Parker McCollum‘s “To Be Loved by You” rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart dated March 19. In the tracking week ending March 13, the song increased by 12% to 22.9 million impressions, according to MRC Data.
It’s the second career-opening Country Airplay leader for the 29-year-old singer-songwriter from Conroe, Texas, after “Pretty Heart” topped the Dec. 26, 2020, tally.
“I had always wondered if country radio would give me a chance. I never dreamed they’d accept me the way they have,” McCollum tells Billboard. “To say I have two No. 1s is beyond anything I could have imagined. Thank you.”
McCollum penned his new No. 1 with Rhett Akins, and Jon Randall produced it. It’s from McCollum’s first major-label LP, Gold Chain Cowboy, which opened at its No. 6 high on Top Country Albums last August, marking his second top 10. His EP Hollywood Gold (named after a horse that his grandfather once owned) arrived and peaked at No. 10 in October 2020. On the March 19-dated Top Country Albums chart, Gold Chain Cowboy hops 37-33, up 7% to 6,000 equivalent album units in the week ending March 10.
On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, “To Be Loved by You” bumps 11-8, returning to the top 10 after hitting No. 6 on Feb. 26. It gathered 4.6 million official U.S. streams (up 4%) and sold 1,600 downloads (up 15%) in the week ending March 10.
It’s turning out to be a big March for McCollum. He won the new male artist of the year trophy at the 57th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards March 7, where he also performed “Pretty Heart.” Plus, he’s set to be married this month, to fiancée Hallie Ray Light.
MISSION ACCOMPLISHED “Tryna write a song the local country station’ll play … hey, I’m just tryna stay out of AA,” Walker Hayes sings in his latest single, “AA.” Having proven its lyrics prophetic, the track becomes his third Hot Country Songs top 10, pushing 13-9. It drew 8 million audience impressions, up 21%, and lifts 23-20 on Country Airplay. It holds at No. 3 on Country Digital Song Sales (4,200, up 19%), after two weeks on top, and is likewise steady at No. 6 on Country Streaming Songs (7.5 million, essentially even week-over-week), after reaching No. 2.
“AA” follows Hayes’ “Fancy Like,” which became his first Hot Country Songs No. 1 last July and dominated for 24 weeks, tying for the fourth-longest reign in the chart’s 63-year archives. He performed a medley of both hits at the Academy of Country Music Awards on March 7.