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‘Happy’ Ending: Carly Pearce & Lee Brice Complete Trip to No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

"I feel so very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with someone as talented as Lee, and I will always hold this song so dear to my heart."

Carly Pearce and Lee Brice‘s “I Hope You’re Happy Now” rises 3-1 in its 36th week on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, dated June 20. In the frame ending June 14, the duet increased by 11 percent to 30 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data.

Pearce penned “Happy” with Luke Combs, Randy Montana and Jonathan Singleton.

“Happy” marks Pearce’s second Country Airplay leader, after her debut hit as a lead artist, “Every Little Thing,” led for a week in November 2017. Brice banks his sixth No. 1 and second in a row, following “Rumor,” which reigned for a week in July 2019.



“Seeing this song [‘Happy’] go to No. 1 feels even sweeter than the first time,” Pearce told Billboard after hearing the news of her latest coronation. “I feel so very grateful to have had the opportunity to work with someone as talented as Lee, and I will always hold this song so dear to my heart.”

Brice concurred, saying, “I am still so humbled that Carly asked me to be a part of her story with this perfect country duet. I want to say thank you to the country music community, its fans and especially JR Schumann [Sirius XM senior director of country programming] for suggesting me to Carly. Being on top of the chart again with the perfect partner means the world to me.”

“Happy” is the third co-billed duet between a male and female artist to top Country Airplay since Nov. 16, 2019, when Brantley Gilbert and Lindsay Ell’s “What Happens in a Small Town” ruled. Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani‘s “Nobody But You” then led for two weeks in May. Before those three songs, no such collaboration had reigned since May 2016, when Chris Young and Cassadee Pope‘s “Think of You” led for a week.

“Happy” is the second single from Pearce’s self-titled studio album, which arrived at its No. 6 peak on Top Country Albums in February. Lead single “Closer to You” reached No. 28 last July.

On Hot Country Songs, which is fueled by airplay, streaming and sales data, “Happy” ranks at No. 6 after reaching No. 5 a week ago. It collected 7.4 million U.S. streams and sold 4,000 downloads in the week ending June 11.

Meanwhile, Brice’s solo single “One of Them Girls” pushes 31-30 on Country Airplay, up 16 percent to 4.3 million in radio reach. It drew 4.9 million streams and sold 3,000 in the tracking week and ranks at No. 26 on Hot Country Songs.

HEARTLESS’ HITS TOP 10 Diplo‘s “Heartless,” featuring Morgan Wallen, spends its first week in the Hot Country Songs top 10, at No. 10. The song attracted 11.8 million streams in the tracking week and ranks at No. 2 on Country Streaming Songs. With 3,000 sold, it places at No. 18 on Country Digital Song Sales.

“Heartless” marks the first Hot Country Songs top 10 for DJ-producer-songwriter Diplo, while Wallen adds his fourth. The song is the first single from Diplo’s Chapter I: Snake Oil, which debuted at No. 7 on the June 13-dated Top Country Albums chart with 14,000 equivalent album units. The LP is billed as by Diplo Presents Thomas Wesley; his birth name is Thomas Wesley Pentz. In its second frame, it lifts 7-6 with 11,000 units (down 21 percent). The album is the first foray into country music by Diplo, who has tallied four top 10s on Billboard‘s Top Dance/Electronic Albums chart.

GILBERT DEBUTS Brantley Gilbert‘s new stand-alone single “Hard Days” arrives at No. 2 on Country Digital Song Sales with 10,000 sold in the week ending June 11, following its June 5 release.

The song marks Gilbert’s ninth top 10 on the ranking and his highest-debuting, since his lone leader “Bottoms Up” bowed at the summit in January 2014.

“Hard Days” also drew 3.2 million U.S. streams in its first week, helping it debut at No. 27 on Hot Country Songs.