Blake Shelton keeps piling up the Billboard bragging rights. The Voice coach hasn’t released a song in more than five years that has not topped the magazine’s Country Airplay chart. As of this week, his Number One streak is at 14 songs in a row, as his “Lonely Tonight’ duet with Ashley Monroe hits the top — breaking his own record for consecutive trips to the radio-based chart’s pinnacle.
The sultry single is the Oklahoma native’s 19th career Number One. His first was 2001’s “Austin,” and the first to start his chart-topping roll was 2009’s raucous, ACM award-winning “Hillbilly Bone” duet with Trace Adkins. Gwen Sebastian has also accompanied the hitmaker to the top with their swooning ballad, “My Eyes.” And Shelton’s wife, Miranda Lambert stakes a bit of claim to two of those 19 hits, as she lends her vocals to Shelton’s fourth Number One, “Home,” and 14th, “Boys Round Here.”
Expect the country superstar to stay seated comfortably in that Billboard throne for a while. He’s followed by Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan for the most consecutive Country Airplay Number Ones, but those Georgia boys only have three in a row. Back in October, Shelton made Billboard history again, becoming the first country artist to top its Artist 100 chart, which is based on a combination of sales, radio airplay and social media following.
“Lonely Tonight” marks Monroe’s second Number One — with her first also being with Shelton, as she joined Lambert and fellow Pistol Annie Angaleena Presley on “Boys ‘Round Here” backup vocals. The singer-songwriter makes her solo comeback with the recent release of “On to Something Good,” the upbeat first single from her next album, due later this year.