Kip Moore claims his third top 10 on Billboard's Hot Country Songs chart with "Hey Pretty Girl," which rises 11-9. He previously reached the upper tier with "Beer Money," which rolled to No. 7 last December, and "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck," which spent two weeks at No. 1 a year ago.
Concurrently, "Girl" reaches a new peak at No. 4 on the Country Airplay tally.
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SWIFT ASCENT: Following the July 3 music video premiere for "Red," the title track from Taylor Swift's fourth studio album swipes the Streaming Gainer nod (684,000 streams, according to Nielsen BDS) and leaps 43-31 on Hot Country Songs.
The song is receiving a warm welcome from country radio, as it flies 34-29 on Country Airplay and adds Greatest Gainer stripes (7.7 million audience impressions, up 5%).
Now in its 20th week on Hot Country Songs, "Red" first blasted onto the list at No. 2 the week of Oct 20, 2012 (and at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs with 312,000 downloads sold, according to Nielsen SoundScan), as a preview track to the set that would launch at No. 1 on Top Country Albums three weeks later.
The "Red" album has spent 37 weeks on Top Country Albums (including seven at No. 1) and sold 3.7 million so far.
19-WEEK 'CRUISE': As the duo prepares for its first headlining tour this fall, Florida Georgia Line dominates Hot Country Songs for a 19th cumulative week with "Cruise," marking the most weeks at No. 1 since Leroy Van Dyke's "Walk on By" ruled for 19 in 1961-62.
With 193,000 downloads sold during the SoundScan tracking week, "Cruise" logs its 20th week at No. 1 on Country Digital Songs. (The remix with rapper Nelly accounts for two-thirds of the weekly sum.) "Cruise" shows total sales of 4.7 million downloads, according to SoundScan. It also reaches a new peak at No. 7 on Adult Pop Songs and spends a third week at its No. 7 peak on Pop Songs.
"Cruise" is one of three tracks by FGL in the Hot Country Songs top 20. While prior radio single "Get Your Shine On" drops 16-19, "Round Here," the duo's current country radio track, jumps 17-13. Meanwhile, "Here's to the Good Times" spends a third week at No. 1 on Top Country Albums (32,000 sold).
ELDREDGE ENTERS TOP 10: Brett Eldredge becomes the second artist this year to reach the top 10 for the first time on Country Airplay, as "Don't Ya" steps 11-10 in its 38th chart week (marking the fifth-longest top 10 ascent in the 23-year BDS era). Kacey Musgraves peaked at No. 10 with "Merry Go Round" four months ago. (Eldredge's track pushes 8-7 on the airplay/sales/streaming hybrid Hot Country Songs chart.)
Counting only newcomers (those with no previous top 10s as solo artists or as members of duos or groups), that's the same number of rookie top 10s achieved during the same time frame last year and in 2011, but only half as many as the same period three years ago. The artists that cracked the upper tier for the first time during the corresponding 2012 window were the aforementioned Kip Moore and Gloriana. Moore's "Somethin' 'Bout a Truck" entered the top 10 in May 2012 and spent two weeks at No. 1 the following month, while Gloriana's "(Kissed You) Good Night" reached the top 10 at the end of last June, eventually peaking at No. 2 that August.
During the same January-to-July timeframe in 2011, Thompson Square's eventual No. 1 "Are You Gonna Kiss Me or Not" jumped the top 10 hurdle in March, about the same time that Sunny Sweeney's "From a Table Away" peaked at No. 10.
In contrast, four newcomers reached the top 10 during roughly the first half of 2010: Easton Corbin, with "A Little More Country Than That," which peaked at No. 1 that April); Steel Magnolia, with "Keep On Lovin' You" (No. 4, June); Jerrod Niemann, with "Lover, Lover" (No. 1, August); and Lee Brice, with "Love Like Crazy" (No. 3, September).
'PARTY' DON'T STOP: Luke Bryan's seventh Country Airplay No. 1 becomes his fourth to hold for more than one week, as "Crash My Party" spends a second week at the summit. BDS reports 45.5 million impressions during the July 1-7 tracking week, the fattest weekly sum since the chart adopted an audience-based methodology in January 2005 (after being ranked previously by total plays). Bryan's song updates the previous audience benchmark (43.8 million) set two weeks ago by Jake Owen's "Anywhere With You."
Bryan's prior multi-week leaders were "Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye" (two weeks, 2012); "Drunk On You" (two weeks, 2012); and "Rain Is a Good Thing" (two weeks, 2010).