Amid intensified conversation about the gender disparity on country radio, a female artist tops the Mediabase country radio singles chart for a second straight week.
Seizing the throne from Kelsea Ballerini, whose “Love Me Like You Mean It” slips to #5 this week, is Carrie Underwood. Up two places this week, Underwood’s single “Little Toy Guns” reaches the apex of the listing.
Not simply the leader in Mediabase chart points, “Little Toy Guns” also received the most tracking week airplay. Its weekly spin count of ~8,019 tops the ~7,865 mark garnered by Blake Shelton’s #2 “Sangria.”
Shelton’s tune, however, reached a larger audience during the June 21-27 tracking week. It received ~57.131 million audience impressions, while “Little Toy Guns” scored ~56.155 million.
In addition to receiving the greatest number of audience impressions from Mediabase stations, “Sangria” is also the real-time leader on the Billboard panel. It thus appears poised to reach #1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart and thus render “Little Toy Guns” a Mediabase-only #1.
That fate is nothing new for Underwood, whose recent singles “See You Again” and “Two Black Cadillacs” (among others) topped only the Mediabase listing.
“Little Toy Guns” becomes Underwood’s eighteenth career #1 hit on Mediabase (including the “Remind Me” duet that initially appeared on Brad Paisley’s “This is Country Music”). With Hot 100 #1 “Inside Your Heaven” and Hot Country Songs #1 hits “Somethin’ Bad” and “Something in the Water” included, Underwood can claim a total of 21 career chart toppers.
— Also in this week’s Mediabase Top 5: Tim McGraw’s #3 “Diamond Rings and Old Barstools (with Catherine Dunn)” and Jason Aldean’s #4 “Tonight Looks Good on You.” The latter is making its first Top 5 appearance.