photo courtesy Carrie Srebro
"Am I the Only One," Dierks Bentley's first single from his upcoming new album, cracked the Top 20 this week on BOTH charts: up 4 spots to #18 on Billboard, and up to #19 on Mediabase. The song is only in its 7th week, so it's performing very well. To give some perspective, Sara Evans spent her 2nd week atop both charts this week, and "Little Bit Stronger" is in its 34th week on the charts! Miranda Lambert's "Heart Like Mine" is poised to be #1 this week, and that song has been on the charts for 20 weeks. So, Top 20 after just 7 weeks?! I'll take it! (And I'm sure many more artists would, too!)
Looking at the charts, there aren't a lot of songs that look to go recurrent this week, so I think it's likely to only pick up a spot or two on both charts, despite healthy gains in both spins and a very nice spike in audience. (Since its debut, the song has picked up roughly 400 new spins each week -- it's never dropped below 350 in each of its 7 weeks on the chart!) However, now that it is in the Top 20, it should start generating more airplay, and the last few stations that haven't been playing it should add it in the next few weeks.
Now that it is firmly in the Top 20, it will be on ALL Rate the Music surveys going forward, and should also be on ALL of the Country Chart surveys at Nashville Country Club. Voting on the surveys is one of the easiest ways to let your voice be heard, so make sure you're continually letting them know you want to get your good time on! And, as always, call, tweet, text, and email your DJs and let them know you're not the only one who wants to hear the song! And don't forget to vote at CMT.com, too! Steve in a bathtub - who doesn't want to see that?!
~ Carrie S. (DBC Rep/Chart Reporter ~ NC)