from hourly plays on Oct. 24-25 on participating iHeartMedia stations.

Bryan earned his highest Country Airplay entrance with "Kick the Dust Up" (No. 19, 2015). In September, "Knockin' Boots" became his 21st No. 1.

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