Eli Young Band's Long Road to Country Songs No. 1
Eli Young Band's Long Road to Country Songs No. 1

Also: Miranda Lambert Tops Country Album Chart... Yet Again

Eli Young Band claims their first No. 1 on the radio-fueled Country Songs chart this week with "Crazy Girl," completing the third-longest climb in the modern era of the radio-fueled list. The track steps 2-1 in its 38th week. Following the chart's January 1990 conversion to Nielsen BDS-based rankings, only two titles needed more weeks to reach the summit -- Chris Young's twice-released "Voices" counted 51 weeks on its way to No. 1 on the February 9 chart, and Tracy Lawrence needed 41 weeks to lead with "Find Out Who Your Friends Are" in June 2007.

Eli Young Band, 'Crazy Girl'


Eli Young Band is the first group in nearly a year to log its first radio chart leader, a feat most recently noted when fellow Republic Nashville act, The Band Perry, topped the chart dated Dec. 11, 2010 with "If I Die Young."

Meanwhile, Miranda Lambert makes history as the only artist in the 47-year history of Country Albums to debut at No. 1 with each of her first four albums, a feat she manages as "Four the Record" follows top starts with "Kerosene" (2005), "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend (2007) and "Revolution" (2009). The new album also brings the Texas native her fattest Nielsen SoundScan week, opening with 133,000 copies sold. Her previous best happened when "Revolution" arrived with 66,000 copies. Just for good measure, "Four" sets a new high water mark for Lambert on the Billboard 200, where it bows at No. 3, topping a No. 6 start with "Crazy Ex-Girlfriend."

On the country list, Lambert steps ahead of three other acts -- all solo females -- to arrive at the summit with each of their first three albums; LeAnn Rimes (1996-97), Gretchen Wilson (2004-07) and Carrie Underwood (2005-09). Underwood will probably match Lambert's accomplishment when her fourth album is released next year -- no release date has been announced for the follow-up to Underwood's twice-platinum-plus 2009 set, "Play On," but the label is preparing to launch the album with a lead radio track soon.

Miranda Lambert Makes 'Record' Start on Country Albums

Also noteworthy is '90's hitmaker Neal McCoy's return to Country Songs following an absence of more than five years -- he gets the Hot Shot Debut nod at No. 56 with "A-OK," the lead single from an upcoming album produced by Blake Shelton and Miranda Lambert.

McCoy most recently competed with "The Last of a Dying Breed," which rose to No. 35 in April 2006. His chart history boasts nine top 10 songs, including six top fives and a pair of ones. He most recently reached the upper tier when "Billy's Got His Beer Goggles On" peaked at No. 10 in November 2005. His No. 1 songs are "No Doubt About It" (two weeks in March 1994) and "Wink" (four weeks in June/July 1994).

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