This week, Stoney Creek Records artist Jimmie Allen earns his first No. 1 song with his debut single, “Best Shot,” which sits atop the Billboard Country Airplay chart. The occasion marks the first time a black artist has launched their career with a debut No. 1 song on country radio. Allen also joins only Darius Rucker to climb to the top spot in country with a debut single.
“Best Shot” was penned by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Allen’s label debut project Mercury Lane.
“If someone asked me two years ago if I thought that this would be my life today—that I’d be on the red carpet at the CMAs or my song would be the No. 1 song on country radio, I would have honestly said no,” said Allen. “Did I think it would happen eventually? Absolutely! Just not this soon. I’m humbled and grateful— it’s such an honor to get my first No. 1 and to know that my song is connecting with people and resonating in a way that hopefully makes us all better people in the end, because that’s really what ‘Best Shot’ is all about.”
Meanwhile, RCA Nashville/Zone 4 artist Kane Brown tops both the Country Albums sales chart, as well as the overall Top 200 albums chart, with his sophomore album Experiment. The album moved 124K (104K album only) in its debut week, according to Nielsen Soundscan. Additionally, his latest single “Lose It” has topped the Hot Country Songs chart, knocking the Florida Georgia Line/Bebe Rexha smash “Meant To Be” from its 50-week run in the top slot.
The album marks only the third country album of 2018 to debut atop the Billboard 200 chart, following Carrie Underwood’s Cry Pretty and Jason Aldean’s Rearview Town. The top-shelf album debut follows several career sales milestones for Brown, including the quadruple Platinum single “What Ifs” (ft. Lauren Alaina), triple-Platinum “Heaven,” and a Platinum-certified debut album.
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