For just the third time in almost 12 years, a woman’s debut single tops Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart.
In its 35th frame, Carly Pearce‘s “Every Little Thing” romps 3-1 (on the chart dated Nov. 25), increasing 10 percent to 44.7 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music. On Hot Country Songs, it holds at No. 7 (after reaching No. 5).
Pearce’s co-written ballad is from her debut full-length, which debuted and peaked at No. 4 on Top Country Albums (Nov. 4; 15,000 equivalent album units).
“Thing” marks the first career-opening Country Airplay No. 1 by a solo woman since Kelsea Ballerini‘s “Love Me Like You Mean It,” which topped the July 4, 2015, chart. Prior to Ballerini, nine years had passed since Carrie Underwood arrived with her first single officially promoted to country radio, “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which began a six-week reign on Jan. 21, 2006.
“You work so hard, dreaming and praying you’ll be able to do this professionally in any capacity,” Pearce tells Billboard. “To have [“Thing”] come from such a real place in my life and to have done what it’s done is indescribable. To be alongside Carrie and Kelsea is the greatest honor. All I’ve ever wanted to do is sing country music. Every dream is coming true.”
‘BUZZ’ CUT: Bookending the Country Airplay top 10, Eric Church scores his 13th top 10 on the chart, as “Round Here Buzz” pushes 12-10 (27.8 million, up 6 percent). It’s his second top 10 of 2017, following the Rhiannon Giddens-assisted “Kill a Word” (No. 6, April).