Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts
Cassadee Pope Wins 'Over You,' Taylor Swift Ties Record on Country Charts

After a head-turning performance of Miranda Lambert's "Over You" on the November 19 episode of NBC's "The Voice," contestant Cassadee Pope opens atop Country Digital Songs with 152,000 downloads, according to Nielsen SoundScan. Concurrently the newcomer posts the Hot Shot Debut at No. 3 on Country Songs and also arrives at No. 25 on the Hot 100. Meanwhile Lambert's original version re-enters Country Digital Songs at No. 7 with 40,000 sold -- it previously peaked at No. 2 in March, and topped the Country Airplay chart dated May 19.

Honored earlier this month with the Song of the Year trophy at the CMA Awards, Lambert co-wrote the song with husband and "Voice" coach, Blake Shelton. A native of Florida, singer/songwriter Pope has also fronted pop/punk band Hey Monday, and released a self-titled solo EP in May which charted for one week in June on the Heatseekers tally (No. 25).

Elsewhere on Country Songs, Taylor Swift ties the all-time record for the most weeks at No. 1 by a solo female artist, noted as "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together" logs an eighth week at the summit.

The record -- matched two months after the chart's ranking method shifted from core country radio audience to a digital, streaming, and expanded radio hybrid -- has been held for 48 years by Connie Smith's blockbuster 1964 hit, "Once a Day." Widely considered to be peerless among country music's strongest female singers, Smith was honored with Country Music Hall of Fame membership earlier this year.

Swift's eight weeks hasn't been accomplished by any artist since Alan Jackson & Jimmy Buffett spent eight cumulative weeks with "It's Five O'Clock Somewhere" just over nine years ago, and hasn't been done in consecutive weeks since Lonestar's "Amazed" in 1999. Although chart-topping runs of eight or more weeks were commonplace prior to Smith's streak, the only song to hold that long between "Once a Day" and "Amazed" was the late David Houston's nine-week stretch with "Almost Persuaded" in 1966.

While "Never" ties the mark for a solo woman unaccompanied by another artist, two duets featuring females have reigned longer: Margaret Whiting and Jimmy Wakely spent a whopping 17 weeks at No. 1 beginning in October 1949 with "Slipping Around" and married duo Carl Butler and Pearl led for 11 frames in 1962-63 with "Don't Let Me Cross Over."

Also noteworthy on Country Songs, Zac Brown Band's "Goodbye In Her Eyes" is lifted 14-12 with Greatest Gainer roses for the chart's biggest overall airplay gain, while the biggest digital spike is posted by Carrie Underwood's "Two Black Cadillacs," which shoots 49-37 following a performance on the November 19 American Music Awards (ABC). Tim McGraw's "One of Those Nights" nets the fattest streaming increase, and shifts 34-31.

On the Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay scorecard, Jake Owen achieves his third and slowest No. 1 climb with "The One That Got Away," which steps 2-1 in its 29th chart week. His quickest ascent (24 weeks) happened when "Barefoot Blue Jean Night" spent the first of two weeks at the summit on the chart dated Sept. 17, 2011, followed by another two weeks with "Alone With You," which peaked in its 26th chart week in April. The Florida native becomes one of 10 artists to lead the chart twice this year -- he replaces Luke Bryan's "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye," which dips to No. 3 after leading the chart for two weeks. Bryan is the only artist to crown the chart three times so far this year.

Black Friday shopping lifts volume on Country Albums, where Jason Aldean's No. 2 "Night Train" is the most obvious benefactor, earning Greatest Gainer stripes with 103,000 sold (up 63,000). With 8,000 sold at No. 19, sale pricing puts Alan Jackson's Playlist: The Very Best of Alan Jackson in the percentage-based Pacesetter spotlight. (Uncle Kracker's Midnight Special registers the Hot Shot Debut at No. 33 with 5,000 sold. The chart is led for a fifth week by Taylor Swift's "Red," which sells 185,000 (up 41,000).