All-Star 'Forever Country' Single Aiming for Big Debut on Billboard Charts
The star-studded “Forever Country” single is set for a huge debut on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart next week -- and it could open straight in at No. 1. The track -- which celebrates 50 years of the CMA Awards -- is set to bow in the top five of the list dated Oct. 8.
Industry forecasters suggest the tune could sell around 90,000 downloads in the week ending Sept. 22. After that robust number is combined with a likely solid streaming figure (thanks in part to its buzzy music video) and airplay, the tune is looking for a possible No. 1 bow.
The Hot Country Songs chart blends sales, airplay and streaming data to rank the most popular country songs of the week.
The “Forever Country” song is a medley of three songs: John Denver’s ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads,” Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You” and Willie Nelson’s “On the Road Again.” Denver died in 1997, but Parton and Nelson are both featured on the track, along with 28 other CMA Award-winning acts.
“Forever Country” premiered on radio airwaves, streaming services and through digital retailers on Sept. 16. Its Joseph Kahn-directed music video debuted on Sept. 20. The Country Music Association's profits from the sales and streaming of "Forever Country" will benefit music education causes through the CMA Foundation.
The tune already made its debut at No. 39 on the Country Airplay chart dated Oct. 1, from less than three full days of airplay (Sept. 16-18, as the tracking week for that chart runs Monday through Sunday).
Over on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, “Forever Country” is aiming for a start in the top 40.