Maddie & Tae are trading red wine stains for Champagne flutes as they ascend to No. 1 on this week’s Billboard Country Airplay chart with “Die From a Broken Heart.” It’s the duo’s first time at the pinnacle since the spirited “Girl in a Country Song” grabbed the spot in December 2014 after 23 weeks. Meanwhile, “Die From a Broken Heart” took 54 weeks to reach the top.
“If even one person out there found healing from this song, THAT is success to us,” the duo said in a statement. They co-wrote the ballad with Jonathan Singleton and Derric Ruttan.
Following “Girl in a Country Song” and three follow-up singles, Maddie & Tae moved from Dot Records to Mercury Nashville. That label has released two EPs and a full-length 2019 album, The Way It Feels. Leading up to their second chart-topping moment, the duo celebrated a platinum certification for “Die From a Broken Heart.”
On social media, they posted, “This is a story we will tell for the rest of our careers. Thank you God for this wonderful journey to #1 and all the trials that came with it. CHEERS! 🥂 OMG WE HAVE OUR SECOND #1 AND PLATINUM SONG BABY!!”
In April, the duo told CMT.com, “There’s this whole stigma that ballads don’t do well, and that’s totally been proven wrong for us. Being realistic really wins at the end of the day. That’s what people want to hear. As music lovers ourselves, that’s the music that we gravitate towards. It’s really special when you tell your story, and then even more special when you’re getting to speak for so many different people with the same story. Our fans have made it a gold record, and it’s trying to get to the top 20 on radio, so we call it our little song that could.”
Carrie Underwood, who invited Maddie & Tae to open her Cry Pretty 360 Tour in 2019, tweeted her congratulations, too.
A HUGE congratulations, sweet sisters!!! You deserve this and more! I couldn’t be happier for or more proud of you! Love you!!! https://t.co/9ZAyTga3Rb
— Carrie Underwood (@carrieunderwood) August 17, 2020