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Eric Church is Country’s Most-Added, Kelsea Ballerini Starts Impressively

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That every race requires a winner does not mean only one competitor is capable of an impressive performance.

That one song must emerge as the most-added tune at country radio each week does not mean several songs cannot garner impressive support from programmers.

Indeed, Eric Church’s “Talladega” might have made the biggest splash at country this week, but it was not the only one to score at the format.

With 35 monitored Mediabase adds to “Talladega”‘s 36, Lee Brice’s “Drinking Class,” which is already one of the format’s 40 most-played songs, also had an impressive week.

“When I’ve Been Drinkin'” and “Love Me Like You Mean It,” the respective, newly-impacting tracks from Jon Pardi and Kelsea Ballerini, similarly delivered with 34 adds each.

According to Black River Entertainment, Ballerini’s single was the “#1 added debut single by a female artist in 2014.”

With support from 25 and 21 new stations, respectively, Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” and Thomas Rhett’s “Make Me Wanna” represented the week’s fifth- and sixth-most-added country songs, respectively.

Will Hoge’s “Middle of America” followed in seventh place with 19 adds, while Katie Armiger’s “One Night Between Friends” landed at sixteen stations in conjunction with its official impact. Darius Rucker’s “Homegrown Honey” (14) and Jackie Lee’s “She Does” (13) were also among the ten most-added.

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.

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