Little Big Town scores its second No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart (dated March 4), as “Better Man,” written by Taylor Swift, pushes 2-1 in its 18th week. It increases 8 percent to 40.8 million audience impressions in the tracking week ending Feb. 19, according to Nielsen Music.
“So blown away by the reaction to this song,” LBT’s Karen Fairchild tells Billboard. “We’re popping the champagne right now. Thanks to our fans and country radio for all the love and support. And thanks to Taylor Swift for sending us this beautiful song.”
“Better Man” is the lead single from Little Big Town’s eighth studio album, The Breaker, produced by Jay Joyce and due Friday (Feb. 24).
LBT previously led Country Airplay with “Pontoon” for two weeks beginning Sept. 15, 2012. Notably, “Girl Crush,” which ruled the Hot Country Songs chart (the list blends airplay, sales and streaming) for 13 weeks in 2015, peaked at No. 3 on Country Airplay. “Better Man” topped Hot Country Songs for two frames (Feb. 11 and 18).
“Better Man” is the first Country Airplay No. 1 by a single author since Tim McGraw’s “Humble and Kind,” penned by Americana/country singer-songwriter Lori McKenna, topped the list dated June 25, 2016. That ballad became the first No. 1 penned by one person in more than four years, since – guess who – Swift’s self-authored “Ours” (March 31, 2012).
In your post on goodbyeadulthood you mention "Strong Day." When was that and why has it been given this name? I'm insanely curious!
The anniversary is today!!!!!!
I sort of expected this question in my inbox, since I so vaguely said Strong Day in the GBA post.
So, this will start out as a sad story that will have a happy ending.
Sept 16, 2012.
This very tweet was tweeted from @Louis_Tomlinson (and alienated half of the Larry shippers) Important thing to mention is that @Louis_Tomlinson was not tagged directly in the first tweet.
We named it Bullshit day and dreaded the anniversary.
CSI fandom found out that in 2013 on the anniversary of the Bullshit tweet, this was posted:
Notice the BS on Harry? Like BS = Bullshit and she points an imaginary gun at it…
Now, in 2014 on the anniversary of the bullshit tweet, Harry tweeted this:
then posted this on his insta:
Note what you see:
- 2 guys (it has been found out who they are, but it is not that important now) - 2 guys standing close to each other, shoulders barely touching - the caption says Strong and without context this picture would not make sense. BUT. Strong is their song. It is about THEM. It is THEIR song. And Harry chose this day of all days to post Strong. - the 2 guys wore these shirts 3 DAYS before the insta got published, so Harry basically waited 3 days to be able to post it. - this gives no chance for misinterpretation. Cannot be twisted like the dentist tweet saying it was not Mary Lambert’s lyrics. It is crystal clear. 2 GUYS. GOING STRONG.