Lainey Wilson Makes History As She Claims Multiple Spots In The Top 10 At Country Radio

Wilson is the first female country artist in over a decade to simultaneously have two songs in the Top 10.


Madeleine O’Connell

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January 30, 2023

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Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images For ACM

Lainey Wilson is taking over the charts! 

According to US Radio Updater, the country star is currently “the only artist with multiple songs charting in the Top 10 of US Country Radio (Mediabase) this week.”

“Heart Like A Truck,” Wilson’s lead single her latest album, Bell Bottom Country, is currently sitting at No. 9, while her powerful duet with HARDY, “Wait In The Truck,” is sitting at No. 7. 

In the announcement on social media, it was also revealed that the Louisiana native is “the first female artist in over a decade to achieve this feat.”

Co-written by Wilson, Trannie Anderson and Dallas Wilson, the mid-tempo tune of her fan-favorite single compares a heart to a truck while sharing the message that it’s okay to experience all the highs and lows of heartache. 

Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT
Lainey Wilson; Photo by Getty Images for CMT

This is a feeling that most people have unfortunately encountered, even the hit country star. In the emotional track, she also stresses the importance of learning how to keep going and stay motivated to find some light at the end of the tunnel, which can often seem never-ending. 

Wilson has gotten the chance to showcase this song on many different platforms from late-night TV to major award show stages, the Grand Ole Opry, and more. 

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Soon after releasing “Heart Like A Truck,” Wilson joined forces for yet another truck-themed track with fellow country star, HARDY. Debuting in August of last year, “Wait In The Truck,” became an instant hit among both audiences, as it was the most-added song at country radio with 57 first-week stations when it impacted airwaves on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Co-penned by HARDY with Hunter Phelps, Jordan Schmidt, and Renee Blair, this murder ballad also holds an abundance of power. It tells the story of a woman who has experienced ongoing domestic abuse but is ultimately saved by a stranger who takes matters into his own hands. While the woman gains a new level of freedom, she feels torn between her emotions of guilt and relief. 

Together, the artists created an accompanying music video that acts as a cinematic masterpiece. The Justin Clough-directed clip plays out like a movie and follows each line of the song perfectly, bringing the dark storyline to life.

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Wilson recently received even more recognition for the ongoing success of her innovative career when it was announced that she will be honored with the RULEBREAKER award during this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards.

She took to Twitter to share the news with a response that read, “Crazy…thank you  @billboard  🙏🏻🙏🏻🥹🤘🏻👊🏻”

The 2023 ceremony will be held at the YouTube Theater at Hollywood Park in Los Angeles, CA on March 1. Emmy-winning writer/actress Quinta Brunson will serve as this year’s host.

“We’re thrilled to recognize these groundbreaking artists across genres and generations who are defining today’s sound – and paving the way for tomorrow’s women in music,” said Billboard Editorial Director Hannah Karp. “With the inspiring Quinta Brunson as our host, this year’s Billboard Women in Music Awards is going to be an incredible night.”

Lainey Wilson is currently in the midst of her first-ever headlining trek, dubbed the Country With A Flare Tour in support of her latest project, Bell Bottom Country.

This completely sold-out stint of shows kicked off on January 4 in Spokane, WA and is set to run through March. 

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Madeleine O’Connell graduated from North Central College with a bachelors degree in Journalism and Broadcast Communications before deciding to pursue her studies further at DePaul University. There, she earned her masters degree in Digital Communication & Media Arts. O’Connell served as a freelance writer for over two years while also interning with the Academy of Country Music, SiriusXM and Circle Media and assisting with Amazon Music’s Country Heat Weekly podcast. In addition to Country Now, she has been published in American Songwriter, Music Mayhem, and Holler.Country. Madeleine O’Connell is a member of the Country Music Association and the Academy of Country Music.