P!nk Is on 'Fire' Atop AC & Hot Country Songs Charts
P!nk is the first artist to top both tallies simultaneously since 2010 and the first woman to do so since 2000.
P!nk burns bright atop two Billboard charts (dated Oct. 22), as "Just Like Fire" leads Adult Contemporary for a second week and Kenny Chesney's "Setting the World on Fire," on which she's featured, rises 2-1 on Hot Country Songs.
How rare is a double domination for an act atop those two charts at the same time?
P!nk is the first artist to lead AC and Hot Country Songs simultaneously since Lady Antebellum on the charts dated April 24 and May 1, 2010, when the country trio topped AC with "Need You Now" and Hot Country Songs with "American Honey."
Before Lady A, another country threesome, Rascal Flatts, led the Dec. 16, 2006, AC and Hot Country Songs charts with "What Hurts the Most" and "My Wish," respectively. More than three years earlier, Dixie Chicks (yet another country trio) ruled AC with "Landslide" and Hot Country Songs with "Travelin' Solider" concurrently (March 22, 2003).
The last woman to land the honor prior to P!nk? Faith Hill, who, for four weeks in May and June 2000, ruled AC with "Breathe" while "The Way You Love Me" controlled Hot Country Songs.
Notably, all the cases above before P!nk involved core country acts crossing over to the AC summit with songs that had previously led Hot Country Songs (except for "Landslide," which reached No. 2), while follow-up singles conquered the artists' home format.
P!nk has managed the achievement via her own latest pop single and her guest role on Chesney's song, the latter contributing to a recent trend of country and pop collaborations, including Dierks Bentley's "Different for Girls," featuring Elle King, and Brad Paisley's "Without a Fight," featuring Demi Lovato. Of those three, "Setting the World on Fire" has performed the best on Hot Country Songs; "Different" reached No. 3 and "Fight" hit No. 23. "Setting" is also the only song of the three to have crossed to a pop radio chart, as it holds at its No. 33 high on Adult Pop Songs, up by 41 percent in plays for the week, according to Nielsen Music. It's Chesney's first visit to Adult Pop Songs; he's charted 84 titles on Hot Country Songs.
In the 55 years that the AC and Hot Country Songs charts have co-existed, the other artists to lead both simultaneously are Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton (whose "Islands in the Stream" remains the last song to top the rankings at the same time, for two weeks in 1983), Ronnie Milsap, Juice Newton, Eddie Rabbitt, Glen Campbell, Charlie Rich, Johnny Cash, Eddy Arnold, Roger Miller and Jimmy Dean.
Thus, P!nk, Hill, Parton and Newton are the only women to rule AC and Hot Country Songs simultaneously.