For the first time since the chart’s inception in August of 1958, the top three songs on the all-genre Billboard Hot 100 songs chart are country songs.
The No. 1 song this week is Jason Aldean‘s contentious “Try That in a Small Town,” which rises from its debut position at No. 2. The single and its accompanying music video have remained a topic of controversy since CMT pulled its video from rotation.
The backlash and public conversation surrounding “Try That in a Small Town” has resulted in a surge of attention. With the song, written by Kelley Lovelace, Neil Thrasher, Tully Kennedy and Kurt Allison, Aldean scored his first Hot 100 No. 1, with his 40th entry on the chart. “Try That in a Small Town” also notched the largest digital sales week for a country song since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” featuring Nelly, released in July of 2013.
Following Aldean, Morgan Wallen’s “Last Night” is at No. 2 this week after 14 weeks at No. 1 on the Hot 100 chart. Luke Combs‘ cover of Tracy Chapman‘s “Fast Car” is at No. 3 after three weeks at its No. 2 high. The three country artists beat out singles from Travis Scott, Bad Bunny, The Weeknd, Nicki Minaj and Ice Spice.
According to Billboard, the Hot 100 blends all-genre U.S. streaming (official audio and official video), radio airplay and sales data, the lattermost metric reflecting purchases of physical singles and digital tracks from full-service digital music retailers; digital singles sales from direct-to-consumer (D2C) sites are excluded from chart calculations.
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