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Taylor Swift Is Back in the Hot Country Songs Top 10 With This ‘Folklore’ Track

Taylor Swift’s “Betty” debuts at No. 6 on Billboard’s Aug. 8-dated Hot Country Songs chart, which blends airplay, streaming and sales data.

The track is from her new album Folklore, which launches at No. 1 on the all-genre Billboard 200 with 846,000 equivalent album units, according to Nielsen Music/MRC Data, marking Swift’s seventh leader.

“Betty” arrives atop Country Streaming Songs with 14.5 million streams in the week ending July 30. It sold 3,000 downloads and opens at No. 15 on Country Digital Song Sales. The song, which is going for adds at country radio as of Aug. 17, bows at No. 59 on Country Airplay with 516,000 in airplay audience.

“Betty” is Swift’s 22nd Hot Country Songs top 10, a sum that includes seven No. 1s. It’s her first top 10 since “Soon You’ll Get Better” (featuring The Chicks) started and peaked at No. 10 last September. She earns her highest rank on the chart in over seven years, since Tim McGraw’s “Highway Don’t Care,” with Swift, reached No. 4 in May 2013.

“Betty” marks the highest Hot Country Songs debut since Luke Combs’ “Beautiful Crazy” began at No. 6 in May 2018, before reigning for 11 weeks starting in March 2019. It marks the highest entry for a woman since Bebe Rexha and Florida Georgia Line’s “Meant to Be” soared in at No. 1 in December 2017 for its first of its record 50 weeks at the summit.

The new track marks Swift’s 36th Country Airplay entry, a total that includes seven No. 1s among 18 top 10s. She makes her first appearance since her featured turn on Sugarland’s “Babe,” which reached No. 17 in September 2018. Swift last appeared in the top 10 with “Red,” which hit No. 7 in December 2013.

In 2014, Swift declared her segue to pop with the release of her album 1989.

Will country programmers welcome her back to the fold? “Taylor is the biggest star in music and transcends formats,” KKBQ Houston program director Johnny Chiang tells Billboard. “We in country are lucky because at Taylor’s core, she’s a singer-songwriter and her music has meaning. Isn’t that what country is all about? ‘Betty’ fits perfectly.”

‘HAPPY’ TOGETHER Blake Shelton and Gwen Stefani’s “Happy Anywhere” also bows in the Hot Country Songs top 10, at No. 10. Shelton scores his 33rd top 10 and Stefani adds her second; the pair’s “Nobody but You” started at No. 9 last December before peaking at No. 2 this May.

“Happy” sold 27,000 downloads and enters Country Digital Song Sales at No. 1, marking Shelton’s seventh leader and Stefani’s second, after “Nobody.” The new release ranks at No. 25 on Country Airplay with 7.4 million in audience and drew 4.9 million U.S. streams in its first full week.

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