Lady Antebellum’s ‘What If I Never Get Over You’ has become their tenth No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart. The track, written by Sam Ellis, Jon Green, Ryan Hurd and Laura Veltz, climbs 3-1 on the survey dated 18 January, which includes data for the week ending last Sunday (12). It stays at No. 5 on Hot Country Songs, which includes sales and streaming as well as airplay.
As a measure of the long shelf life of many country hits, ‘What If’ was released on 17 May last year as the trio’s first single for Big Machine Label Group/BMLG Records. It hits the Country Airplay summit in its 35th week on the chart, representing Lady Antebellum’s longest-ever climb to No. 1.
Billboard Country Update also reports that it’s their first such chart-topper since ‘Bartender’ in September 2014, the longest gap between No. 1s since the Eli Young Band had a similar gap of five years and four months between ‘Drunk Last Night,’ just after Christmas 2013, and ‘What If’ in May 2019.
“The feeling of having a No. 1 song on country radio never gets old,” Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott tells Billboard. “We knew ‘What’ was special the first time we heard it, and we’re so grateful for the passion and hard work we’ve felt by everyone at BMLG Records: [BMLG president/CEO] Scott Borchetta, [BMLG Records president] Jimmy Harnen and the team.
“Having the support of our friends at radio over the past 13 years is something we’ll never take for granted,” Scott continues. “We are so grateful that writers Sam, Jon, Ryan and Laura shared their incredible song celebrate our 10th No. 1 with them.”
Lady Antebellum first topped the airplay chart in November 2009 with the anthemic ‘Need You Now.’ They then hit No. 1 with ‘American Honey’ in April 2010, Our Kind of Love’ (September 2010), ‘Just a Kiss” (August 2011), ‘We Owned the Night’ (December 2011), ‘Downtown’ (April 2013), ‘Compass” (March 2014) and ‘Bartender’ (September 2014). The group recently announced an extensive headlining tour, to open in May.
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