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Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” Goes #1 at Country Radio

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Update: The recipient of 7,986 spins during the November 30-December 6 tracking period, Maddie and Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” claims the #1 spot on Mediabase’s official country airplay chart.

Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” grabs the #2 spot with 7,298 spins, while Keith Urban’s former #1 “Somewhere in My Car” slips to #3 with 6,876. Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” (#4, 6,783) and Parmalee’s “Close Your Eyes” (#5, 6,364) complete the top five.

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A song critical of the way country radio hits portray women has itself become a country radio hit. Maddie & Tae’s “Girl in a Country Song” is the #1 song on Mediabase’s country radio chart.

While Sunday evening’s formal update might bring a slight change to its spin count, it will not change the song’s position. The duo’s debut single will indeed claim the #1 spot thanks to the dominant airplay advantage it maintained during the November 30-December 6 tracking week.

During that time, “Girl” received approximately 7,979 spins. Fueled by a 502 week-over-week spin gain, which was the format’s sixth-largest, the song’s weekly total bests that of Tim McGraw’s #2 “Shotgun Rider” by a whopping 684 spins.

Keith Urban’s “Somewhere in My Car,” which claimed #1 on last week’s chart, slips to #3 with approximately 6,889 weekly spins, while Brad Paisley’s “Perfect Storm” (6,778) and Parmalee’s “Close Your Eyes” (6,356) claim #4 and #5, respectively.

In addition to official top spot at Mediabase, “Girl in a Country Song” is also poised to lead the weekly, audience-driven Billboard Country Airplay chart. Not since 2012, when Carrie Underwood’s “Good Girl” and “Blown Away” and Miranda Lambert’s “Over You” did so, has an exclusively female act led the Billboard Country Airplay listing.

Billboard will reveal its Country Airplay chart-topper Monday afternoon.

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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