Jelly Roll scores his second consecutive and total No. 1 on Billboard’s Country Airplay chart with “Need a Favor.” The song ascends to the top of the ranking dated Aug. 12 with a 2% increase to 32.9 million audience impressions July 28-Aug. 3, according to Luminate.
The 38-year-old, who grew up (as Jason Bradley DeFord) in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, Tenn., co-penned “Need a Favor” with brothers Joe and Rob Ragosta and Austin Nivarel.
The song is the lead single from Jelly Roll’s LP Whitsitt Chapel, which arrived at its No. 2 best on Top Country Albums in June. It follows his first Country Airplay No. 1, “Son of a Sinner,” which led for a week in January.
“A second No. 1 at country radio is something I wouldn’t have even allowed myself to dream about,” Jelly Roll tells Billboard. “‘Need a Favor’ has absolutely changed my life. It’s been incredible to watch the fan reaction and see what’s happening out there on the road. Thank you to everyone who has continued to believe in this song, and to country radio for supporting therapeutic music. I’ve seen firsthand the impact the music continues to have with people across the country.”
“Need a Favor” is also crossing over, as it rises 26-22 on the Adult Pop Airplay chart.
On the most recently published streaming-, airplay- and sales-based Hot Country Songs chart (dated Aug. 5), “Need a Favor” held at its No. 4 high. It drew 11.3 million official U.S. streams and sold 6,000 downloads July 21-27.
Meanwhile, Jelly Roll ends a three-month lock on the top spot on Country Airplay by Luke Combs and Morgan Wallen. “Need a Favor” dethrones Combs’ cover of Tracy Chapman’s “Fast Car,” which dominated for five weeks starting July 8. Before that, Wallen’s “Last Night” reigned for eight frames beginning May 13.
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