Rising country star Jimmie Allen‘s “Best Shot” lifts 3-1 in its 40th week on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 24) and, for the third time in 2018, an artist’s debut chart entry tops the tally. The song increases by 4 percent to 42 million audience impressions, according to Nielsen Music.
“Best Shot,” which Allen wrote with Josh London and JP Williams, is the freshman single from his first LP, Mercury Lane, which debuted and peaked at No. 11 on Top Country Albums (Oct. 27) following its Oct. 12 release. The 32-year-old Allen named the album after the street on which he grew up in Delaware, but the songs on the LP serve as more of a letter to his 4-year-old son, Aiden, to help guide him through life — and “Best Shot” is a perfect example of that.
“We wrote [“Best Shot”] from a personal place about taking each day to be a better person,” Allen told Billboard backstage at the CMA Awards on Nov. 14. “Because at the end of the day, the song is a self-evaluation song, because when you’re a better person, you can be a better husband, a better wife, a better father … We just wanted to be honest to ourselves, and to see so many people connect to the song and say, ‘You know, I can relate to this song whether it’s a relationship with a lover or a relationship with a parent or a kid,’ it’s just been great … It’s been very rewarding to show that we’re a lot more alike than different.”
With “Best Shot” reaching the top spot of Country Airplay this week, Allen plans to celebrate the song’s success by taking some much-needed time off and spend it with Aiden. “This year’s been great, but it’s pulled me away from him so much,” Allen adds. “Nobody call me! I just want to spend two days with my son.”
“Best Shot” is the third debut hit to top Country Airplay this year, following Jordan Davis‘ “Singles You Up” (April 21) and Russell Dickerson‘s “Yours” (Jan. 27 and Feb. 3). In 2017, two debut Country Airplay entries reigned: Carly Pearce‘s “Every Little Thing” (Nov. 25) and Luke Combs‘ “Hurricane” (two weeks starting May 27).
Allen chatted with Billboard about “Best Shot,” Aiden’s favorite Mercury Lane songs, and his first CMA Awards experience as a fan (just two years ago!). Check out part one of the interview here, and part two above.