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Thomas Rhett Lands 13th Country Airplay No. 1 With ‘Look What God Gave Her’

Thomas Rhett banks his 13th No. 1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart, as "Look What God Gave Her" romps 5-1 on the survey dated June 29. "Look" leaps with a 19% increase to 35.9 million audience…

Thomas Rhett banks his 13th No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart, as “Look What God Gave Her” romps 5-1 on the survey dated June 29. “Look” leaps with a 19% increase to 35.9 million audience impressions in the week ending June 23, according to Nielsen Music.

On the airplay-, streaming-and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, “Look” lifts 6-5, after reaching No. 3 two weeks earlier.

“Look,” which Rhett wrote with his father, Rhett Akins, Julian Bunetta, John Ryan and J Cash, was inspired by his wife, Lauren. It’s the lead single from Rhett’s fourth LP, Center Point Road, which debuted atop the all-genre Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums charts (June 15) with 76,000 equivalent album units, making Rhett the first country artist to top the Billboard 200 in 2019.

“Look” makes the biggest jump to No. 1 on Country Airplay since Dan + Shay’s “Speechless” (also 5-1; Dec. 22, 2018). Among solo males before Rhett, Brett Young’s “Mercy” last made such a vault to the top (5-1; Aug. 11, 2018).   

Additionally, “Look” is Rhett’s seventh straight Country Airplay No. 1, the longest active run of consecutive leaders. Old Dominion and Luke Combs follow with five in a row each.

Rhett last ruled Country Airplay with “Sixteen” (Jan. 26), his fifth No. 1 from Life Changes, his first album to yield five leaders. “Sixteen” followed the Maren Morris-assisted “Craving You,” which topped the chart on July 22, 2017; “Unforgettable” (Nov. 18, 2017); “Marry Me” (March 10 and 17, 2018); and the title track (Sept. 8, 2018).

HIGH ‘BAR’ Garth Brooks’ “Dive Bar,” featuring Blake Shelton, rockets onto Country Airplay at No. 16 with 15.7 million audience impressions. On Hot Country Songs, it starts at No. 34.

“Dive,” which Brooks wrote with Mitch Rossell and Bryan Kennedy, is the first single from his forthcoming album, Fun. Released on June 18, the track received hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia stations that day and June 19. The song is a radio exclusive; it will be an Amazon streaming exclusive beginning in July.

“Dive” marks the highest Country Airplay debut since Luke Combs’ “Beer Never Broke My Heart” debuted at No. 15 (May 18). Among Brooks’ now 90 entries, it’s his second-highest-starting; he boasts the only No. 1 launch in the chart’s 29-year history: “More Than a Memory” (Sept. 15, 2007). Brooks is runner-up to George Strait (99) for the most Country Airplay appearances. Kenny Chesney follows with 89.


Shelton makes his highest Country Airplay entrance. Two of his 25 No. 1s each began at No. 18: “Came Here to Forget” (2016) and “Neon Light” (2014).

‘UP’ IS UP Blanco Brown’s launch single “The Git Up” jumps 13-7 on Hot Country Songs. It soars 11-2 on Country Streaming Songs (13.7 million U.S. streams, up 55%) and 4-3 on Country Digital Song Sales (18,000 downloads sold, up 10%).

Plus, Luke Bryan logs his 28th Hot Country Songs top 10, as “Knockin’ Boots” bumps 11-8. It sports 18.7 million in audience (up 13%), as it steps 15-14 on Country Airplay, while attracting 6.7 million streams (up 4%) and 10,000 sold (down 8%).