‘Forever Country,’ the all-star single released by 30 CMA Award-winning artists to mark the upcoming 50th CMA Awards in Nashville, is off to a spectacular start on sales, streaming and airplay charts in the US and around the world.
The country celebration is released under the name Artists of Then, Now & Forever by CMA/MCA Nashville/Universal Music Group Nashville, and is based on a medley of the genre landmarks ‘Take Me Home, Country Roads,’ ‘On the Road Again’ and ‘I Will Always Love You.’ Featured artists include Dolly Parton, Willie Nelson, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Brad Paisley, Dierks Bentley, Miranda Lambert, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Charley Pride, Ronnie Milsap and Randy Travis.
‘Forever Country’ enters at No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart, dated 8 October, and at No. 21 on the Hot 100. It’s new at No. 1 on Country Digital Song Sales, with 93,000 downloads for the week ending 22 September, according to Nielsen Music. On Country Streaming Songs, it debuts at the summit with 5.7 million streams in the US.
Only twice before has a song entered Hot Country Songs at No. 1 since the chart launched in its “multimetric” form in 1958: Garth Brooks’ ‘More Than A Memory’ in 2007 and ‘My Baby’s Got a Smile on Her Face’ by The Voice winner Craig Wayne Boyd, early in 2015.
Listen to ‘Forever Country’ on Spotify