Nine Weeks at No. 1 for 'We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together' Sets Record for Solo Females
Two months after Billboard revised the Country Songs ranking method from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid, Taylor Swift's ninth week atop the chart with "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" sets an all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo female, surpassing Country Music Hall of Fame honoree Connie Smith's eight weeks with "Once a Day" in 1964.
Swift's ninth week is the result of a photo finish ahead of Florida Georgia Line's "Cruise," which bullets in its fifth week at No. 2. Swift's run is the longest for any artist since the late David Houston stayed nine weeks with "Almost Persuaded" in 1966. When Smith and Houston accomplished their feats, the chart was known as Hot Country Singles, and was tabulated by blending reported radio playlists and singles sales data taken from retail store reports. No artist has spent more than nine weeks at No. 1 since Buck Owens led for 16 weeks in 1963-64 with "Love's Gonna Live Here."
On the Country Airplay chart, rookie duo Florida Georgia Line becomes the first new act in exactly one year to reach No. 1 with its first charted title, as "Cruise" steps 2-1. There's been only one such song in each of the last three years -- it was Brantley Gilbert's "Country Must Be Country Wide" on the chart dated Dec. 11, 2011, preceded by Easton Corbin's "A Little More Country Than That," which topped the April 3, 2010 list. The duo's song rings the top bell in its19th chart week, marking the fastest No. 1 climb for a new artist's debut single since Heartland's "I Loved Her First" needed 17 weeks to peak in 2006. Florida Georgia Line is the first duo/group to reach No. 1 with a debut single since Zac Brown Band's "Chicken Fried" led for two weeks in December 2008.