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Kenny Chesney’s “American Kids” Explodes at Country Radio

If you thought Miranda Lambert, Carrie Underwood, Rascal Flatts and Sam Hunt made an impressive splash at radio last week, prepare to be amazed by this week’s update.

According to Mediabase, Kenny Chesney’s new single “American Kids” landed at a staggering 130 country radio stations to rank as the format’s most-added this week.

Released late last week, the song quickly surged to #31 on Mediabase’s rolling airplay chart. Thanks to the monstrous number of adds, its explosive ascent will continue.

Keith Urban’s newly-impacting “Somewhere in My Car” ranked second for the week with 40 pickups, while Sam Hunt’s breakthrough “Leave the Night On” impressed with another 30 adds. Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood scored 25 more adds for “Somethin’ Bad,” while Rascal Flatts’ “Payback” launched at another 24 stations.

Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking” (23 adds) and Hunter Hayes’ “Tattoo” (17) were also solid this week.

Thompson Square’s new “I Can’t Outrun You” followed with a modest 14 adds, while Chasin’ Crazy’s “That’s How We Do Summertime” and Jana Kramer’s “Love” each picked up six new stations.

Since Mediabase only includes data from monitored reporters in its rolling airplay chart, it is worth looking at how songs specifically fared with those stations:

1) Kenny Chesney – American Kids – 111 monitored adds
2) Keith Urban – Somewhere in My Car – 35 monitored adds
3) Sam Hunt – Leave the Night On – 23 monitored adds
4) Rascal Flatts – Payback – 19 monitored adds
5) Miranda Lambert & Carrie Underwood – Somethin’ Bad – 17 monitored adds
6) Hunter Hayes – Tattoo – 16 monitored adds
7) Little Big Town – Day Drinking – 15 monitored adds
8) Thompson Square – I Can’t Outrun You – 13 monitored adds
9) Jana Kramer – Love – 6 monitored adds
10) Chasin’ Crazy – That’s How We Do Summertime – 5 monitored adds

Written by Brian Cantor

Brian Cantor is the editor-in-chief for Headline Planet. He has been a leading reporter in the music, movie, television and sporting spaces since 2002.

Brian's reporting has been cited by major websites like BuzzFeed, Billboard, the New Yorker and The Fader -- and shared by celebrities like Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Nicki Minaj.

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