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Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” is One of Country’s 5 Most-Played

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On the strength of the country format’s greatest single day spin gain, Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” enters the top five on Mediabase’s rolling country airplay chart.

While it will need to wait until Sunday for that standing to be declared official, it need express no hesitation in declaring itself one of the format’s most popular songs. Only Blake Shelton’s “Neon Light,” Frankie Ballard’s “Sunshine & Whiskey,” Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car” and Little Big Town’s “Day Drinking” received more airplay between November 5 and 11.

The surging airplay suggests “Girl” has a legitimate chance of reaching #1 on the country airplay chart. Impressive for any new act, such a feat would be particularly noteworthy given the well-documented challenge female acts face in making waves at country radio.

That the song comes with a message on gender roles–one that rips the portrayal of women in “bro country” songs–presents additional poetic weight to the achievement.

Per Mediabase, “Girl in a Country Song” earned 6,608 spins during the aforementioned November 5-11 tracking period. It commanded 47.41 million audience impressions.

Initially released as a standalone single, “Girl in a Country Song” appears on the duo’s newly issued, self-titled EP.

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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