Cole Swindell Scores Sixth Country Airplay No. 1: ‘It’s Because of the Fans’

Cole Swindell Scores Sixth Country Airplay No. 1: ‘It’s Because of the Fans’

Cole Swindell earns his sixth No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated July 31), as “Single Saturday Night” rises 2-1 in its 56th week on the tally. In the week ending July 25, the song increased by 6% to 33.8 million audience impressions, according to MRC Data. The track, which Swindell wrote with Ashley Gorley, Hardy and Mark Holman, is the lead single from Swindell’s upcoming fourth full-length.

“I am blown away and so proud that ‘Single Saturday Night’ is my sixth No. 1,” Swindell tells Billboard. “It’s because of the fans. They have played such a huge part in the success of this song. I released it just for the fans, and they responded in such a big way that it pushed us to release it to radio. I can’t thank my radio friends and my team enough for their continued belief in me and my music. I am humbled.”

“Single” marks Swindell’s second consecutive Country Airplay leader, following “Love You Too Late,” which led the chart dated Nov. 2, 2019.

Swindell, who hails from Bronwood, Ga., first ruled Country Airplay in his second visit, as “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight” led for a week in October 2014. He hit No. 1 again with “Ain’t Worth the Whiskey” (one week, April 2015); “You Should Be Here” (three weeks, April 2016); and “Middle of a Memory” (one week, November 2016).

In 2014, Swindell scored his first of 10 Country Airplay top 10s with his No. 2-peaking launch single, “Chillin’ It.”

On Billboard’s Hot Country Songs survey, which combines airplay, sales and streaming data, “Single” holds at its No. 4 high. It gained by 2% to 7.2 million U.S. streams, and sold 2,100 downloads, in the week ending July 22.

A LOT TO ‘KNOW’ Lainey Wilson achieves her first Hot Country Songs top 10 with her debut entry, “Things a Man Oughta Know,” which hops 14-9 in its 19th frame on the list.

The song, which Wilson co-wrote with Jason Nix and Jonathan Singleton, drew 6.5 million U.S. streams (up 27%) and sold 2,000 downloads (up 20%) in the tracking week. On Country Airplay, it holds at its No. 11 high, up 3% to 18.2 million impressions.

Wilson, born in Baskin, La. (and the subject of Billboard’s Chartbreaker spotlight in May), sends the first rookie single properly promoted to radio to the Hot Country Songs top 10 since Tenille Arts’ “Somebody Like That,” which reached No. 7 in May. (Arts previously charted with “I Hate This,” which, not worked as a radio single, reached No. 41 in February 2019.)

HAYES HOLDS AT No. 1 Hot Country Songs is led for a second week by Walker Hayes’ viral hit “Fancy Like.” His first leader on the list, sparked by continued TikTok traction as Hayes has posted multiple clips dancing to it with his children, maintains its command with 14.2 million streams (up 11%) and 19,500 sold.

On Country Airplay, “Fancy” ascends 38-36 in its third week, up 59% to 3.1 million in audience.

NEW ‘LOVE’ Jason Aldean and Carrie Underwood blast onto Country Airplay at No. 20 with “If I Didn’t Love You.” The lead track from Aldean’s forthcoming 10th studio album was released July 23 and received hourly plays on participating iHeartMedia radio stations that day. It arrives with 8.5 million in audience in its first three days.

Aldean adds his 41st Country Airplay entry and earns his third-highest career start, behind the No. 19 bows of “Take a Little Ride” in August 2012 and “Burnin’ It Down” in August 2014. Both songs went on to reign, contributing to his total of 23 No. 1s.

Underwood earns her 46th Country Airplay appearance and second-best beginning, after “Something in the Water” made a No. 17 splash in its first week in October 2014. She has scored 15 No. 1s.

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