Gabby Barrett’s ‘I Hope’ Makes Billboard Chart History

Gabby Barrett is capping off 2020 with an impressive career milestone. The American Idol alum’s 3X PLATINUM debut single, “I…


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December 16, 2020


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Gabby Barrett is capping off 2020 with an impressive career milestone.

The American Idol alum’s 3X PLATINUM debut single, “I Hope,” is now the longest-leading No.1 by an unaccompanied female artist in the history of Billboard’s Hot Country Songs chart with 20 weeks at the top of the chart.

“Wow, I’m blown away,” shares Barrett. “This year has been absolutely crazy for all of us, so to have this kind of year career-wise feels surreal. I’m so grateful for every step that my team, my fans and most importantly my family have taken to bring us here. Thank you to all of you, and to country radio, for making this possible!”

The news comes after “I Hope” was certified as the most-streamed country song of the year.

Barrett’s new single, “The Good Ones,” recently broke into the Top 25 at country radio and shows no signs of slowing down as it just surpassed 100 MILLION on-demand streams and was certified GOLD by the RIAA.

Both tracks are included on Barrett’s debut album, Goldmine, which was released earlier this year.

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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.