Proven Hit: Morgan Wallen Scores His First 4-Week No. 1 on Country Airplay Chart

Morgan Wallen‘s “You Proof” dominates Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart (dated Nov. 5) for a fourth week, as it drew 30.5 million audience impressions (down 1%) in the tracking week ending Oct. 30, according to Luminate.

Wallen wrote the song with ERNEST, Ashley Gorley, Keith Smith and Charlie Handsome, the latter of whom also produced it with Joey Moi.

“You Proof,” the Sneedville, Tenn.-born Wallen’s seventh Country Airplay leader, becomes his first to reign for four frames. It surpasses “Wasted on You,” which started its three-week rule in July, and “Whiskey Glasses,” which also controlled the list for three frames, beginning in June 2019.

Wallen’s additional four No. 1s led for a week each: “Sand in My Boots” (this February); “More Than My Hometown” (November 2020); “Chasin’ You” (May 2020); and “Up Down,” featuring Florida Georgia Line (June 2018).

What makes Wallen’s latest, a standalone single, strong enough to stand apart from his prior Country Airplay chart-toppers? “The support from country radio has been astounding,” Stacy Blythe, Big Loud senior vice president of promotion, tells Billboard. “The one thing that I can definitely point to with ‘You Proof’ is that there was much anticipation for new music from Morgan. Morgan continues to up his game with every single release and, as the team responsible for taking each one to radio, we have jointly been committed to upping our game.”

“Proof” concurrently ties Wallen’s longest stay atop the streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart. Reigning for an 11th week, it matches the command of “Wasted,” which logged its 11th week at No. 1 in August. “Proof” drew 13 million official streams and sold 3,000 downloads in the U.S. in the Oct. 21-27 tracking week.

Meanwhile, Wallen’s Dangerous: The Double Album (which houses “Wasted”) rules Top Country Albums for a record-extending 80th week, with 43,000 equivalent album units earned in the tracking week.

‘Half’ Time

Thomas Rhett rolls up his 20th Hot Country Songs top 10 as “Half of Me,” featuring Riley Green, jumps 15-10. The single corralled 5.5 million streams (up 53%), having received more prominent placement on Amazon’s Country Heat playlist in the tracking week. On Country Airplay, it pushes 6-5 for a new high (23.1 million, up 5%).

Rhett co-penned “Half” with his dad Rhett Akins, Will Bundy and Josh Thompson. It’s from Rhett’s album Where We Started, which arrived at its No. 2 Top Country Albums peak in April. Rhett first reached the Country Airplay top 10 in September 2013 with “It Goes Like This,” his first of 17 No. 1s.

Green hits the Hot Country Songs top 10 for the first time. He previously reached a No. 11 best with his first entry, “There Was This Girl,” in March 2019.

Jim Asker