Lainey Wilson Becomes First Female To Have The Most No. 1 Hits On Billboard’s Country Airplay Chart This Decade

The achievement comes after Wilson earned her fifth consecutive No. 1 at Country radio with “Watermelon Moonshine.”

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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Posted on October 9, 2023

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Lainey Wilson scored her fifth consecutive No. 1 hit at Country radio with “Watermelon Moonshine,” marking the second chart-topping hit from her award-winning album, Bell Bottom Country, following “Heart Like A Truck.”

The country superstar made history with this achievement. Not only did she become the first female artist since 2016 to earn multiple No. 1s in a single calendar year, but she also is the first female to have the most No. 1 hits on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart this decade.

She is also the first solo female artist in two years to have a song reach No. 1 on the Billboard Country Airplay chart, following her song “Things A Man Oughta Know,” which topped the chart in September of 2021.

“I’m so honored that ‘Watermelon Moonshine’ hit #1 on Country Radio this week! This song was co-written with two incredible songwriters, Josh Kear and Jordan Schmidt, and I couldn’t be more proud listening to folks sing it back at shows,” said Wilson. “This track represents the storytelling I grew up with and reflects on that young love we all like to reminisce on.”

Lainey Wilson "Watermelon Moonshine" Single Art
Lainey Wilson “Watermelon Moonshine” Single Art

“Watermelon Moonshine”

Co-written by Wilson alongside Jordan Schmidt and Josh Kear, “Watermelon Moonshine” is a nostalgic ballad that finds the reigning ACM Female Artist Of The Year reflecting on young love.

“Drinkin’ watermelon moonshine / Cut the burn with a little lime / Parkin’ back in them kudzu vines / I was his and every bit of that boy was mine / Too young to know what love was / But we werе learnin’ on a sweet buzz / There’s never nothin’ like the first time / And mine’s always gonna taste like / Watermelon moonshine,” Wilson sings on the track’s chorus.

Lainey Wilson’s “Watermelon Moonshine” Music Video

Wilson recently brought “Watermelon Moonshine” to life with a cinematic music video that takes viewers on a nostalgic journey back to the bittersweet memories of adolescence and a first love.

Directed by Stephen and Alexa Kinigopoulos, the video flawlessly captures the essence of young love and beautifully portrays the raw emotions and innocent vulnerability that come with it.

The clip follows Rachel Lynn Matthews as she reminisces about her past and the boy who stole her heart, played by Sam Sherrod. Throughout the video, Lainey Wilson’s soulful voice narrates the story, her lyrics echoing the emotions felt by the characters on screen.

New Album, Bell Bottom Country

“Watermelon Moonshine” appears on Wilson’s latest album, Bell Bottom Country, which arrived on October 28, 2022.

Bell Bottom Country features 16 tracks, including the chart-topping “Heart Like A Truck,” “Atta Girl,” “Smells Like Smoke,” “Hillbilly Hippie,” “Grease” and the heartfelt “Those Boots (Deddy’s Song),” which pays tribute to her father, Brian Wilson.

“I’ve lived quite a bit of life the past few years, and I have a lot more to say,” Wilson shared of the new album. “Sure, I love a good pair of bell bottoms, but Bell Bottom Country to me has always been about the flare and what makes someone unique — I have really embraced mine, and I hope y’all can hear that across this project.”

Lainey Wilson 'Bell Bottom Country'; Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Gafkjen
Lainey Wilson ‘Bell Bottom Country’; Photo Courtesy of Alyssa Gafkjen

Lainey Wilson is currently serving as direct support on HARDY’s the mockingbird & THE CROW Fall Tour, presented by Ebay Motors, which kicked off on August 31 in Knoxville, in addition to headlining select dates.

Dominates 2023 CMA Awards Nominations

Wilson dominated the nominations for the 57th Annual CMA Awards and made history along the way. The reigning CMA Female Vocalist and New Artist Of The Year made CMA Awards history again this year as the only artist to top the nominations list in her first two appearances on the Final Ballot.

Last year, the “Heart Like A Truck” singer topped the list of nominees with six nominations as a first-time nominee.

This year, Wilson earned a whopping nine nominations, including the coveted Entertainer Of The Year, Single Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY & “Heart Like A Truck”), Album Of The Year (‘Bell Bottom Country’), Song Of The Year (“Heart Like A Truck”), Female Vocalist Of The Year, Musical Event Of The Year (“Save Me” with Jelly Roll and “Wait In The Truck” with HARDY) and Music Video Of The Year (“Wait In The Truck” with HARDY).

Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Instagram
Lainey Wilson; Photo Courtesy of Instagram

Wilson is the fourth artist in CMA Awards history to receive nine or more nominations in a single year, following Merle Haggard and Miranda Lambert as well as Alan Jackson, who holds the record with 10 nominations in 2002.

She is also the first artist in 14 years to secure double nominations for Single Of The Year in the same year with “Heart Like a Truck” and her collaboration with HARDY on “Wait in the Truck.” Miranda Lambert was the last artist to achieve such recognition in the category in 2010, when she was nominated for “The House That Built Me” and “White Liar.”

For more information on Lainey Wilson’s music and upcoming tour dates, visit her official website HERE.

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Andrew Wendowski is the Founder and CEO of Music Mayhem. As a 29-year-old entrepreneur, he oversees content as the Editor-In-Chief for the independent brand. Wendowski, who splits time between Philadelphia, Penn., and Nashville, Tenn., has an extensive background in multimedia. Before launching Music Mayhem in 2014, he worked as a highly sought-after photojournalist and tour photographer, collaborating with such labels as Interscope Records and Republic Records. He has captured photos of some of the biggest names, including Taylor Swift, Metallica, Harry Styles, P!NK, Morgan Wallen, Carrie Underwood, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Shania Twain, and hundreds more. Wendowski’s photos and freelance work have appeared nationwide and can be seen everywhere from ad campaigns to various publications, including Billboard and Rolling Stone. When Wendowski isn’t running Music Mayhem, he enjoys spending time at concerts, traveling, and capturing photos.

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