Maddie & Tae notch the first top 10 by a female duo in nearly eight years on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, as “Girl in a Country Song” rises 11-9. The chart hadn’t welcomed a female twosome into its upper tier since the Wreckers (pop star-gone-country Michelle Branch and Jessica Harp) scored the second of their two top 10s with “My, Oh My” on the Jan. 20, 2007, list.
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Maddie & Tae’s bro-country-ribbing song is also the first debut single by a female duo to reach the top 10 since the Wreckers’ “Leave the Pieces” jumped 11-8 in July 2006; it spent two weeks at No. 1.
“Girl” has sold 305,000 downloads through the week ending Oct. 19, according to Nielsen SoundScan, and posted its best rank (No. 6) on last week’s Country Digital Songs chart (dated Nov. 1). It’s the preview track from the duo’s self-titled EP, due Nov. 4, and the first Country Airplay top 10 for the recently re-launched Dot imprint.
So many current country hits “have this super-smoking-hot girl. She’s always barefoot on a tailgate dancing in cutoff jeans and a bikini top,” says Maddie Marlow. (Tae Dye completes the pair.) “We thought it would be fun to come at [it] from how we would feel being in those songs. We want to look good for these boys, but that’s not all we have to offer.”
Sings the duo, which wrote “Girl” with Aaron Scherz, “I hear you over there on your tailgate whistling / Saying, ‘Hey girl,’ but you know I ain’t listening.” Dye says, however, that the song is meant in good fun. “A lot of people hear [it] and are like, ‘Why are you bashing them?’ We’re not! We love these songs and these guys.”
Says Marlow, “We’re just giving the girls a voice.”
“We write from real experiences,” adds Dye. “We want girls to know it’s OK to feel what you’re feeling.”