Hopefully your tryptophan hangover [turkey] has subsided (it was worth it) and you are dug in and ready to sprint to the end-of-the-year finish line. However, while we were all enjoying the family holiday, the Country Songwriter Top60 Chart was twisting and turning with activity and a new No. 1 writer!
Luke Laird has now logged three consecutive weeks at No. 1 beginning on the week of 11/16 and maintains a healthy lead over the rest of the field. Rodney Clawson resides in the No. 2 spot this week, but don’t forget he is just coming off a 16 consecutive week run at No. 1 (7/27—11/09/14). Wow!
And while we are highlighting the frontrunners, Shane McAnally fills the No. 3 position based upon points earned from 7 active titles. (Fact: The week’s top 3 writers co-wrote “American Kids” for Kenny Chesney.)
An interesting observation on this 11/30 chart is that there are six artist writers represented in the Top 20. The four with the highest chart positions all co-wrote songs with just one co-writer. NEKST.biz chart watchers will recall that each song’s total points from streaming, downloads and airplay are divided equally by the number of its co-writers. So a song with two writers would generate more points per writer (and more revenue per writer) than a song that had say 3 or 4 co-writers.
On this week’s chart, John Thomas Harding and Keith Urban (No. 6, 7), Lee Thomas Miller and Brad Paisley (No. 9, 10), Shannon Lawson and John Rich (No. 11, 12) and Luke Laird and Eric Church (No. 1, 14) split points on a song with just one co-writer.
Are publishers and writers starting to opt for smaller co-writes as a way to bolster revenue shares?