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Thomas Rhett’s ‘Sixteen’ Becomes 5th ‘Life’ Single to Top Country Airplay Chart

Thomas Rhett's "Sixteen" ascends 3-1 on Billboard's Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 26), up 6 percent to 40.2 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 20, according to Nielsen Music.

Thomas Rhett‘s “Sixteen”  ascends 3-1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated Jan. 26), up 6 percent to 40.2 million audience impressions in the week ending Jan. 20, according to Nielsen Music.

Co-written by Rhett, “Sixteen” marks his 12th Country Airplay leader and the fifth from his album Life Changes. The set debuted atop the Top Country Albums and all-genre Billboard 200 charts in September 2017, becoming his first No. 1 on both rankings.

Each Life Changes single has topped Country Airplay, with “Sixteen” following the Maren Morris-assisted “Craving You,” which led the list dated July 22, 2017; “Unforgettable” (Nov. 18, 2017); “Marry Me” (March 10 and 17, 2018); and the title track (Sept. 8, 2018).

Luke Bryan holds the record with six Country Airplay No. 1s from one album: 2015’s Kill the Lights. Prior to Life Changes, three other albums generated five Country Airplay No. 1s apiece: Brad Paisley‘s 5th Gear (2007-08), Blake Shelton‘s Based on a True Story… (2013-14) and Bryan’s Crash My Party (2013-15), his LP that directly preceded Kill the Lights.


Life Changes had already become Rhett’s second straight set to produce at least four Country Airplay No. 1s, following his second LP, Tangled Up, which yielded “Crash and Burn,” “Die a Happy Man,” “T-Shirt” and “Star of the Show” in 2015-17.

Meanwhile, “Sixteen” extends Rhett’s streak to six straight Country Airplay No. 1s. That’s the second-longest active run, behind only Bryan’s stretch of 13 (counting promoted, proper singles in a lead role).

NEW TOP 10s Chris Stapleton achieves his third Country Airplay top 10, as “Millionaire” rises 11-9 (23.7 million impressions, down less than 1 percent). Stapleton first reached the upper tier with the No. 10-peaking “Nobody to Blame” in April 2016 and followed with his first No. 1, “Broken Halos,” last March.

Jordan Davis’ “Take It From Me” also bumps into the Country Airplay top 10, lifting 12-10 (23.4 million, down 1 percent). Davis earns his second top 10 in as many appearances, as his debut hit “Singles You Up” topped the tally for a week in April 2018.


DOUBLING UP For a second straight week, Luke Combs charts two unaccompanied songs in the Country Airplay top 15 simultaneously, a feat that had not been achieved in over a dozen years. “She Got the Best of Me,” which led for four weeks starting Oct. 27, dips 6-7 (28.5 million, down 14 percent), while follow-up single “Beautiful Crazy” climbs 15-12 (20.6 million, up 18 percent).

Prior to Combs, no artist had logged such a double since George Strait, whose “It Just Comes Natural” and “Give It Away” ranked at Nos. 12 and 13, respectively, on Nov. 18, 2006. “Give” had led the list for two weeks beginning that September and “Natural” was on its way to a two-week reign of its own in February 2007.

GO, ‘GIRL’ Maren Morris‘ “Girl,” the first single from her forthcoming second full-length album, launches at No. 28 on Country Airplay with 6.6 million impressions. On the airplay-, streaming- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, it starts at No. 44.

“Girl” was released to country radio Thursday, Jan. 17 at 5 p.m. ET, so it debuts with roughly three-and-a-half days of tracked airplay. Morris penned the song with Sarah Aarons, who charts her first entry on the lists as a writer, and Greg Kurstin, also a first-timer on the tallies; on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100, Kurstin boasts three No. 1s, including Adele‘s 10-week leader “Hello” in 2015-16.

“Girl” ties Morris’ highest Country Airplay debut and marks her best as a lead artist. Thomas Rhett‘s “Craving You,” featuring Morris, which led the chart in July 2017, debuted at No. 28 that April. As a lead, Morris previously arrived at a No. 29 best with “Dear Hate,” featuring Vince Gill, in October 2017; the song was released to benefit Nashville’s Music City Cares Fund to support victims of the shooting massacre at the Route 91 Harvest Festival.