In the first CountryBreakout Chart of 2011, Keith Urban stays in control of the No. 1 position with “Put You In A Song” and Luke Bryan’s “Someone Else Calling You Baby” and Tim McGraw’s “Felt Good On My Lips” unseated at spots 2 and 3. Kenny Chesney’s “Somewhere With You” is the big mover in the Top 5, as it gains 315 spins and moves ahead of Toby Keith’s “Bullets In The Gun” to No. 4.
Positions 10-20 are a veritable battlefield, with practically every title pushing for power rotation. Brad Paisley’s “This Is Country Music” is the juggernaut among them, already at No. 15 in the short period since the CMA Awards. But also noteworthy are big moves from Chris Young’s “Voices” at No. 12, Billy Currington’s “Let Me Down Easy” at No. 13, and Darius Rucker’s “This” at No. 16.
With the new year comes new singles, and many programmers are already giddily spinning them. Miranda Lambert’s “Heart Like Mine” is a particularly hot item, making its big CountryBreakout debut at No. 58. Also making impressive first chart appearances are Rascal Flatts’ “I Won’t Let Go” at No. 64, Zac Brown Band’s “Colder Weather” at No. 72 and The Band Perry’s “You Lie” at No. 75.
Frozen Playlists: KICR, KITX, KVAY, KVVP, KYYK, KZZY, Sirius XM, WAXX, WBKR, WPPL, WXFL
Chandra Hunter has stepped into the role of Music Director for Beacon Broadcasting’s KVAY/Lamar, CO. This move follows the exit of previous MD/On-air talent Thadeus Steele, who accepted a job outside the radio industry. Hunter will begin taking music calls 2-3 pm CT on Tuesdays after January 17 and she can be reached via email at [email protected]. Contact Steele at [email protected].
Longtime Maverick Media WAXX/Eau Claire, WI Station Manager/Morning Co-host George House retired on December 30 after a 22-year tenure with the station. Afternoon personality Alex Edwards has shifted to co-host the morning show with Becca, and Phil Tripper has come over from sister station WBCV to fill the afternoon slot.
Miranda Lambert/Heart Like Mine/Columbia
Rascal Flatts/I Won’t Let Go/Big Machine
Trace Adkins/Brown Chicken Brown Cow/Show Dog-Universal
Band Perry/You Lie/Republic Nashville
David Adam Byrnes/Sweet Distraction/Better Angels/Ride
New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
Miranda Lambert/Heart Like Mine/Columbia — 58
Rascal Flatts/I Won’t Let Go/Big Machine — 64
Zac Brown Band/Colder Weather/Bigger Picture — 72
The Band Perry/You Lie/Republic Nashville — 75
Taylor Made/Quiet Kind of Crazy — 76
Chuck Wicks/Old School/RCA Nashville — 77
Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Brad Paisley/This Is Country Music/Arista — 465
Rascal Flatts/I Won’t Let Go/Big Machine — 451
Taylor Swift/Back To December/Big Machine — 438
Jason Aldean w/Kelly Clarkson/Don’t You Wanna Stay/Broken Bow — 427
Miranda Lambert/Heart Like Mine/Columbia — 419
On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Jimmy White/Katy Did — 178
JB & The Moonshine Band/Perfect Girl/Average Joe’s — 159
Ashton Shepherd/Look It Up/MCA — 158
Lathan Moore/Love In Your Life/Blue Steel Records — 156
Emma King & The Heartsets/I’m Not Forgotten/PLC — 151
Most Added—Week 1
Artist/song/label — New Adds
Rascal Flatts/I Won’t Let Go/Big Machine — 32
Zac Brown Band/Colder Weather/Bigger Picture — 30
Miranda Lambert/Heart Like Mine/Columbia — 27
The Band Perry/You Lie/Republic Nashville — 25
Trace Adkins/Brown Chicken, Brown Cow/Show Dog-Universal — 17
Steel Magnolia/Last Night Again/Big Machine — 11
Sugarland/Little Miss/Mercury — 9
Steve Holy/Love Don’t Run/Curb — 9