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Brett Young Tops Country Airplay With 'Lady': 'This One Will Always Have a Massive Piece of My Heart'

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Brett Young performs onstage during the 2019 iHeartRadio Music Festival and Daytime Stage at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Sept. 21, 2019 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Plus, Gabby Barrett wraps a record 99-week run with "I Hope."

Brett Young achieves his sixth total and consecutive No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Lady" ascends from the runner-up spot on the April 3-dated list. In the tracking week ending March 28, it gained by 9% to 31 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data.

"Lady" is the lead single from Young's forthcoming third full-length studio album. He co-wrote the song with Ross Copperman and Jon Nite, and Dann Huff produced it.

The track was inspired by Young's wife, Taylor Mills, and the couple's daughter, Presley. The pair announced in January that it is expecting its second child. "Any time you get to celebrate a No. 1 is special, but this one will always have a massive piece of my heart," Young tells Billboard. "I feel incredibly blessed to celebrate alongside Taylor and Presley as we await our next little 'lady' this year. Thank you to the fans and radio for the continuous support and for allowing the song to become a part of your own stories."

Big Machine Label Group president and CEO Jimmy Harnen says, "'Lady' was created in the most beautiful and organic way. There were never really any plans for this to be released commercially. That said, once we listened, the beauty, magic and true honesty of this song was undeniable."

"Lady" leads Country Airplay in its 48th week on the chart. "Every step along the way, it kept raising its hand and showing great signs of a hit. Radio was patient and stayed with us, and now we're celebrating. Thank you to all the believers," Harnen adds.

Young's first Country Airplay entry, "Sleep Without You," peaked at No. 2 in December 2016. Since, the singer-songwriter from Anaheim, Calif., has yet to miss the summit. "In Case You Didn't Know" led for two weeks in June 2017, followed by "Like I Loved You" (three, January 2018), "Mercy" (two, August 2018), "Here Tonight," (two, April 2019) and "Catch" (one, April 2020).

With six straight Country Airplay leaders, Young boasts the second-longest active streak, after Luke Combs, who has sent his first 10 singles to No. 1. Combs' latest, "Forever After All," climbs 26-22, up 29% to 8.7 million impressions.

BARRETT'S RECORD RUN Gabby Barrett's debut hit "I Hope" departs the airplay-, sales- and streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart after a record 99 weeks on the survey. (Songs are removed if ranking below No. 3 after 78 weeks, among other recurrent rules.)

"I Hope," which led Country Airplay for a week in April 2020 and crossed over as a pop hit thanks in part to a remix featuring Charlie Puth, dominated Hot Country Songs for 27 weeks beginning last July. The single is the third-longest-ruling hit since the chart began as an all-encompassing genre ranking in October 1958. It trails only Florida Georgia Line and Bebe Rexha's "Meant to Be" (50 weeks at No. 1 in 2017-18) and Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road" (34 weeks, 2017).

"I Hope" holds the Hot Country Songs longevity record over Maren Morris' "The Bones," which logged 78 weeks on the chart beginning in March 2019, including 19 weeks at No. 1 starting the following March.

Meanwhile, Barrett's sophomore single, "The Good Ones," holds at its No. 2 high on Hot Country Songs. On Country Airplay, it pushes 7-6 (22 million impressions, up 7%). The song also drew 9 million U.S. streams (up 1%) and sold 5,000 downloads (up 10%) in the tracking week.

IT 'MADE' THE TOP 10 Jake Owen earns his 11th Country Airplay top 10, as "Made for You" rises 11-10 (18.5 million in audience, up 9%). Owen last ranked in the bracket with "Homemade," which led for a week in March 2020, marking his eighth No. 1.