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Laura Veltz Leads Country Songwriters Chart, Thanks to Hits by Maren Morris & Lady Antebellum

Laura Veltz
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Laura Veltz

She boasts three writing credits on the latest Hot Country Songs chart.

Nashville-based songwriter Laura Veltz rises to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songwriters chart (dated Jan. 18), leading the tally for the first time on the strength of three writing credits on the Hot Country Songs survey.

Maren Morris' "The Bones," which Veltz wrote with Morris and Jimmy Robbins, leads the trio of songs at No. 2, reaching a new high with 46.2 million in radio reach (up 3%), 8.8 million U.S. streams (up 12%) and 6,000 downloads sold (up 1%), according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Here's a look at all three of Veltz's writing credits on Hot Country Songs:

Rank, Artist Billing, Title (songwriters in addition to Veltz)
No. 2, Maren Morris, "The Bones" (Maren Morris, Jimmy Robbins)
No. 5, Lady Antebellum, "What If I Never Get Over You" (Sam Ellis, Jon Green, Ryan Hurd)
No. 26, Ryan Hurd, "To a T" (Ryan Hurd, Nathan Spicer)

Veltz follows Ashley Gorley, who ruled Country Songwriters for four consecutive weeks (among seven total). Veltz is the fifth artist to top the chart since its launch in June; Blanco Brown spent 18 weeks at No. 1, thanks to "The Git Up," along with Luke Combs (five) and HARDY (one).

Among Veltz's songwriting collaborators, Jimmy Robbins ranks at No. 5 on Country Songwriters, followed by Hurd at No. 8 and Sam Ellis at No. 9.

Veltz has tallied 13 career entries on Hot Country Songs as a writer, seven of which have reached the top 10, including one, Dan + Shay's "Speechless," that has reached the summit.

The weekly Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts are based on total points accrued by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each attributed song that appears on the Hot Country Songs chart; As with Billboard's yearly recaps, multiple writers or producers split points for each song equally (and the dividing of points will lead to occasional ties on rankings).

Check out this week's full Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts, in addition to the other full genre rankings, at Billboard.com/biz