Sam Hunt’s “Downtown’s Dead” Earns #18 On Billboard Country Airplay, #29 On Mediabase

Sam Hunt’s new single makes a big splash on the official country radio charts.

Sam Hunt - Downtown's Dead / UMG

Sam Hunt’s new single “Downtown’s Dead” ranks as the top debut on this week’s Billboard Country Airplay and Mediabase country radio singles charts.

The single earns #18 on the former. In doing so, it becomes Hunt’s highest-charting debut on the listing.

“Downtown’s Dead” meanwhile begins at #29 on the Mediabase country radio singles chart.

There are two factors driving the stronger Billboard position:

— Different tracking weeks: Whereas Mediabase uses a Sunday-Saturday tracking period, Billboard charts songs from a Monday-Sunday vantage point. Since “Downtown’s Dead” premiered on Wednesday, May 16, it received an extra day of tracking on this week’s Billboard chart.

— Different methodologies: Mediabase ranks songs based on a proprietary scoring system (spins are awarded point values based on the markets in which they were received), while Billboard relies on audience impressions. New, high-profile songs (especially those that receive “on the hour” premiere airplay from iHeartMedia stations) tend to receive a disproportionately substantial amount of audience impressions during their opening week.

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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