Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line‘s pop/country crossover hit “Meant to Be” leads Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart, which blends streaming, airplay and sales data for a 14th week (on the chart dated March 10), granting Rexha a record.
The title rewrites the mark for the most weeks at No. 1 for a song with lead female vocals. It passes Little Big Town‘s “Girl Crush” (sung by the group’s Karen Fairchild), which ruled for 13 weeks in 2015. (Hot Country Songs launched as an all-encompassing genre songs chart in 1958 and adopted its current triple-metric methodology on Oct. 20, 2012.)
“Meant” hits the all-genre Radio Songs chart’s top 10, rising 11-8 with 80.2 million in audience, up 16 percent, in the week ending March 4, according to Nielsen Music. It also enters the Pop Songs top 10 (12-10) and climbs 15-11 on Country Airplay (21.3 million, up 25 percent). Additionally, it drew 21.3 million U.S. streams and sold 34,000 downloads in the tracking week.
Entercom’s WUSN Chicago is the country leader on “Meant,” having played it 901 times through March 4. PD Kenny Jay, who joined the station on Jan. 22, tells Billboard that the song was already doing well when he arrived. “I got here and not only was ‘Meant to Be’ in power rotation, but it was also first in every metric that we look at,” he says. “It’s still our No. 1-testing song.”
As for its pop lean via Rexha? “I’m a fan of collaborations and everything they offer our station,” says Jay. “We may get a negative comment here or there on social media, but, overall, across-the-board research on [“Meant”] gets stronger and stronger. There’s no denying it: It’s a hit record.”
Echoes Nancy Wilson, PD of Cox’s WHKO Dayton, Ohio, ” ‘Meant’ has been a huge success for us. We have an open-mic platform on the station’s app, where listeners can make requests and comments. [“Meant”] has easily been No. 1, and the comments are really positive. In our research, it’s testing power with 98 percent familiarity.”
As previously reported, “Meant” moves back to its best rank, No. 7, on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100.