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Miranda Lambert's 'Bluebird' Flies to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart, Becoming Her First Solo Leader Since 2012

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Miranda Lambert, "Bluebird"

'I'm so thankful that after all these years, I still have a spot,' she says.

Miranda Lambert ascends to No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Aug. 1), as "Bluebird" takes a 3-1 flight. The song increased by 11% to 32.4 million audience impressions in the week ending July 26, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

"Bluebird" marks Lambert's sixth Country Airplay leader. She last led as featured on Jason Aldean's "Drowns the Whiskey" for two weeks starting in August 2018. Before that, she last reigned with her Keith Urban duet "We Were Us," for a week in December 2013.

Until this week, Lambert last visited the Country Airplay penthouse on her own with "Over You" for a week in May 2012.

"It's really great," Lambert told Billboard after hearing of her return to No. 1. "I mean, 2012 feels like a lifetime ago; two months feels like a lifetime ago right now. I feel very proud. I've been putting out singles for, like, 15 years and when radio embraces me and really believes in the song, it shows. I'm so thankful that after all these years, I still have a spot."

"Bluebird," which Lambert wrote with Luke Dick and Natalie Hemby, is Lambert's 32nd Country Airplay entry, a sum that includes 13 top 10s. Her first charted title, "Me and Charlie Talking," hit No. 27 in March 2005. She first reached the top 10 with the No. 7-peaking "Gunpowder and Lead" in August 2008. She initially led with "The House That Built Me," for four frames starting in June 2010, followed by "Heart Like Mine," for a week in May 2011.

"Bluebird" is the sophomore single from Wildcard, which arrived as Lambert's record-tying seventh career-opening No. 1 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Nov. 16, 2019. She shares the mark for the most consecutive out-of-the-gate leaders with Carrie Underwood.

Wildcard's first single "It All Comes Out in the Wash" hit No. 14 on Country Airplay last November.