It’s a log jam inside the Country Songwriters Top 10 this week. Maybe it’s the holiday music which slowed down the chart movements of songs across airplay, streaming and sales metrics, but our top 4 writers are a repeat of last week, with Ms. Swift in the lead followed by Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite and Rodney Clawson.
But wait, the Top 10 is now bookended by two artist writers. Joining Ms. Swift is Cole Swindell (No. 10) with co-write credits on three songs including “Chillin It” which also bears his artist stamp.
Two other writers made gains inside the tenacious 10. Brett James, rides up one notch to No. 5 buoyed by four active songs. Also gaining is Chris Tompkins who levatates from 11 to No. 9 with three songs helping brighten his star.
On this week’s Top 60 Songwriter chart we find 41 writers (68%) with a lone active song. However, in the Top 10 ninety percent of the writers have multiple active songs. The lone exception is Taylor Swift whose one song has generated enough points to keep her No. 1 for a second consecutive week. As regular readers know, each song’s total points are split evenly amongst its co-writers, so therefore Swift gets the benefit of all the points generated by “Red.”
And last but not least, the Chris DeStefano rides in as the week’s Biggest Gainer making a solid move from No. 39 to no. 29. Way to go Chris!
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Grammy’s Recognize Nashville Writers
The 56th Annual Grammy Nominations concert was held last Friday evening (12/6) and a number of Nashville’s finest tune-makers were recognized with Grammy nominations in the Best Country Song category (see below). Earning two nominations each were Jessi Alexander and Connie Harrington for “Mine Would Be You,” and “I Drive Your Truck.” Shane McAnally and Kacey Musgraves also got two nominations each as co-writers on “Mama’s Broken Heart,” and “Merry Go Round.” Taylor Swift, Deric Ruttan, Josh Osborne, Brandy Clark and Jimmy Yeary each received one nomination. Congratulations to all.
Grammy Nominations Best Country Song
“Begin Again” (Taylor Swift); Songwriter: Taylor Swift
“I Drive Your Truck” (Lee Brice): Songwriters: Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander, Jimmy Yeary
“Mama’s Broken Heart” (Miranda Lambert); Songwriters: Brandy Clark, Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves
“Merry Go Round” (Kacey Musgraves); Songwriters: Shane McAnally, Kacey Musgraves, Josh Osborne
“Mine Would Be You” (Blake Shelton); Songwriters: Connie Harrington, Jessi Alexander, Deric Ruttan