Kelsea Ballerini Scores First Top 40 Hot 100 Hit While Making Country Chart History

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Kelsea Ballerini

The top title on Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay, "Peter Pan" flies 43-35 on the Hot 100.

Kelsea Ballerini celebrated her 23rd birthday Monday (Sept. 12) with the news that her song "Peter Pan" had become an historic No. 1: it took over atop Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart (dated Sept. 24), where it's her first leader, and Country Airplay, where it's her third topper in as many tries, making her the first woman to top the two tallies simultaneously.

"Honestly, being the first woman to do this just inspires me to work hard and to make the best music I can," Ballerini beamed to Billboard upon learning of the twin country chart coronations for "Peter Pan."

Here's another present for Ballerini to unwrap: her first top 40 hit on the Billboard Hot 100, where "Peter Pan" ascends 43-35. Her first two entries (and Country Airplay leaders), "Love Me Like You Mean It" and "Dibs," reached Nos. 45 and 58 on the Hot 100, respectively. All three songs are from her debut LP, The First Time.

Kelsea Ballerini Is the First Woman to Top Hot Country Songs & Country Airplay Charts at the Same Time

"Peter Pan" wings 21-19 on the all-format Radio Songs chart (54 million in airplay audience, up 2 percent, according to Nielsen Music) and 43-27 on Digital Songs, vaulting by 57 percent to 27,000 downloads sold, helped by a 69-cent sale tag in the iTunes Store.