Parker McCollum Sends "Pretty Heart" to No. 1

His debut single tops radio chart in 50th week

Parker McCollum is parked at No. 1 on this week's Billboard Country Airplay Chart with "Pretty Heart," his debut single. Written about the regrets that come after a breakup, the track leaps from No. 5 to No. 1 in its 50th week on the chart. McCollum, a Texas native who is also a CMT Listen Up artist, co-wrote the song with Randy Montana.

“To have this song really and truly succeed on big time radio is a dream come true,” McCollum said in a statement. “And for it to happen during such an insanely crazy year makes it just that much more special.”

On Twitter, McCollum was especially enthusiastic. He wrote, "We did it y’all! Just a kid from Conroe, TX who dreamed about playing country music now has the #1 song in the country this week! No beer songs or dirt roads or trucks or nothin. Just honest songwriting. We did it our way! Best fans in the world made it happen! THANK YOU!"

As "Pretty Heart" was arriving at country radio, McCollum invited CMT on his tour bus in early 2020 for the Night Out Nashville series. Then in August, he posted on social media that he was canceling his tour dates due to a Covid-19 diagnosis. However the single -- his first for MCA Nashville -- continued to gain momentum and reached gold status in October. It has averaged five million streams weekly.

"Pretty Heart" is included on McCollum's new EP Hollywood Gold, named for a horse his grandfather owned. “To say I’m excited for my fans to listen to this new project, Hollywood Gold, is an understatement,” McCollum said leading up to release. “I’m always striving to become a better songwriter and I feel like my songwriting on this EP is some of my best to date.”

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