Michael Ray earns first multi-week No 1 with ‘Whiskey and Rain’

Song hits No. 1 for two consecutive weeks on Country Aircheck chart

On the heels of earning his fourth No. 1 single, hitmaker Michael Ray reaches another milestone with his first multi-week chart topper “Whiskey And Rain,” the lead single from his seven-song collection Higher Education. Last week, the track, written by Josh Thompson and Jesse Frasure, peaked at No. 1 on the Country Aircheck chart, remaining at the top this week while arriving at No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart.

“This is incredible,” shares Ray. “I knew this song was something special, but I never dreamed it would be this impactful. I’m so thankful to my team who kept pushing to get this song to No. 1, now for two weeks in a row, and I’m grateful for the fans who found ‘Whiskey And Rain’ just as special as I do. Your support means everything, and I can’t wait to keep bringing you compelling country music.”

Upon the news of the track reaching No. 1 last week, Ray shared, “Back when we were recording this song, I would think about all the things I always loved about Gary Allan and the way his music spoke to me and my life growing up in Eustis. I hope this song has been there for you on lonely nights when you’ve needed it, just like Gary always has been for me.

“One of my favorites of his goes, ‘Life ain’t always beautiful, but it’s a beautiful ride,’” he continued. “Thank y’all for this beautiful ride! Thank y’all for loving this song!”

A shining example of camaraderie in the format, Allan took to social media to congratulate the Florida-native, sharing “Shout out to my friend Michael Ray! You just got another No. 1. They don’t come easy, friend. I’m so stoked for you, and I hope you get 100 more.”

Last week, the song also broke 100 million on-demand streams.

Ray has garnered over one billion global streams, over 650,000 album equivalents and over 100 million YouTube views. Along with his four No. 1 singles, Ray has a total of five RIAA certifications: Platinum-certified “Think A Little Less,” and Gold-certified songs “Her World or Mine,” “One That Got Away,” “Get To You” and “Kiss You in the Morning.”

Buddy Iahn
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