Kelsea Ballerini’s ‘Love Me Like You Mean It’ Hits No. 1
We at PopCrush have something in common with Taylor Swift: We were both early supporters of country-pop singer Kelsea Ballerini. And clearly we have impeccable taste, because Kelsea's debut single has officially made music history.
Kelsea's "Love Me Like You Mean It" hit No. 1 on both the Billboard Country Airplay and the Mediabase country charts this past weekend. And while this may not seem like a big deal (what's in a chart position, anyway?), it's important to note that the last time a solo female country artist had such a strong debut was in 2006, with powerhouse Carrie Underwood.
According to Rolling Stone, Kelsea is only the eleventh female country artist to have a debut single reach No. 1. News of the song's chart position couldn't come at a more integral time in country music -- radio consultant Keith Hill recently came under fire for recent comments he made when he recommended radio "take females out," because women, country radio's biggest listening demographic, "like male artists." While this suggestion is absurd, it has, at the very least, brought about a much-needed conversation regarding the visibility of female artists in a genre largely dominated by men.
Drama aside, Kelsea is, understandably, thrilled about the reaction to "Love Me Like You Mean It." She said, of the song's success (quote via Rolling Stone), "...to see it actually being embraced has been so incredible, especially as a new female artist. It makes me excited, and really proud."
Way to make us look good, Kelsea.