Billboard Hot 100: Country stars Maren Morris and Florida Georgia Line get a big boost with pop collaborations

There was a big shakeup on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart last week when Post Malone and Ty Dolla $ign debuted at number-two with “Psycho,” but this week the top of the chart is back to its former equilibrium: Drake (“God’s Plan”) is number-one for the seventh week. Former chart-topper Ed Sheeran (“Perfect“) is back in the number-two position, and Bruno Mars and Cardi B return to number-three, pushing “Psycho” down two spots to fourth place. But there were also big gains made this week by country artists with crossover collaborations: Florida Georgia Line and Maren Morris.

Florida Georgia Line have been in the top-10 for a few weeks now with “Meant to Be,” their duet with Bebe Rexha, but this week they jump two spots to number-five. That’s a new high for the song, a new all-time high for Rexha, and within striking distance of Florida Georgia Line’s all-time best: they previously peaked at number-four with their breakthrough 2012 hit “Cruise.” “Meant to Be” has also been on top of the Hot Country Songs chart for 15 weeks, longer than any other song with a lead female vocalist.

Meanwhile, Morris moves into the top-10 for the first time in her career with “The Middle,” her collaboration with electronic dance music artists Zedd and Grey. Her previous peak was number-39 as a featured artist on Thomas Rhett‘s “Craving You.” “The Middle” is purely a pop song, but Morris’s entry into the top-10 along with Florida Georgia Line makes this the first time in 18 years that two different songs by primarily country artists made the top-10 at the same time. The last instance was in May 2000 with Faith Hill‘s “Breathe” at number-3 and Lonestar‘s “Amazed” at number-10.

Find out who else made the top-10 on this week’s chart in the video above.

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