Florida Georgia Line continue their record-breaking ways, achieving their 13th week at #1 on Hot Country Songs with ‘Cruise’ (featuring Nelly). The hit track is also #1 on Country Digital Songs, while the duo’s second single ‘Get Your Shine On’ drops to #5 on Country Airplay. However, their 2012 album ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ moves up two places to #5. Darius Rucker has held onto his #1 spot on Country Airplay for another week with ‘Wagon Wheel’, moving up to #2 on Hot Country Songs and sticking to #3 on Country Digital Songs. What’s more, his brand new album ‘True Believers’ comes into Top Country Albums at a shiny #1, making this a very good week for the Grand Ole Opry member.
Also doing well is Blake Shelton with ‘Boys Round Here’ (featuring Pistol Annies and others), reaching #3 on Country Airplay and #2 on Country Digital Songs, despite being knocked down to #3 on Hot Country Songs. Released last March, ‘Based On A True Story…’ remains strong at #4 on Top Country Albums. Tim McGraw’s ‘Highway Don’t Care’ (featuring Taylor Swift and Keith Urban) continues the collaborative theme, with positionings at #4 (Hot Country Songs), #2 (Country Airplay), #4 (Country Digital Songs) and #9 (Top Country Albums with ‘Two Lanes of Freedom’). Elsewhere Luke Bryan is making waves with ‘Crash My Party’, at #9 on Country Airplay, #5 on Country Digital Songs and #6 on Hot Country Songs, one of the few artists to be constantly rising up every chart week after week, proving his commercial viability as ACM Entertainer of the Year.
Also popular is Hunter Hayes and his soon-to-be summer hit ‘I Want Crazy’, hot on Luke’s heels and now at #7 on Hot Country Songs, #6 on Country Digital Songs, and #13 on Country Airplay. But that’s not to ignore the strong progress of Jake Owen, whose ‘Anywhere With You’ is at #10 on Hot Country Songs, an impressive #4 on Country Airplay and #15 on Country Digital Songs, while The Band Perry’s ‘DONE’ reaches #9 on Hot Country Songs, #8 on Country Airplay and #12 on Country Digital Songs. Their recent album ‘Pioneer’ sits at #8. Then there’s Miranda Lambert, still holding out in the top 10 with ‘Mama’s Broken Heart’, #9 on Country Digital Songs and #8 on Hot Country Songs, and last week’s Top Country Albums #1, George Strait’s ‘Love Is Everything’ falls to #2.
New releases include Danielle Bradbery’s ‘Heads Carolina, Tails California’, coming in at #8 on Country Digital Songs and #23 on Hot Country Songs, while Chris Young’s ‘Aw Naw’ debuts at #19 on the former. Holly Tucker’s ‘How Great Thou Art’ is at #22 on Country Digital Songs.
Honorable mentions go to Lady Antebellum, Randy Houser, Kenny Chesney, Kip Moore, Brad Paisley, Eric Church and Carrie Underwood.
Check back next Thursday for next week’s Billboard chart roundup!