Tyler Hubbard Reaches Historic Heights On Country Airplay Chart With ‘5 Foot 9’

Tyler Hubbard scores his first lead as a solo act on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart as “5ft 9” rises to No. 1 on the survey dated Nov. 19. The song rose 5% to 31.5 million audience impressions in Nov. 7-13 tracking weeks, according to Luminate.

Hubbard is one half of the duo Florida Georgia Line, with Brian Kelley, who is also working solo after putting their joint careers on hiatus. The duo has achieved 16 Country Airplay No. 1s, among 19 top 10s. With “5 Foot 9”, Hubbard makes history as the first artist to top the chart both with a duo/group and as a soloist, dating back to the chart’s inception in January 1990.

“Having my solo single go No. 1 is really special and I’m grateful to country radio, the fans and everyone who has supported me and made this possible,” Hubbard shares. Billboard.

FGL’s run began in 2012 with the launch of “Cruise”, which led Country Airplay for three weeks from that December. (On the streaming, airplay and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart, “Cruise,” aided by a pop remix with Nelly, dominated for 24 weeks in 2012-13, tied for the fourth-longest reign in chart history.) Tandem most recently ruled Country Airplay as featured on Chase Rice’s “Drinkin’ Beer. God Speaks. Amen.” for a week in August 2021. Before that, the duo’s “Long Live” led for a week that April.

“5 Foot 9” is Hubbard’s second Country Airplay feature aside from Kelley. “Undivided,” featuring Tim McGraw, reached No. 16 in May 2021.

Hubbard is the second artist to reach the Country Airplay summit after building a chart resume as part of a hit-making country duo. Wynonna Judd rattled off three straight opening leaders as a solo act in 1992: “She Is His Only Need”, “I Saw the Light” and “No One Else on Earth”. She and her mother Naomi Judd, as The Judds, charted at No. 14. 1s on Hot Country Songs in 1984-89 (which was then based primarily on radio airplay).

It should also be noted that Darius Rucker burst out of the gate as a solo country act with three consecutive Country Airplay leaders in 2008-09 (not counting holiday numbers): “Don’t Think I’m Not Thinking About It,” It bested “Don’t Be Like This Long” and “Okay.” Hootie & The Blowfish, fronted by Rucker, scored six top 10s, including three top 10s, on the all-genre, multimetric Billboard Hot 100—and topped multiple pop, adult and rock airplay charts – from 1994 to 96. The rock-based band has logged one Country Airplay entry: “Hold On” (#30, October 2019).

Hubbard co-wrote “5 Foot 9” with Jaren Johnston (of The Cadillac Three) and Chase McGill, and co-produced it with Jordan Schmidt.

Hubbard releases his self-titled solo debut album Jan. 27. The Georgian singer-songwriter co-wrote each of the LP’s 18 tracks. He released the six song EP Dancing in the countryside, which arrived at No. 12 on the Top Country Albums chart dated Sept. 3. On Nov. 19-dated survey, it ranks No. 41 with 5,000 equivalent album units earned in November. 4-10 tracking weeks.

‘Down Home’ is up

Jimmie Allen scores his fourth Country Airplay top 10 as “Down Home” climbs 11-10 (17.3 million, up 3%).

Allen co-wrote the song with Rian Ball, Cameron Bedell and Tate Howell. It is the lead single from Allen’s full-length Tulip Drivepublished in June.

“Down Home” follows Allen’s team-up with Brad Paisley, “Freedom Was a Highway,” which topped Country Airplay for a week in February, giving Allen his third leader (and Paisley his 20th). Allen’s first entry, “Best Shot,” started a three-week rule in November 2018 and “Make Me Want To” led for one week in March 2020. Additionally, Allen’s duet with Noah Cyrus, “This Is Us,” reached No. 48 in October 2020.

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