On Sunday (Feb. 20), the country superstar and East Tennessee native took to his Instagram stories to thank his fans, country radio and everyone who has supported his latest single, “Sand In My Boots,” which recently went No. 1 on Mediabase.
In a clip, shared by Wallen, the father of one began by saying, “Sup y’all, ‘Sand In My Boots’ is No. 1 at Country music radio. So, I just wanted to say thanks, you know, you guys are the best. I’ve said it before, I’ve said it a lot actually that y’all are the best fans in the world and I don’t just say that to say it. I really mean it.”
Wallen continued to thank his fans, who he said “have been really, really important” to him over “the last little bit.”
“You have always been but I feel like I’ve really started to value you guys more, each and every day. So, thank you for really latching on to my music, to my craft, to my art… it means a lot,” Wallen added.
He went on to thank Country radio for adding the tune into rotation and for allowing his music to reach new fans.
“I also want to say thank you to Country radio for jumping aboard with this song and for making it possible for a lot of people to hear a song, some who wouldn’t of heard it otherwise,” Wallen shared. ”You know, it’s always really exciting to have a No. 1, it’s a cool experience. I just wanted to say thank you guys, it means a lot to me.”
Wallen concluded the clip by telling fans, “‘Sand In My Boots’ was a special record to me from day one. So it’s cool to see that you guys feel the same. Thanks, we’ll see y’all out on the road, y’all be good.”
The song marks Wallen’s first chart-topping hit since November of 2020 when his single “More Than My Hometown” sat atop the charts.
The country superstar and East Tennessee native’s tune rose one spot to No. 1 as the track sat in the No. 2 position last week.
In addition to rising one spot with the most chart points, “Sand In My Boots” also “ranked as Mediabase country panel’s most played and heard song for the February 13-19 tracking period. It received ~8,530 (+819) spins and ~39.65 million audience impressions,” according to Headline Planet.
Kelsea Ballerini’s “Half Of My Hometown” (featuring Kenny Chesney) follows “Sand In My Boots” in the second spot, while Kane Brown’s “One Mississippi” rises to No. 3, Parker McCollum’s “To Be Loved By You” moves to the No. 4 position, and Jordan Davis’ “Buy Dirt” (featuring Luke Bryan) bookends the chart at No. 5.
Co-written by Michael HARDY, Ashley Gorley and Josh Osborne, “Sands In My Boots” joins Wallen’s other chart-topping hits, which include “More Than My Hometown,” “Chasin’ You,” “Up Down” and his first-ever No. 1 single, “Whiskey Glasses.”
Headline Planet also reported that Wallen’s single “7 Summers” was on track to be a chart-topping hit, but many country radio stations across the globe removed the country hitmaker’s music in early 2021 after a video surfaced of Wallen using the n-word.
Wallen returned onto Country radio with “Sand In My Boots” on August 23, 2021, the single marked Wallen’s first official single to hit radio since his music was temporarily removed from Country radio, following the racial slur controversy.
Wallen recently scored 4 nods at the 2022 ACM Awards, including for Male Artist Of The Year, Album Of The Year (Dangerous: The Double Album), as well as Song Of The Year for “7 Summers” as the artist and songwriter.
The “Dangerous” singer recently kicked off his nearly sold-out Dangerous Tour with special guests HARDY and Larry Fleet.