David Lee Murphy & Kenny Chesney Set Records Atop Country Airplay Chart
With "Everything's Gonna Be Alright," Murphy ends the longest break between No. 1s, while Chesney earns his record-tying 29th leader.
David Lee Murphy and Kenny Chesney's "Everything's Gonna Be Alright" ascends 3-1 in its 32nd week on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated June 23). It increases 6 percent to 42 million audience impressions in the week ending June 17, according to Nielsen Music.
On the Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data, "Alright" ranks at No. 11 after reaching No. 9.
The song, co-written by Murphy, Jimmy Yeary and Chris Stevens, marks Murphy's second Country Airplay No. 1 (among six top 10s) and his first in 22 years, five months and three weeks. His first, "Dust on the Bottle," hit No. 1 on the chart dated Oct. 28, 1995, for its first of a two-week reign.
"I loved David Lee's music when he was making 'Dust on the Bottle' and [1995's No. 6-peaking] 'Party Crowd,' and I love it just as much now," Chesney tellsBillboard. "It's so great hearing his voice on the radio, and I'm honored to be part of this No. 1."
"This one's really special," says Murphy. "I've never received more heart-warming messages on a song in my life, and to stand there with Kenny and sing it to a stadium full of people singing it with us is unbelievable. [I have] so many people to thank, especially Kenny, for making this happen."
The gap between Murphy's No. 1s is the second-longest ever on the Country Airplay chart, which launched Jan. 20, 1990. Vince Gill holds the record, having returned to the penthouse when Chris Young's "Sober Saturday Night," featuring Gill, crowned the March 18, 2017-dated chart, 23 years and one week after his own "Tryin' to Get Over You" (March 12, 1994).
Murphy rewrites the record for longest break between No. 1s in a lead role on both songs. He more than doubles Garth Brooks' mark of 10 years and three months, between "More Than a Memory," which became the only song to debut at the pinnacle (Sept. 15, 2007), and "Ask Me How I Know" (Dec. 16, 2017).
Chesney makes his own history, as "Alright" is his 29th Country Airplay No. 1, tying him with Tim McGraw for the most leaders in the chart's archives. Alan Jackson and George Strait follow with 26 each.
Meanwhile, Chesney's solo single "Get Along" holds at No. 8 on Country Airplay after reaching No. 7 (32.7 million, up 7 percent).