“I Hope” is the first female solo single to debut at No. 1 since 2017
Staking her place as “country music’s rising star” (E!), Warner Music Nashville’s Gabby Barrett reigns atop both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country radio airplay charts this week with her unstoppable debut single “I Hope.” A career first for Barrett, she is the first solo female to take a debut single to No. 1 since Carly Pearce did it in 2017, joining an elite class of hitmakers. Simultaneously, Barrett’s “I Hope” is the first debut solo female single to crack the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart since 2017, soaring to the No. 2 spot this week.
“I can’t believe this is happening… this is AMAZING,” exclaims Barrett, after being surprised by the news. “Thank you to country radio for being so welcoming and supportive. And to my husband, family, fans, label, team and everyone who has supported me along the way – this would not have been possible without you. God is good, all the time.”
Written by Barrett alongside Zachary Kale and Jon Nite, and produced by GRAMMY-nominated Ross Copperman and Kale, the platinum “lightning-in-a-bottle single” (People) has over 235 million on-demand streams to date, now holds a two-week streak as the most-streamed country song in America, and has been No. 1 on the Shazam Country chart for nine consecutive weeks. Barrett continues to break glass ceilings as Billboard’s newest Chartbreaker, spending six consecutive weeks at No. 1 on Billboard’s Emerging Artist Chart.
Hailed as “a scathing turnaround power ballad” (HITS Magazine), “full of venom and vitriol” (Rolling Stone), and deemed “a sizzling slow burner charged with attitude, powerhouse vocals and groovy blues elements,” (Sounds Like Nashville), where Barrett “sounds strikingly mature as a vocalist” (MusicRow), “I Hope” quickly became Country’s “new revenge anthem” (Taste of Country) while reaching #1 on SiriusXM’s “The Highway” Hot 30 Countdown and Radio Disney’s Country Top 50 chart.
Last Friday (April 17th), Barrett upped the ante, dropping a new version of her chart-topping hit with Charlie Puth, adding “a new element to the edgy song, resulting in a slick re-imagination that sees the breakup from both sides of the equation” (Taste of Country).
This year, Barrett will release her debut album via Warner Music Nashville, co-produced by Ross Copperman and Zachary Kale, that touts numerous songwriting credits for Barrett alongside Nashville mainstay co-writers Nicolle Galyon, Jimmy Robbins, Jon Nite and more. As for the future, American Songwriter puts it simply – “there’s a new wave of artists hitting country music…and perhaps the one creating the most buzz is Gabby Barrett.”
Author: Buddy Iahn
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