Carly Pearce & Ashley McBryde’s ‘Never Wanted To Be That Girl’ Hits No. 1 On Country Airplay Chart

Carly Pearce and Ashley McBryde‘s “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” surged to No.1 on Billboard‘s Country Airplay chart dated May 14.

According to Luminate, the song logged 23.4 million audio impressions in the tracking week ended May 8, recording a 15 percent jump over the previous week.

Pearce and McBryde co-wrote “Never Wanted to Be That Girl” with Shane McAnally. The song is just the third duet between two solo women to hit the top of the Country Airplay chart.

Elle King and Miranda Lambert‘s “Drunk (And I Don’t Wanna Go Home)” topped the chart dated April 16. Earlier, way back in November 1993, Reba McEntire‘s collab with Linda Davis, “Does He Love You,” hit No. 1 on the list.

“Reba and Linda … Miranda and Elle … now Ashley and me,” Pearce told Billboard. “There’s something about two girls talking – or singing— that just hits home. And the fact that we’re not just singing it, but also that we wrote it … that’s the icing on the cake. The only thing that makes this better is seeing my friend Ashley getting her first No. 1. Now that is something to celebrate.”

McBryde added, “Carly, Shane and I were focused on writing a song we loved that day. We were three individuals unafraid of being honest. That was our compass. Now here we are with a No. 1 song at country radio to remind us of how rewarding honesty can be.”

The song’s climb to the top has earned Pearce her third No. 1 on the list, following “Every Little Thing” (one week, November 2017) and “I Hope You’re Happy Now,” with Lee Brice (one week, June 2020).

(Photo: Big Machine Records)

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