Carly Pearce ‘In Complete Shock’ Over Initial ‘Next Girl’ Radio Success

Carly Pearce’s fierce new single, “Next Girl” officially went for adds at country radio on Monday (Sept. 28) and it’s…


Lauren Jo Black

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September 29, 2020

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Carly Pearce; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Carly Pearce’s fierce new single, “Next Girl” officially went for adds at country radio on Monday (Sept. 28) and it’s already off to an incredible run.

The ’90s-inspired jam was the most-added song at country radio this week, raking in an impressive 57 first-week adds.

The news had Pearce “freaking out” as she took to Instagram to share her excitement.

“Well, I’m in complete shock. #1 MOST ADDED WITH 57 FIRST WEEK STATIONS?! This song is more than a song to me. It’s a new beginning for me in every way, so this hits my heart extra today,” she wrote. “Country radio, thank you for believing in who I am as an artist & allowing me to continue to speak my truth. If you only knew what this means to me….”

She later shared a quick acoustic clip of the song to mark the occasion, admitting she was “still buzzin’” from the good news.

According to a press release, “Next Girl” has already been streamed over 4.5 million times.

The song is the follow-up to Pearce’s chart-topping single, “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” which was a duet with Lee Brice. “Next Girl” is the first taste of what’s to come on Pearce’s third studio album.

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Lauren Jo Black, a University of Central Florida graduate, has immersed herself in the world of country music for over 15 years. In 2008, she co-founded CountryMusicIsLove, eventually selling it to a major record label in 2015. Following the rebranding of the website to Sounds Like Nashville, Black served as Editor-in-Chief for two and a half years. Currently, she assumes the role of Editor-in-Chief at Country Now and oversees Country Now’s content and digital footprint. Her extensive experience also encompasses her previous role as a Country Music Expert Writer for and her work being featured on She’s been spotlighted among Country Aircheck’s Women of Influence and received the 2012 Rising Star Award from the University of Central Florida. Black also spent time in front of the camera as host of Country Now Live, which brought live music directly to fans in 2021 when the majority of concerts were halted due to the pandemic. During this time, she hosted 24 weeks of live concerts via Country Now Live on Twitch with special guests such as Lady A, Dierks Bentley, Jordan Davis, Brett Young, and Jon Pardi. Over the course of her career, she has had the privilege of conducting interviews with some of the industry’s most prominent stars, including Reba McEntire, Blake Shelton, Luke Combs, Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Miranda Lambert, Lainey Wilson, and many others. Lauren Jo Black is a longtime member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.