Ask Billboard: Chicago's AC Six-Cess
Ask Billboard: Chicago's AC Six-Cess

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Hi Gary!

Some pretty interesting news on the Country Songs tally. As "Knee Deep" by Zac Brown Band featuring Jimmy Buffett becomes the chart's new leader, two thoughts come to mind.

1) The song is the sixth consecutive No. 1 promoted single by Brown and his band. Has it been awhile since a group has scored that many leaders in-a-row?

2) At 64 years of age, Buffett is the oldest artist to notch a Country Songs No. 1 since Willie Nelson, with Toby Keith, on "Beer for My Horses," showed he still had it in 2003 at (then) age 70.


John Maverick
Burt County, Nebraska

Thanks John,

Billboard senior chart manager Wade Jessen notes that Zac Brown Band's Country Songs-topping streak is the longest for a band since Restless Heart likewise linked six straight leading singles in 1986-88: "That Rock Won't Roll," "I'll Still Be Loving You," "Why Does It Have to Be (Wrong or Right)," "Wheels," "Bluest Eyes in Texas" and "A Tender Lie."

If Zac Brown Band can top Country Songs with its next single, it will boast the chart's longest No. 1 streak among groups since Alabama tallied a chart-record 21 consecutive (non-seasonal) leaders in 1980-87.

As for Buffett, you can read more about his latest reign in yesterday's "Weekly Notes" Chart Beat entry, as country radio is clearly rolling in the "Deep" with the party-anthem icon.