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05.31.2012
Big & Rich Make History With "That's Why I Pray"
Big & Rich post the highest debut by a duo in the Nielsen BDS era, as "That's Why I Pray" opens with the Hot Shot Debut, Most Increased Audience and Breaker triple crown on Country Songs.

In the 22-plus years since Billboard and Nielsen BDS pioneered technology-based radio charts, Big & Rich is only the third duo to open inside the top 30 -- Brooks & Dunn's "My Maria" arrived at No. 30 on the April 4, 1996 chart, and Sugarland debuted at No. 27 with "All I Want to Do" on the chart dated June 7, 2008. Brooks & Dunn's track eventually spent three weeks at the summit, and Sugarland's single led for one week.



Previously, Big & Rich's best start was a No. 41 debut five years ago with "Lost in This Moment," the duo's lone No. 1 on the audience chart -- it spent two weeks atop the chart in the summer of 2007. With spins at 83 of the 131 stations monitored for the chart, the duo's stellar debut with "Pray" is driven substantially by coordinated hourly play on May 22 at Clear Channel stations. With 8,000 downloads, the track bubbles just under the chart threshold on Country Digital Songs.

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