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Thomas Rhett Makes Multi-Generational History On Country Airplay Chart

With "It Goes Like This," Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the chart's history with a parent that previously reigned as a soloist.

As “It Goes Like This” shoots 4-1 on Billboard’s Nielsen BDS-based Country Airplay chart, singer/songwriter Thomas Rhett becomes the first solo artist in the list’s history (which dates to January 1990) with a parent that previously scored a No. 1 as a soloist. Thomas Rhett’s father Rhett Akins reached the summit with “Don’t Get Me Started” the week of Aug. 3, 1996 (marking his lone No. 1 on the tally).

(Charts will refresh on and Billboardbiz on Thursday, Oct. 17, and will appear in the next issue of Billboard magazine.)

The new No. 1 is the younger artist’s third Country Airplay entry. He peaked at No. 15 with “Something to Do With My Hands” in August 2012 and followed with “Beer with Jesus,” which reached No. 19 in January. He releases his debut album on Oct. 29.

Rhett’s father’s Country Airplay chart history as a recording artist includes 12 charted songs in addition to “Started” between 1994 and 2006, including “That Ain’t My Truck,” which peaked at No. 3 in 1995. In recent years, he’s appeared on the chart as a co-writer of hits by Blake Shelton (“Honey Bee,” “All About Tonight,” “Boys ‘Round Here”), Justin Moore (“Point at You”), Chris Young (“I Can Take It From There”) and others. In various co-writing arrangements, the father and/or son appear on this week’s chart with “This,” Billy Currington’s “Hey Girl” (No. 2), Lee Brice’s “Parking Lot Party” (No. 7), Dustin Lynch’s “Wild in Your Smile” (No. 31) and Aaron Lewis’ “Granddaddy’s Gun” (No. 47).

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, “This” has logged two weeks at its No. 2 peak so far. Should the track top the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid chart, Rhett would become the sixth second-generation solo artist preceded at No. 1 by a solo-artist parent in the chart’s almost-70-year history. That feat has been accomplished by Hank Williams Jr. (son of Hank Williams), Rosanne Cash (daughter of Johnny Cash), Shelly West (daughter of Dottie West), Pam Tillis (daughter of Mel Tillis) and Lorrie Morgan (daughter of George Morgan).

Including group members on this week’s Country Airplay chart, Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott is also a member of the club of No. 1-reaching parents and children: she’s reigned with 10 of the trio’s titles, most recently with “Downtown” for two weeks in April/May. The group’s new single “Compass” points north, jumping 57-48 in its second week. Scott’s mother, Linda Davis, topped the chart the week of Nov. 6, 1993, with Reba McEntire on “Does He Love You.”