Kelsea Ballerini carries the banner for the women of country, taking “Miss Me More” to #1

Black River Entertainment It's been more than fifteen months since a female solo artist topped the country chart, but all that changes this week, with Kelsea Ballerini taking "Miss Me More" to number one.

"To be a female on country radio right now means a lot to me," she told reporters backstage at CMA Fest. "There are two females in the top ten, which is great."

"Tenille Townes and Carly Pearce and Runaway June are on the chart, and they're all incredible. And I'm really excited that females are getting that spotlight right now. And number ones are cool," she added with a smile.

Next up for Kelsea is the first taste of her follow-up to Unapologetically: the lead single from her forthcoming third album.

"It's in mixing right now, and I'm really excited about it. So that'll be a few months from now down the road," she explains. "I'm taking a beat to kind of make sure that I have the rest of the music ready, but that's coming down the road."

As previously reported, Kelsea herself was the last solo female artist to top the chart, when "Legends" hit #1 in February of 2018.

The Knoxville native just finished hosting ABC's annual CMA Fest special for the third time with Thomas Rhett. You'll be able to see it on Sunday, August 4 at 8 p.m. ET on ABC. 

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