Gabby Barrett Achieves Chart Milestone Previously Set By Carrie Underwood

After 64 weeks, Gabby Barrett’s smash hit “I Hope” officially reached the No.1 spot on Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart,…


Lauren Jo Black

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July 21, 2020


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After 64 weeks, Gabby Barrett’s smash hit “I Hope” officially reached the No.1 spot on Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart, dethroning Maren Morris’ “The Bones,” which enjoyed a 19-week run atop the chart.

With this achievement, Barrett has become the first female to top the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart with a debut solo single since 2006 when Carrie Underwood’s “Jesus, Take the Wheel” reached No.1.

“I Hope” previously reached No.1 on both the Billboard and Country Aircheck/Mediabase Country radio airplay charts, however, the Billboard Hot Country Songs Chart combines streaming, sales and airplay.

“What an amazing journey this song has taken me on,” Barrett tells Billboard. “I feel so blessed and excited that fans are still loving and listening to it. I am so grateful.”

Barrett co-wrote “I Hope” with Zachary Kale and Jon Nite and recently released a remix of the song with Charlie Puth.

As “I Hope” continues to make history, Barrett is back at country radio with her new single, “The Good Ones.” Both tracks are included on the rising star’s debut album, Goldmine.

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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.