Jimmy Robbins takes over the No. 1 spot on the second week of our Top 60 Country Songwriter chart with four active songs. “It Goes Like This,” “Slow Me Down,” “We Were Us,” and “Whatever She’s Got.” Congrats Jimmy!
Robbins is known as a “track” guy which means someone adept at using digital technology to create computer-driven song demos. A vocal and/or a rhythm guitar may be all that’s needed as the basis from which to build a compelling track, sometimes the same day as the song was written. There are cost benefits compared with using a studio and group of musicians, but being able to quickly get a new song demo to a producer about to record may also mean the difference between a royalty check or a missed opportunity. (Robbins is signed to Universal Music Publishing.)
Warner/Chappell Music Exec. VP Ben Vaughn wrote in to say, “David, great idea here – anytime the amazing songwriters in our community receive recognition it’s a win for our entire business. Everyone at Warner/Chappell and our partner Combustion are so proud that Ashley Gorley was the 1st ever #1 Country Songwriter!” Way to go Ben, songwriters rule!
Highly respected radio consultant Jaye Albright wrote about the new chart on her “Breakfast Blog” saying that for recording artists and other industry execs, “You’d better catch up.” But she added, “If you talk on the radio, it’s very tempting to interview songwriters, relate and listen to their stories and try to educate the listeners who love the songs about this side of the business,…” but advises, “We’re not in the education business. We’re in the entertainment business.” Personally, I love hearing about writers, but I get her point, too.
In addition to friendly feedback and web traffic that accumulated like miles on a cross country drive, we learned a few things. For example, there are two writers named Josh Osborne; and two named L. Miller—Lee and Lane. Some industry sources list the writers solely with first initial and last name, which adds to the confusion. Thanks to everyone helping us sort things out. If you find something that needs updating, or you have a question, please email me firstname.lastname@example.org
Lots of Top Ten movements this week. Taylor Swift moved up three places from No. 6 to No. 3; while Jon Nite and J. Johnson both climbed two spots to respectively to No. 5 and No.6.
Chris Stapleton (35) and Jim Beavers (36), co-writers of “Drink A Beer” both got served on the chart this week as the Luke Bryan song started heating up sales, airplay and streaming channels.
Last week’s chart topper, Ashley Gorley remains well located in the No. 2 spot with six active songs, more than any other writer on this week’s chart. Rodney Clawson (No. 4) and Rhett Akins (No. 7) follow closely with five active songs each.
As explained last week, weekly points for each song are evenly split amongst the co-writers. So if a song earned 50 points and was created by a sole writer that person would get the full 50 points. If the song was co-written with three writers they would each get one third of 50.
The week’s Biggest Gainer award goes to Casey Beathard and Eric Church for co-writing “The Outsiders.” Insiders know that track is flying up every list. (Note to chart programmers: they should both be green.)
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