Thomas Rhett’s “Slow Down Summer” has hit the top spot on the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart today, earning the hitmaker his 13th consecutive chart-topper and 19th career No.1.
The track is an ode to young love and was penned by Thomas Rhett, his father Rhett Akins, Sean Douglas, Jesse Frasure, and Ashley Gorley.
Today also marks the release of the superstar’s new single “Half Of Me” featuring Riley Green. Written by Thomas Rhett, Rhett Akins, William Bundy, and Josh Thompson, the playful track beckons listeners to put away the to-do list and kick back with an ice cold beer.
“Today is a really cool day,” Thomas Rhett said. “I’m pretty blown away to be celebrating my 19th No.1 with ‘Slow Down Summer’ and the release of my new single ‘Half Of Me.’ I wrote both of these songs with my dad, which is special to me, and several other truly incredible songwriters. I hope fans have as much fun singing along to ‘Half Of Me’ as we did writing it.”
“Thomas Rhett always puts out great songs, and I was excited when he asked me to sing on this one,” added Green. “It’s going to be a fun beer-drinking song for the summer.”
“Slow Down Summer” and “Half Of Me” are the latest singles from Thomas Rhett’s sixth studio album Where We Started, which was released last month to widespread acclaim.
Reviews for Where We Started have observed that Rhett had a change of direction in terms of following the 2021 release once he went into the studio. He told countryswag.com: “It kinda started becoming a different project. It started becoming not what I thought Country Again: Side B…not what I wanted it to be.”
The site’s review, by Nicole Piering, says that the new release “may not have been the album he originally intended to make, but perhaps, turned out the way it was always meant to. Despite its name, Where We Started is less about where it began, and more about the journey to where it ended up. With a versatile collection of tracks, there truly is something for every listener here.”