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With Cam & Kelsea Ballerini, Women Resurging on Country Airplay Chart

Both have tallied their first top 10s in 2015, marking the first time in 14 years that more than one woman has notched a first top 10 in a year.

Cam achieves her first top 10 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 21), as “Burning House” rises 11-10 (30 million in audience, according to Nielsen Music), marking a resurgence of sorts for women at the format. She is the second solo female solo reach the top 10 for the first time in 2015 after Kelsea Ballerini, whose “Love Me Like You Mean It” topped the July 4 chart.

The last time at least two women (in lead roles) tallied their first top 10s in the same year? 2001, which featured five female first-timers: Jessica Andrews (“Who I Am”), Tammy Cochran (“Angels in Waiting”), Carolyn Dawn Johnson (“So Complicated”), Jamie O’Neal (“There Is No Arizona”) and Cyndi Thomson (“What I Really Meant to Say”).


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“House,” Cam’s second Country Airplay entry, is from her first full-length, Untamed, due Dec. 11. (First single “My Mistake” reached No. 52 in April.)

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Atop Country Airplay, Old Dominion’s debut No. 1 “Break Up With Him” leads the list for a second week. The track is the first introductory No. 1 to reign for multiple weeks since Florida Georgia Line’s 2012 launch single “Cruise” (three weeks on top).

Also in the Country Airplay top 10, Tim McGraw steps 12-9 with “Top of the World,” his 54th top 10, dating to the chart’s January 1990 inception. He’s second only to George Strait, with 61 top 10s in that span. Alan Jackson (51) ranks third.