Blake Shelton Scores Record-Tying Fifth Country Airplay No. 1 From 'Story'
'My Eyes' marks the fifth leader from 'Based On a True Story …,' matching the No. 1 output of Brad Paisley's '5th Gear' in 2007-08
Blake Shelton ties a vaunted Country Airplay chart record, and extends another that he already owned, as "My Eyes," featuring Gwen Sebastian, lifts 2-1 in its 12th week on the Nielsen BDS-based survey.
With the advance, Shelton scores his fifth No. 1 from his latest album, "Based On a True Story …," tying Brad Paisley's record for the most No. 1s from a single set. Shelton first led with the album's first four singles: "Sure Be Cool If You Did" (two weeks at No. 1), "Boys 'Round Here," featuring Pistol Annies & Friends (one), "Mine Would Be You" (three), all in 2013, and "Doin' What She Likes" (two, beginning April 12). "Eyes" is Shelton's 17th No. 1 overall.
Paisley established the mark with five Country Airplay leaders from his aptly titled "5th Gear" in 2007-08: "Ticks," "Online," "Letter to Me," "I'm Still a Guy" and "Waitin' On a Woman." (He approaches the top 10 this week with latest single "River Bank," which pushes 12-11.)
(Another similarity between the two: both Shelton and Paisley now judge televised music competitions; Paisley is on the panel of ABC's new "Rising Star," while Shelton has coached competitors on NBC's "The Voice" since its spring 2011 premiere.)
Shelton also extends his mark for the most consecutive No. 1 singles in the 24-year history of Country Airplay, as "Eyes" becomes his 12th straight leader (counting only promoted, non-seasonal singles). Shelton moves further ahead of Paisley, who logged 10 consecutive No. 1s (including the five from "5th Gear") in 2005-09. Shelton's streak began with "Hillbilly Bone," featuring Trace Adkins. He tied Paisley's run with "Mine" and passed him when "Doin' " began its command. Next up with the most consecutive No. 1s after Shelton and Paisley is Zac Brown Band (seven, 2009-11).
"Eyes" additionally ties Luke Bryan's "Play It Again" for the fastest flight to the Country Airplay apex this year. No song has reached No. 1 more quickly since "Cool" needed 11 weeks to rule.
Meanwhile, Sebastian celebrates her first Country Airplay No. 1. In her lone prior visit, she peaked at No. 58 with "Met Him in a Motel Room" in 2012. She competed on the second season of "The Voice" that year and has toured with Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert (who's one-third of Pistol Annies).
All charts, including Country Airplay, will refresh on Billboard.com on Thursday (July 3).