FIRST FEMALE ARTIST IN COUNTRY MUSIC TO HAVE A CHART-TOPPING SINGLE IN 15 MONTHS
HOST OF ABC’s CMA FEST FOR THE THIRD CONSECUTIVE YEAR WITH THOMAS RHETT
NASHVILLE, TENN. (June 10, 2019) — Black River Entertainment recording artist KELSEA BALLERINI rules the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart this week with her fifth career No. 1, “Miss Me More.” Notching the first chart-topping single for a female artist in Country music in 15 months, Ballerini was also the last woman in the genre to hit #1 with “Legends” in February 2018.
“Whether it’s a partner, friend, colleague, situation, or chapter of life, sometimes we lose a piece of ourselves to someone,” shares Ballerini. This song is all about choosing to spend our energy in a way that lets us be the best version of ourselves for the right people – when they come along. I’m so proud that this song and message got the megaphone of Country radio. Thank you so much for this No. 1!”
Additionally, Ballerini is the only female artist in Country music, including female duos and groups, to achieve No. 1 with her first three consecutive singles – PLATINUM-certified “Love Me Like You Mean It,” “Dibs,” “Peter Pan” – from a debut album [GOLD-certified THE FIRST TIME].
Black River’s SVP of Radio Promotion Mike Wilson finds this No. 1 song especially sweet, “Special thanks to Country Radio for all of the support on Kelsea. You have been big supporters of this song since you first heard it, and now, this is the icing on the cake.”
As seen on Billboard’s This Week’s 5 Must-Hear Songs and with over 1 billion career global streams, “Miss Me More” is Ballerini’s eighth career GOLD-certified single. Penning the bold anthem with David Hodges and Brett McLaughlin, the smash hit recently inspired her widely-successful first headline arena tour – THE MISS ME MORE TOUR – with BRETT YOUNG (plus special guest BRANDON RATCLIFF).
Spotlighting her “powerful voice and magnetic energy” (Entertainment Tonight), her “bold and brazen performance” (Entertainment Tonight) of “Miss Me More” at the last week’s 2019 CMT Music Awards was listed among several “Best Performance” lists including The Washington Post and Redbook. Following the award show with a Thursday (6/7) slot during this year’s CMA Fest, “Kelsea Ballerini wows the crowd on day one,” hailed People, as she played a handful of hits including a surprise onstage collaboration of her “arena-ready anthem” (Billboard), “This Feeling,” with THE CHAINSMOKERS. Making Billboard’s “Best Collaborations” list, CMT also applauded Ballerini and her special guests when they “turned the stadium into a club.”
Fresh off hosting her third consecutive year of ABC’s CMA Fest with THOMAS RHETT, the three-hour primetime concert airs airs at 8/7c p.m. on August 4 from Nissan Stadium in Nashville, TN. Ballerini is next slated to appear as a celebrity guest artist in an upcoming episode of Songland, NBC’s brand-new songwriting competition, airing Tuesdays at 10/9c p.m.
For more information on upcoming festival dates, please visit KelseaBallerini.com and follow Kelsea on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook.
ABOUT KELSEA BALLERINI:
With over 1 billion global streams, two-time GRAMMY nominee Kelsea Ballerini’s sophomore album, UNAPOLOGETICALLY, features the #1 hits “Legends” and “Miss Me More,” as a part of the original 12-track compilation all written or co-written by the acclaimed singer-songwriter. UNAPOLOGETICALLY (Deluxe Edition) includes four additional tracks like her collaboration with The Chainsmokers, “This Feeling.” Since her 2015 breakout, the Black River Entertainment recording artist has been honored by ACM, Billboard, and CMT, among several others, and was inducted into the Grand Ole Opry this year as the newest and youngest current member.