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Gabby Barrett & Zach Kale Tie at No. 1 on Country Songwriters Chart

Gabby Barrett
Robby Klein

Gabby Barrett

Each leads the list for the first time.

Gabby Barrett and Zach Kale hit No. 1 on Billboard's Country Songwriters chart (dated March 20), each leading for the first time thanks to Barrett's hits "I Hope" and "The Good Ones."

Barrett and Kale co-wrote "I Hope" with Jon Nite, who ranks at No. 3 on Country Songwriters. The smash logs its 27th week at No. 1 on the Hot Country Songs chart, the longest reign in the chart's history for a single by a woman and no accompanying artists.

The pair also co-wrote Barrett's "The Good Ones," with Emily Landis and Jim McCormick. The track becomes Barrett's second top five Hot Country Songs hit, rising to No. 4.

Barrett is the third woman to top Country Songwriters, dating to the chart's June 2019 launch, after Laura Jeanne Veltz and Taylor Swift.

Kale also co-produced both Barrett tracks with Ross Copperman, and the pair ties at No. 5 on the Country Producers chart.

Barrett's two hits mark Kale's first production credits on Hot Country Songs. He has charted two other songs as a writer on the list: Jimmie Allen and Nelly's "Good Times Roll" (No. 31 peak, 2020) and Florida Georgia Line's "Grow Old" (No. 44, 2016).

Meanwhile, Joey Moi tallies a record-extending 45th week at No. 1 on Country Producers, thanks to nine production credits on Hot Country Songs, led by Morgan Wallen's "Wasted On You" at No. 12.

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).

The full Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts, in addition to the full genre rankings, can be found on

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