Brett James retains the No. 1 position for the third week tying with Taylor Swift and Ashley Gorley for the most consecutive weeks at No. 1. Two of his songs, “Bottoms Up” and “I Hold On” have especially been gaining momentum across all three revenue buckets—airplay, streaming and sales. Can he shatter the record next week?
And welcome to Rhett Akins who gains the penultimate Top 60 Country Songwriter position (No. 2) with points earned from his Jason Aldean cut, “When She Says Baby.”
Normally we focus on rest of the Top 10 in this column, but this week the heavy movements are taking place mid-way up the list. For example co-writers Phil O’Donnell and Wade Kirby each saw 8 point jumps to No. 20 and 21 respectively. Their song, “Doin’ What She Likes,” sung by Blake Shelton is hoisting them up the chart ladder. Having just two co-writers is also a plus because our system divides each song’s total points by the number of writers. Therefore a song with 24 points and two writers means 12 points for each co-writer. If the song had four writers it would mean 6 points for each co-writer. Why do we do it that way? Because that is how the revenues get divided in the real world.
Combustion Music called in to say they were honored to be working with the No. 1 and No. 2 writers on last week’s chart—Brett James and Ashley Gorley, but, “Where’s Zach Crowell?” they wondered. This week we answer that question. Zach is at No. 42 after making a massive jump from just below last week’s list at No. 61. And a special salute to the week’s Biggest Gainer, M.R. Carter for his songs “Get Me Some Of That” and “Hope You Get Lonely Tonight.”
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