Plus, this week's special guests are Chris Janson, currently bulleted at No. 10 on the Country Airplay chart with "Drunk Girl," his third top 10, after "Buy Me a Boat" and "Fix a Drink," and Warner Music Nashville chairman and CEO John Esposito, as interviewed by Billboard's Nashville-based senior chart manager Jim Asker.
The trio offers insights into the dynamic between an artist and a label, while musing about Janson's ascent in the genre, including his three nominations at the Nov. 14 Country Music Association (CMA) Awards, for song and video of the year for "Drunk Girl," as well as new artist of the year.
"Take a drunk girl home / Let her sleep all alone / Leave her keys on the counter, your number by the phone," Janson sings in the ballad. "Pick up her life she threw on the floor / Leave the hall lights on, walk out and lock the door / That's how she knows the difference between a boy and man / Take a drunk girl home."
Says Janson of the song, which he wrote with Scooter Carusoe and Tom Douglas, "I had a young man come to me in a meet-and-greet, with an envelope. I could see it was a letter. He was a high school senior. I said I'd read it later, and I did. He wrote, 'I live in a community that's pretty upscale. There are a lot of guys my age who have a lot of money. When you have more money than some, you can have more fun sometimes. But, it gives them a feeling of entitlement, that you can do anything, in circles with women, as well, and I don't stand for that. I appreciate the song being a message that my peers are hearing.'
"I thought that was amazing," Janson says. "It's important."
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