Update: Thomas Rhett did in fact secure his fifth week at Number One on the Country Airplay Charts released Tuesday evening.
On Monday, Thomas Rhett’s “Die A Happy Man” earned the first four-week stay atop the Country Airplay Audience Chart since Luke Bryan’s smash “Play It Again” spent four weeks at Number One (and 12 weeks in the Top Ten) in the Spring and Summer of 2014 (Rhett is working toward his ninth week in the Top Ten). As of Friday, just over halfway through the tracking period for next week’s rankings, “Die A Happy Man” is still holding strong at 74.241 million impressions – down only 966,000 impressions from its Monday peak of 75.207 million.
Rhett maintains a substantial lead of 5.597 million impressions over the current number two song, LoCash’s “I Love This Life” (68.824 million, up 129,000 impressions) and is 7.477 million impressions ahead of the number three single, Brothers Osborne’s “Stay A Little Longer” (66.764 million, up 283,000 impressions). These tracks appear unlikely to disrupt Rhett as he tries to secure Country Radio’s first five-week run at Number One since 2010. Both Mediabase (MB, via All Access and Kworb) and Billboard (BB) will release next week’s official Country Airplay Charts Monday.
‘Need You Now’ Country Radio’s last five-week Number One song
The last song to reach five weeks at Number One on the Country Airplay Chart is Lady Antebellum’s “Need You Now.” This song spent five weeks at Number One, and 16 weeks in the Top Ten, on Billboard’s Audience-based Country Airplay Chart in late 2009 and early 2010. However, because BB shifts songs to recurrency falling below number ten in either spins or impressions, “Need You Now” likely remained in the Top Ten longer than 16 weeks on the MB Country Audience Airplay Chart (probably around 18 weeks, as it went recurrent on BB from number six). At this time, MB chart archives only date back to August 2012 – nearly three years after “Need You Now’s” release.
As most readers know, “Need You Now” went on to become one of the biggest crossover smashes in Country music history. If Rhett reaches five weeks at Number One, can he live up to Lady Antebellum’s legacy? Currently, “Die A Happy Man” ranks at number 41 on MB’s All Stations Hot AC (Adult Contemporary) Airplay Audience Chart, the highest ranking for a Country song receiving unsolicited (not promoted) crossover airplay since Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” peaked at number 35 on the same chart in June 2014. Both Rhett and Bryan’s single have benefited from substantial longevity on Billboard’s Hot Digital Songs Chart, excellent audience feedback, and reaching the Top 50 on both BB’s On-Demand Streaming Songs and Hot Streaming Songs Chart.
Note from writer: Unless otherwise stated, all songs audience totals, peak positions, and chart runs provided in this article are taken from the Mediabase All Stations Plus Recurrents Audience Airplay Charts. These Mediabase charts are located on Kworb’s website.