Bailey Zimmerman make history go on Billboard‘s Hot Country Songs chart (dated September 3), becoming the first artist to place three career-opening entries in the top 10 simultaneously since the survey began as an all-genre ranking in October 1958.
Zimmerman’s “Rock and a Hard Place,” “Where It Ends” and “Fall in Love” (all on Elektra/Warner Music Nashville/WEA) rank No. 6, 7 and 10 on the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Country Song chart, respectively “Ends,” released August. 19, debuts with 10.4 million US streams and 6,000 downloads sold in the week ending August. 25, according to Luminate. “Rock” reached No. 2 on its June entry, while “Fall” hit No. 6 in July, after debuting in February. (“Fall” also jumps 22-16 on the Country Airplay chart, up 16% to 7.9 million in audience.)
Morgan Wallen has reached six weeks with at least three concurrent Hot Country Songs top 10s, pacing a record six concurrent top 10s in January. 23, 2021, votes when his Dangerous: The Double Album in Billboard‘s diagrams. The other players with three top 10s each in a single week: Florida Georgia Line (for six such weeks); Johnny Cash (three); Taylor Swift (two); and Luke Combs, Buck Owens, Faron Young and now Zimmerman (one each), the latter, again, the first artist to accomplish the feat with his first three entries on the list.
“My life went from, like, nothing to 100, just so fast,” Illinois native Zimmerman, who boasts 1.5 million followers on TikTok, recently told Billboard. “I started reading books. [Fellow country artist] Drew Baldridge has been like a mentor to me. He said, ‘Dude, take the book Everything you need to know about the music business [by Donald Passman].’ I learned how labels worked, all sorts of things. I still have a lot to learn, but I dove in to learn what’s going on.”
The key to Zimmerman’s success, Austin Shawn simultaneously rises to No. 1 on Billboard‘s Country Producers chart, becoming the top country producer in the US for the first time. He exclusively produced all three of Zimmerman’s Hot Country Songs hits.
Prior to working with Zimmerman, Shawn produced two chart hits, both by Chase Matthew: “County Line” reached No. 29 in July 2021 and “We Had It Good” climbed to No. 44 in February.
All three of Zimmerman’s numbers simultaneously rank in Billboard Hot 100‘s top 40, at Nos. 29, 32 and 38, as Shawn goes 9-2 on the Hot 100 Producers, in addition to his Country Producers crowning.
“One of the biggest things I’ve learned is to make music that defines exactly who I am and who the artist is on a personal level,” says Shawn (whose co-managers are Simon Tikhman and Chief Zaruk and daily -day manager is Tim Crane). “My goal as a producer and songwriter is to help create an artist’s unique sonic identity. I’m constantly chasing something that’s fresh and timeless.”
Shawn dethrones Joey Moi atop Country Producers, ending the latter’s record-breaking 81-week dominance (dating to the chart’s launch in June 2019) – including the past 32 consecutive weeks.
On the Country Songwriters chart, Zach Bryan spends an 11th week at No. 1, thanks to his two contributions on Hot Country Songs, which he recorded and wrote solo: “Something in the Orange” (No. 12) and “Oklahoma Smoke Show ” (No. 36). Bryan first led Country Songwriters on the chart dated May 7; since Country Songwriters started in June 2019, only five talents have spent more time at No. 1: Ashley Gorley (31 weeks), Blanco Brown (18), Luke Combs (15), Morgan Wallen (14) and Taylor Swift (13).
The weekly Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts are based on total points earned by a songwriter and producer, respectively, for each credited song that appears on the Hot Country Songs chart. As with Billboards annual summaries, multiple writers or producers distribute points equally for each song (and the division of points will lead to the occasional tie in the rankings).
The full Country Songwriters and Country Producers charts, in addition to the full genre rankings, can be found on Billboard.com.