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Maddie & Tae Complete Record Run to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart With 'Die of a Broken Heart'

Maddie & Tae
Carlos Ruiz

Maddie & Tae

Plus, Kane Brown goes top 10 on Hot Country Songs.

Maddie & Tae, the duo of Maddie Marlow and Tae Dye, notch their second No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Die From a Broken Heart" ascends 2-1 on the ranking dated Aug. 22.

The song gained by 8% to 35.9 million audience impressions in the week ending Aug. 16, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

"We write music that we love, hoping that other people love it and connect with it as well," Maddie & Tae tell Billboard in a statement. "When we wrote this song [with Deric Ruttan and Jonathan Singleton], it was our truth, and we hope sharing our truth makes one less person feel alone."

Crossing the finish line in its 54th week, "Heart" completes the longest trip to the Country Airplay penthouse among songs by female acts in the chart's history, which dates to January 1990. It wraps the fourth-longest journey overall, a mark held by Travis Denning's "After a Few," which led in its 65th week on June 13.

Maddie & Tae top Country Airplay for the first time since their debut hit, "Girl in a Country Song," spent a week at No. 1 in December 2014. That track became just the second maiden single by a female duo to reign, after "Leave the Pieces" by The Wreckers (Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) in September 2006.

As the two acts are the only female duos to have ever led the list, Maddie & Tae become the first female twosome with multiple No. 1s. Among all-female duos or groups, only The Chicks boast more leaders (six).

"Heart" is the second single from Maddie & Tae's initial album on Mercury Nashville, The Way It Feels, which debuted at No. 7 on Top Country Albums in April. "Friends Don't" reached No. 33 on Country Airplay in February.

In addition to their two Country Airplay No. 1s, Maddie & Tae ascended to the top 10 with "Fly" (No. 9) in September 2015.

Meanwhile, "Heart" is the sixth song by a female act to top Country Airplay No. 1 in 2020, the most in a single year since 2016, when eight such songs led. In the chart's 30-year history, 2020 is the seventh year with at least six No. 1s by female acts.

'COOL' IS HOT Kane Brown earns his seventh top 10 on Hot Country Songs, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, as "Cool Again" jumps 16-6. Aiding the surge, a new version and official video featuring Nelly was released Aug. 7. The song drew 6.3 million U.S. streams (up 36%) and sold 10,000 downloads (up 1,010%) in the week ending Aug. 13.

On Country Airplay, it ranks at No. 9 (23.1 million, up 8%), a week after reaching No. 8.