Now country radio’s most-played song on a rolling basis, Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” is due to formally claim the #1 position on this week’s official Mediabase airplay chart. It was #2 last week.
According to Mediabase, the song claimed a format-leading 7,777 spins during the seven day period between November 27 and December 3. That gives it the airplay edge over Keith Urban’s reigning #1 hit “Somewhere in My Car,” which received 7,564 spins within that window.
Urban’s tune claimed a slight audience advantage over that period (56.21 million vs. 56.00 million impressions), but the rising “Girl in a Country Song” is expected to quickly overtake the falling “Car” in that regard as well.
Mediabase’s official airplay chart, which tracks performance from Sunday-Saturday, will be formally revealed Sunday evening. “Girl in a Country Song” has thus far amassed 4,524 spins in conjunction with that official tracking period, which gives it a comfortable edge over Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” (4,186) and Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car” (4,171).
The debut single from the Maddie & Tae duo, “Girl in a Country Song” became a media obsession this summer due primarily to its sharp attack on bro country cliches. Poetry exists in the fact that a song responsible for criticizing country’s portrayal of women will achieve the rare feat of thrusting an unestablished female act to the top of the airplay chart.