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'Champagne' Toast: Lady A Hits No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

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Lady A

"It feels like the best way to celebrate the first week of the new year," says the group's Hillary Scott.

Lady A notches its 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart as "Champagne Night" jumps 4-1 on the list dated Jan. 9. The song increased by 23% to 26.6 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 3, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Lady A appeared on the second-season premiere of NBC's songwriting competition series Songland, which aired April 13, 2020. The track "I'll Drink to That" was chosen by the act as the winning song on the episode, and Lady A, which comprises Dave Haywood, Charles Kelley and Hillary Scott, then reworked it with co-producer Shane McAnally (who serves as a mentor on Songland), changing the title to "Champagne Night."

The single debuted on Country Airplay last May, after Lady A's label BMLG Records decided to switch singles from "What I'm Leaving For," which peaked at No. 39 on April 25. Previous single, and the trio's first on BMLG after its decade-plus run on Capitol Nashville, "What If I Never Get Over You," topped the chart for a week in January 2020.

"This has been a special song for us for so many reasons," Scott tells Billboard of Lady A's new leader. "We loved it so much that it became a single: the first-ever radio single to be released from Songland. So, for the fans to love it as much as we do and for it now to be at No. 1, it feels like the best way to celebrate the first week of the new year."

As "Champagne" follows "What If I Never Get Over You" to the Country Airplay summit, Lady A has now scored multiple No. 1s on the chart in each of the last three decades (2000s, '10s and '20s). The group first led with "I Run to You" for a week in July 2009 and ruled again for five weeks beginning that November with "Need You Now." Bookending its two No. 1s in the '00s and now two in the '20s, Lady A landed seven leaders in the '10s ("American Honey" in 2010 through "Bartender" in 2014).

Only Blake Shelton has also achieved the feat in the '00s, '10s and '20s, with 28 Country Airplay No. 1s dating to his first, "Austin," in 2001. He notched five in the '00s and 21 in the '10s and has added two so far this decade, most recently "Happy Anywhere," with Gwen Stefani, on the chart dated Dec. 12.

Meanwhile, as "Champagne" tops Country Airplay in its 37th week on the list, it completes the act's longest trip to the penthouse, surpassing the 35-week climb of "What If I Never Get Over You."

Concurrently, "Champagne" bounds 15-8 on the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, sales and streaming data, becoming Lady A's 15th top 10. In addition to its airplay in the tracking week, the song surged by 48% to 5 million U.S. streams and 20% to 1,000 downloads sold in the week ending Dec. 31. Helping its profile, the group appeared on the nationally televised Rose Parade Jan. 1.