Jason Aldean Tops Country Airplay, Keith Urban Hits Top 10, Toby Keith Returns
With the longest-running No. 1 this year on the multi-metric Hot Country Songs chart and a head-turning bow atop the Billboard 200 and Top Country Albums last week, Jason Aldean extends his chart-topping celebrations, as "Burnin' It Down" steps 2-1 to become his 12th leader on the Nielsen BDS-driven Billboard Country Airplay tally.
On last week's charts (dated Oct. 25), "Burnin' " logged a 12th straight week atop the sales/airplay/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs survey, while Old Boots, New Dirt stormed the album lists with 278,000 copies sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan.
Aldean had last topped Country Airplay with "When She Says Baby" for three weeks in March 15 chart. Since his first week at No. 1 on Country Airplay, with "Why" (May 27, 2006), Aldean is now tied with Carrie Underwood for the third-most topping titles; Blake Shelton and Kenny Chesney lead with 14 apiece during that span, while Brad Paisley has notched 13.
Meanwhile, Keith Urban widens his lead as the artist with the most consecutive top 10s on Country Airplay (counting only promoted, non-seasonal singles), as "Somewhere in My Car" rides 11-10 to become his 32nd title to reach the chart's upper tier – all achieved consecutively since "Your Everything" became his first top 10 on the Aug. 12, 2000 chart. Urban's 32 top 10s include 16 No. 1s, a feat most recently achieved with "We Were Us" (with Miranda Lambert) in December. Among active streaks, Underwood claims the second-longest top 10 run (19 since 2006), followed by Shelton (16 since 2008).
Also making news on Country Airplay, aided by coordinated hourly play Oct. 14 at iHeart Media-owned country stations, Toby Keith snares the top debut at No. 31 with "Drunk Americans," marking his fifth-highest start. He achieved his best opening-week rank with "Drinks After Work," which bowed on June 29, 2013, at No. 26. Keith's Country Airplay chart history includes 42 top 10s, a region he last visited when "Beers Ago" (sensing a theme here?) peaked at No. 6 in July 2012, and 20 No. 1s. He most recently ruled the chart with "Made in America" three years ago (Oct. 15, 2011).
The new track previews 35 MPH Town, Keith's 18th studio album, for which no release date has yet been announced.
All charts, including Country Airplay, will refresh on Billboard.com on Thursday (Oct. 23).