Single returns to top of Billboard chart for third week
Less than one month after breakout singer/songwriter Jimmie Allen made history as the first black artist to launch their career with a No. 1 at country radio, the hot newcomer sets even more records with the return of his debut single, “Best Shot,” to No. 1 on the Billboard’s Country Airplay chart.
The debut single, which Rolling Stone calls “a soulful, acoustic love song,” originally hit No. 1 in its 40th week on November 24th, and claimed the top spot for a second consecutive week on December 1st. The song’s return to No. 1 after landing at No. 2 last week marks the first time a Country Airplay debut has hit No. 1 for three weeks since Florida Georgia Line’s “Cruise” in 2012 and the first for a solo male artist since Blake Shelton’s “Austin” in 2001. “Best Shot” is also the first song by any artist to return to No. 1 on Country Airplay after descending in over a decade.
“Seeing the resurgence of ‘Best Shot’ to the top of Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart is a testament to how great of a team I have,” Allen shares with Billboard. “They have continued to fight for this song when so many others would have given up. I am so thankful to country radio and its listeners for their support. Seeing ‘Best Shot’ connect with the hearts of so many is evidence that we are a lot more alike than we are different.”
Written by Allen, Josh London and JP Williams, “Best Shot” is the first single from Allen’s Stoney Creek Records/BBR Music Group debut album Mercury Lane, a project The New York Times opines is “optimistic, rock-inflected country.” His 15 track debut is named for the dead-end street in Milton, Delaware where he grew up. With a population of 2,914, Allen’s father first introduced him to country music in the sleepy town where corn and soybean fields line the two-lane road.
Allen is set to appear on daytime TV’s Steve Harvey Show on December 20th and following four appearances (since October) including an incredible co-hosting stint with Kathie Lee and Hoda, Allen will return for his fifth appearance on NBC’s TODAY December 27th to perform his song “Make Me Want To” and take part in the latest “Guys Tell All” panel. Fans will have a chance to see Allen on the road this winter playing direct support to Scotty McCreery on his Seasons Change Tour and playing select dates on Kane Brown’s Live Forever Tour.
Jimmie Allen Tour Dates:
December 13 – Cincinnati, OH – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
December 15 – Grand Rapids, MI – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 17 – Atlanta, GA – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 18 – Charlotte, NC – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 19 – Raleigh, NC – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 25 – Boston, MA – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
January 26 – Westbury, NY – Scotty McCreery Seasons Change Tour
February 15 – Rockford, IL – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 16 – Brookings, SD – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 17 – Grand Forks, ND – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
February 28 – Bloomington, IL – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
March 1- Cape Girardeau, MO – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
March 2- Bossier City, LA – Kane Brown Live Forever Tour
Author: Buddy Iahn
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