Billboard — On Billboard’s airplay/sales/streaming-based Hot Country Songs chart, which Luke Bryan’s “Play It Again” leads for a seventh week, Miranda Lambert and Carrie Underwood notch the highest debut in nearly a year-and-a-half, as “Somethin’ Bad” begins at No. 5. It enters Country Digital Songs at No. 1 – becoming Lambert’s first leader on the list (and Underwood’s third) – with 107,000 downloads sold following the pair’s performance of it on the Billboard Music Awards (May 18).
“Bad” makes the best start on Hot Country Songs since Cassadee Pope, the third-season winner of NBC’s “The Voice,” soared in at No. 3 with her cover of Keith Urban’s “Stupid Boy” on the Dec. 29, 2012, chart.
The song previews Lambert’s fifth album, “Platinum,” due June 3; first single “Automatic” continues its rise, returning to its Hot Country Songs peak (7-6). When “Automatic” reached the top 10 on the April 19 Country Airplay chart (where this week it lifts 6-4), it marked the first top 10 by a solo female in two months. “I’m damn glad to have my spot here,” Lambert says. “I’m happy as a little lark. I’ve worked hard to make relationships with radio and my fans. It took a long time to get where I am and I’m thankful that people are responding.”