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Matt Stell’s ‘Prayed For You’ Becomes First Debut Country Airplay Chart No. 1 This Year

The song is the first such leader since Jimmie Allen's "Best Shot."

Matt Stell notches his first No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as his launch single, “Prayed for You,” rises 3-1 in its 37th week on the chart dated Oct. 12, up 14% to 37.5 million audience impressions in the week ending Oct. 6, according to Nielsen Music.

Penned by Stell, Ash Bowers (also Stell’s manager) and Allison Veltz, “Prayed” marks the first debut single from an artist to reach No. 1 on Country Airplay in 2019. It’s the first such leader since Jimmie Allen’s “Best Shot” began a three-week reign on the chart dated Nov. 24, 2018.

Stell breaks the longest dry spell between debut No. 1s since 2014. On the tally dated that Dec. 20, Maddie & Tae led with “Girl in a Country Song,” the first introductory leader since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” ruled for three weeks starting on Dec. 15, 2012.


“As an artist and songwriter, this is always the goal you’re chasing,” Stell tells Billboard of his coronation. “I’m really lucky to get to collaborate with my co-writers. Sharing this honor with them, as well as [my Wide Open/RECORDS/Good Company/Arista Nashville] team, makes it even sweeter.”