This week’s chart, (Nov. 8) represents the end of an incredible streak. Since the first Country Songwriter Chart of 2015 (1/11/15-11/1/15) Shane McAnally and/or Ashley Gorley have appeared in either the first or second position every single week! In fact, for the numerous weeks between 2/22-8/30 they BOTH appeared every single week!
Year-to-date, NEKST has published 44 weekly charts. McAnally was No. 1 for 24 of those weeks and No. 2 for 16. Gorley hit No. 1-14x and No. 2-17x.
Other writers who have graced the top two spots year-to-date include Luke Laird (No. 1-5x; No. 2-1x), Ross Copperman (No. 2-6x), Jon Nite (No. 1-1x; No. 2-2x) and Craig Wiseman (No. 2-2x).
Considering how competitive it is to be a songwriter on Music Row, McAnally and Gorley’s record is beyond remarkable. Not surprisingly, Gorley was recently named ASCAP Songwriter of the Year. McAnally is a member of Global Music Rights and if that new performing rights organization has a country songwriter honor, then surely it will be sitting soon on his mantle as well.
This week’s glory (11/8) belongs to Jon Nite who climbs to the the Top from position No. 3 last week and Craig Wiseman who remains in the No. 2 position for a second consecutive week. Song titans Ashley Gorley (No. 3) and Shane McAnally (No. 5) remain in the Top 5; and Ross Copperman jumps from No. 9 to No. 4.
And then there are all those Carrie Underwood tracks from her new album…check it all out here…