I think most country fans are looking for the charts to get
more interesting now as most of them have come to a standstill this week.
Florida Georgia Line are still at #1 (does it even need to be said?) with their
‘Cruise’ remix on Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs, and ‘Here’s To
The Good Times’ remains at #1 on Top Country Albums. Meanwhile, their new
single ‘Round Here’ is climbing up in the wake of its predecessor’s success, at
#7 on Country Digital Songs, #19 on Country Airplay and #13 on Hot Country
Songs. It seems likely that before long it too will reach #1.
As usual Blake Shelton is not far behind with ‘Boys Round
Here’, at #2 across Hot Country Songs and Country Digital Songs and #2 on Top
Country Albums with ‘Based On A True Story…’. However, he falls off Country Airplay
with the announcement of his new single, ‘Mine Would Be You’, going to radio
July 22. Hunter Hayes has also stalled his progress somewhat, finding he cannot
compete with FGL and Blake and settling for #3 on Hot Country Songs and Country
Digital Songs with ‘I Want Crazy’. It does, however, leap up to #6 on Country
Airplay, while the ‘Encore’ edition of his self-titled debut album falls one
place to #4.
Luke Bryan has a radio #1 with ‘Crash My Party’ for the
second week in a row, but sticks to #4 and #5 on Hot Country Songs and Country
Digital Songs respectively. While excitement grows over the impending release
of his new album by the same name, Darius Rucker’s latest effort ‘True
Believers’ is still doing well, coming back up to #3. In addition, his last
single ‘Wagon Wheel’ is at #5 on Hot Country Songs and #4 on Country Digital
Songs, while he is also no longer featured on Country Airplay due to the
release of his new (appropriately-titled) single ‘Radio’.
Then there’s Randy Houser, always the dark horse, whose ‘Runnin’
Outta Moonlight’ stays at #6 on Hot Country Songs, #8 on Country Airplay and #6
on Country Digital Songs. Brett Eldredge is nipping at his heels, however, with
‘Don’t Ya’ climbing to #8 on Country Digital Songs, #10 on Country Airplay and
#7 on Hot Country Songs, as there’s a real promotional push for this track. The
Band Perry’s ‘DONE’ is also on the rise, looking like it might finally follow ‘Better
Dig Two’ in achieving a Country Airplay #1, this week poised at #2. It lags
behind slightly on the other charts; at #8 on Hot Country Songs and #21 on
Country Digital Songs, perhaps publicity over a radio #1 will boost its sales.
Kip Moore’s ‘Hey Pretty Girl’ has been another slow climber.
It is now at #9 on Hot Country Songs, #4 on Country Airplay and #17 on Country
Digital Songs, now above Tim McGraw’s fading hit ‘Highway Don’t Care’. The
latter falls to #10 on Hot Country Songs this week, while it’s at #9 on Country
Digital Songs, and has fallen off Country Airplay in favor of the new single ‘Southern
Girl’, sure to make its mark on the chart soon. Finally, poised to take the top
10 by storm next week as older singles begin to drop from their peak, Carrie
Underwood’s ‘See You Again’ rises to #11 on Hot Country Songs and Country
Airplay, and #13 on Country Digital Songs.
New releases this week include ‘Mud Digger 4’ (#8 on Top
Country Albums), and a re-entry of Lee Greenwood’s ‘God Bless The USA’ (#24 on
Country Digital Songs) in light of Independence Day. Honorable mentions go to
Zac Brown Band, Tyler Farr, Brad Paisley, Lee Brice, Thomas Rhett, Brantley
Gilbert, Jake Owen, Easton Corbin, Keith Urban and Billy Currington.
Come back next Thursday for another dose of my Billboard