There’s been quite the shake-up on the Billboard country charts. We’ll start with Keith Urban and Miranda Lambert’s ‘We Were Us’, whose combined star power has shot the song to the top of Hot Country Songs, neatly knocking Luke Bryan’s monster hit ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ down to #3. On Country Airplay Keith and Miranda move up to #4, while on Country Digital Songs it just jumped 7 places to #2. Looks like we have a new reign on our hands guys! Elsewhere Blake Shelton’s ‘Mine Would Be You’ has become the radio #1 (the 15th of his career), charting at #2 on Hot Country Songs and #5 on Country Digital Songs, pushing ‘Based On A True Story…’ back up to #4 on Top Country Albums.
In regards Luke Bryan, ‘That’s My Kind of Night’ is down to #4 on Country Digital Songs with ‘Drink A Beer’ debuting at #7 on that chart and #20 on Hot Country Songs. ‘Crash My Party’ is back up to #2 on Top Country Albums also. Taylor Swift’s ‘Red’ has also had a huge boost from the bluegrass performance with Vince Gill and Alison Krauss on the CMA Awards, as it has gained 10 places on Hot Country Songs to #4. In addition, it’s jumped from #38 to a staggering #3 on Country Digital Songs, and it’s entered the Country Airplay top 10 for the first time. It’s also at #9 on Top Country Albums, 10 places higher than last week. Phew!
Eric Church’s ‘The Outsiders’ Is back at #1 on Country Digital Songs, and it seems the CMA Awards did wonders for him. It gained an astonishing 18 places on Hot Country Songs making #8, but is still down at #29 on Country Airplay. Tim McGraw’s ‘Southern Girl’ is holding fast and strong, at #2 on Country Airplay, #5 on Hot Country Songs and #15 on Country Digital Songs, while Thomas Rhett’s ‘It Goes Like This’ is feeling a slight dip, this week at #6 on Hot Country Songs, #11 on Country Digital Songs and #5 on Country Airplay. The album of the same name has also fallen to #6. Up this week is Florida Georgia Line, two performances and two awards obviously being great PR for them, with ‘Stay’ reaching #7 on Hot Country Songs, #6 on Country Digital Songs and #14 on Country Airplay. ‘Round Here’ and ‘Cruise’ have also charted in Country Digital Songs’ top 15, with ‘Here’s To The Good Times’ returning to #3 on Top Country Albums.
Kacey Musgraves also made an impression last week as ‘Same Trailer Different Park’ is up 25 places to #5 on Top Country Albums, with her new single ‘Follow Your Arrow’ debuting at #10 on Country Digital Songs. Chris Young’s ‘Aw Naw’ has climbed one more place to #3 on Country Airplay, but its fall to #9 on Hot Country Songs signifies it has reached its peak. Alongside Chris is Joe Nichols with ‘Sunny and 75’, the summer hit that just keeps on selling. This week it’s at #6 on country radio, #10 on Hot Country Songs and #23 on Country Digital Songs.
Other new releases on the chart include Little Big Town’s ‘Sober’, which has come in at #14 on Country Digital Songs, and ‘Divided & United: The Songs of The Civil War’, at #32 on Top Country Albums. Honorable mentions go to Parmalee, Eli Young Band, Darius Rucker, Cassadee Pope, Lady Antebellum, Jason Aldean, The Band Perry, Zac Brown Band, David Nail, Eric Paslay and Jake Owen.
That’s it for this week; check in next Thursday for another Billboard chart roundup!