Thomas Rhett's 'Life Changes' Tops Country Airplay, Bebe Rexha & FGL's 'Meant to Be' Extends Reign Atop Hot Country Songs To 40 Weeks
Thomas Rhett tallies his 11th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Life Changes" ascends 3-1 in its 21st week, up 10 percent to 43 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Sept. 2, according to Nielsen Music. On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, "Life" lifts 8-6 for a new peak. (Both surveys are dated Sept. 8.)
"I can't believe that 'Life Changes' is my 11th No. 1," Rhett said in a statement. "It's really humbling and amazing. This song is special for me and my family because it's our story. To see people connect with it and connect it to their own lives and families has been incredible to witness."
Written by Rhett with his father, Rhett Akins, as well as Jesse Frasure and Ashley Gorley, "Life Changes" is from Rhett's same-named LP, which debuted atop the Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts (dated Sept. 30, 2017), becoming his first No. 1 on both rankings. The album has earned just over 1 million equivalent album units to date.
"Changes" is the fourth single -- and fourth Country Airplay No. 1 -- from Life Changes, following the Maren Morris-assisted "Craving You," which led the list dated July 22, 2017; "Unforgettable" (Nov. 18, 2017); and "Marry Me" (March 10 and 17).
Life Changes is Rhett's second straight set to produce four Country Airplay No. 1s, following his second LP, Tangled Up, which yielded "Crash and Burn" (Sept. 26, 2015, for one week); "Die a Happy Man" (Jan. 2, 2016, six); "T-Shirt" (June 18, 2016, one); and "Star of the Show" (Feb. 18, 2017, one). Luke Bryan holds the record with six Country Airplay No. 1s from one album, 2015's Kill the Lights.
Rhett earned his first Country Airplay No. 1 with his third entry (and his first of 12 top 10s), "It Goes Like This," which led for three weeks in 2013. At least one more Life Changes single will have a chance at another Country Airplay No. 1: "Sixteen" goes to country radio Sept. 17.
FORTY AND STILL SITTIN' PRETTY Atop Hot Country Songs, Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line's "Meant to Be" extends its record run at No. 1 to 40 weeks. When "Meant" tallied its 35th week atop the chart dated Aug. 4, it passed Sam Hunt's "Body Like a Back Road," which led for 34 weeks in 2017. "Meant" rules Country Streaming songs for its record-extending 36th week, up 2 percent to 14.1 million U.S. streams.
Meanwhile, "Sittin' Pretty," the newest track from FGL (Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley), released Aug. 24, debuts at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales with 15,000 downloads sold in the week ending Aug. 30. It marks FGL's ninth No. 1 on the chart and seventh to bow at the summit. On Hot Country Songs, it starts at No. 30.
"Pretty," featuring Kelley on lead vocals, is the latest song to preview the duo's fourth LP, due in February 2019.
NEW TOP 10s Old Dominion's "Hotel Key" reaches the Hot Country Songs top 10 (11-10). It's the sixth total and consecutive Hot Country Songs top 10 for the band, starting with its debut single "Break Up With Him," which reached No. 3 in 2015. "Key" unlocks the door to the upper tier as it increases by 12 percent to 36.5 million and holds at its No. 4 Country Airplay high.
Cole Swindell banks his eighth Country Airplay top 10 as "Break Up in the End" lifts 12-9, increasing by 9 percent to 23.9 million impressions. Plus, Chris Janson achieves his third Country Airplay top 10, as "Drunk Girl" rises 13-10, up 13 percent to 21.4 million impressions.