Carrie Underwood Is Sitting 'Pretty' As She Links Her 27th Straight Country Airplay Top 10

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 Carrie Underwood attends the 2018 CMT Music Awards at Bridgestone Arena on June 6, 2018 in Nashville, Tenn.   

As Dan + Shay's "Tequila" (Warner Bros./WAR) tops Billboard's Country Airplay chart for a second week, up 2 percent to 44.6 million audience impressions in the week ending July 8, according to Nielsen Music, Carrie Underwood lands her 27th consecutive and total top 10.

Underwood's "Cry Pretty" (Capitol Nashville) lifts 11-10 on the chart, gaining 7 percent to 24.3 million in audience in its 13th week.

Underwood co-wrote the first single from her new studio album, her first for Capitol Records (due Sept. 14), with Lori McKenna, Liz Rose and Hillary Lindsey. (Underwood previously spent her entire career on Arista Nashville after winning the fourth season of American Idol in 2005.)

Underwood has now linked all 27 of her Country Airplay top 10s consecutively, encompassing all her country singles promoted to the format, excluding holiday fare. She began her run with her first country single, "Jesus, Take the Wheel," her first of 15 Country Airplay No. 1s, which led the list for six weeks starting Jan. 21, 2006.

On the Hot Country Songs chart, which combines airplay, streaming and sales data, "Cry Pretty" achieved top 10 status when it flew from No. 20 to its No. 5 high on the chart dated April 28. The vault followed Underwood's debut live performance of the song at the 53rd Academy of Country Music Awards April 15. On the new, July 14-dated Hot Country Songs chart, "Cry Pretty" holds at No. 17.

With 27 straight career-opening Country Airplay top 10s, Underwood extends the longest such streak. Tracy Lawrence ranks second with 19 in 1992-97.

As for the longest Country Airplay top 10 streak overall, Keith Urban owns the record: 38 in a row. His run of top 10s, including 21 No. 1s, began with his second single, "Your Everything," which peaked at No. 4 in 2000. The streak snapped earlier this year when "Female" peaked at No. 12 on Feb. 24.

Meanwhile, with 25 Country Airplay top 10s in succession to date, Luke Bryan owns the second-longest active run. He notched his 25th consecutive top 10 when "Most People Are Good" hopped 12-8 on Feb. 24; it became his 19th No. 1 on March 31.

Underwood's career total of 27 Country Airplay top 10s is second among women only to Reba McEntire's 36, dating to the chart's 1990 inception. Among all artists, George Strait leads with 61 top 10s.

A NEW "HOME" A remake of John Denver's classic "Take Me Home, Country Roads," which hit No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 50 on Hot Country Songs, in 1971, arrives, via Copilot Music + Sound's cover (Bethesda). The new version scored a synch in the trailer for forthcoming video game Fallout 76.

Copilot Music + Sound's "Country Roads" arrives at No. 41 on Hot Country Songs. It starts at No. 7 on Country Digital Song Sales with 13,000 downloads sold in its first week (ending July 5); all proceeds from its sales will benefit Habitat for Humanity. The song, written by Denver, Bill Danoff and Taffy Nivert, marks Copilot Music + Sound's first Billboard chart appearance.

The new release has also stirred interest in the original, as Denver's "Country Roads" gains by 7 percent to 6,000 sold and bullets at No. 21 on Country Digital Song Sales.

JUMPING "JACK" Jake Owen banks his ninth Hot Country Songs top 10, and first since 2016, as "I Was Jack (You Were Diane)" (Big Loud) climbs 11-9. "Jack" is a nod to John Mellencamp's four-week 1982 Hot 100 No. 1 "Jack & Diane" (with Mellencamp claiming a writing credit on the Owen's song, which is derived from Mellencamp's).

"I Was Jack" surges on the strength of its 21 percent increase to 5,000 downloads sold), its 20 percent hike to 4.3 million U.S. streams and its 6 percent gain to 35.9 million audience impressions, as it bumps 4-3 on Country Airplay.

"I Was Jack" is Owen's first Hot Country Songs top 10 since "American Country Love Song," which peaked at No. 6 in August 2016.


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