MusicRow extends its condolences to Mickey Alexander of WQNZ/Natchez, MS, whose father Charles Mitchel Alexander passed away last Sunday, August 14. He was 71. Funeral services were held August 17 at Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday, LA. In Lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Young’s Funeral Home in Ferriday (318-757-3636) to help with funeral expenses.
Ross Alexander (no relation to Mickey) has taken over Music Director duties at KVAY/Lamar, CO. He replaces Chandra Hunter, who is exiting the station and getting married. Reach Alexander here.
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It’s been a short 10 week trip for Toby Keith’s “Made In America” to arrive at No. 1, which it accomplishes today after gaining 145 new spins. White-hot duets “You and Tequila” by Kenny Chesney with Grace Potter and “Remind Me” by Brad Paisley with Carrie Underwood are in hot pursuit at No. 2 and 3, respectively. Keith Urban’s “Long Hot Summer” is at No. 4 after only nine weeks, and Jake Owen’s “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” is still growing at No. 5.
While we’ve had several singles ascend to No. 1 in under 15 weeks, Toby’s 10 week feat puts him in a particularly elite crowd. In fact, the only other singles to claim a No. 1 song in under 10 weeks in the last three years are recent smashes: Brad Paisley’s “Old Alabama,” which managed it in eight weeks, and Blake Shelton’s “Honey Bee,” which did it in nine. Widening the scope a bit, there are a handful of sub-12 week champs, including (surprise!) Lady Antebellum, Taylor Swift and Keith Urban.
A glance a the Top 40 reveals some possible future contenders as well. Miranda Lambert’s “Baggage Claim” is the week’s biggest spin increase with 538 new plays. It jumps to No. 29 in its third week charting, and this has all happened before its official going for adds date of August 22. The Band Perry’s “All Your Life,” another three-week-old title, isn’t far behind at No. 37.
Frozen Reports: WAKG, WIFE, WKTT, WKWS, WQNZ, WTCM, WYVY
Upcoming Singles: Add Dates
Miranda Lambert/Baggage Claim/Columbia
Steel Magnolia/Bulletproof/Big Machine
Hali Hicks/Last Night of Spring/Phull/Jeff McClusky & Assoc/Nine North
Chris Cagle/Got My Country On/Bigger Picture
Risa Binder/You Made It Rain
Vince Gill/Threaten Me With Heaven/MCA
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New On The Chart—Debuting This Week
Artist/song/label — chart pos.
Lady Antebellum/We Owned The Night/Capitol — 60
Eric Church/Drink In My Hand/EMI Nashville — 65
Reba/Somebody’s Chelsea/Starstruck/Valory — 74
Badhorse/It’s All Good/Global Maximus — 76
Tyler Farr/That’s What They’re Bitin’ On/BNA — 77
Steel Magnolia/Bulletproof/Big Machine — 78
Greatest Spin Increase
Artist/song/label — spin+
Miranda Lambert/Baggage Claim/Columbia — 538
Lady Antebellum/We Owned The Night/Capitol — 455
Eric Church/Drink In My Hand/EMI Nashville — 378
The Band Perry/All Your Life/Republic Nashville — 334
Taylor Swift/Sparks Fly/Big Machine — 330
Artist/song/label — New Adds
Buddy Jewell/Jesus, Elvis and Me/Diamond Dust — 203
LiveWire/Tater Fed/LiveWire Records — 200
Steve Richard/Love’s Gotta Go Somewhere/Force MP — 198
Kevin Fowler/Hell Yeah, I Like Beer/Average Joes — 197
Lauren Alaina/Like My Mother Does/19 Ent./Mercury — 187
Ira Dean/Beer or Gasoline/Average Joes Entertainment — 173
Jason Sturgeon/The Cover/Toolpusher/Spinville — 172
On Deck—Soon To Be Charting
Artist/song/label — spins
Eric Church/Drink In My Hand/EMI Nashville — 35
Lady Antebellum/We Owned The Night/Capitol — 30
Badhorse/It’s All Good/Global Maximus — 19
The Band Perry/All Your Life/Republic Nashville — 19
Miranda Lambert/Baggage Claim/Columbia — 17
Reba/Somebody’s Chelsea/Starstruck/Valory — 12
Martina McBride/I’m Gonna Love You Through It/Republic Nashville — 10
Justin Moore/Bait a Hook/Valory — 10