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Brantley Gilbert & Lindsay Ell Lead Country Airplay Chart, Lady Antebellum Returns to Top 10

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Joseph Llanes

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell

Plus, Kane Brown lands his first Digital Songs Sales No. 1.

Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell's "What Happens in a Small Town" ascends 3-1 in its 48th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, dated Nov. 16, up 12% to 37.1 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.

With the song, released on Stoney Creek/Valory, Gilbert adds his fifth No. 1 and first since "One Hell of an Amen" for a week in August 2015. Gilbert first ruled with his debut hit "Country Must Be Country Wide" for a week in December 2011.

Ell earns her first Country Airplay No. 1, among six entries. She previously peaked at a No. 19 high with "Criminal" in June.

"I couldn't be more proud of this No. 1," Gilbert tells Billboard. "I'm especially excited for Lindsay, it being her first, and I hope I can speak for us both when I say that we couldn't have done it without our amazing fans, our incredible teams and, of course, country radio."

"Town," which Gilbert penned with Brock Berryhill, Josh Dunne and Rhett Akins, is the lead single from his LP Fire & Brimstone, which debuted as his third Top Country Albums No. 1 (Oct. 19).

BACK IN TOP 10: Lady Antebellum notches its 14th Country Airplay top 10 and first since 2017 as "What If I Never Get Over You," the trio's first Big Machine Label Group top 10, pushes 11-10 (22.4 million, up 8%). The song is the first single from the act's album Ocean, due Nov. 15.

SWEET SUCCESS: Plus, Kane Brown's ode to his and wife Katelyn's newborn, Kingsley Rose, born Oct. 29, debuts at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales with 20,000 downloads sold. The song is Brown's seventh leader on the list.

The tribute also launches as Brown's first No. 1 on the all-genre Digital Song Sales survey.