Kelsea Ballerini Earns Fifth Country Radio Chart-Topper

Fresh off her fiery performance on last week’s CMT Music Awards, country queen Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating her fifth country…


Lauren Jo Black

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June 11, 2019


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Kelsea Ballerini; Photo by Andrew Wendowski

Fresh off her fiery performance on last week’s CMT Music Awards, country queen Kelsea Ballerini is celebrating her fifth country radio No.1 with “Miss Me More.” The song, co-written by Ballerini with David Hodges and Brett McLaughlin, sits atop the Country Aircheck/Mediabase chart this week.

“Miss Me More” is the first chart-topping single from a female artist in country music in 15 months. The last time a woman held the top spot was in February 2018 when Ballerini’s hit “Legends” reached No.1.

“Whether it’s a partner, friend, colleague, situation, or chapter of life, sometimes we lose a piece of ourselves to someone,” Ballerini shares. “This song is all about choosing to spend our energy in a way that lets us be the best version of ourselves for the right people – when they come along. I’m so proud that this song and message got the megaphone of Country radio. Thank you so much for this #1!”

To celebrate the achievement, Ballerini and several of her gal pals rented a pedal tavern and hit up downtown Nashville on Sunday. The Tennessee native documented the experience on her Instagram. Her husband, fellow country artist Morgan Evans, took a break from CMA Fest to join in on the fun.

Speaking of CMA Fest, Ballerini is set to co-host the upcoming three-hour CMA Fest television special alongside Thomas Rhett and Bobby Bones. The show will air Sunday, August 4 at 8/7c on ABC.

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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.