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KELSEA BALLERINI TOPS THE COUNTRY RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS

KELSEA BALLERINI TOPS THE COUNTRY RADIO AIRPLAY CHARTS FOR THE FIRST TIME WITH DEBUT SMASH “LOVE ME LIKE YOU MEAN IT”

Emerging
Artist-Songwriter Joins Elite List Of Only 10 Solo Female Artists To Go
#1 On The Billboard Country Airplay Chart With Their Debut Single


Photo Credit: Jeremy Ryan


Photo Credit: Jeremy Ryan
NASHVILLE, TN (June 22, 2015) – Black River Entertainment recording artist Kelsea Ballerini’s smash
debut single “Love Me Like You Mean It” tops both the Mediabase and
Billboard Country Airplay Charts for the first time this week. The
proven hit co-written by Ballerini earns her a spot alongside only 10 of
country music’s leading women including Faith Hill, Trisha Yearwood and
Carrie Underwood who have achieved a #1 with their debut country
single.

Additionally,
Ballerini’s #1 marks the first time a solo female has landed at #1 on
the Billboard Country Airplay chart in nearly three years since Carrie
Underwood’s “Blown Away” on Nov. 3, 2012.

“It’s
a very exciting time for all of us at Black River,” said Vice President
of Promotion Mike Wilson. “It’s an honor to lead this promotion team in
taking Kelsea to country radio. Her music is great and radio has really
embraced her. I’m so proud of our team and all of their efforts. This
is a huge accomplishment!” 

“Going
into this, my goal with this first single was to introduce myself,”
said Ballerini. “I believed in this song from the minute we wrote it and
I always thought it would be the right first single and a great
introduction of me. But there’s a fear that comes with that, because
it’s the first impression with radio, with fans and with media. It’s so
cool to know that the peace that I had when I wrote this song and picked
it as the single has led me all the way to it being a #1. To be in a
group with artists like Carrie Underwood, Faith Hill and Deana Carter
that have had debut #1s and then had brilliant careers after that, makes
me so excited for what’s to come. Today, I just want to celebrate with
my team because it’s a big victory for all of us, we’ve all worked
really hard. Thank you Country Radio for making this HUGE milestone
happen and making one of my biggest dreams come true.”

Written
by Ballerini, Forest Glen Whitehead, Josh Kerr and Lance Carpenter,
“Love Me Like You Mean It” is featured on Ballerini’s debut album THE FIRST TIME, produced by Forest Glen Whitehead and Jason Massey. Praised by ROLLING STONE
as one of the “10 Artists You Need To Know” from all genres, the
breakout album debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Country Albums Chart.

Crowned
one of CMT’s Next Women of Country, Ballerini has been on the rise with
shout-outs from superstars Taylor Swift, Little Big Town, Kristian Bush
and TODAY’s Hoda Kotb and landing on several 2015 “Ones to Watch”
lists, including Billboard, Country Weekly, Rolling Stone Country, The Huffington Post, Radio.com, and Spotify
  
Ballerini
will be hitting the road this summer playing shows nationwide including
major festivals, select stops on Lady Antebellum’s WHEELS UP Tour and
headline club dates with her first New York City show at The Gramercy
Theatre announced today (6/22).

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