Chart Beat Wednesday: Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rihanna
'FALL' ARRIVES: Two of the four highest debuts on Billboard's Country Songs chart since the survey's adoption of Nielsen BDS-monitored data in 1990 belong to Kenny Chesney, as "The Boys of Fall" storms the chart at No. 17.
(Country Songs will be refreshed tomorrow on billboard.com, as all charts are updated on the website each Thursday).
"The Boys of Fall" starts with airplay detected at 117 of the 125 stations monitored for Country Songs, registering a first-week audience of 14 million.
The bow is the chart's best since Garth Brooks' "More Than a Memory" arrived as the first song to open at the summit almost three years ago. Brooks - Nielsen SoundScan's top album artist since it began tracking sales data in 1991 (68.5 million) - had logged the list's first two top 20 debuts, in 1991 ("The Thunder Rolls") and 2005 ("Good Ride Cowboy").
Here is a look at the eight songs to launch in the Country Songs top 20 over the past two decades:
Debut Position, Title, Artist, Chart Date
1, "More Than a Memory," Garth Brooks, Sept. 15, 2007
16, "Don't Blink," Kenny Chesney, Sept. 8, 2007
17, "The Boys of Fall," Kenny Chesney, July 31, 2010
17, "Once in a Lifetime," Keith Urban, Sept. 2, 2006
18, "Good Ride Cowboy," Garth Brooks, Oct. 22, 2005
19, "I Saw God Today," George Strait, Feb. 23, 2008
19, "The Thunder Rolls," Garth Brooks, May 18, 1991
20, "So Small," Carrie Underwood, Aug. 18, 2007
"The Boys of Fall" previews Chesney's 12th non-seasonal studio album, "Hemingway's Whiskey," due Sept. 28.
'CRAZY' LITTLE THING CALLED 'LOVE': While Chesney checks into the Country Songs survey at No. 17, Lee Brice continues to make chart headlines seven spots higher.
"Love Like Crazy" rebounds to its No. 10 peak to-date in its 48th chart week. With the advance, Brice's first top 10 becomes one of just four titles to spend at least 48 frames on Country Songs in the chart's 66-year history:
Weeks on Chart, Title, Artist, Peak Year
54, "Bouquet of Roses," Eddy Arnold, 1948
52, "Fraulein," Bobby Helms, 1957
48, "Love Like Crazy," Lee Brice, 2010
48, "Right Where I Need to Be," Gary Allan, 2001
As previously reported, "Love Like Crazy" reached the top 10 in its chart-record 46th frame. With Brice having co-written Brooks' No. 1-debuting "More Than a Memory," the former artist claims a share of both the fastest-soaring leader and slowest-climbing top 10 on Country Songs.
"Hey, I'll take it any way I can get it," Brice told Billboard. "If ('Love Like Crazy') goes No. 1, then I'll have the fastest-rising No. 1 and the slowest-rising No. 1.
"That would be something I can hang my hat on."
'WAY' TO GO: While it rises 2-1 on the Billboard Hot 100, Eminem's "Love the Way You Lie," featuring Rihanna, concurrently zooms 13-8 with Greatest Gainer honors on the Pop Songs mainstream top 40 radio airplay chart.
With its ascent on the latter list, Rihanna passes Madonna for second-most top 10s in the chart's 17-year archives. With 15 top 10s, Rihanna trails only Mariah Carey for the highest top 10 sum.
Here is a look at the artists with the most Pop Songs top 10 titles:
17, Mariah Carey
13, Justin Timberlake
"Love the Way You Lie" grants Eminem his ninth trip to the Pop Songs top tier and first since Akon's "Smack That," on which he guested, peaked at No. 4 in December 2006.
Also entering the Pop Songs top bracket is Jason Derulo's "Ridin' Solo" (11-10). The newly-minted top 10s mark the third each this year for Derulo and Rihanna. Derulo previously inked the No. 1s "Whatcha Say" and "In My Head" and Rihanna spent time in the top 10 with "Hard" (No. 9) and "Rude Boy" (No. 1). The twosome joins Lady Gaga (former leaders "Bad Romance" and "Telephone" and the No. 4 "Alejandro") as the only artists with a trio of Pop Songs top 10s this year.