Thomas Rhett has landed his 17th Billboard Country Airplay top ten hit with the Valory/Big Machine single “Be A Light.” In the process, he helps advance the chart histories of his all-star guests on the track, Reba McEntire, Hillary Scott, Chris Tomlin and Keith Urban.
The song climbs 12-10 on this week’s chart, dated July 18, also advancing 13-11 on Hot Country Songs, in its 15th week on both. Rhett wrote the song last year with Josh Miller, Josh Thompson and Matt Dragstrem and it was released on 30 March.
All four of Rhett’s guests on the uplifting “Be A Light” reach notable chart landmarks with their appearances. As Billboard reports, McEntire thus returns to the top ten of the airplay listing for the first time since “Turn On The Radio” went all the way to No.1 in January 2011. It’s her 37th top 10 hit on Country Airplay, a record for a female artist in the chart’s 30-year history.
Scott has visited the top ten on 14 occasions with Lady A, but this is her debut there in her own name. The same goes for Tomlin, who has had a record 28 top ten hits on the Christian Airplay chart.
Forty-one for Urban
Urban, one of the chart kings of the century to date, resides in the top ten for the 41st time thanks to his “Be A Light” cameo. That draws him level with Brooks & Dunn for the sixth-highest total of any artist.
Rhett is also on the country charts as a songwriter, as one of the composers of Old Dominion’s “Some People Do,” which climbs 43-38 on Hot Country Songs. Rhett’s chart-topping 2019 album Center Point Road is currently at No.25 in its 58th week on Top Country Albums. It has yielded three airplay No.1s in “Look What God Gave Her,” “Remember You Young” and “Beer Can’t Fix,” with Jon Pardi.