Country Airplay Chart Swings 'Blue' as Russell Dickerson Scores Second No. 1
Plus, Loretta Lynn has a 'great' debut.
Singer-songwriter Russell Dickerson rides to his second straight Country Airplay No. 1 with sophomore single "Blue Tacoma" (Triple Tigers). In its 32nd week on the tally (dated Oct. 13), "Tacoma" ascends 2-1, up 9 percent to 44 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Oct. 7, according to Nielsen Music.
On the airplay, streaming and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, "Tacoma" pulls into the top five (7-5).
"Man, it feels surreal, honestly, like, is that really my song at No. 1?" Dickerson marvels to Billboard upon hearing that "Tacoma" had reached the Country Airplay summit. "Plus, having my second No. 1 in one year is just absolute insanity. I'm definitely still trying to take in the gravity of it all."
Dickerson co-penned "Blue" with his frequent writing collaborators Casey Brown and Parker Welling. The trio also authored Dickerson's debut single and first Country Airplay No. 1, "Yours," which led for two weeks starting on the Jan. 27 dated chart; the same week, it peaked at No. 3 on Hot Country Songs.
"Yeah, 'Tacoma' was a no-brainer for me," Dickerson says when asked about whether it was the natural choice as his second single. "I always gauge the audience by what songs are clicking because they're the ones who'll be listening to the radio," he explains. "'Tacoma' is super-special to me because when we originally wrote the song, it was good, but there was just some magic missing. My wife and I got to go out to California for a wedding and drive the Pacific Coast Highway. When I got back, I realized we didn't capture the awe and wonder of this scenery. So, we re-wrote a lot of the verses and that's when it clicked for everyone. It sounds exactly how driving the Pacific coast feels."
Dickerson is the first artist to land Country Airplay leaders with his first two entries since Luke Combs rattled off No. 1s with "Hurricane" and "When It Rains It Pours," for two weeks each in May and November 2017, respectively. Combs made it three in a row when third single "One Number Away" topped the June 9 survey.
STILL "GREAT" Country icon Loretta Lynn debuts at No. 8 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart, as her new studio set Wouldn't It Be Great (Legacy) arrives with 9,000 equivalent album units earned in the week ending Oct. 4.
The 86-year-old Lynn notches her 41st Top Country Albums top 10, passing George Strait, with 40. Willie Nelson leads all acts with 49 top 10s.
The 13-track Great was co-produced by Lynn's daughter Patsy Lynn Russell and John Carter Cash, son of Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash.
Great is Lynn's first album since her 2016 holiday set Christmas Time Blue, which peaked at No. 26 on Top Country Albums. Earlier that year, she released Full Circle, which debuted and peaked at No. 4.
Lynn logged her first Top Country Albums appearance and first top 10 with Loretta Lynn Sings, which peaked at No. 2 in 1964, the year that the chart launched.
"LOSE" WINS Kane Brown banks his third total and consecutive Country Airplay top 10, as "Lose It" (Zone 4/RCA Nashville) rises 11-10, increasing by 8 percent to 23 million in audience.
"Lose" follows Kane's first two Country Airplay No. 1s: "Heaven," which led for two weeks starting on May 19, and "What Ifs," featuring Lauren Alaina (one week, Oct. 28, 2017).
Plus, Mitchell Tenpenny achieves his first top 10 on Hot Country Songs as his debut single "Drunk Me" (Riser House/Columbia Nashville) lifts 11-10. It gains by 8 percent to 19.8 million impressions and holds at its No. 13 high on Country Airplay.