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Jameson Rodgers' Debut Hit 'Some Girls' Tops Country Airplay Chart: 'It's Been an Incredible Journey'

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Jameson Rodgers performs onstage during day 3 of the 2019 CMA Music Festival on June 8, 2019 in Nashville.

Plus, Sturgill Simpson debuts and Russell Dickerson adds a new top 10.

Jameson Rodgers' maiden single "Some Girls" ascends 3-1 its 49th week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Oct. 31), up 13 percent to 33.2 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 25, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Rodgers' first No. 1 was written by Hardy, Jake Mitchell and C.J. Solar.

"I've been in Nashville 10 years, and it's been an incredible journey to make it to my first No. 1 song as an artist," Rodgers tells Billboard. "I don't think I can put into words what it means to me. Some of my best buddies wrote this song, which makes it all the more sweet. I knew 'Some Girls' was a hit the second I heard it, and to have it finally at the top of the charts is an indescribable feeling."

"Some Girls" is the first rookie single to ascend to the Country Airplay penthouse since Gabby Barrett's "I Hope" on April 25. Meanwhile, the latter extends its reign on the airplay-, streaming- and sales-powered Hot Country Songs chart to a 14th week. With the track's success aided at pop formats by its remix featuring Charlie Puth, "I Hope" also hits No. 1 on Billboard's all-format Radio Songs chart (76.2 million overall impressions).

"Some Girls" is the first debut single to top Country Airplay by a solo male since Matt Stell's "Prayed for You" for two frames in October 2019. (Stell's sophomore track "Everywhere but On," on Records/Arista Nashville, pushes 7-6 on the latest list, up 8 percent to 26.5 million).

Plus, with its 49-week scenic drive to the Country Airplay pinnacle, "Some Girls" completes the longest trip to No. 1 for an act's first single. It passes Jordan Davis' "Singles You Up," which took 43 weeks to reach the top in April 2018.

On Hot Country Songs, "Some Girls" lifts 5-4 for a new high. It corralled 6.9 million U.S. streams and sold 2,000 downloads in the week ending Oct. 22.

SIMPSON STARTS Sturgill Simpson's Cuttin' Grass, Vol. 1: The Shoppe Sessions enters Top Country Albums at No. 2 with 20,000 equivalent album units earned in its first week, with 10,000 in album sales. It bounds in atop the Americana/Folk Albums and Bluegrass Albums charts and begins at No. 24 on the all-genre Billboard 200.

The 20-song set, produced by David Ferguson, originated when Simpson, who is recovering from COVID-19, promised fans on social media a new album after raising over $200,000 for some of his favorite charities: MusiCares COVID-19 Relief, Nashville Tornado Relief and the Special Forces Foundation.

Simpson scores his fourth Top Country Albums top 10. Sound & Fury arrived and peaked at No. 3 in October 2019 with 32,000 units; A Sailor's Guide to Earth opened atop the chart in May 2016 (a career weekly-best 55,000 units); and Metamodern Sounds in Country Music started at No. 11 in May 2014 and rose to No. 8 in February 2015.

Simpson first reached Top Country Albums with High Top Mountain, which debuted at No. 47 in June 2013 and reached No. 31 in November 2014.

On Americana/Folk Albums, Cuttin' Grass is Simpson's second No. 1, following A Sailor's Guide to Earth. On Bluegrass Albums, Simpson posts his first entry.

'USED TO' SUCCESS Russell Dickerson nets his fourth straight career-opening Hot Country Songs top 10 as "Love You Like I Used To" rises 11-7. It increased by 35 percent to 6.1 million streams in the tracking week and debuts at No. 17 on Country Streaming Songs. It sold 2,000 downloads in the same frame, up 5 percent. The song marches 5-4 on Country Airplay, up 8 percent to 27.8 million in radio-reach.

Dickerson's first single "Yours" peaked at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs in January 2018. He followed with "Blue Tacoma" (No. 5, October 2018) and "Every Little Thing" (No. 5, November 2019). All three songs topped Country Airplay.