Break out the cherry bombs and Roman candles — Kelsea Ballerini is pure fireworks this week as “Peter Pan” becomes her third consecutive No. 1 single. That’s a record in country music for a female act’s debut album, even when you include duos and groups.
More remarkable still, “Peter Pan” tops not only Billboard’s country airplay chart — this column’s regular standard of measurement — it also crowns the trade magazine’s country singles listing.
And let us not forget to mention that Ballerini achieved this bell-ringing success on her 23rd birthday — and that she co-wrote the song. Whether this convergence of miracles also qualifies her for sainthood, we’ll just have to wait and see.
For those who track such things, it took “Peter Pan” 26 weeks to fly to the summit.
On the albums side, Florida Georgia Line’s Dig Your Roots is spending its second straight week in the winner’s circle.
There are only two new albums to note. The multi-artist collection Mud Digger Volume 7 comes aboard at No.19 on Nielsen SoundScan-confirmed sales of 2,553 copies. The self-titled EP Ryan Follese debuts at No. 47.
Returning to the chart are Cyndi Lauper’s Detour (at No. 40), Wheeler Walker Jr.’s Redneck Shit (No. 44), the various artist compilation Now That’s What I Call Country, Volume 8 (No. 45) and Darius Rucker’s Southern Style (No. 50).
The No. 2 through No. 5 songs are Dierks Bentley’s “Different for Girls” featuring Elle King, Jake Owen’s “American Country Love Song” (last week’s No. 1), Justin Moore’s “You Look Like I Need a Drink” and Sam Hunt’s “Make You Miss Me.”
Wonder what Ballerini has in mind for Christmas?