Gabby Barret is Billboards Top New Country Artist of 2020

Closing out “one of the biggest breakout years of any artist in country music” (Billboard), Warner Music Nashville’s Gabby Barrett is making a statement across 10 of Billboard’s year-end Country charts — landing at #1 on the elite Top New Country Artist chart.

Her 3X PLATINUM debut and Hot 100 Top 3 hit “I Hope” claimed honors as the #1 year-end single on the Hot Country Songs, Country Digital Song Sales, and Country Streaming Songs charts, adding merit to Forbes’ claim that it’s “one of the most successful debut songs by a woman in country history.” 

In addition, Barrett ranks high as the top charting female on four more Billboard charts including Hot Country Songs Artists, Country Digital Songs Sales Artists, Country Streaming Songs Artists, and Google’s Top Hummed Songs. She’s also spotlighted as #2 among Top Country Artists – Female and #7 among Top Country Artists Overall. 

Building on a record year and staking her claim in 2020’s class of elite rising talent, the CMA and ACM-nominated singer-songwriter made waves across genres with her Charlie Puth remix of “I Hope,” just named one of Rolling Stone’10 Best Country Collaborations of 2020. The 20-year-old powerhouse was included in Variety’s 2020 Power of Young Hollywood List,  Billboard’s 21 Under 21, and is one of Forbes’ newly minted 30 Under 30 in Music, proving herself as “country music’s rising star” (E!). 

After releasing her record-breaking debut album GOLDMINE in June – which claimed the most first-week debut album streams for any Country act in history – Barrett continued to break glass ceilings with “the album that introduces a captivating country star” (Billboard). Now nearing GOLD certification, GOLDMINE is the best consuming debut album for a Country artist released this year. She broke records by becoming the first woman to claim both the #1 spot on the Hot Country Songs Chart – a chart she has reigned over for 18 weeks-and-counting – and a Hot 100 Top 10 with a debut solo single in 45 years. At multiple points in 2020, “I Hope” was “the most-heard song on U.S. radio” (Billboard).

Giving praise for her breakout year, American Songwriter hails that “Barrett has made all the right moves and the results have been aces. She’s beaten the odds time and again,” where WWDremembers the “eclectic influences that have helped attract fans to her music, even in an era when female artists have had a hard time gaining recognition.” TIME raves, “it’s not all too surprising that Barrett has jumped to another level of stardom.” 

Ringing in the holiday season, Barrett wrapped her year of new music releases with “an especially powerful musical message for the rising star” (ABC News Radio), putting her own spin on the classic Christmas carol, “The First Noel.” Stream it here

Closing out the year, Barrett performed her Top 25 and rising single, “The Good Ones,” on The Bobby Bones Show yesterday (12/3) as part of iHeartRadio’s 2020 St. Jude Radiothon. 

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