Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert bring the first male/female duet to No. 1 in more than two years on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, as “We Were Us” lifts 2-1.
The last man and woman to split billing atop the chart (excluding featured roles) prior to this week were Brad Paisley and Carrie Underwood, who topped the Sept. 10, 2011, ranking with “Remind Me.” In between, two male-led songs featuring women reigned: David Nail’s “Let It Rain,” featuring Sarah Buxton (Jan. 21, 2012) and Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” with Taylor Swift (June 15-22, 2013).
“Us” is Urban’s 16th Country Airplay No. 1 and his second this year. He spent two weeks at No. 1 in September with “Little Bit of Everything.” After scoring his first eight toppers in 2001-05, he’s doubled his sum since 2009.
Lambert lands her fourth No. 1 and first since “Over You” in May 2012, although she’s come close to the summit since. She peaked at No. 3 with “Fastest Girl in Town” a year ago and reached No. 2 with “Mama’s Broken Heart” in May.