"["Yours"] was only the second song that the three of us ever wrote together," Dickerson tells Billboard. "It's certainly a love song, written for my wife, Kailey. I'm not kidding: when we finished it, we knew it was special, and I said to Casey and Parker, 'You can go to zillow.com and pick out a new house, 'cause we just wrote a No. 1 song.'"
"Yours" is the first release for Triple Tigers Records, which launched in October as a partnership between Thirty Tigers, Triple 8 Management and Sony Music.
"We were confident that 'Yours' had the potential to become a hit single, and believed in Russell as a compelling artist," says Triple Tigers general manager/partner Norbert Nix. "That combination was the foundation for this label to be built. I'm so proud of the Triple Tigers promotion team who worked with laser focus to achieve this incredible result."
The last inaugural single for a label to top Country Airplay was Chris Lane's "Fix," the first release on Big Loud Records, which began in summer 2015. "Fix" led the list dated Aug. 20, 2016.
"Yours" is the first career-opening Country Airplay No. 1 for an artist since Carly Pearce's "Every Little Thing," which topped the Nov. 25-dated tally. The last such song for a male? Luke Combs' "Hurricane" (River House/Columbia Nashville), which began a two-week reign on May 27 -- proving that country newcomers have had quite the debuts in the last year.
Plus, with its 39-week journey to the Country Airplay summit, "Yours" claims the record for the longest trip to No. 1 for a solo male's first entry on the survey. It passes the 32-week ascent of Granger Smith's "Backroad Song," which ambled to No. 1 on Feb. 27, 2016.
NEW TOP 10s Old Dominion scores its fifth straight career-opening top 10 on Hot Country Songs, as "Written in the Sand" (RCA Nashville) jumps 13-8.
The track's climb to the chart's upper region is sparked by its entrance to the Country Airplay top five (7-5), as it increases by 10 percent to 29.8 million in audience. It also gains by 3 percent to 4.8 million U.S. streams and 2 percent to 9,000 downloads sold.
Meanwhile, as Triple Tigers earns its first Country Airplay No. 1, it adds a new top 10, as 24-year-old singer-songwriter Scotty McCreery banks his third top 10 and first since 2014, as "Five More Minutes" strides 11-10 (23.6 million, up 11 percent).
"Minutes" marks McCreery's first Country Airplay top 10 since "Feelin' It," which peaked at No. 10 on Dec. 20, 2014. The winner of American Idol in 2011, McCreery first reached the region with "See You Tonight" (No. 8, March 15, 2014).
McCreery's upcoming full-length, Seasons Change, is due March 16.