From Saving Counry Music:
When Big Machine Label Group’s President and CEO Scott Borchetta signed Maddie & Tae, a completely unknown 18-year-old singing duo based seemingly on the strength of one song, it seemed like a risky move, and one betting on the fact that the country music public was tiring of the Bro-Country trend and heading towards a backlash. Though the rise of “Girl In A Country Song” has been very slow (which is customary with many premier singles from previously-unknown artists in country), Scott Borchetta’s gamble has paid off, and the song is now #1 on country radio according to Mediabase. The distinction shatters a slew of dubious distinctions for the country format, and helps to slay the absolute dearth of female representation on country radio.
“Girl In A Country Song” received 7,986 spins from November 30th to December 6th according to Mediabase, besting its nearest competition, Tim McGraw’s “Shotgun Rider” by an impressive 684 spins. The song also gained 502 spins week over week. These numbers are good enough to land Maddie & Tae at #1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart to be published Monday afternoon.
What does this all mean? This:
“Girl In A Country Song” becomes:
First #1 song on radio by a female act in over 2 years.
First #1 debut song on radio by a female act in nearly 5 years.
First #1 debut song not by Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, or Taylor Swift in 10 years.
First #1 song on radio for DOT Records in 40 years.
Only second #1 debut song from a female duo in Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart 25 year history